Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
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Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D Lens Review
SLR Lens and Camera Reviews
6 June 2009
Summary: Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D is a pretty solid, but not a unique in its class lens. The resolving capabilities of the lens are quite outstanding on both APS-C as well as FF cameras (give or take - border performance at f/2.8 is slightly off, but still acceptable). The lens also shows good handling of distortion and color fringing, although leaves some room for improvement when it comes down to handling light falloff.
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
Excerpt: Nikon calls their macro lenses "micro-Nikkors". This is a bit odd considering that they only focus down to 1:1 (still in the macro range) and that they are anything but micro in size. The series includes a 60, a 105, and a 200. My favorite lens is the 60. That's because I always carried an 80-200 with my Nikon and it was nice to have a lens that didn't duplicate one of those focal lengths. How close is 1:1?
Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8 D - Review / Test Report
13 October 2008
Conclusion: Released back in '93 the Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8 D is a relatively old design but it can still deliver excellent results. The resolution figures are excellent and both vignetting and distortions are nothing to worry about. CAs are a little on the high side for a fix-focal lens though (correctable). The mechanical quality is very good and it's fun to handle the lens.
Conclusion: You don’t have to be a Sherlock Holmes to figure out from our test that the Nikkor 2.8/60 is a very good instrument, which is half the price of the new Nikkor 2.8/105 VR and still provides lots of great sharp pictures. Of course, we can’t deny the Nikkor’s 2.8/105 VR advantages: the stabilization, SWM motor and the ability to work with the D40/D40x Nikons since these are all great features.
Cons: a bit too large coma, chromatic aberration in the maximum aperture area could be a bit smaller