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Micro-nikkor 60,85,105 and 200.

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Gilles, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. Can somebody tell me what would be the advantage to use one over the other, as far as quality and most of all DOF versus the overhall quality of the picture.
  2. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    They are all fine quality optics. The main difference is one of working distance.
  3. The 85 has the additional advantage of tilt/shift function, but is a bit cumbersome to operate, especially the metering.
    In terms of sharpness, they differ by an inconspicuous margin, but they are all excellent. You would have to ask one of the specialists here to point it out exactly, but I think the 85 is slightly ahead of the 200 and 60 , then 105. But in my opinion, to compare the sharpness of these lenses is nit-picking. Bokeh might be another issue. In this regard, the 60 can be less pleasing if you have a somewhat unquiet back ground.
    Generally speaking, you can't go wrong with either of these lenses.
  4. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    I'm largely with Harry on this. The 85 PC *is* absolutely outstanding, and has the nicest bokeh of all of them. Metering with it isn't really difficult, it just takes time to get used to, and as with any tilt/shift lens, the slow and leisurely working pace is the approach you should follow anyway.

    With regard to DOF, this is determined by the magnification ratio so the focal length doesn't matter at all.

    There is one Micro-Nikkor not mentioned here, namely, the 70-180 f/4.5-5.6, which I feel may be the best of them when practical ease of use is factored into the equation. It is also very very sharp. Furthermore it is the only lens known to me where there is NO light loss as you focus closer (the nominal and effective apertures are identical over the entire focusing range).
  5. I absolutely agree with Bjorn. I really like the zooming capabilities of the 70-180. In fact, it has held it's value, because I couldn't find one anywhere for less than $900.00. I also like the overall weight of the lens and the fact that it can share the close up filters, 5T and 6T used by the 60mm and 105mm micro nikkor lenses.

    There are a few postings in the Macro forum showing the capabilities of this lens.
  6. Are all of those lens including the 70-180 able to do 1:1 reproduction.

    My goal is to buy the camera and 3 lenses in one shot and go around stores to see what prices they can make.
  7. ckdamascus


    May 14, 2005
    New Jersey
    Actually the 70-180mm cannot do 1:1 out of the box. It does 1:1.33 but it can easily go beyond with the Nikon 5T or 6T close up lens.

    The 70-180mm has some other nifty features like maintaining focus while zooming in and does not stop-down when used in close focusing.

    One slight drawback to the 70-180mm is that the working distance is not as long as the 200mm f/4.
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