TrueToad Rates this product 5 Stars - This is the Nikon 60mm macro lens review
If you are doing field work and wish to shot the entire plant/flower then the Nikon 60mm Macro Lens is a good option because of its shorter focal length. The Nikon 60mm Macro is also an agreeable lens for carrying to the gardens, due to its compact size and lighter weight as mentioned. I agree for insects a longer lens offers you an advantage in allowing natural sunlight in between you and the lens, but I carry my handy flashes with me.
This Nikon 60mm f/2.8 AF-S is very sharp at all apertures.but has falloff at f/2.8, but I rarely need it full bright in the corners when doing Macro work, and this is why I have the lens anyway, the falloff is not too disagreeable for me and with modern processing software you can correct it easily with a lens template.
The focus is all internal, allowing you to use external filters and attachments without them turning or moving during focusing. As far as autofocus goes, it works very well, better than my 150mm Sigma and older 105 Nikon. I must tell you though I rarely use auto focus for macro work but do use it often for anything a few feet in front of the lens.
Again some say the 60mm has some distortion, but again easily fixed in post, since I do nature you can hardly tell anyway. Maybe for the postage stamps Macro folks might see it, I don’t because almost all my subjects are from nature no now will notice any distortion unless you go look for it, and I normally don’t go looking for those kind of things anyway.
The lens is a very good companion lens to have, It may not be the perfect solution but it can get the job done and I really enjoy carrying this lens for a walk and shoot, the size, weight, and performance pays dividends.
PROS: Quick, Quite, and very sharp, and also can do double duty as a standard lens.
CONS: None really, but for 1:1 macro work it does require very close in to subject which in most cases will cause your shadow to be cast onto the subject.
Anyone starting out in Macro work, this would not be my first choice. I would prefer a longer lens first, then after settling in I would pick up a shorter macro lens such as this fine example.
However, if you need a general purpose lens to carry around, I would consider this Nikkor 60mm for sure.
Need a lightweight sharp Macro? Here is your answer for your FX or DX Nikon body.
Using the lens on a DX body give you a nice 90mm field of view equivalent.
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