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 vs Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D both mounted on Nikon D800

Side by side with the earlier AF-D model, the revamped G-series version offers no real improvement in optical quality. While the new model is a better performer at the initial aperture across the field, it sacrifices sharpness for uniformity at every other aperture. Wide-open performance is not so important in a macro lens like this where it’s more likely to be stopped down for maximum depth of field. Also, distortion and vignetting are higher though they’re simple enough to correct in software. More of an issue in a macro lens is the relatively high levels of chromatic aberration, which can be more difficult to remove completely.