The versatility of the Nikon 60mm f/2.8 D micro lens

written by Beckie of

I know that I have written about Nikon’s 60mm micro before, but this lens is so versatile, and deserves another look, I think! 😉

I recently reacquired this awesome lens. Long story short: I sold mine because it kept going unused in my bag so I thought I didn’t need it anymore because I had my Nifty Fifty! PSH! Lesson learned! Yeah, there is NO comparison between the 50mm and the 60mm micro. I kicked myself everyday after I sold it. I didn’t realize how much I’d miss it! And it took a year before I was able to buy another one!!

Anyway, this lens is the “D” version, and it is very solid! It has the auto/manual focus button on the focus ring of the lens, making it easy to switch back and forth between auto and manual focus! It takes amazing close ups of flowers and other such pretty things! This lens creates some pretty buttery bokeh! And also does great portraits. It has great color rendering (images taken with this lens look true to color in life, however, I have of course enhanced the following images).

On a full-frame body, this lens is a true 60mm, where as on a cropped-sensor, it is the equivalent of 90mm.

I have had it on my camera everyday since it came into my possession again! I have been enjoying walking around with it and taking in all the amazing Spring colors (and a couple cute little girls)!

(sorry, this is a picture-heavy post, but I couldn’t resist! 😉 )



wisteria 2

harles 2 girls side by side

wisteria 1

pink flower

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About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!


  1. GORGEOUS photos. I have the Nikon 40mm 2.8 micro, which I leave on my camera most of the time. It’s an affordable option for taking close ups, and is a nice all around prime lens. The 60mm was a little outside my budget, but it looks amazing!

    • Thank you, Pam! From what I hear about the 40, you’ve got a great lens as well! Plus, with the crop-factor, your 40 is equivalent to the 60! 😉

  2. Your pictures are AMAZING Beckie! I have Canon Rebel T2i (a beginner DSLR) =) However, I do appreciate your Nikon feedback. Have a blessed day!

  3. Hello Beckie – I came upon your post this morning – you know – linking around. I do own the Nikon 60mm 2.8 and have found it superior to most of the other Nikon lenses I use because of the things you mention. I first discovered its fantastic ability to do portraits last summer as well as macro and it is on my camera more often than the 50 1.4. Since my Nikon is a cropped sensor I get the advantage of the 90mm. I ADORE it’s creamy background, and sharp focus. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

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