Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"While intended as a macro lens, this 60mmm f/2.8 optic would also make a decent portrait lens on Nikon digital SLRs: With the 1.5x crop factor of Nikon's DX sensors, this lens equates to about a 90mm lens on a 35mm camera.

I confess to being a bit unpleasantly surprised by this lens. Given that it's a prime (non-zoom) lens of modest focal length, I was really
expecting superior performance from it, more akin to that of the excellent 105mmm f/2.8 micro Nikkor that I've used extensively on my D70 body. Instead, performance was decidedly mediocre wide open, with the whole left side of the frame noticeably soft. Things did get sharper as we stopped down, but you really shouldn't have to stop down a prime 60mm selling at street prices close to $400 to get decent performance.
 
The lens did better on the other parameters we measure directly, showing fairly good levels of chromatic aberration and very good shading and geometric distortion figures.
 
Away from the test lab though, we also observed another unfortunate tendency: While we don't have a good quantative measurement for it, this len seemed to produce far more than its share of flare, whenever there was a light source of any kind in the field of view.
 
At the end of the day, I'd have to say that this is only a mediocre lens, not really worth its relatively high selling price. There's not a lot on the market that directly competes with it, apart from the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro (which we haven't tested yet, as I write this in early 2006). If you can afford the price difference, it would be well worth saving your pennies to get the excellent 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor. Or, for just a slight increment in street price, consider the very sharp Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro. (The Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro might be a good buy as well, but I obviously can't recommend it directly until we've had chance to test it.)"
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