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Michael, that Nikkor looks fantastically sharp. How about at 100% crops? (No need to post any, just wondering what your opinion is.)
I bought that lens from KEH in bargain condition on a whim a couple of years ago when I was shooting with the NEX 5N and I was amazed how good it was.. It looks like its been through a war, but the like many macro lenses the front element is recessed deep in the lens body, so its protected and very clean. Optically, its quite sharp, even wide open and gets even better stopped down a click. The shot of my wife above was wide open at ISO 800 and was even "softened" with negative clarity in LR! I've also used it on Canon FF with good results.
In the Nikon world the 55 f/3.5 has a very good reputation, apparently. I don't use it enough though because of the slow aperture, I've considered picking up the f/2.8 version, but if I was going to do that I probably should just buy the Fuji 60mm, which I have been considering.