72points

Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D

79points

Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8

Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8
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Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D vs Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8

Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8

Why is Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D better than Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8?

  • 20mm longer maximum focal length
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    60mmvs40mm
  • 3µm less chromatic aberration
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    4µmvs7µm
  • 1.7° wider maximum angle of view
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    39.7°vs38°
  • 0.7 less vignetting
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    -0.4vs-1.1
  • 0.1TStop more transmission
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    3TStopvs3.1TStop
  • 10f smaller aperture at maximum focal length
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    32fvs22f
  • 0.1% less distortion
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  • 10f smaller aperture at minimum focal length
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    32fvs22f

Why is Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8 better than Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D?

  • Has a metal mount
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  • Has a silent focus motor built into the lens
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  • 205g lighter
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    235gvs440g
  • Has full-time manual focus
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  • Front element doesn't rotate
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  • 20mm shorter minimum focal length
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    40mmvs60mm
  • 1P-MPix higher sharpness result
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    10P-MPixvs9P-MPix
  • 0.05m shorter minimum focus distance
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    0.16mvs0.21m

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General info

1.Has a metal mount
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8
A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
3.weight

440g

235g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
4.Front element doesn't rotate
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8
The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
6.has or is a prime lens
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8
A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.

Optics

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

Aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Focus

1.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8
Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
2.Has focus motor
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8
Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
3.Can focus to infinity
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8
Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
4.Has full-time manual focus
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8
With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

Benchmarks

The lateral chromatic aberration result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion which results in color fringing along edges within the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
2.vignetting

-0.4

-1.1

The vignetting result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Vignetting refers to when the brightness of an image changes from the center towards the edges, resulting in darkened corners. A result of 0 is perfect and the image will have no vignetting. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
3.transmission

3TStop

3.1TStop

The transmission result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Transmission refers to the amount of light that reaches the sensor through all of the glass elements of a lens, with a lower TStop signifying more light. This is important as less light reaching the sensor can lead to the requirement of higher ISOs or slower shutter speeds. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
4.sharpness result

9P-MPix

10P-MPix

The sharpness result from the DxOMark set of metrics. This result is based on the MTF (modulation transfer function) measurement, and gives an overall indication of the sharpness of images produced by the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
DxOMark is a set of tests to measure the performance and quality of lenses and cameras. The DxOMark score is the overall score given to the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
The distortion result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Distortion in the lens refers to the variation of magnification throughout the image. More distortion will result in straight lines being recorded incorrectly in the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

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