Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro lens review

AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D





By: Smari S Smarason

 

Nikon’s most compact Micro lens for close-up and general photography.
Nikon D810 and AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
Nikon D810 and AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D

Lens Specifications

60mm f/2.8D.

Maximum aperture f/2.8 – Minimum aperture f/32.

Lens construction 8 elements in 7 groups.

This lens has Super Integrated Coating (SIC) for providing high-contrast image even with maximum aperture, and Close-Range Correction (CRC) system provides high performance at both near and far focusing distances

Closest focusing distance 0.219 m/0.6 ft.

No. of diaphragm blades 7

The no of diaphragm blades means, for example, the 2.8D lens have heptagon-shaped bokeh effects and Starburst in long exposure photography is gonna be 14 stars on the Nikon 60mm 2.8D.

Filter/attachment size 62mm.

Weight Approximately 440 g/15.5 oz.

About the lens and Image quality

I was lucky to get this lens cheap on a local website here where I live in Denmark, I didn’t know exactly what I was buying but later I realised how good this lens is, not just as macro lens but also for normal use also, portrait – landscape – still live and long exposure photography. In my opinion this is one of the lost jewels that Nikon makes, this is incredibly sharp lens when used as in general photography, I have no experience to compare macro lenses just yet, I only have two macro lenses and they are not alike, it changes hopefully soon – soon I will have more macro lenses to compare.

So, the images quality is amazing on this lens, but would I buy this lens again new at full price? I would probably go with AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED instead, mainly because of the AF-S Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor, The focus on the D version is noise and slow to focus when used in macro photography. I would buy this lens again used if I could get lucky for the price.

Nikon D7000 - Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/5.6 - ISO 100 - 1/250 sec
Nikon D7000 – Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/5.6 – ISO 100 – 1/250 sec
Nikon D7000 - Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/5.6 - ISO 160 - 1/100 sec
Nikon D7000 – Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/5.6 – ISO 160 – 1/100 sec
Nikon D7000 - Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/6.3 - ISO 100 - 1/800 sec
Nikon D7000 – Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/6.3 – ISO 100 – 1/800 sec
Nikon D810 - Nikon 60mm Macro Lens @ f/3.5 - ISO 64 - 1/200 sec
Nikon D810 – Nikon 60mm Macro Lens @ f/3.5 – ISO 64 – 1/200 sec
Nikon D7000 - Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/5.6 - ISO 100 - 1/640 sec
Nikon D7000 – Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/5.6 – ISO 100 – 1/640 sec

Lens Flare Test

Lens flare is the light scattered in the lens mechanisms, usually unwanted.

Lens flare can also be useful because it adds a sense of realism in images or video, meaning that the image is a non-edited original photograph of a real-life scene, so it is more up to you what you want or needs.

All lenses suffer from some imperfections especially old cheap lenses.

Almost all modern lenses are coated and corrected to minimize flare so when you use some of the old lenses you should always use a lens hood, a lens hood will help eliminates flare if the bright light is slightly off to the side, but it won’t help if the light is directly in front of you.

Lens flare is probably the only downside with this lens when it comes to image quality from Maximum aperture f/2.8 and f/3.2, on lower aperture then f/5.6 – f/8 you are almost free from flare, just like Nikon 50mm 1.8D, but not as much on this lens though, you can get low contrast flare with this lens, the image look washed out.

 

Nikon D7000 - Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/11 - ISO 100 - 1/125 sec
Nikon D7000 – Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/11 – ISO 100 – 1/125 sec

VS

Sun coming from another direction, not straight into the lens.

Nikon D7000 DX- Nikon 60mm 2,8D @ f/8 – ISO 100 – 1/160 sec – focal length = 90mm
Nikon D7000 DX- Nikon 60mm 2,8D @ f/8 – ISO 100 – 1/160 sec – focal length = 90mm
Nikon D7000 - Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/3.2 - ISO 500 - 1/125 sec
Nikon D7000 – Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro Lens @ f/3.2 – ISO 500 – 1/125 sec

Nikon 60mm lens FX vs DX

I use the Nikon 60mm 2.8D macro lens more on my D7000 DX crop sensor camera than on my D810 FX, because of the crop factor the lens becomes equivalent to 90mm lens on FX, I have so many other lenses that I use instead of my D810 for general photography, it has just evolved that way. But when I’m doing still life photography I like to use this lens with my D810.

Nikon D810 FX- Nikon 60mm 2.8D @ f/8 - ISO 90 - 1/100 sec - focal length = 60mm
Nikon D810 FX- Nikon 60mm 2.8D @ f/8 – ISO 90 – 1/100 sec – focal length = 60mm
Nikon D7000 DX- Nikon 60mm 2,8D @ f/8 - ISO 100 - 1/160 sec - focal length = 90mm
Nikon D7000 DX- Nikon 60mm 2,8D @ f/8 – ISO 100 – 1/160 sec – focal length = 90mm

Disadvantages / Focus

This lens…..

Does not have a built-in auto-focus motor, that means that this lens can only use manual focus on entry-level cameras such as the D3000 and D5000, series.

I know this lens works on Nikon D7000, D7100, D7200 and all fx Nikon cameras but remember, for auto-focus to work on your camera with this lens you need to set the aperture ring to f/32 and locked there.

My camera can focus quickly with this lens when used normally, when used normally set the focus button on the lens to Limit, when used for macro set the focusing button to Full
My camera focuses quickly on this lens when used normally (not in macro). For general photography set the focus button on the lens to Limit, when used for macro set the focusing button to Full.
Copying Slide Film

This lens is also good for Copying Slide film on a DX camera body = 90mm focal length.