Sunday, February 19, 2012

Nikon 60mm Review

The first aspect of the Nikon 60mm lens to be discussed is its product specifications and technical aspects. The aperture on this macro lens ranges from f/2.8 to f/32, allowing for a variety of image effects and focusing options. The lens construction allows for lens flare-free photos thanks to the 8 elements in 7 groups design. There are both manual and automatic focusing options as well as a minimum focus distance of approximately nine inches. The dimensions of this lens are 2.8 inches by 2.8 inches and it weighs around fifteen ounces, making it an easy stowaway lens for on-the-go use.
The designers assert several claims in regards to how the Nikon 60mm lens performs in real life. Nikon markets this lens as an alternative to large, more expensive lenses and claims that it can be used for close-up field photography, portraiture work as well as copy work. Another claim states that the Close Range Correction technology assures the lens' optimal operation regardless of focusing range. Whether one is using the automatic focusing mechanism or the manual ring, this lens is supposed to provide continuous focusing from infinity all the way down to 1:1 (life-size). Based on many customer reviews, these claims hold up quite well in practice.
Last but not least, the actual benefits of using this 60mm macro lens will be outlined. This lens is widely cross-compatible with a range of Nikon cameras; there are auto-focusing conflicts on the D40 series of Nikon cameras but other than that, it will work with any Nikon camera made since 1980. There is a widely-reported lack of color fringes and distortion in this particular macro lens. Filter use is easy and one can even use multiple stacked filters. Finally, the sharpness on this lens is excellent; only in the farthest corners at maximum aperture can any blurring be found.
For all photographers - amateurs to professionals - that need a highly portable lens that can compete within the macro world at a relatively affordable price, this Nikon lens steps up to the plate. Good for up-close photography as well as standard range shooting, there is not much to be desired when it comes to its performance. It would be foolish to overlook the Nikon 60mm lens when considering a new acquisition of a macro lens for your future photography adventures.