Nikon AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED review

The full-frame compatible Nikon AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED is a true multi-purpose lens

Nikon AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re after a prime lens with a fairly standard field of view that can also turn its hand to full 1.0x magnification macro shooting for extreme close-ups, this NIKKOR should fit the bill. On full-frame cameras, it gives a 39.7-degree viewing angle which works well for general shooting, although the aperture rating isn’t faster than an f/2.8 standard zoom. For macro shooting, the working distance between the front of the lens and the subject is a little too close for comfort, at just a couple of inches.


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    Fairly standard viewing angle

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    Full 1.0x macro magnification

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    Quite compact and lightweight


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    Expensive for its class

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    Uncomfortably short macro working distance

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The Nikon AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED is a pretty versatile lens. Whereas most full-frame compatible macro lenses have a focal length of around 90-105mm, making them useful as short telephoto lenses, this one has a more standard viewing angle that can often come in handy. It also works well for portraiture on a DX (APS-C) format camera, on which it has an effective focal length of 90mm.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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