Nikon Nikkor 60mm F/2.8 D Micro

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Nikon 60mm f/2.8

Micro-NIKKOR AF-D (1989-)

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Nikon 60mm AF-D

Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
(FX, DX and 35mm coverage, one:1 macro, 62mm filters, fifteen.3 oz./434g, about $430 new or $225 used). enlarge. I’d get mine new at Adorama, new at Amazon or used at eBay (come across How to Win at eBay).

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The Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Micro has been around for decades. It is an first-class normal and short telephoto lens, as well equally a superb close-upwardly lens.

Micro is Nikon’s discussion for macro. It’s the same thing. This lens focuses to life-size, which means an object equally small as an inch beyond tin can fill the frame.

Equally of 2008 this 60mm f/ii.8 AF-D has been replaced by a newer AF-S version, which does the same thing but costs much more. The but advantage of the AF-S version is easier access to manual focus and that is can autofocus on Nikon’south cheapest D40, D40x, and D60.


Every bit a traditional AF lens, the Nikon AF-D 60mm Micro works on a broader range of Nikon cameras than any other. Except that it won’t autofocus on the D40, D40x, or D60 and that you’ll take to have an AI coupling prong to the discontinuity ring for coupled metering with antediluvian Nikons made from 1959 – 1976, this lens works perfectly with every Nikon ever made over the by 30 years.

See Nikon Lens Compatibility for details on your camera. Read down the “AF, AF-D (spiral)” column for this lens.

Product History


Nikon fabricated a 55mm f/3.5 Micro for rangefinder cameras like the Nikon SP.

God only knows how you focused or composed.


Nikon made various versions of a 55mm f/3.v manual-focus Micro.

Nikon made about a half-million of these.

1979 –

Introduced the manual focus 55mm f/two.8 AI-due south Micro-NIKKOR in 1979, and as one of the best lenses in photography, it’s notwithstanding sold today as of 2010.

Nikon has fabricated near 600,000 of these — so far as of 2010.


55mm f/2.eight AF, Nikon’s starting time AF micro.

Nikon but fabricated about fifty,000 of these.


60mm f/2.eight AF, which is the aforementioned as this lens shown here, withouth the ability to couple the focus distance to your photographic camera’s metering arrangement. This only is an advantage if you’re shootign with flash on-camera; otherwise, it’southward the same lens.

Nikon fabricated virtually 150,000 of these non-D AF versions.


This 60mm f/2.8 AF-D, which is the aforementioned equally the previous 60mm f/two.8 AF only adds the pocket-sized D feature.

Nikon has made almost 295,000 of the AF-D versions, or about 445,000 total, as of 2010.

2008 –

The 60mm AF-S Micro is introduced, calculation internal focusing and an internal AF-S focus drive motor.

Nikon 60mm AF-D

Nikon 60mm f/2.8 AF-D.



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Proper name

Nikon calls this the Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D.

Focal Length


Used on a DX camera it gives an angle of view similar to what a 90mm lens would give on an FX or 35mm film camera. Encounter also Ingather Factor.


8 elements in vii groups.

Close-range-correction (CRC).



7 conventional direct blades.

Stops down to f/32 at infinity.

Stops down to f/57 at i:1.

Difficult Infinity-Focus Stop?


Close Focus

8.62″ (0.219m), marked.

This is the distance to the paradigm plane (the back of the photographic camera).

Working Distance

I measure simply two-seven/8″ (73mm) from the subject to the front of the lens at the closest focus altitude.

Nikon specifies iii.56″ (90.4mm).

This is how close the front of the lens is to the subject at the closest focusing altitude, and why I don’t suggest 60mm micro lenses. A 105mm gives yous enough room to work and non block your light.

Nikon 60mm AF-D

Control Surfaces, Nikon 60mm AF-D.

Focus Range Limiter?


Limits shut focus to one human foot (0.3m), or limits far focus to 10″ (0.26m).

Maximum Reproduction Ratio


Focus Distance Scale?

