Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8 D - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published June 2006

Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Ulrich Grothaus!


The Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8 D is the latest incarnation of the Nikon standard macro lenses. The lens series has quite a tradition starting back in the 60s with 10+ variants released over time. The price of the Micro-Nikkor is relatively moderate at around 450US$/€ so unless you need the extra 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 camera so unless you're using it for macro photography it behaves like a moderate tele within this scope.

As the name implies the Nikkor is a macro lenses with a min. focus distance of 0.22m resulting in a max. object magnification of 1:1. The build quality of the lens is very decent thanks to an outer barrel made of good quality polycarbonate with a sleek finish. The broad, rubberized focus ring operates quite smooth. Typical for most macro lenses the Nikkor has a linear extension system so its size increases significantly towards closer focus distances (see the product images above). The front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem. The Nikkor features an independent ring for switching between AF and manual focusing - a dated design 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 it's really acceptable. A focus limiter is available to prevent excessive focus hunting when using the lens for conventional (non-macro) photography.

Equiv. focal length75 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/2.7 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction8 elements in 7 groups
Number of aperture blades7
min. focus distance0.22 m (max. magnification ratio 1:1)
Dimensions70 x 75 mm
Weight440 g
Filter size62 mm (non-rotating)
HoodNikon HB-22, barrel shaped (optional)
Other featuresLens provides distance (D) information to the camera. CRC correction.