Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S

Last updated (25 May’10):
- Review by SLRGear

Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S features 60mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 12 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 39 degrees @ 40 feet. Closest focusing distance at 0.185m and has a filter size of 62mm. The Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S is a micro lens lens weighs 15 ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches long.

Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Reviews

Slrgear.com reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S and writes;
“In its own right, the Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8 AF-S is an excellent lens, providing excellent results for sharpness, tolerance to CA and almost no distortion. Light falloff is a little noticeable when mounted on a DX body, and very significant on a full-frame body like the D3, but only if you shoot wide open (or at ƒ/5.6 or wider on the D3). The build quality is very good and manual focusing is very nice…”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoreview.com.au reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S and writes;
“Autofocusing was fast and accurate in adequate lighting but hunting was common in very low light levels…. Imatest showed this lens to be a first-rate performer with very little edge softening throughout the aperture range.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Popphoto.com reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S and writes;
“the lens is average in size and weight for the class — slightly heavier than the Canon digital-only 60mm f/2.8, and slightly lighter than Nikon’s previous 60mm f/2.8. The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides a fast and blessedly quiet autofocus action.”
rating: N/A

Photozone.de reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S and writes;
“The AF-S 60 Micro Nikkor is a worthy successor to a highly regarded lens. It is able to deliver very sharp images (allthough, given Nikon’s recent lens track record, some probably had hoped for even higher resolution figures), the bokeh in general is smooth, vignetting is no issue on a DX camera and the AF is as fast as you’d expect an AF-S drive to be. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell.com reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S and writes;
“Sharpness, as expected, is crazy. It’s sharp at every aperture everywhere in the frame on both an FX D3 as well as the DX D300. It doesn’t get softer in the corners at f/2.8 at infinity as does the earlier 60mm f/2.8 AF-D, but the AF-D doesn’t have as much falloff at f/2.8, so I prefer the older AF-D at f/2.8 anyway. No one buys macro lenses to shoot at f/2.8. “
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User Opinions

Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S User Reviews

Outstanding | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 60mm is a little short for serious closeup work as it puts you right on top of the subject…this is why some people prefer the 105, and I might agree if I shot FX-sensor cameras exclusively. But on a DX sensor, this acts more like a 90mm lens, and that’s plenty comfortable for the type of work I do. Indeed, I find when I go REALLY close, I tend to use an old-fashioned bellows setup, and again, here I like the 60 instead of the 105. One point about this particular lens is that it’s not just incredibly sharp and contrasty – it also has a wonderfully flat field of focus. On the older lenses, if you photograph, say, stamps or other flat objects, you may have had issues with the corners being slightly out of focus due to curvature of field. Not so with this one, which is flat right out to the corners. “ – by Busy Executive

Outstanding | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a superb optic, Nikon at it’s best. Only thing lacking would be the addition of Vibration reduction. So far it is supplanting all my other lenses and is doing everything needed as an all around lens. Very sharp and not overly heavy .Well worth the dollars. “ – by Gene Daniels

Nikon’s 60mm Micro Macro | Rating: ★★★★★
“Just purchased this lens after debating focal length, etc among macro choices. Settled on this one because I use it for more than one purpose – macro of course, but also fine art reproduction. I need the shorter focal length to reduce working distance for large pieces of art. The new Nano coating is perfect for the newer DSLRs – astonishing contrast and clarity. Very, very sharp and excellent color accuracy. Also lighter than its predecessors. This can be a great all-around lens, pretty fast at f/2.8, completely flat and sharp to the corners. Highly recommended.” – by David Saffir

Excellent lens – welcome to the world of macro | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 60mm produces sharp and crisp images at a 1:1 reproduction ratio which makes the world of macro photography superb. Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, quiet autofocus operation which is great when you are not able to use a tripod. The Nano Crystal Coat and high-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating delivers superior color reproduction, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare. The rounded nine-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus objects appear more natural which makes your photos appear more “real”. If you have a digital darkroom this should spur the creative juices even more as you can take and develop your masterpieces within minutes. “ – by iamdavinci

Excellent lens – welcome to the world of macro | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 60mm produces sharp and crisp images at a 1:1 reproduction ratio which makes the world of macro photography superb. Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, quiet autofocus operation which is great when you are not able to use a tripod. The Nano Crystal Coat and high-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating delivers superior color reproduction, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare. The rounded nine-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus objects appear more natural which makes your photos appear more “real”. If you have a digital darkroom this should spur the creative juices even more as you can take and develop your masterpieces within minutes. “ – by amdavinci

