Overview of Yongnuo YN60mm F2NE MF MACRO

According provided by YONGNUO LENS YN60mm F2NE MF lens (YONGNUO DIGITAL 60mm E MACRO 1: 1) Many thanks to Yongnuo.




  1. In short
  2. History
  3. Main Specifications
  4. Assembly
  5. Focusing
  6. Firmware Upgrade
  7. Image quality
  8. Sample photos (full frame, crop)
  9. My experience
  10. Video review
  11. Alternatives
  12. All Nikon Micro Nikkor Auto Focus Lenses
  13. All lenses from Yongnuo
  14. Price
  15. Results
  16. User Comments
  17. Add your review or question on the lens

Lens YONGNUO LENS YN60mm F2NE MF (model YN60mm F2NE MACRO) will be abbreviated as 'Yongnuo 60/2 NE' in this review.



In short

The Yongnuo 60/2 NE is a modern manual macro lens for Nikon full-frame DSLR cameras. It is interesting for its low price, good build quality, automatic electromagnetic diaphragm control and good optical performance.

Unlike all original Micro Nikkor macro lenses, the new Yongnuo 60/2 NE uses an F / 2.0 aperture, instead of the more familiar F / 2.8. The difference in one step is significant. Yongnuo 60/2 NE can also be used as a manual lens for creative photo tasks, including portraiture.

But not everything is so rosy, Yongnuo 60/2 NE has some unpleasant moments.




On May 9, 2018, the Yongnuo YN60mm F2NE MF MACRO lens for Canon SLR cameras was introduced. On January 27, 2019, the Yongnuo 60/2 NE lens for Nikon cameras was introduced. The Canon version does not have a USB port for updating the firmware, but the firmware can be updated through the camera.

The Yongnuo 60/2 NE is Yongnuo's first manual lens for Nikon. Usually, other companies have the opposite: manual lenses are made first, and autofocus later. Yongnuo first made a lot of autofocus lenses, and later switched to manual ones.



Main technical specifications of Yongnuo YN60mm F2NE MF MACRO

Review Instance Name On the lens body: YONGNUO DIGITAL 60mm E MACRO 1: 1. On the case, near the front lens: YONGNUO LENS YN60mm F2NE MF Ø67mm. MADE IN CHINA. On the box: YOUNGNUO DIGITAL MACRO LENS YN60mm F2NE MF
Basic properties
  • N (Nikon) - lens designed for full-frame cameras Nikon fx
  • MF (MAnnual Pass Focusing) - manual focus only
  • E (Electromagnetic Diaphragm) - electromagnetic diaphragm
  • virtually internal focus
  • lack of an aperture control ring, analog Nikon G
  • USB port to upgrade lens firmware
  • multi-enlightened optics (type and quality of enlightenment unknown)
  • metal mount
  • important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use
Front Filter Diameter 67 mm, metal thread for filters
Focal length 60 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 90 mm
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by for full-frame digital cameras. The lens is suitable for all Nikon DSLR cameras
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
  • bayonet mount tag
  • focus distance scale in meters and feet
  • scale with magnification
Diaphragm from F / 2 to F / 16 without aperture ring, lens analog Nikon G
MDF 0.234 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 1
The weight 601 grams without lids (verified)
Optical design 10 elements in 9 groups

Optical design YN60mm F2 Macro NikonThe lens does not use special optical elements in its optical design.

Lens hood No lens hood included. The instruction does not indicate its type. The lens hood is screwed into the thread of the front filter.
Manufacturer country not indicated on the lens, but most likely it is China
Period From January 27, 2019 to the present day
Instructions View my scan (English only)
Price Aliexpress prices

Most likely, Yongnuo puts a red and yellow stripe on its lenses without any special reason. With such a strip can be found as inexpensive YN50 / 1.8 IIso expensive YN14 / 2.8.




The lens came to the review completely new in a white color box.

In a small box is a warranty card, a certificate of quality control, instructions in Chinese and English, a bag of desiccant and the lens itself with a front and rear cover. The covers are thick and nice.

