Nikon 60mm 2,8G Macro Lens Review.

AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm 1:2.8 G ED.





By: Smari S Smarason

 

Nikon 60mm 2.8G lens on D7000 DX camera = 90mm

Lens Specifications

Nikon 60mm f/2.8G.

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

Lens construction 12 elements in 9 groups.

SWM: Silent Wave Motor – faster and quiet auto-focus.

IF: Internal Focusing, allows faster, smoother autofocusing and eliminates changes in the lens barrel length.

NA: Nano Crystal Coat, high-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating delivers superior colour correction and reducing ghosting and flare.

Closest focusing distance 0.185 m/0.6 ft.

No. of diaphragm blades 9 Rounded.

Filter/attachment size 62mm.

Weight Approximately 425 g/15.0 oz.

Maximum reproduction ratio 1:1

AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm 1:2.8 G ED.
AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm 1:2.8 G ED.
Nikon D810 – 60mm 2.8G Macro lens @ f/3.5 – 1/160 ISO 100 – Nikon SB-910 flash

About the lens and Image quality

This lens has 9 Rounded diaphragm blades.
9 Rounded diaphragm blades front
9 Rounded diaphragm blades front
9 Rounded diaphragm blades back
You will get circular bokeh effect with this 9 Rounded diaphragm blade lens on all apertures.

Focusing.

This lens has SWM: Silent Wave Motor – faster and quiet auto-focus.

IF: Internal Focusing, allows faster, smoother autofocusing and eliminates changes in the lens barrel length.

The SWM Silent Wave Motor on this lens is the best thing about this lens in my opinion if I compare this lens to the older Nikon 60mm 2.8D version, this lens has much faster focusing.

Also, this lens will autofocus on Nikon D5000 and D3000 models entry-level DSLR cameras when the old D version will not.

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.

Low contrast lens flare is not a problem with this lens mainly because of Nano Crystal Coating that this lens has.
Nikon D700 - Nikon 60mm 2.8G @ f/2.8 - 1/500 - ISO 200
Nikon D700 – Nikon 60mm 2.8G @ f/2.8 – 1/500 – ISO 200

VS

Nikon D700 - Nikon 60mm 2.8D @ f/2.8 - 1/500 - ISO 200
Nikon D700 – Nikon 60mm 2.8D @ f/2.8 – 1/500 – ISO 200

long exposure photography

Sharpness and Starburst.

I like the sharpness of this lens when used for long exposure photography, but I don’t like the starburst that is coming from the streetlights, I was hoping for more starburst because of the 9 blades, but they were so small and blurry, the Nikon 60mm 2.8D lens did a much better job creating beautiful and sharp starburst and that lens has only 7 blades.

See the comparison between those two Nikon 60mm macro lenses.

Nikon D810 - 60mm 2.8G @ f/8 - 30 sec - ISO-100
Nikon D810 – 60mm 2.8G @ f/8 – 30 sec – ISO-100
CROP FROM THE PICTURE ABOVE

Chromatic aberration.

There’s a lot less chromatic aberration when using this lens wide open rather than on Nikon 60mm 2.8D lens, thanks to Nano Crystal Coat is high-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating delivers superior colour correction and reducing ghosting and flare.

Nikon D810 – 60mm 2.8G @ f/2.8 – 3 sec – ISO-100. The images are heavily cropped.
Sun Starburst.

9 Rounded aperture blades create eighteen stars in a starburst.

Nikon D810 - Nikon 60mm 2.8G @ f/36 - 1/125s - ISO-100
Nikon D810 – Nikon 60mm 2.8G @ f/36 – 1/125s – ISO-100

Portrait Photography

Using the Nikon 60mm 2.8G macro lens for portrait photography is okay, you will get decent sharpness and bokeh effect on f/2.8.

In my opinion, Nikon 60mm macro lens is for those who like to take close up portrait pictures of pets and kids where you need to get closer focus then you can get with 50mm or 85mm lens for example.

Food photography – Still life photography – close up portrait photography.

everything close, but not so much as a macro, personally I like to use much longer lenses for macro photography – 200-300mm.

Nikon D810 - Nikon 60mm 2.8G - @f/2.8 - 1/500s - ISO 160
Nikon D810 – Nikon 60mm 2.8G – @f/2.8 – 1/500s – ISO 160

Food – Still Life Photography with Nikon 60mm 2.8G lens.

You can use the Nikon 60mm 2,8 macro lens on many occasions

Still life – Food – Macro – Portrait – Landscape – long exposure photography and this lens are also good for Copying Slide film on a DX camera body = 90mm focal length.

Food Photography
Nikon D700 - 60mm 2.8G - 1/60s - f/4,5 - ISO 200
Nikon D700 – 60mm 2.8G – 1/60s – f/4,5 – ISO 200
Copying Slide Film

I have a lot of old 35mm slide film from my grandfather that I have been copying into digital form, the reason I like to use DSLR camera is to be able to control the backlight brightness on the slide photo, I like to use the daylight not flash.

This is how the Nikon 60mm 2.8G lens works on D7000 DX camera, it doesn’t zoom as close as the Nikon 60mm 2.8D lens so you are going to need to crop a little bit more.

Conclusion and recommendation

The reason for me to recommend the G version of the older D version is the Silent Wave Motor – faster and quiet auto-focus, that is the biggest difference between this lenses. If you can live without faster auto-focus take the older Nikon 60mm 2.8D version.

The next reason is – the 60mm 2.8G version it’s slightly sharper wide open than the older 60mm 2.8D lens especially for portrait photography.

For whom and what type of photography are this lens for.

In my opinion – it’s for those who like to take close up portrait pictures of pets and kids where you need to get closer focus then with 50mm or 85mm lens for example.

Food photography – Still life photography – close up portrait photography.

everything close, but not so much as a macro, personally I like to use much longer lenses for macro photography – 100-200mm.