I love macro lenses, especially those that are close to the normal 50mm focal length. It’s great to have a walk around lens on your camera that has the added capability of allowing you to get in close if necessary. I have three macros I just adore; the Leica 60mm f/2.8 Macro-Elmarit-R, Pentax 50mm f/4 Super Macro Takumar and the 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor. I think every lens manufacturer offers some sort of macro/micro lens. They are a versatile and fun to use addition to any kit.
On a recent Sunday, I was organizing my photo man cave and got the grand idea to shoot some close ups of some of my gear. I exposed these shots hand held with available light using my Nikon FM2n, 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor and some Kodak T-Max 400 film. I could have gotten in tighter and increased sharpness if I had taken the time to use a tripod, but these are still satisfying.
I am not sure why, but my Nikon F4 body attracts dust even when stored in a Pelican case.
My end-of-roll self-portrait, which reminds me which camera and lens I was using. The 55 Micro-Nikkor is a great lens for everyday shooting. It’s fast, small and light. And if you want to blow an afternoon shooting close-ups of your camera gear—it’s the perfect co-conspirator!