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  1. #1
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    Anyone use a Nikon 60mm Macro?

    A friend of mine is selling her Nikkor f/2.8 60mm macro. I am heavily considering it since the price is right, and I want to do more macro. I am even considering this as a replacement for my 50mm f/1.8 in my bag.

    Does anyone have this lense? Impressions? How does the lense handle portraits/other types of photography other than macro?

    Like I said, I figure I can replace my 50mm with this guy (I really don't use the 50mm a lot) if it can handle images in the non-macro spectrum fairly well.

    Thank you.
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    there is some info on it here.
    http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...0_28/index.htm

    personally i'm not a big fan of this lens.

    1. its too close to the 50mm f1.8 as a portrait lens. sure it can replace the 50mm but you effectively cut out the main advantage of the 50mm which is that you can dial in f1.8 for lower light. its also bigger and heavier than the 50mm. if its predominantly a portrait lens you are after, the 50mm f1.4 is a better option. i would even say the sigma 18-50mm Macro is a better lens option given it can take some macro style photos aswell and you get a more versatile lens.
    2. although its very sharp, there are sharper macro lens' out there. the tamron is a tad sharper as is the sigma 105 and 150.
    3. for bugs and non-stationary objects i would say the focal length may be restrictive. i even find the tamron 90mm doesnt have enuf reach on some occasions actually.

    these are all irreevant i suppose if you are picking it up dirt cheap.
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    I've got this lens and it probably is my most used lens in my bag just because I enjoy doing close-up shots. It is a very sharp lens, and is actually a nicer length for portraits than the 50mm....that extra 10mm makes it the right length. I've got the 85mm f/1.8 and that's slightly too long sometimes.
    The autofocus of the 60 macro isn't very good and hunts a lot especially at close ranges (macro range) but if you can manual focus when it won't focus then you'll still get great results.

    I wouldn't call it a replacement for the 50 f1.8, that's what i thought when i first got this lens because i got it before i got the 50 but it wasn't fast enough for low light. Reason being is that with all macro lenses, the light falloff when getting closer to macro distances is quite a lot. I think all macro lenses lose light the closer they focus. It's 2.8 when focused at infinity, but when at the closest focusing distance (magnification 1:1) it's f5. Obviously for portraits people aren't going to be this close so it's not much of an issue.

    The 60mm doesn't focus as fast as the 50 as you'd expect as the focus range is a lot bigger for a macro lens. But there is a focus limiter on it so that helps. I can post some photos taken with it if you like, it'll have to be when i get home though. Let me know
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    Quote Originally Posted by achuang View Post
    I can post some photos taken with it if you like, it'll have to be when i get home though. Let me know
    yes please.
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    The 60mm mcro from Nikon is a great lens, a true classic. It is easily Nikon's finest macro lens. Sharp, vignetting and CA are no where to be seen, contrasty, nice colour.

    And it just happens to also be a very good portrait lens. Very sharp already at f2.8, 60 x 1.5 = 90mm so a perfect focal length for portrait lens on APS-C, much better than a 50mm prime.

    All in all, a big YES about this lens, it is a lovely macro lens with great portrait possibilities. And great build quality to boot. You will not be disappointed.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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    Thanks for all of the feedback.

    Achuang, yes please post a few photos! I would love to see how this lense performs, and also I just like looking at photos so its a win-win situation for all .

    On the "fast lense" deal: I've gotten to the point where I just use strobes to make up for the lack of light (if its even a problem). The only time I really use my 50mm is when I am doing studio-type photography. And its always stopped down to like, f/8 or something like that. I have used my 50mm *once* for basketball but I don't forsee that oppurtunity arrising again. My 50mm rides around in my bag but usually gets used only when I make an effort to use it (my 18-200VR is just too awesome). So I figure I could replace it with a macro lense that could also double up on the portrait if need be.

    I know the 60mm is larger than the 50mm, but I think it'll fit nicely into the same spot I have reserved for my 50mm.

    I don't know, I'll keep thinking on the subject. Just for FYI: my style of gear is one camera body: two lenses, and a flash. That is all I carry. Lately I have been wanting to add macro capability to my kit, and noticed how I didn't hardly ever use my 50mm when out and about. Hence to suggestion for replacing the 50 with the 60.

    Thanks for all of the suggestions.
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    Here's a pic taken with the 60mm macro. Exif data: 60mm, f/10, 1/640, ISO 200
    And below a crop of the centre. Forgot to mention it was handheld. Looking at the 100% crop, it's not as sharp as some other photos I've taken with the lens. I'll upload a sharper photo with crop later.
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    I have its, genrally pretty happy, but one thing you should know. the lens says "2.8" indicating that it is a fixed 2.8 but in fact its not really, its more of a quasi fixes 2.8 if you are closer to somthing you will most likley get a 3.5 or 4 just a heads up
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan112ryan View Post
    I have its, genrally pretty happy, but one thing you should know. the lens says "2.8" indicating that it is a fixed 2.8 but in fact its not really, its more of a quasi fixes 2.8 if you are closer to somthing you will most likley get a 3.5 or 4 just a heads up
    And another "heads up":
    This should be of no importance to anyone. For very close up macro work, f2.8 is paperthin depth of field wise, and you will never use it (f4 still is paperthin !!!). For a bit more distance to your subject it actually will be f2.8, and so for portrait work you will have f2.8 when wanted.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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    what kind of bug is that ??
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