What I really like about the 200mm Micro-Nikkor is the access to distant subjects as also the (very) tiny ones, focussing down to a magnification ratio of half life-size. It gives tremendous tight shots. Focussing is performed internally (IF), and the lens stays the same size during focussing. It takes 52mm filters, front non-rotating, weighs on the good side of 800 grams, has one of the best tripod collars amongst all Nikkors. It has a build-in lens hood too. All lens markings engraved and colored. It has a nine aperture blade construction, non-rounded. It gives nice bokeh in most situations. As mentioned earlier, it also has one of Nikon`s special ED glas elements to keep CA, flare and color rendition better in check. We still have to look closer at some examples of CA in this lens though. I have been a busy boy collecting example shots in the department of sharpness, bokeh and CA. That`s why I don`t get to post that much, more in-depth. Field work has been taking up most of my time. I`ll share the findings with you before the end of the month. Just know for now, good news have arrived. As an example, I stated earlier this month that the lens should not be used with extension tubes, and it turns out I was wrong. There are situations where shots with a magnification ratio larger than 1:2 is possible, where quality is still “up there”.
Ok, let`s have another shot for a grey sun-day. Garden/ladder thingie above done earlier today, and what follows is from yesterday`s trip to the forest: