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