The Nikon 60 mm f/2.8 G Micro lens (“Micro” is Nikon-speak for “Macro”) has usually gotten a bad rap when compared with its big brother, the Nikon 105 mm. By far the biggest gripe: the 60 requires the photographer to get close to the subject. If you’re shooting insects, that is surely a disadvantage. Who needs a bee sting on the nose! Another rub is the lack of vibration reduction. You need a steady hand or, of course, a tripod. Even with those negatives, I’ve never had a problem. Mine usually lives on my trusty D700 Camera.
The 60 mm has been around a long time. I’ve had mine for about a decade. It’s built like a tank, the auto focus is snappy and it delivers marvelous bokeh . The best news is the price. It’s among Nikon’s cheapest lens. Nikon has recently announced a replacement but there are oodles of these on the used market and you can pick one up for a song; about a third of what you’d pay for a 105. Course if you shoot stinging insects, you’ll have to allow for pain and suffering. Thanks for the moment and have a good week. See you next time. .