Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8 D – Review / Examination Study
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Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published June 2006
Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Ulrich Grothaus!
The Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.eight D is the latest incarnation of the Nikon standard macro lenses. The lens series has quite a tradition starting dorsum in the 60s with 10+ variants released over time. The price of the Micro-Nikkor is relatively moderate at around 450US$/€ and so unless you need the actress speed it may even be a candidate to replace your standard lens. The field-of-view on today’s APS-C DSLRs is equivalent to a 90mm lens on a full frame photographic camera so unless you’re using it for macro photography it behaves like a moderate tele within this telescopic.
As the name implies the Nikkor is a macro lenses with a min. focus altitude of 0.22m resulting in a max. object magnification of one:i. The build quality of the lens is very decent thank you to an outer barrel made of practiced quality polycarbonate with a sleek terminate. The broad, rubberized focus band operates quite smoothen. Typical for most macro lenses the Nikkor has a linear extension system so its size increases significantly towards closer focus distances (meet the product images to a higher place). The front end element does not rotate then using a polarizer is no problem. The Nikkor features an independent ring for switching betwixt AF and manual focusing – a dated blueprint compared current AF-S lenses. The lens has no internal AF motor and relies on a slotted drive screw operated by the camera. As a result the AF generates a moderate degree of noise. When focusing throughout the whole range the AF feels a little slow but at standard distances information technology’s really acceptable. A focus limiter is available to prevent excessive focus hunting when using the lens for conventional (non-macro) photography.