AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
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AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
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This is the best non-zoom lens that i ever had; it is incredibly sharp for both portrait as well as macro photography, making it a very useful multi-purpose lens for any serious photographer
This lens surprises. I thought that it might not have sufficient working distance, but that has not been a problem at all. The lens is sharp, and I find the focus speed surprisingly quick ( for a macro lens) and sure (also for a macro lens). I like its recessed front element and its solid build. I use a Nikon NC filter on the lens to keep the front clean, as the ridges there would make it difficult to get dirt out. I don´t use a hood here because the front element is so deeply recessed.
The images I get are very sharp, and I like their quality. The lens isn´t like a normal F2.8; the aperture varies in close focus, so you´ll need to have good light for those close shots. If you do, you´ll be amazed with the results.
I just picked up a used AF Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8D and performed some test shots, including shooting a flat page with a lot of detail to test edge to edge lens clarity. I am blown away at the crispness of the image across the entire field. There is a little pincushioning but this is easily profiled in Lightroom. This, my first macro lens has just opened up an entirely new area of photography,
See the test shots with this post.
I shoot technical photography in agricultural settings. Most of the subjects are plants, insects and plant diseases. The environment I work in (hot and humid summers and wet winters) subjects the equipment to severe stress, everything from dust to mud and scorching heat to bone chilling cold. Nikon lenses have never failed. This lens is used almost exclusively for close up work. The ability to achieve 1:1 magnification without adapters is a great asset. Just a great lens anyway you look at it.
I use this lens when photographing small things such as newborns or rings at the wedding. The lens is fantastically sharp. I have been using this lens for 10 years and has never failed me one time.
I haven´t tried them all, but I have to believe that the AF 60mm f/2.8D is one of Nikon´s best lenses. I have used it with film and digital, and the clarity, fast focus, and performance is outstanding. It´s great as a portrait lens on the APS digital sensor, and the macro capabilities are unlimited. It is one of my go-to lenses in my bag.
I have only used this on a digital body, the results are superb. Color rendition and sharpness are spot on. I have used it for general scenic photography as well a close ups of flowers and can highly recommend it for either. For close ups on a digital body, the conversion factor gives effect of a 90 mm lens, so you have a little more working room, as well as easier lighting.
I´ve been using this lens for almost 7 years as my workhorse closeup and macro lens for nature stuff, and it´s an absolutely wonderful lens. Sharp, great contrast, no C/A and it stays very sharp as you go to the smaller f/stops. I used it on my D70 body from 2004 until last year when I upgraded to a D90, and this lens performs superbly on both of them. It´s truly a pro lens, built very robustly too. I won´t go out shooting without it.
This lens was truly the best lens I have ever used. I carry it around or have it on my camera whenever I´m shooting pictures. I have a Nikon D300 and I use this lens and the 18-200 VR f/3.5, and I prefer the 60mm far more. The macro abilities of this lens are truly incredible. I can get up 2-3 inches from the tip of the lens to the subject, with it focusing. But not only the macro, it´s a great overall lens for everyday use. Now, some people may be scared by a fixed lens, and it does take some getting used to. However, it is truly a great lens. A couple small issues: First, which may just be some compatibility issue between my camera and this lens, but the autofocus will occasionally be unable to focus effectively, and will keep going between the extremes of the focus limits. However, this is rare and probably only happens to me. Second, not really as much of an issue, however it has an incredibly shallow depth of field when close up on a macro subject, which some may like, and others find troublesome. However, that can be fixed if you have enough light by cranking up the f/stop, so not a big problem.
I very much recommend buying this lens over any other lens out there. It is truly an incredible lens for the price. I have included an image that I took with this lens, to show the macro capabilities. The centre of the flower (where the sort of honeycomb pattern is) was about a centimetre in diameter, for reference.
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