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NikonAF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens
 
4.8

(based on 296 reviews)

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    (57)

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    (4)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (229)
  • Consistent output (166)
  • Easily interchangeable (132)
  • Lightweight (126)
  • Durable (113)

Cons

  • Slow focus (19)
  • Heavy (15)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Tough to attach (4)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (188)
  • Low light (54)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Weddings (37)
  • Wildlife photos (36)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (97), Semi-pro photographer (51), Pro photographer (46), Enthusiast (24), Casual photographer (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (176), Yes (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An excellent lens

I bought the lens for slide copying with a Nikon D800, for which itworks well. I attach pictures of the apparatus. The light is a standard,clip-mount, reflector light one sees everywhere. ...Read complete review

I bought the lens for slide copying with a Nikon D800, for which itworks well. I attach pictures of the apparatus. The light is a standard,clip-mount, reflector light one sees everywhere. The bulb is a 13WGlobe CFL. The slide carriers are VuPoint (B&H VUNST35) the diffuseris 3046 Cinegan Velvet Frost (B&H RO3046S) the tripod head is an oldBogen I had on hand. The hardest part was getting a good lightsource. I tried a flash, an LED Video light, a Testrite Reflector(B&H TER10), etc. The simple clip-mount, reflector light worked thebest. Also, a report cover works nearly as well as the CineganVelvet Frost but there is a difference in amount of light transmitted and grain showing through the slide.The big surprise is that this is an excellent lens overall,especially for portraits. The resolution is excellent and it required zero auto focus correction. At wide apertures, it beautifully isolates subjects with narrow depth of field. The finer points of this lens are discussed by Ming Thein in a post dated February 1, 2013. I agree with everything he says about it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful optics but bad move on the

A macro lens without a manual aperture ring sure disables the ability to use some of the traditional macro gear like bellows. I still cannot believe that Nikon would design a lens targeted at...Read complete review

A macro lens without a manual aperture ring sure disables the ability to use some of the traditional macro gear like bellows. I still cannot believe that Nikon would design a lens targeted at macro photography without working in an aperture ring. Still, this lens gets plenty close without further extension... maybe too close for many subjects. I so prefer to have the aperture be from the ring when I'm working in tight situations. But oh well.

But aside from the "G," 60mm is a little wide for bugs, and might yield too much perspective distortion on some objects when you attempt to fill the frame at close range. The 105mm VR and the 3rd party macro offerings up to 150mm by Sigma might be worth considering.

It's not built like a tank... nor is it built like a flower. But with its light weight, it feels like a reasonable construction design and adds little weight.

As far as using it as a portrait lens, well, again the optics are great for it; however, if you're doing really close-in work rather than traditional portraits, well, I'd still prefer my 50mm f/1.2 AIS or the 50 f/1.4 just for the shallow DOF.

The front element is not very much recessed compared to other true macro lenses ... so do be careful around pollen-bearing objects and other things that might soil or damage your glass. If you put a filter on this thing, remove it for macros... and use a high-end filter like a B+W for the rest of the time. Don't spoil the great optics with inferior glass.

Focus is absolutely fast.

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5.0

Wanted this Nikkor lens back in my bag.

By ucre8

from Albuquerque, NM

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Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

Had the 60mm lens years ago until stolen in a home break in. Missed it, missed it, missed it. So finally I bit the bullet and bought a new one. No regrets there. Sharp, beautiful close ups and wonderful for the type of work I do.

The sharpness is so worth it.

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5.0

Micro Master

By Stows39

from Philadelphia

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Video

    Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

    I use this lens to shoot close ups for stock photos as well as video. In a very short period of time this lens has become a workhorse for me. Sharp, and light, it works beautifully for my application.

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    5.0

    Great Micro Lens for weddings

    By Kelly

    from Texas

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

    Great lens to get those closeup ring shots!! Love it

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By Roger J

    from Galena IL

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

      This is a fine lens. I use it as my walk-around lens because I like the micro feature. I tend to shoot a lot of very close nature shots and this lens is perfect for that. Great lens and a very nice price. And B&H service the best in the business!

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      4.0

      Almost perfect

      By Deda

      from Philadelphia, PA

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

        Fast precise focusing, beautiful macros and portraits.

        F 2.8 aperture is MAX, not constant, changes with the focusing distance.

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        4.0

        So far so good. Just purchased... Might update later

        By Aaron

        from Gleneden Beach, OR

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Portorates

        Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

        I mostly shoot things like crystals, and non living objects. Here is a tip. et used to manual. With Macro, you must be able to select your focus; not your camera. Like "The Fro" says: "You are smarter then your camera." Still planning on getting the "D"version of the lens. "The Angry Photographer on youtube claims that "it is tantamount to a sin" not to have the 60mm D lens.

