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 . . . read more

Nikon AFS DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G lens review by Markus Stamm at Photo Zone: Until Nikon offers a native macro lens for the CX mount, the AF-S DX 40/2.8 G is the most affordable AF lens to explore macro photography with a Nikon 1 series camera.

This is a rather interesting review, the lens is tested with the FT-1 adapter on a Nikon 1 V1 body, and that transforms the Micro-Nikkor 40mm to something of a short tele 108mm macro lens:

"The Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G offers excellent resolution in the image center straight from the maximum aperture. The borders and corners struggle a bit at large aperture settings, but stopped down reach very good resolution. Since the lens is designed for a larger sensor, distortion and vignetting are no issues on Nikon 1 cameras. CAs are a bit pronounced at small apertures, but can easily be taken care of in post processing. . . . read more

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

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR Micro Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"This is the updated version of a classic Nikon macro lens, the Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, the most noticeable differences being the addition of Nikon's excellent Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to this new model, and the correspondingly higher price. (Currently in late summer 2006, about $180 more at . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Review review at photodo

"Weighing 425g, this lens is relatively lightweight and compact. It balances extremely well on the Nikon D700 body used for testing, with or without the MB-D10 battery grip attached. High quality plastics have been used for much of the construction and the lens mount is metal. A rubber gasket has been fitted around the lens mount to help prevent to ingress of dust and moisture into the camera body, although the

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Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 Lens review at photodo

"Manual focusing is performed via the narrow rubberised ring, which has just the right amount of resistance and travel to make fine adjustments straightforward. A minimum focus distance of 16.3cm provides life size magnification, but with little working distance. Care will need to be taken not to shade your subject when working this close, and the supplied lens hood may need to be removed. The hood is a

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Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The 105mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor is one of our personal favorites. It's on the big and clunky side, and doesn't focus terribly quickly (it depends on the focus motor in the camera body, rather than on a fast "Silent Wave" motor in the lens itself, but its optical characteristics are just so good that we can forgive its . . . read more

Nikon Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4 D (IF) ED review at photodo

"The lens comes supplied in a hard, tubular leatherette case that immediately shouts quality at you. The case is lined with brown velvet that further re-enforces this feel. Withdrawing the lens from the case reveals a solid looking piece of equipment, metal bodied, with a huge focus ring that occupies almost half the barrel.

Immediately in front of the mount is the aperture ring with a lock at f/32 for modern auto cameras. The

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Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED review at SLR Gear

"Compared to the predecessor Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8, the new AF-S version of the 60mm is much sharper at all apertures. The optimum aperture for sharpness is ƒ/5.6, where the lens provides tack-sharp results across the frame, but the differences in performance for all aperture settings between ƒ/2.8 and ƒ/11 are

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Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED review at photodo

"The idea of introducing Nikon’s newest version of VR to a Macro lens, especially at the focal length that is most popular with photographers is a good one, taken the number of extreme close-up shots that are ruined by camera shake. Does it work? Well, yes it does and I spent a day chasing butterflies and insects to check out their claims of up to 4 stops slower shutter speeds being needed between 3m

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Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D ED review at momentcorp

"The Nikon Micro-Nikkor 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D ED is an incredible lens, and there is truly nothing like it. Having the possibility to zoom on a true macro lens is very useful. Having a constant effective f/ stop on the entire focus range on a macro lens is even more useful. Combining these two features and you have a

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Nikon 200mm f/4D ED-IF AF Micro Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"It's axiomatic that good-quality prime (non-zoom) lenses do better than good-quality zooms, but this seems to be particularly the case in the Nikon lineup. The latest example of this is the phenomenal performance of the 200mm f/4 Micro-Nikkor: It's arguably the sharpest Nikkor lens we've tested to date, . . . read more

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 review at momentcorp

"With the release of the D3 and the D300 with their Live view mode, auto focus macro lenses are all of a sudden something a bit more interesting to own. The AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 is close to excellent, down side is infinity focus and softness wide-open, two things that you usually wouldn't look for in a macro . . . read more

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