Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8G ED Lens Underwater

By Michael Zeigler

A close focusing distance and fast focusing speed make the Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens an ideal choice for shooting macro underwater with both cropped and 1x sensors. Hermissenda opalescens nudibranch, Catalina Island, California. 1/250, ƒ/16, ISO 250.

Nikon 60mm macro
Producing beautiful bokeh at its wider aperture settings, the Nikon 60mm f/2.8 macro lens (AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED) is one of the most popular macro lenses for Nikon APS-C and full frame shooters. With its wide focusing range, the 60mm macro lens is not limited to extreme close-up photography, achieving great results for portraits of larger fish and when fast autofocus is a must, such as during a night dive or when diving in open water.

With a wider angle of view compared to the Nikon 105mm macro lens, the 60mm allows the photographer to take in a bit of the environment while being close enough to cast a high quality of light onto the subject. Janolus barbarensis nudibranch, Santa Cruz Island, California. 1/200, ƒ/16, ISO 200.

Due to its maximum magnification of 1:1 and ability to produce stunningly sharp close-up images, the Nikon 60mm macro lens is considered a “must have” by many underwater photographers.

Just a few inches from this tuna crab caught by a tube-dwelling anemone, the 60mm macro lens allowed me to get as close as I needed in order to fill the frame with the subject while properly lighting it. 1/200, ƒ/16, ISO 200

SurfMichael Zeigler is a contributor, instructor, and trip leader for Samy’s Underwater Photo & Video, as well as an AAUS Scientific Diver. More of Michael’s underwater photography can be seen at For the latest information on workshops and trips, sign up for our newsletter.



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