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Nikon's AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D close-up application lens

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Those who are very familiar with the Nikkor lense development may recall early AF version of the AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 in 1986. Actually, there is nothing wrong with the lense. The whole problem is (apply to other early versions of the AF-Nikkor) is the exterior design of the lense which has put off many potential buyers. So, commercially, you can term the usually hot-selling Micro-Nikkor a disastrous debut commercially. The 1st version was available for only a short time, it has a very narrow focusing ring for manual focusing. Partly early days of Nikon autofocus was not matured, with the F501 lead the pack, followed by a series of entry camera models and it was not until with the debut of the Nikon F801/N8008 that Nikon finally stabilized its footing on the rapid autofocus evolution kicked started during the mid '80.

Optically, the AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8s was quite a worthy upgrade to the manual focus version as it enabled a direct 1:1 life size reproduction without the need of additional accessory to extend lens-to-film plane distance. The lense can close focus down to 0.229m (9 in.), with an enlarged filter attachment size of 62mm and quite light weight at only 420 g. However, the strong presence of plastic in its external lense design was very disturbing and Nikon actually has quickly reacted by extending the length of the rubberized focusing ring so as to comfort the users initial negative reaction. However, the damage was done and probably it has ended up as the least sold 55mm Micro-Nikkor ever.

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Replacement for the the ill-fated AF 55mm lense happened in 1989 after the Nikon F4 was announced. Instead of using the previous version as the template, Nikon smartly giving the lense a throughout revision, both in cosmetic as well as optically. The radical change also aimed to help users forget about the bitter episode and terming it as a new short focal length Micro-Nikkor all together. Incidentally, with its 60mm focal length, it was also the first* 35mm reflex AF camera close-up lense with a focal length of 60 mm. As the previous AF 55mm optic has already offered 1:1 reproduction ratio, so, the new lense was also offered the same specification But of more interest to users is the look and feel of the lense as a whole. The flimsy, all plastic feel was gone, replacing it with a seemingly metal look which projects a more rigid feel. The wide and easily-gripped focusing ring was installed and makes the lense so much easier to focus manually. Other minor improvements include are an inclusion of the A/M switch and with a the touch of a button, the ring for manual or automatic focus can switched to either mode. It has another switch on the distance ring that marked Limit or Full - which actually offers a way to limit the focus range to the minimum focus areas during macro photography. * Contax did produced a MANUAL FOCUS Makro Planar 60mm f/2.8C MM-mount lense earlier for Contax/Yashica bodies.



Optically, this lense was rated highly by Nikon users worldwide. The revision of its optical formula, with a new 8 elements in 7 group arrangement as opposed to the 6 elements in 5 group optical formula used previously in the AF 55mm counterpart, this has turned out to be quite magical...

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The AF 60mm has improved marginally its closest focusing distance down to a 8.6 in. (21.9 cm) but both lenses share a common filter attachment size of 62mm (P=0.75), this allows the lense be able to use or invest into many popular accessories such as filters. The lense employs Nikon's close-range-correction system to ensure its superlative optical performance be extended down to its entire closest focusing range. The lense is also clearly benefited from the use of Nikon's new SIC (Super Integrated Coating) which results in high-contrast pictures, with better colour balance and more faithful reproduction. As with any Micro-Nikkor, the lense provides a very easy to read and refer scales for the reproduction ratios. However, the slight increase in its focal length as well as improved physical design makes the lense slightly heavier at 455 g. But the added weight actually improves overall balance and handling, with the addition of a better quality feel. Other than using it as a practical hand held macro-photographic lense (a perfect companion lense for Bellow Unit), you can also use it as a high quality standard lense as its maximum aperture of f/2.8 should also be adequate for handle general photography. The depth of field scale on the window has a f/16 in addition to the "standard" f/32 - generous ? Errr.. I still think it is almost as useless because there is little you can benefit from the narrow engraved scales. Why Nikon is still so stubborn by not reverting back to old ways of coloured-coded scales with additional apertures ?