Yep, bones.

Depth-of Field Scale?

Only for f/16 and f/32 .

Infra-Red Focus Alphabetize?


Filter Thread

62mm, doesn’t rotate with focusing.


2.943″ extension from flange by 2.851″ diameter (74.76 x 72.41mm) when focused at infinity.

It extends to a total of iii.908″ (99.26mm) extension from flange when focused at one:ane.

Nikon specifies ii.9″ extension from flange (focused at infinity) x 2.viii” bore (74.five x 70mm).


15.780 oz. (447.35g) measured (serie 5064).

15.307 oz. (433.95g), measured (serie 5076).

Nikon specifies 15.five oz. (440g).


CL-32S or CL-0815 pouch, both optional.


HN-22 metallic screw-in hood, optional.

It’s completely unnecessary: the optics recess securely into the barrel at normal distances, and at close distances a hood would go far the way of the subject field.

Nikon Production Number



1989 as a non-D lens; today’s D lens has been sold since 1993.



2013 May: $430.

2010 October: $460.

2008 May: $399.

Nikon 60mm AF-D Box

Box, Nikon 60mm f/ii.eight AF-D.
(box wall thickness: 0.0225″ (0.57mm).)



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Overall    AF   Bokeh   Color    Color Fringes    Distortion

Falloff    Filters    Wink   Maximum Discontinuity     Mechanics

Sharpness   Spherochromatism   Working Altitude

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This 60mm f/two.viii AF-D has been one of the lenses past which remainder of the industry judges itself since 1989. The only thing it doesn’t do compared to the newer 60mm f/ii.eight AF-S is autofocus on Nikon’s cheapest digital cameras, the D40, D40x and D60. Otherwise, I adopt it to the newer more expensive 60mm AF-S lens.

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The lens racks in and out every bit you focus, There are 3 nested cups which, if you mouse over the image below, can meet in action.

Front of 60mm f/2.8D. Roll mouse over to see it focus at 1:1.


Autofocus is fast and sure. Autofocus can hunt and grind a bit if you’re running through the full range.

Since the focus range from near to far is so corking, information technology’s not unusual for AF to get a fiddling dislocated if you lot’re at the wrong end of the focus scale. It’s better than the newest 60mm AF-S on the D300 and D3 at this.

When I shoot macro, I focus manually, so no large deal.

Manual Focus

Transmission focus requires you press the chrome unlock button and rotate the M – A ring to M.

Manual focus is swell once yous get there.

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Bokeh, the graphic symbol of out-of-focus backgrounds, not but how far out of focus they are, is poor.

Backgrounds are frequently busy at f/2.8; mistiness circles look more similar rolled condoms than discs.

Color Rendition

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Colour seems neutral and matches my other AF Nikkors.

Lateral Color Fringes
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There are no color fringes on the D300 or D3, which would right them if the 60mm f/ii.8 AF-D had any.

There are besides no color fringes on the D200, which tells me that the 60mm f/2.8 AF-D merely has no color fringes.


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On FX; the 60mm f/two.8 AF-D has no visible distortion (curving) of straight lines. The merely mode I’g able to measure out this is to enlarge exam images to 200% on my screen. The RMS distortion over for all my measured distances is but 0.196.

This 60mm AF-D is ameliorate than the newer 60mm f/ii.viii AF-Due south, which has 0.376 RMS distortion nether the same atmospheric condition. The distortion of the 60mm AF-S can exist visible if you’re looking for it.

On DX, it’south non a problem.

Plug these figures into Photoshop CS2’s lens distortion filter if you need perfection. These aren’t facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography and calculations on the resulting data.

FX and Film





30′ (10m)



10′ (3m)



3′ (1m)



1′ (0.3m)



1:i life size



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Falloff isn’t a problem, fifty-fifty on FX digital. This AF-D lens has far less falloff than the newer 60mm AF-Due south lens.

I’ve exaggerated this by shooting a grey field and then placing these on the aforementioned gray groundwork.

