Nikon AF-S Nikkor 60mm F2.8G ED: Nikon’s best Micro Nikkor?

By Kevin Carter - Thursday April 24 2014

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f2.8G ED mounted on Nikon D800 | Nikon AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f2.8G ED vs Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D both mounted on Nikon D800 | Conclusion

Nikon AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f2.8G ED mounted on Nikon D800

The Nikkor achieves a DxOMark score of 28 points, a good score overall, but given this model’s reputation, perhaps not quite as high as we expected. Sharpness levels are also slightly lower than expected for a modern lens, especially a macro of this focal length.

Nevertheless, it has good uniformity across the field at the initial aperture with only slight softening in the periphery until f5.6 Optimum performance is achieved at f8 though, while uniformity continues to be excellent across the field, after that diffraction is evident. Slight pincushion is noticeable and vignetting is quite high however, even with ED glass, chromatic aberration isn’t as well corrected as you might hope for in a high-magnification macro like this.