Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8G Mi­cro £440, $600

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High in qual­ity, but small in fo­cus dis­tance

Like the DX-for­mat Nikon 40mm, this FX lens has a fairly stan­dard fo­cal length for gen­eral shoot­ing, yet still en­ables 1.0x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion. It’s no­tice­ably larger than the 40mm lens, and nearly twice as heavy, but its min­i­mum fo­cus dis­tance is only a lit­tle longer, at 19cm in­stead of 16cm. It’s an in­ter­nally fo­cus­ing lens but, even so, the clos­est dis­tance be­tween the front of the lens and the sub­ject is still un­com­fort­ably small, at 5cm.

There’s no short­age of qual­ity in the construction, which in­cludes Su­per ED and a spher­i­cal el­e­ments, plus Nano Crys­tal coat­ings to min­imise ghost­ing and flare. Like the other Nikon lenses on test, it has a weather-sealed mount­ing plate and a ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem. How­ever, it lacks the VR op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion fea­tured in the 85mm and 105mm lenses.


The lens is a good per­former over­all, but sharp­ness at the nar­row aper­tures favoured for macro pho­tog­ra­phy is lack­lus­tre. Over­all, it works best for gen­eral shoot­ing; ex­treme close-ups aren’t its strong suit.

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