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Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Nikon's most compact Micro lens for close-up and general photography
  • Close Range Correction system provides high performance at both near and far focusing distances
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating for minimized flare and ghost, providing good color balance
  • Close-up to approximately 8.75-Inches
  • Compatible Formats: FX / DX / FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 1987
  • Lens Type: Macro
  • Minimum focal length: 60 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 60 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches ; 11 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005LE77
  • Item model number: 1987
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2002

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From the Manufacturer

Lens-making is an art--Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world's finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the "glass" that makes the world's greatest pictures.

AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 60mm f2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Lens is Nikon's most compact Micro lens for close-up and general photography, making it great for portrait, copy work, and field close-up applications. The Close Range Correction system provides high performance at both near and far focusing distances. The Nikon Super Integrated Coating for minimized flare and ghost, providing good color balance. The lens shoots as close-up to approximately 8.75 inches and has a 90.4-millimeter working distance.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon's multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Close-Range Correction system
The Close-Range Correction (CRC) system is one of Nikon's most important focusing innovations, for it provides superior picture quality at close focusing distances and increases the focusing range. With CRC, the lens elements are configured in a "floating element" design wherein each lens group moves independently to achieve focusing. This ensures superior lens performance even when shooting at close distances.

Distance information
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70 cameras.

What's in the Box:
Lens, 62mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1.

Product Description

60mm lens for Nikon cameras

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An excellent portriat lens, tack sharp.
Ronald L. Cox
All the other functions still work, just have to manually focus it.
Bill
This lens is worth every penny I paid for it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

137 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Bill on February 4, 2005
If you've never had a true macro lens that is capable of 1:1(life size on slide or negative), then you're in for some fun and you'll be amazed, trust me. It's razor sharp. Image quality is outstanding. You'll see detail on your slides or prints that you could never see with the naked eye.
The only thing that could possibly disappoint is the working distance. At 1:1, the subject is about 2-3 inches from the front of the lens. When shooting insects or other moving creatures, this may be too close. The 105mm macro is the way to go for that.

---Edited with the following: I've seen 1 and 2 star reviews for this lens because it will not autofocus with the Nikon D40, D40x, and D60(and possibly others). All the other functions still work, just have to manually focus it. **If you want autofocus with the above mentioned Nikon bodies, get the new G version of this lens. These days the 2 are almost the same price.And some knock it because it doesn't have VR. Hey, this lens was introduced around 1989-long before VR or digital SLRs. And in macro photography, steadiness and focusing are so critical, VR won't help much anyway. The only proper technique is to use a rock solid tripod and focus manually. If you think you can just hold the camera and shoot at 1:1 reproduction ratio, you'll have alot of blurred shots. So do your homework and research and don't buy something that is not fully compatible with your camera body-and then give it 1 or 2 stars. It's a fine lens-trust me.

Update Sept 2 2013. I just sold the 60 micro because of the short working distance. I'm saving up for a good used 105 Micro D lens. I need the older D lenses because the G lenses don't have an aperture ring and most of my older film cameras need it(and the 105 G VR is priced much higher). That's another thing about this 60, it has an aperture ring so it can be used on older cameras. I had it 11 years and it served me well. Goodbye old friend.
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Ruchai Kanjanavanit on April 21, 2006
If I can only have one lens it will be this Nikon 60mm f/2.8 macro. Actually I hardly remove it from my D50.I had to buy a D200 for birds photography because the 60mm was 'glued' to the D50. I use it for every thing from portrait to small insects. This lens is equal to 90mm 35mm equivalent, in the film days ~90-100 mm macro lens were the most popular. With digital many people had read the old books and think experts are using 100 mm macro lenses and dare not buy this 60mm and posted to every webs that 60 mm is too short for small insects. I took thousands of insect shots with this lens and will never use any other lens. It is very sharp, maybe the sharpest lens Nikon ever made.
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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 30, 2005
Among Nikon's most celebrated lenses have been its Micro Nikkor macro lenses. This autofocus lens remains among the best, not only for its fine optics but also because it will allow the user to focus down to a 1:1 life size reproduction ratio, which is perfect for photographing inanimate objects such as coins or stamps or relatively still living objects such as leaves and flowers. I agree with another reviewer that if you intend to photograph small animals such as insects, then either a 105mm Micro Nikkor or the 200mm f4 Micro Nikkor, would be a more appropriate macro lens. Otherwise, the 60mm Micro Nikkor lens may be all the lens you need for superb closeup photography.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By kkrome25 on July 11, 2007
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I just thought I'd list the things I like about this lens, to make this review short and to the point:

1. The bokeh is the stuff of legend; it is textbook perfect. It is in the same class as the best German lenses when it comes to bokeh.
2. It is exquisitely sharp, all out to the edges, with no chromatic aberrations.
3. Manual focusing is nicely dampened and feels just like a manual-focusing lens.
4. Not only is it ideal for macro (micro) photography; it's also a fine
portrait lens. The narrower field of view (90mm equivalent in 35mm film) is perfect for abstracts.
5. The level of performance and quality exceeds the price two times over, in my opinion.
6. I think this is basically the same lens design as Nikon's hugely popular and legendary 55mm manual-focus Micro-Nikkor.

This lens is what Nikon optics is all about. You can't go wrong buying one.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By William A. Burnett on March 9, 2006
I use this lens to photograph flowers but I also use this lens as one of my main portraits lenses it is incredibly sharp and focuses extremely close, buy this lens and you will find you will be using it for more then a macro! Some images I have taken with this are at [...]
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. van Bakel on February 13, 2007
Sharpness and price are not necessarily related. Nikon's standard 50mm f1.8 lens is very sharp and costs around $[...] (it's cheaply made though). The priciest lens I own, the really well-built $[...] 70-200 f2.8 with VR, also is no slouch in the sharpness department, though being a telezoom, it's not quite up there with a good prime (fixed focal distance) lens.

Much closer in price to the former, but built considerably better, is Nikon's 60mm 2.8 macro lens. I'm astonished by how much fine detail this thing picks up. In fact, I've never seen anything like it outside of the realm of medium-format cameras. For an SLR lens, this is as good as it gets. I rarely dabble in macro photography and would have no use for this lens if it wasn't such a stellar choice for portrait photos.

Caution: it's brutally honest, recording every pore (and of course, every minuscule blemish) in your subject's face. If you're going for lifelike and truthful, the 60mm Micro will wow you. If you're after portraits that are pleasing and flattering and just a bit soft, this isn't the lens for you, unless you don't mind achieving that effect in post-production.

I've posted an example of what I'm talking about here (it's a portrait I shot the other day): [...]
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