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Use singularly or in combination with extensive attachments (extension rings or bellow unit), explore all you can..

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The original 1989's lense was updated again in October, 1993 with an inclusion of a distance sensor within to compliment the enhanced Matrix metering first introduced in the Nikon F90x. Naturally, when the Nikon F5 was debuted in 1996, the innovative colored sensor 3D-Matrix Metering of the Nikon F5 will also work perfectly with this lense. Optically, it remains the same with the Non-D version.

Is this lense a worthy buy at approx. USD360.00 ? Personally, I always think those who are dead serious with macro-photography should consider putting their $$ in a longer focal length Micro-Nikkor. The main draw back for this short focal length lense is its limited working distance in order be able to achieve large magnification. If you are working with artificial illumination such as the Nikon SB-21A/B or the Nikon SB-29s Auto Macro-ringlights. that should be fine but it can be damn difficult to set up for multiple flashes at such high magnifications due to its extremely close focus distance. Even if you are shooting in ambient light, it would require you to shoot practically with the lense leaching to the subject at life-size reproduction.

Another point to highlight to some of you is the larger filter attachment diameter at 62mm, it is quite strange to notice the 105mm Micro be able to "squeeze" to a 52mm diameter at the front end instead. Well, since many Nikkor lenses (as well as the 3rd party products) are also having the larger diameter which has indirectly helped in lowering prices (other than Nikon's original filter accessories) for such accessories due to higher demand, this is not entirely a weakness of this lense except you have to cough out slightly a little more for some of the 62mm-sized filter accessories Okay, let us go back to practical application for this lense, other than the comfortable working distance, the shorter focal length may yield less natural perspective when shooting at its closest focusing distance. As for those who need a lense for copying works or for reproduction, the 60mm Micro is more than adequate as the linear perspective is sufficient for such kind of application. However, compare the USD360 (approx. street price) 60mm Micro lense with a longer focal length lense which carries an approx. USD1,300-00's price tag in the AF-D Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4.0 ED-IF may seemingly not very appropriate and fair either. The differences in price between the two may call for conventional wisdom (as well as how resourceful is your wallet) to decide if you can at times, forget about "working distance". That is why many Nikon photographers opt for a compromise in the middle-of-the-road AF-D Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8s (approx. USD60-00) which price differences between the short and the long focal length is not as stressful to the financial Anyway, the rest is a matter of taste, preference and the type of photography you most likely will engage more with.

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NOTE:- Many photographers often relate a Micro-Nikkor as close-up specific lens. But the all Micro Nikkor series of lenses can be used as a normal lens. The slight increase of focal length from traditionally 55mm to 60mm by Nikon has, other than increasing the shooting distance but has also make the picture angle tighter as well as providing a more natural perspective with a slight increase of compression; so it actually shares some of the optical characteristic of a typical short telephoto lens.

Technical Specifications:-

Type of lense: D-type AF Micro Nikkor lense with built-in CPU
Lens Mount: Nikon bayonet mount with CPU contact
Focal length/Aperture: AF 60 mm f/2.8s

Lens construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
Lens Coating / Design: SIC, CRC (close-range correction) system
Picture angle: 39° 40'; Diaphragm: Automatic
Attachment size: 62mm (P=0.75)
Aperture scale:
f/2.8 - f/32 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method with AI cameras; via stop-down method with non-Ai cameras.

Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 8.6 in. (21.9 cm) to infinity (OO)
Maximum Reproduction ratio(s): Scales provided, 1:1 is possible when close focus down to approx. 22 cm

Lens Hood: HN-22 & possibly HN-23 is usable.; Weight: 1 lb. (455 g)
70mm dia. x 74mm long (overall); 82mm extension from lens flange
Filters: 62mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-On
Lens case: Lens only: CL-32S hard leatherette, No. 62 soft pouch
Usable Auto Extension Ring/Bellow Unit: Bellow Unit PB-6
Usable Teleconverter(s):
TC-200, TC-201, TC-14A; Note: Serial Number for this version of the AF Micro-Nikkor lens may have began with 200001

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