Shooting with the Nikon 60 mm Micro

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. .

Photo Of The Week: Up Close & Personal

A few splotches of color returned to the landscape this week. Not that we’ve been living in a totally drab world; the Sasanquas and Camellias have been showing their glory  since late October.  Now the Daffodils and Japanese Quince have joined the chorus.

The occasion prompted some lens changes.  The 60 mm and 105 mm macro lenses were clicked into place as I waded into the Daffodil patch and the huge, very prickly Japanese Quince.   It was a nice preview of what’s to come in a few months.  Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead. _dsc8649_dsc8592-1

Photo Of The Day: American Beauty Berries

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II had never heard of these before relocating to the Family Farm. Never seen them either.  They grow wild along the edges of the woods and produce purple berries early every fall.   I’d been here for several years before I came across them.  I’m told the birds simply beat me to them.  They feast on the berries quickly stripping the branches and in the process help to reseed the plants.     I like photographing them as much as the birds like to eat them.  The leaves are quite thin  and translucent  making for great light play.  Shot with a Nikon 60mm Micro lens on a D7k Camera.

Thanks for the look.  Have a nice Sunday Evening and a terrific week ahead.