Nikon 60mm f/ii.viii AF-D falloff on film and FX at infinity.

FX at 1:10.

FX at 1:3.

FX at 1:1.


left bare*



* at i:1, maximum discontinuity is only f/five.

Filters, Use with
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In that location’s no problem, fifty-fifty on FX, using two stacked filters. There’southward no need for expensive thin filters.

Flash, Apply with
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Since you lot have to get and then close to your subject, the lens often will cast a shadow from the built-in flash, if you use it.

Yous’re OK with a D300, and usually OK with a D200.

Forget information technology with a D40, D40x, D60 or D70. Their slightly smaller flashes don’t reach loftier plenty to clear the lens at 1:1.

You lot’re fine with a shoe-mountain wink.

It’s silly to spend this much money on a specialized micro lens and not use the serious lighting it deserves, and then don’t worry about this.

Maximum Aperture

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The 60mm f/2.8 AF-D alters its optics as information technology focuses. It becomes slower equally it’due south focused more closely.



ten’ (3m)


3′ (1m)


1′ (0.3m)


10″ (0.25m)


1:one life size


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The Nikon 60mm AF-D is more often than not made of metal, including the filter threads.

Inner Barrel and Filter Threads


Barrel Exterior


Focus Ring

Rubber-covered metal.


Probably metal.


Boring-chromed brass.


White paint.

Series Number

Laser-engraved on bottom of aperture band.

Usa Versions

Serial numbers prefixed with “Us.”

(grit seal at mount)


Noises When Shaken

Lots of klunking and clicking from all the glass and mechanics which take to movement effectually inside to focus.

Fabricated in


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This is an unquestionably splendid lens. If yous tin can’t go sharp images with it, you lot’re doing something stupid similar shooting at too modest an aperture.

Information technology’s only slight limitation is if y’all’re looking in the far corners of the FX frame with a microscope at f/2.viii; if yous are, the newer 60mm f/2.8 AF-S is slightly improve there. Stopped down, you’re only limited by diffraction and that’south about it.

Nikon’s specified MTF doesn’t await that heady, merely that’s considering it’s shown at f/2.8. Cease downwardly a cease or 2 and you should get diffraction limited performance.

If you want a prettier looking MTF specification, pay an extra $200 for the newest AF-S version, just be forewarned: the AF-S’ horrendous falloff at f/two.eight looks far worse than the precipitous images from this AF-D lens at f/two.8 in the corners.

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Out-of-focus highlights may have green or magenta fringes. This is spherochromatism, likewise called “color bokeh” by laypeople.

Working Distance
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Nikon 60mm AF-S Working Distance

Nikon 60mm AF-D at closest focus distance. Skilful luck lighting your subject field!

I measure only ii-vii/eight” (73mm) between the front of the lens and the subject at the closest focus distance (1:i).

This is why I don’t propose 60mm micro lenses: y’all will get in the way of your lighting, making this lens by and large useless at 1:ane except for copying slides.

A 105mm gives you enough room to work and not block your light.

Think this is tight? The newest 60mm f/2.8 AF-S gives an inch (25mm) less working room!



Intro   Specifications    Performance    Recommendations

Nikon 60mm AF-D

Nikon 60mm f/2.viii AF-D.

I’d utilize this lens as a general-purpose lens, but not if my main interest is macro. Actually, for less money, the lens I really do use as a general purpose lens is my 50mm f/1.4 AF-D.

If you really want to shoot close-ups, you lot’ll find that you lot probably accept to get and so close that it’southward difficult to stay out of your own lighting, and if your subjects are critters, that yous’ll bug them.

Well-nigh people shooting macro prefer longer focal lengths considering information technology lets united states get further away. For macro, existence 2 anxiety (0.6m) away is much handier than beingness 2 inches (5cm) abroad.

For macro, the 105mm is the favorite. The 200mm macro lenses are great, but very expensive and ordinarily only used by people shooting insects and venomous snakes.

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