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

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This version of the Micro-Nikkor 60 mm has excellent sharpness from full bore and up to f/11, where diffraction sets in. It produces well saturated colours and good contrast. Distortion is negligible and excellent flatness of field. Some CA at wide apertures. Good resistance against flare and ghosting.

Like most other recent Micro-Nikkor lenses, it uses and internal focusing design that shortens the focal length in the macro region. At 1:1, it is only about 40 mm. This means that the working distance from the front of the lens to the subject is at life size is very short (about 5 cm).

It is unfortunately not suitable for IR. There is a visible hot spot, and internal reflections that reduce sharpness and contrast.

Rating: Ed: -, User: 90 (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).

Mount: Nikon F.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/2.8 to f/32.
Close focus distance (CFD): 19 cm / 0.62 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:1 / 1X.
Focus: AF (built-in, ring-type).
Groups/elements: 9/12.
Filter diameter: 62 mm.
L x D, W: 89 x 73 mm, 425 g.
IR: Poor IR performance.
Approximate street price: USD 540 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2008-today.

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Established: 1917
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
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Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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