I mentioned yesterday that I hosted a shoot-out in my backyard between the Nikkor AF-micro 60mm 2.8 macro lens and the AF-micro Nikkor 105mml 2.8 macro lens. What I failed to mention was that although I hosted it, I was also the lone participant. Unless you want to count George, who was no help at all, and kept trying to get me to play frisbee with him.
After smashing the glass in my 60mm macro lens a few weeks ago, I’ve been most fortunate to suddenly have the use of two different macro lenses. One was shipped to me by a friend who told me to use it while I waited for mine to be repaired. She happened to have the exact same lens as I did, so it was perfect. And then just yesterday, a co-worker showed me the lens he’d purchased after reading the reviews on the B&H Photo website. It’s the 105mm macro.
Please let me state for the record that not only am I not a professional photographer, I don’t even know the terminology to use to do a review on a product. My plan was a simple one: to take several different photos at the same angle and in the same light, using each of the lenses. In actuality, this is rather difficult to do.
The 105mm allows you to be much further away from the subject, whereas when you use the 60mm, you have to get much closer and I had trouble lining myself up. I hand-hold more than half of my macro shots, and for the others, I end up using my little Joby gorillapod. The use of a tripod really does make a difference in macro photography. The 105mm lens is extremely heavy and I found it much more difficult to take hand-held shots. Oh, but when they work, they really work. The autofocus glides smoothly and quietly, zoning in to the focal point, and the images are crisp and clear.
I like shallow depth of field, too. But that’s just me.
Unfortunately, when I went out again tonight to further pursue the shoot-out, my camera battery died after having only taken about 6 photos, two of which are on this post.
These two photos are SOOC (straight out of camera), using the Nikon 105mm macro lens. The middle photo from yesterday was also shot using the 105mm. The other two photos from yesterday’s post were shot using the 60mm lens.
I’ve got the use of the 105mm until Tuesday when I return it. So I’ll keep you posted. But so far, I’m loving it. I also think that the end result is pretty much the same with each lens. But I need to make sure . . .
Anyone else out there use the 60mm or the 105mm Nikon macro lens?