at http://nikonimaging.com/global/products ... /index.htm
you can find the data from the horses mouth:
- Maximum reproduction ratio: 1/4.5
- Closest focusing distance: 0.5m (through the entire focal range)
So Frank B and I are lucky getting even closer (42cm) to the subject and getting a ratio of 1/3.9. And Gordon's lens could have been a preproduction sample or something "unlocked" to reach a better ratio.
Or Nikon found out later, that the picture quality at 1/2.2 does not fit their standards.
Or: Nikon just wants to sell more Nikkor micro 105/2,8 VR lenses.
Any more ideas on conspiration theory?
Me personally would have been happy compromising picture quality at better reproduction ratios, 'caus loosing a factor of 2 in close-up is equivalent of shooting with a 2.5 megapixel sensor!
So, Gordon, I'd love to swap my lens for yours...
And: let's collect some information about close-up lenses, extenders, and the famous 105/2,8 Nikkor micro...
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