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NikonAF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Macro Autofocus Lens
 
4.8

(based on 276 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (218)
  • Consistent output (153)
  • Easily interchangeable (126)
  • Lightweight (118)
  • Durable (106)

Cons

  • Slow focus (17)
  • Heavy (13)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Tough to attach (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (174)
  • Low light (48)
  • Landscape/scenery (39)
  • Weddings (34)
  • Wildlife photos (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (90), Semi-pro photographer (47), Pro photographer (40), Enthusiast (24), Casual photographer (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (159), Yes (14)

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

great deal!

By lindsay

from indiana

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

Awesome macro for the price!!

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5.0

Sharp and crisp picture

By Amiel

from Rancho Cucamonga

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

Awesome lens, light, fast and most of all sharp pictures can't believe this lens will do those.

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5.0

Great lens for the price

By Terry

from Argyle, Texas

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

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

    I went with the Nikon 60mm based on a lot of good reviews. Picture quality is "tack sharp". Macro work with the 60mm is a pleasure. It is right sized, and I'm using this lens for more for general purpose work vs. my 50mm. The 60mm is only about 1/2 inch longer then the 50, and lets you have macro capability if you want.

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    5.0

    Great addition to my kit!

    By Bandman

    from Iowa

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

          I recently added this lens to my kit and it's a wonderful addition. It's rock solid and very easy to use, the crispness is amazing. Typical Nikkor quality.

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          5.0

          Phenomenal glass

          By G

          from Chicago, IL

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

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

            What a treat using it with my old D90 work horse.Crystal clear pictures OOTC with excellent colors rendition, focuses instantly and on spot 100% of the time (even in barely lit situations), can focus as close as about 2 inches from your front lens element.Excellent for portraits on DX.Would have loved a VR as it's sometimes hard to keep the camera steady being hand held in front of a tiny subject 3 inches away. But that's a bonus to an already flawless lens.Just get one. It's on my camera 80% of the time now...

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            4.0

            great macro lens

            By IC

            from Virginia

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                great for macro and close shots, very happy with purchase, using on D5300

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                3.0

                mixed feelings

                By dz

                from CA

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

                      I bought this lens for product work, especially jewelry, because of the macro function. It just isn't as reliably sharp as I would like. This may sound naive (my first macro lens), but to get any depth of field I must use a very small aperture, which doesn't work that well with my natural light shooting. I find myself going back to my other lenses for the product work, using a wide aperture to give me the look I like, and cropping to compensate for my lack of macro. I am using this lens for art shots, though, and loving it for that.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent macro, portrait, slide copy

                      By Munchmeister

                      from Fort Collins, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I use this for macro photography where it excels for its price range, and for portraits where it is excellent on my D90 DX, giving a 90mm (in 35mm) short telephoto. It has a flat field, allowing it to be used to copy slides and other graphic material, including paintings. I often recommend it to my oil and water color painter friends as an ideal lens for taking photos of their artworks, due to its ability to move in close, for small paintings and plein air sketches, and the flat field does not distort the painting at the edges. I've even found it useful for night and astrophotography.

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens

                        By Low Key Photo

                        from Orange Park, Fl

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Very well built

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

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

                          I bought this for use on my Nikon D7100 and so far I have been very pleased with this lens. Sharp, clear pictures and able to really get up close for incredible detail

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                          5.0

                          superb lens

                          By Bud W

                          from Conway, AR

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                          Pros

                          • 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 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                            this lens is excellent for getting those close up shots with great detail.

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                            5.0

                            Terrific Sharp Photos For Close Up

                            By Crissy Penguin

                            from Danville Ca

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                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              I love this lens and it's amazing detail. Great for taking product photos as in my image sample. get up close and personal with people and products. I do recommend this to anyone !

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                              5.0

                              Better than I expected

                              By Lee

                              from Denver

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                Used for lots of close up, especially underwater

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Nikkor never a Question

                                By The Pixel Hoarder

                                from San Clemente, CA

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Underwater macro

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

                                  I took this lens with me to Belize to shoot underwater Marco. Even though I was only able to shoot macro on one dive, the lens is flawless.

                                  This lens was tack sharp. Very smooth and fast focusing.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nikkor 60mm beats out closeup filter

                                  By Adrian the Artist

                                  from Toronto

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events

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

                                    I just bought the closeup ring Canon 500D to use with my Nikon 24-70mm and it did a fine job. However I also own the Nikkor 60mm f2.8 and it can get in closer at true 1:1. I also noticed the edge to edge sharpness was easier to achieve the this lens over the closeup ring. Both however were sharp (so choose to your budget, just thought I would share useful info). So I decided to keep both anyway. The closeup ring is good for a lighter bag to take for one less lens to bring at times. This 60mm macro works well on my Nikon D300s and quick to take images (cropped sensor that is still 12MP with this lens in DX) and works on my D700 FX also. For almost half the price of 105mm lens, this 60mm works for me. Liked both products. Both easy to use, just practice to keep steady and see when image is in focus without moving your body much. Adjust your aperature, for the depth of field you want, as at this close a distance to subject, it is very shallow depth of field, unless you increase your aperature more, for the effect you want. Lens can double as a portrait lens, however I also have the 85mm f1.8 for that.

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                                    5.0

                                    Solid Lens

                                    By Natty the Night Owl

                                    from Massachusetts

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Closeup Portraits
                                      • Macro Photography

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

                                      I used this lens to do portrait close ups and macro photography. The lens is easy to use and not to small or to big; it's just right and the price won't pop most people budget.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great value, great lens

                                      By wedphotog

                                      from Atlanta, Ga

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                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Macro Photography
                                        • Weddings/Events

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

                                        I bought this lens to be able to shoot wedding rings with, and let me say, it does an amazing job. Before I was just using my 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for rings as that was all I had. My shots were honestly very mediocre. Now, my shots are professional, sharp and perfect. Highly recommend.

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                                        5.0

                                        The Sharpest Nikkor

                                        By BW shooter

                                        from Atlanta, GA

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                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Durable
                                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                        • Nice Bokeh
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                        • Heavy

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General photography

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

                                        My experience tells me this is the sharpest Nikkor under 200mm focal length. Yes, I have owned all three Nikkor micro lenses, 60G, 105VR and 200/4D. I use 60G as my general walkaround lens and it gives me very sharp, high contrast, distortion-free images. Its AF speed is much faster than that of the AF-D version and 60mm focal length is perfect for my taste. The only downside is a bit heavy due to many glass elements used for high correction.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great build quality and speed

                                        By JohnM

                                        from Albany, OR

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Macro Photography

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

                                          I purchased this lens as a replacement to my older 60mm 'D' lens since the older one now resides on one of my film bodies. The build quality is excellent, and it is virtually silent in operation. Focusing in AF mode is extremely fast.

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                                          5.0

                                          Waited too long

                                          By RL

                                          from Washington, DC

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                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Macro Photography

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

                                            Great lens for shooting close ups, especially in tight spaces. Paired it with my D600.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great lens for the price

                                            By MDArell

                                            from JERSEY CITY, NJ

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Macro Photography

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

                                                Just perfect for macro shots

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