        The images are sharp, but it can be challenge, although doable o hold it steady for the sharp focus. I would say that it is great in focus.

        What is it not for: anything other then prorates, and macro work.

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        5.0

        Great micro lens

        By Dr. Dennis

        from CA

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

          I've been using this lens for close up images. It gives clear and incredibly rich details to the images I take, while blurring the background. The results can be artistic gems. This lens has opened a whole new world of photography to me!

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          4.0

          Great lens

          By Steve S

          from Los Angeles, CA

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

          Nice and sharp. Tends to hunt a little bit when doing closeups but that's typical for a macro lens. It's a great portrait shooter as well.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          New Nikkor design as sharp as ever.

          By pcpken

          from Murrieta, CA

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

            Nikon's new 60mm macro prime is as sharp as they get with good bokeh and quick auto focus. It works well on the D750 with quick snappy and accurate focus and good color contrast and detail. It's also nice and and light. This lens is an easy recommendation.

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            5.0

            Great lens for art documentation

            By Sam

            from New York, NY

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

              We needed a sharp, flat field lens for documenting sculpture and painting. This lens has met our expectation and performs extremely well.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great solid glass

              By Rick

              from Chicago, IL

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                Using on DX format Nikon which gives approx. 90mm focal length. Very quick focus and quiet.

                Macro lighting for tabletop can be tricky due to the fact that at 1:1 the subject is almost touching the front element.

                Solid construction. Autofocus/manual operation is very convenient.

                Best to auto focus with the dedicated AF button on the camera body as I found the shutter button too sensitive.

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Toy Robot

                from Long Beach, CA

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                  This lens is very sharp and nearly distortion free. It is so much more than a macro lens. I use it nearly everyday and have never had a problem.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing lens

                  By dan

                  from san francisco

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                  awesome sharpness and perfect for all around and macro use. it has become my go to lens.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By TheCTHman

                  from Oregon

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                  This lens is amazing! There is great clarity and detail. You really get more than what you pay for! Great for flowers if you know how to do it right.

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                  5.0

                  A Steal

                  By Roger

                  from Houston

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                  Thought I'd have to spend twice the price for this much upgrade from my older lens of this same description
                  Arrived a day earlier than estimated

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                  5.0

                  Love this lens

                  By Green Apple Photography

                  from Louisville, KY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                      Great lens! Quick release. Perfect for portrait photography

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                      5.0

                      Great lens.

                      By Nat

                      from Redwood City, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                        Very sharp lens, just have to watch you depth of field.

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                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love the quality love the focal length

                        By Bob

                        from Maine

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                          I consider this a on the camera macro lens. For bellows work I use a lens with a aperture ring. I use this lens for food and product photography a good compliment to the nikon 105 macro. This is a good lens for focus stacking in the studio and on location. Great walk around lens focus is fast and right on the money. Boken is outstanding.Excellent people lens.

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                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          FOCUS ISSUES

                          By Buttercup

                          from Fort Collins, CO

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                            I am a huge fan of Nikon equipment. I recently purchased this lens from B&H Photo. When I received the first lens, it wouldn't focus. Nothing I did would get it to work. I tried autofocus and manual focus. But the lens would never move off of the infinity setting. On autofocus, I could hear the motor inside the lens working, but the focal point never changed.

                            I returned the lens to B&H and received a replacement in approximately a week. B&H's customer service is superb! When I first mounted the lens on the camera, I took a shot from approximately 10' from the subject. I then focused as close as it would focus (just under 2"). Once again, the autofocus worked flawlessly. But when I attempted to take a second shot from 10' away, the lens would not focus. I could manually focus, but the autofocus would not engage. Upon researching the issue online, I discovered that the Nikon D300 and D3 have this problem. When you try to engage the autofocus and the focus is way off, the lens won't even attempt to focus. If you manually adjust the focus so it's close, the autofocus will engage. Apparently, it's a problem with the D800E (my camera) as well. I had to dismount the lens and remount it to get it to reset and start working again. Since then, I've tried to get it to reproduce the same problem, but I've been unsuccessful. Now it is working flawlessly. For that reason, I'll give the lens 4 stars. I may end up changing this review. Otherwise, the focus is dead on. The bukeh is beautiful with this camera which is good when doing closeups.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens!!!

                            By Yaaqov Levi

                            from Glendale

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens:

                                I use this lens for product photography and fashion.
                                Very great optics!
                                The lens gives all you need in terms of sharpness,,clarity, bokeh and so on....

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