3-D, clarity, micro/macro and overall usefulness | Rating: ★★★★★
“When I compare the pictures from my Nikon 50mm f/1.4g AFS at f/2.8 to this one at f/2.8, the 60mm produces pictures that have an almost 3-D quality and is much better at differentiating the primary subject from background. At all f-stops, the background is rendered exceptionally well as the bokeh is smooth and great aesthetically. So I often debate whether to carry this lens on my camera virtually all of the time on a day-trip with the family or the 50mm. This one wins more than half of the time because of its clarity and smooth bokeh at f2.8 and the 3-D (depth) quality. The 50mm wins when I want super isolation or it is very dark. However, this lens is so good that if you have a full frame camera that can really use all of its features, the 60mm could be the only lens you ever use or one of two (the Nikon 24mm f/2.8 being the other) that can capture almost 100% of the pictures you would “like” to take. This lens is an extremely well built, extremely useful lens that produces exceptional pictures. I think it is one of those lenses that is destined to be considered a “classic” and I am pretty sure that it will hold its value for resale should you decide you would rather have a zoom lens. “ – by G. J. Huba

One of the best value in Nikon lenses | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens did not disappoint me. It is very very sharp. It passed my own AF focus test easily and the AF is very accurate. I didn’t compare the AF speed with other lenses as this is a macro lens which typically has slower AF when comparing to other normal (non-macro) lenses. This little gem has the best technologies Nikon offers currently: Silent Wave motor, AFS, IF (internal focusing), ED Glass, 9-blade rounded diaphragm, and Nano coating. To my knowledge, there is no other Nikon lenses that sell for less and still have all these technologies. The only thing it missed is VR which will make it “perfect”. In additon to very sharp, I also like the background blurry a lot. The lens is very light when comparing to the Nikon 105 VR. This makes it very usable for hand-held close-ups which is the purpose I bought it for.” – by Eric

Oh My, What a Wonderful Lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I just love this lens! I sell a lot online and getting up close, detailed pictures of products is always a challenge. This lens made it easy!!!! Fabulous!!! I am astounded how wonderful my products look! I use it with my Nikon D80. The only negative (which is really not a negative since I don’t use it!) is that the auto focus is too slow and sometimes cannot find a focal point (just keeps zooming in and out). Just shoot with manual focus, which is really what you want to do anyway with a micro lens. “ – by G. Witenske

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Samples

Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Sample Photos

- Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Sample Photos @ Photozone.de
- Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Sample Photos @ Pbase.com
- Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Sample Photos @ Flickr.com
- Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Sample Photos @ Pixel-peeper.com
- Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Sample Photos @ Amazon.com

Manual

Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S User Manual

- Download Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S User Manual (PDF – 4.5Mb)

Features & Specifications

Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Specifications

Ideal for close-up shots, copy work, and general photography, the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S lens is optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both Nikon FX format and DX format image sensors. The lens is equipped with an exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that enables accurate, quiet, high-speed autofocus operation. The lens’s pair of aspherical elements, meanwhile, virtually eliminate coma and other types of aberration even at the widest aperture. Add in an extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass element–which effectively minimizes chromatic aberration–and your photos will enjoy superior sharpness and color correction regardless of the subject. Other details include an internal focusing (IF) design that enables the use of polarizers and speed-light systems; a Nano Crystal Coat that virtually eliminates reflections across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image integrity; a Super Integrated Coating (SIC) that substantially reduces ghosting and flare; a rounded nine-blade diaphragm that makes out-of-focus image elements appear more natural; and a M/A focus mode that allows you to quickly transition between autofocus and manual operation.

Specifications

* Focal length: 60mm
* Maximum aperture: f/2.8
* Minimum aperture: f/32
* Autofocus: Yes
* Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Yes
* Compatible formats: FX, DX, FX in DX crop mode, 35mm film
* Vibration reduction: No
* Distance information: Yes
* ED glass elements: Yes
* Super Integrated Coating: Yes
* Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
* Internal focusing: Yes
* Rear focusing: No
* De-focus control: No
* Close-range correction: No
* Manual/auto focus mode: Yes
* Minimum focusing distance: 0.6 feet
* Angle of view: 39 degrees @ 40 feet
* Lens construction: 12 elements in 9 groups
* ED elements: 1
* Maximum reproduction ratio: 1x
* Filter type: 62mm screw-on
* Mount type: Nikon F-bayonet
* Lens case: CL-1018
* Lens hood: HB-42
* Dimensions: 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches long
* Weight: 15 ounces
* Warranty: 1 year


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