Updated August 17, 2008
Nikon is well known for their macro lenses(Nikon calls them Micro-Nikkor's). The Micro-Nikkor's are well known for their performance. The sample tested here is the "Non-D" version. This lens is identical with the D version, with the exception of the distance information. The distance information is used for 3D color matrix metering and 3D multi sensor balanced fill flash. The 60mm Micro-Nikkor features Nikons CRC(Close Range Correction) which reduces distortion when the lens is focused at close range. It also has a focus limiter (to prevent to much hunting while focusing) and a M/A switch to select between manual or auto focus mode.
||8 elements in 7 groups
|Minimum focus distance:
||8 3/4in. / 0.219cm.
||Front lens cap
Rear lens cap LF-1
74.5 x 82.5 mm / 2.8 x 2.9 in
||445 g / 15.5 oz
||7 straight blades
||discontinued (Review based on the "Non-D" version)
- DOF(depth of field) markings
- Rear element is fixed, earlier MF Micro-Nikkor's have a tendency to collect dust.
- 1:1 macro, earlier manual focus Nikkor's usually only goes to 1:2
- Sharp until f/16, after that it gets softer. Something you usually only see in old manual focus Nikkor's
- Slow AF, this is probably one of the slower AF lenses made by Nikon. Not a major problem for macro, but if you want to replace a "normal"(50mm) lens, this might not be the best choice.
- CA, quite a bit of chromatic aberrations, which is visible to f/4 in high contrast shooting.
- Infinity Focus, not as good as the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 Pre-AI.
- Slightly soft wide open.
- 62mm filter thread.
With the release of the D3 and the D300 with their Live view mode, auto focus macro lenses are all of a sudden something a bit more interesting to own. 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. Other then that this is a solid performer. The amount of CA was surprising, this can however easily be corrected in Post Processing.
Nikon MF Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8. Price from: $419.95 USD
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D. Price From: $459.95 USD
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Price From: $519.95 USD
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR: Price: $819.95 USD
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di. Price: $459.95 USD
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X M100. Price: $399.95 USD
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG. Price: $479.00 USD
*Prices and rebates are subject to change. Listed price is from March 7, 2010
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