Macro photography reveals a whole new world which is normally not visible to the naked eye. The AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens packs amazing quality into a lightweight and compact body, allowing photographers everywhere to experience the joys of photographing the tiny world which we usually do not notice. Read on to find out how this lens, when paired with a D7500, can help bring your macro photography to new heights. (Photo and report by Ng Zheng Hui)
D7500/ AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED/ FL: 60mm (equivalent to 90mm in FX/35mm format)/ Manual exposure (f/3.2, 1/160 sec) / ISO 50/ WB: Auto
I shot this image of a honeybee while it landed in one of the flowers. I was able to take sharp, life-sized close-up shots of this insect thanks to the high maximum reproduction ratio of this lens. The minimum focus distance of 18.5cm allowed me to position the camera extremely close to my subject, while the fast and quiet Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensured that I did not disturb my subject too much.
D7500/ AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED/ FL: 60mm (equivalent to 90mm in FX/35mm format)/ Manual exposure (f/2.8, 1/250 sec)/ ISO 50/ WB: Auto
Even when shooting at the widest aperture, the lens is capable of producing stunning sharpness while still creating a beautiful bokeh (background defocus), helping to draw attention to the primary subject. In this image, I shot the flowers using an f/2.8 wide aperture from very close up. This produced beautiful bokeh circles while the flowers remained sharp and in focus, which draws the viewers’ attention to them.
The Nikon AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens offers a 1:1 reproduction ratio (when mounted on an FX body) which allows the photographer to discover whole new world not normally visible to the human eye. When used on the Nikon D7500 camera body, it produces a focal length equivalent to 90mm on an FX camera, allowing you to shoot from a distance if you are unable to get closer to your subject. The lens is also compact and lightweight, and felt well balanced when paired with the D7500, making it a suitable lens to bring around on a daily basis.
The inclusion of Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables both fast and ultra-quiet autofocusing performance, and reduces the chance of scaring away sensitive subjects such as insects. Manual focusing was also a pleasant experience due to the large and easy to handle rubberized focus ring. Like many other AF-S lenses, photographers can override the autofocus by simply turning the focus ring without the need to switch to manual focus mode.
The lens employs high quality lens elements such as ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass and Nano Crystal Coated aspherical lens elements to guarantee high image quality. Thanks to these technologies, the images produced have minimal chromatic aberration, superior colour reproduction, improved sharpness and high contrast that is sure to amaze any photographer.
The usage of a macro lens is not just limited to minute objects. The combination of high image quality and portability of the AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens makes it suitable to use in a variety of other genres such as landscapes, portrait, street and event photography. In my eyes, this is definitely a lens that deserves a place in my camera bag.
ED lens elements
Aspherical lens elements
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Ng Zheng Hui
Born in 1988, Zheng Hui has been working as a full-time engineer in Singapore for the past six years. He picked up photography when he bought his first Nikon DSLR back in 2011, and has been passionate about it since then. His favourite genres are landscapes and nature photography, and he loves travel to unknown places to capture their beauty.