Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED macro lens review by Ming Thein: '...of all of the lenses I own, it’s the one that’s been with me the longest"

Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED macro lens review by Ming Thein: '...of all of the lenses I own, it’s the one that’s been with me the longest"

Ming Thein mostly uses this lens with the Nikon D800E Dslr body:

"I actually don’t have much to say about resolution and optics: what do you expect? It’s a macro lens. There’s almost zero distortion or field curvature, and nothing funny going on with the focal plane. Sharpness is already excellent at f2.8, though with the D800E you’ll probably have to go to f4 or f5.6 to hit peak resolving power across the frame. Note that diffraction softening will set in by around f13 or so with the D800E; I try not to go past f16 unless I absolutely have no choice. That said, you can get away with f22 on the 12MP FX cameras if you need to.

Something I’ve been asked in the past is why I don’t use the 105/2.8 VR instead for greater working distance; the answer is that for the kind of work I do, the 60 actually holds several advantages. Firstly, I don’t need as many extension tubes to achieve higher magnifications*; secondly, the lens itself has

much lower chromatic aberration than the 105 – lateral is fairly well controlled on both, but longitudinal is ugly on the 105 – and requires a lot of work to fix afterwards. Finally, there’s the issue of depth of field: for any given aperture, you’ll get more with the shorter focal length**. And given that you’re already challenged to find enough as it is, I’ll take any advantage I can get."

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Company Nikon Nikon Nikon
Model AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF ED VR AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G
MTF Charts Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF ED VR mtf chart Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G
Initial Price $600 $985 $280
Release Date 01/2008 02/2006 07/2011
Discontinued
Lens Mount Nikon F mount Nikon F mount Nikon F mount
Lens type Macro Macro Macro
Resolution - 16.0 P-Mpix 10.0 P-Mpix
Chr. aberration - 7.00µm 7.00µm
Vignetting - -1.6 EV -1.1 EV
Transmission - 3.3 TStop 3.1 TStop
Distortion - 0.20% 0.10%
Focal Length 60.0mm 105.0mm 40.0mm
Lens construction 12 elements in 9 groups 14 elements in 12 groups (with 1 ED glass element and 1 Nano Crystal Coat-deposited lens element) 9 elements in 7 groups
Stabilization system No Yes No
Diaphragm Blades 9 aperture blades circular opening 9 aperture blades circular opening 7 aperture blades circular opening
Max Magnification 1.0x 1.0x
Angle of view 39.66° 23.33°
Zoom Ratio 1.0x 1.0x
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 f/2.8 f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/32.0 f/32.0
Aperture ring No No
AF Motor type Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch Yes Yes
Full-Time manual focus Yes Yes
Internal Focusing Yes Yes
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.19m 0.31m 0.16m
Internal zooming
Filter Diameter 62mm 62mm 52mm
Distance Scale Yes Yes
Front lens element rotating No No
Lens Hood included Yes Yes
Weather sealing No Yes No
Weather sealing details Dust and moisture resistant
Body material Plastic with metal mount Metal Plastic with plastic mount
Diameter 73.0mm 83.0mm 68.5mm
Length 89.0mm 116.0mm 64.5mm
Weight 425.0 g 790.0 g
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