I’ll be sharing some quick thoughts about shooting with the Nikkor AFS 60mm 2.8… It is a specialized lens for closeup work and macro photography. My first macro lens was a 105mm, I like it when I had it but for me 60mm fits the bill for me. Why? I don’t shoot a lot of closeup and macro and having to lug around the size and weight of the Nikkor AFS 105mm 2.8 VR, it’s kinda impractical at times. The weight and size of the 60mm simply tells me to include her to the camera bag, but with the 105mm I have to weigh against the other lenses I will bring or leave. The 60mm is just perfect for me, it doesn’t really take a lot of space and perfect for those times that you need a macro lens portable enough and not weighing down your whole bag. This alone is the most important factor deciding on the 60mm, not that the 105mm is a slouch or something – both lenses are stellar.
The 60mm can double duty as a normal lens and performs very good on distant subjects. The older version of this lens performed marginally at distance or subjects at infinity. This lens has a permanent residency status in by bag. I’ll share some shots taken at Sonya’s Garden in Tagaytay, if I were to bring my 105mm, I could have not included my Nikkor AFS 70-200mm 2.8 VRII which was needed for a shoot in Manila or I would have to endure a heavy bag clamped around my back all the time while I was there. The 60mm proved to be lightweight enough and didn’t really affect the overall weight.
If you are a dedicated macro shooter, the 105mm is the way to go, that extra working distance will prove to be helpful especially when you shooting bugs and the likes. Me, I’m just a casual and instinctive shooter when it comes to closeup and macro, and sometimes my mood dictates me so… Having said that, I still love to shoot a lot of closeups and macro ggggrrrr…. That’s why I’m unpredictable LOL.
Photographer’s note: F/11, 1/320, ISO 220, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 60mm 2.8
Photographer’s note: F/8, 1/320, ISO 560, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 60mm 2.8
Photographer’s note: F/8, 1/320, ISO 360, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 60mm 2.8
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