Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

Last updated (12 June’10):
- Review by WDC

Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor features 90.4-millimeter working distance with maximum aperture of f2.8. The lens construction has 8 elements in 7 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 39 degrees 40 minutes (35mm format), 26 degrees 30 minutes (Nikon DX format). Closest focusing distance at 8.75 inches and has a filter size of 62mm. The Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor lens weighs 15.5 ounces and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter and 2.9 inches long.

Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Reviews

WDC reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“The lens maintains the high MTF readings throughout the aperture range – even at maximum aperture it beat some other macro lenses’ best mid-aperture performance. This makes it a fantastic lens for flat copying work where edge-to-edge sharpness is critical.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone.de reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“The resolution figures are excellent and both vignetting and distortions are nothing to worry about. CAs are a little on the high side for a fix-focal lens though (correctable). The mechanical quality is very good and it’s fun to handle the lens. A great macro lens and even a worthy replacement for a standard lens unless you require ultra-large aperture settings. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRLensreview reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“The resolving capabilities of the lens are quite outstanding on both APS-C as well as FF cameras (give or take – border performance at f/2.8 is slightly off, but still acceptable). The lens also shows good handling of distortion and color fringing, although leaves some room for improvement when it comes down to handling light falloff.”
rating: N/A

Photo.net reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“If you are confused about the underexposure part, think about the fact that as the lens gets farther away from the body, it is casting a larger and larger circle of light. The fixed 24x36mm frame is intercepting a smaller and smaller fraction of that light, hence the loss of effective aperture for exposure purposes. “
rating: N/A

Momentcorp reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“The AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 is close to excellent, down side is infinity focus and softness wide-open, two things that you usually wouldn’t look for in a macro lens.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor and writes;
“This 60mm AF-D is better than the newer 60mm f/2.8 AF-S, which has 0.376 RMS distorion under the same conditons. The distortion of the 60mm AF-S can be visible if you’re looking for it. “
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User Opinions

Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor User Reviews

Sharpest lens in Nikon’s arsenal | Rating: ★★★★★
“This would most probably be the sharpest lens in Nikon’s arsenal. The 60mm on a 1.5 crop factor camera would be about 90mm in 35mm format. this lens would be a dual purpose portrait lens + close up lens. The 60mm is a bit short if you want to take insects (but not impossible), and the 105mm or 200mm Micro-Nikkor lens would be better for that, but if you take still life, flowers, objects, food, etc. This lens would be perfect for it. The minimum focusing distance is a bit too close for most insects’ comfort. “ – by Gerald Khoo

love at first clack | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 60mm.paired with the fabulous sensitivity of the D80,allowed for tripod free shooting. Spokane is close to our local Grand Coulee desert, with its exceptional flowers, we can begin to see them the way reality made them. “ – by John Feesey

Best Glass Nikon Makes | Rating: ★★★★★
“An excellent portriat lens, tack sharp. A little to close for macro if shooting insects, small reptiles etc. With static objects it can not be beat. Been using mine for several years and never been disappointed. “ – by Ronald L. Cox

The Best $360 I Ever Spent On Photography | Rating: ★★★★★
“The bokeh that it renders is wonderful. However, the most important thing to me is how sharp this lens is. It is absolutely tack sharp. Many people have said that it is one of the sharpest lenses Nikon has ever made. You will not be disappointed. “ – by bl4ckprint

Great macro for the price, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am a beginner to DSLR and wanted to play with macro photography, and am really pleased with the results of this lens–crisp, light-weight, economic, and reliable. I manual focus on such intricate shots as reflections on water drops and have never been disappointed with the results.” – by Anne Fearon-Wood

I’m a prime kind of girl… | Rating: ★★★★★
“I shoot with a Nikon D80, and this lens compliments my camera very well. The macro is amazing, and ultra sharp; but I also love what it can do for portraits. I recently did some family portraits with this lens, and they turned out beautifully! It might be pricey, but it is so worth it. I promise you wont be disappointed! “ – by Lori Collett

Great Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens is the BEST! I can get about 2 inches from my subject and still focus! the auto focus doesn’t work with the Nikon D40 because it needs AF-S, but I am fine with using manual focus. Truly, I don’t care about the inability to zoom. Overall a great lens.” – by Logan M.

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Specifications

Lens-making is an art–Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world’s finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the “glass” that makes the world’s greatest pictures.

AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 60mm f2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Lens is Nikon’s most compact Micro lens for close-up and general photography, making it great for portrait, copy work, and field close-up applications. The Close Range Correction system provides high performance at both near and far focusing distances. The Nikon Super Integrated Coating for minimized flare and ghost, providing good color balance. The lens shoots as close-up to approximately 8.75 inches and has a 90.4-millimeter working distance.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon’s multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Close-Range Correction system
The Close-Range Correction (CRC) system is one of Nikon’s most important focusing innovations, for it provides superior picture quality at close focusing distances and increases the focusing range. With CRC, the lens elements are configured in a “floating element” design wherein each lens group moves independently to achieve focusing. This ensures superior lens performance even when shooting at close distances.

Distance information
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70 cameras.

What’s in the Box:
Lens, 62mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1.


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