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Nikon D800

LENS: D800 + AF-S 60/2.8G Macro

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Quick summary

The Nikon 60mm f/2.8G macro fairly consistent image quality across the frame, an important consideration for this type of planar subject.

Image quality is respectable at f/2.8 but contrast is a bit low, so stopping down to f/4 is worthwhile.

The 60/2.8G is very good, but has some limitations in the micro contrast it produces in fine details away from the central 1/2 of the frame, even when stopped down to f/5.6. But this should be considered on par with most other Nikon lenses; very good in context, but not as good as one might want.

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