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

(based on 311 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (247)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

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.

Reviewed by 311 customers

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5.0

This is a very good macro lens.

By Macro Joe

from Denver, CO

Verified Buyer

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

I do a lot of macro with insects and this lens has worked very good for me. The working distance is close when at 1:1, but it has a better depth of field than the f/2.8 100mm when you need every mm that you can get.

 
5.0

Excellent portrait lens!

By Murali

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This is an outstanding macro lens, no denying it. I am not a vivid macro guy but occasionally do. If you use focus stacking etc, this lens produces incredibly sharp outputs. My pic added here is without stacking for illustration. The reason I am writing this review is how well this is serving me as a portrait lens.

I had a 50/f1.4 G which I used most often for portraits. More than 85/1.4 - needs more space. Recently I started to use this for portraits with amazing results and unique bokehs, There is enough room even indoors with this focal length. Finally, I ended up selling my 50/f1.4 - this one is that good.

Imagine a natural lit picture of the subject in the grass. Nice soft out of focus around and very good dynamic range (D800e) produces some remarkable portraits. The focus is extremely sharp but you can soften it up easily in post. Its hard other way around. I also stopped using 24-70/2.8. Just use this because 24-70 at 60mm is not as good for bokehs as this macro though both are f2.8. The macro makes the background complement the subject in a different way than standard 60 mm lens. So you will get comments - "hmm, this is nice". Its all about looking different right?

I never did research to buy this - interestingly I got this to take pics of my old slides to convert as D800 hi res image and also a standby macro just in case. See where it lead me to. I am very happy with this lens & would strongly recommend to buy one. Its not very expensive. Try portraits - you will be pleasantly surprised.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Good

By Dive Buddy

from So Cal

Verified Buyer

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

I like it.

 
5.0

Nice lens

By Nikon Macro 60mm

from Undisclosed

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

Very Sharp when comparing to Tonika 100mm

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would definitely buy this lens again!

By Rosemary

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Tack-sharp is an understatement for this lens! It is quick to focus and spot on for really great images. You cannot beat this lens for the quality and price.

 
5.0

Quick and sharp

By Dave

from Kona Hawaii

Verified Buyer

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

I upgraded from the great 60mm non-s micro nikkor and this lens is everything the old one was but quieter.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens

By Colonel Shelby

from Houston

Verified Buyer

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

This lens was a replacement for a 10 year-old Nikon 60 mm the was broken. It's a perfect match. Delivery was next day at no cost, as promised.

 
5.0

Compact- Sharp Macro Lens

By Cape Cod Don

from South Yarmouth, MA

Verified Buyer

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

Light weight & compact, perfect for many applications. Extremely sharp, nice saturated colors, accurate focusing. Does not replace my Sigma 150mm macro when increased subject distance is a requirement but is a great addition to my lens kit.

 
5.0

Great lens.

By Gene

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Bought to use with my D7200. Great prime lens.

 
5.0

Great lens!

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

very sharp, nice addition to my 105 Micro. A bit heavy, but there is a lot of glass in there.

(0 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Macro lens 60 mm nikon

By Leo

from Undisclosed

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

It si a small than macro 100 mm. And is light
But the principal difference is when take a photo it's smaller

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This lens is perfect when needed

By oldvw

from San Diego

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens mainly for food photography. I have a 105 Macro but sometimes I have to be too far back to get a shot of a couple plated dishes. I need the capability of also stepping in close for shallow depth of field / macro shots and this lens does that perfectly. It is Sharp!! Images are amazing from this lens on my Nikon D810. Using the 105 and 60mm for close up gives you every option necessary for food and drinks.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice lens

By Ron

from Bismarck, ND

Verified Buyer

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

Nice lens for Micro shots... I also have the 105mm Micro. Seems like the 60mm gives me just a little more depth then the 105mm love them both!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best lens for every situation!

By Marek

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Verified Buyer

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

The focal distances just for all situation, I love portraits, the combination with Macro, I have the possibility of shot in any distances, very close also. Its very clear, and f5/.6 is the best aperture

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it !!!

By Donna

from Pennsylvania

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

I am a novice just starting out in photography. This equipment is easy to use. I get quality pictures. It leaves me plenty of room to grow into a professional!!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wanted this Nikkor lens back in my bag.

By ucre8

from Albuquerque, NM

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

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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  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Micro Lens for weddings

    By Kelly

    from Texas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    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

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent

    By Roger J

    from Galena IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    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!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Almost perfect

      By Deda

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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