This is the first lens from Yongnuo for Nikon cameras, which does not have a characteristic nice textured body coating. Housing Yongnuo 60/2 NE plain, matte. Typically, Yongnuo lenses externally copy Nikon / Canon lenses. But Yongnuo 60/2 NE does not look like anyone. Also, the Yongnuo 60/2 NE has a red ring in the front of the lens, sending users to Canon's professional L-series lenses. In the case of the model YONGNUO 14 / 2.8 for Canon there is the same red ring, but the version for Nikon put the yellow ring more familiar to this system. Apparently on the Yongnuo 60/2 for Nikon, they simply forgot to change the color.

Initially, the front and rear lenses of the lens are covered with special transport films of blue color. Removing the back film was quite difficult. The antennae, which you can grab onto, was turned towards the insides of the lens (maybe it was pulled or jammed there). I had to use tweezers to remove the film. And the antennae of the front film fell into the guide groove and it was jammed a little there, view. A trifle, but unpleasant.

The Yongnuo 60/2 NE enclosure is made of metal and has metal mount mount и metal thread for filters. The focus ring is rubberized. The microprocessor contacts are gold plated. The weight of the Yongnuo 60/2 NE is approximately 600 grams.

From the side of the rear lens, when the lens is focused on MDF, the interior of the lens is visible, such as boards, electronics, etc. Usually in high-quality lenses they try to hide the internal equipment.

Important: The internal focusing mechanism uses grease that leaks through the three guide grooves along which the lens trunk moves. This grease spreads over the inner rim of the housing; dust and dirt can stick to it. Grease accumulates in certain places. I think this is a very unpleasant feature... It is not known what will happen to the lens over time. The focusing turned out to be literally 'oily'. Update: after I wiped the spreading grease from the inner frame of the case, it no longer appeared.

Unfortunately, there is no hood in the package. The hood should screw in into the thread of the front light filter (old type blend). When the lens is focused on long focusing distances, the front lens is very (very, very) deep in the frame of the body, which creates the effect of an integrated lens hood. When the lens is focused on MDF, the front lens is located from the very edge of the case and in this case I would like to be able to use a bayonet hood.

The diaphragm consists of 7 blades; to achieve the correct round hole at F / 4-F / 16 values ​​will not work. The hole has the shape of a regular heptagon.

Yongnuo 60/2 NE's aperture only closes up to f / 16, while the aperture Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1: 2.8D can close to f / 32.

The diaphragm block also moves during focusing, and you can hear how the aperture flexure flexes and clicks a little (it can be seen if you carefully examine the lens from the back of the lens).

Yongnuo 60/2 NE uses electromagnetic aperture control... Only some Nikon digital cameras (here is the exact list) The advantages of the electromagnetic diaphragm are described, for example, in a review. Yongnuo 85 / 1.8N.

Strange! Yongnuo 60/2 NE works without problems on an old camera Nikon D90, which, theoretically, does not know how to control the aperture with lenses E-type. Nikon D90 correctly closes and opens the aperture on the Yongnuo 60/2 NE, while the depth of field preview function works, the aperture also closes to the set value when switching to Live View (but in the Live View itself, the petals are always at the same value). Aperture closing lever on Nikon D90 remains stationary, and only the electromagnetic diaphragm drive that is built into the lens works (this is clearly audible when you press the depth of field preview button).

UPDATE: camera Nikon D40x gives an error while attaching this lens: 'Press shutter-release button again'. The error may disappear after the shutter is released, but appears again when the camera is turned on again.




Yongnuo 60/2 NE can use manual focus only.

The focus ring is wide, rubberized. The ring rotates on 180 degrees (1/2 of a full turn). Focusing is smooth, but tight enough, which sometimes interferes with comfortable work. When the lens heats up, for example, in the sun, the focus ring begins to rotate more smoothly (the grease is apparently heated). When extreme positions are reached, the focus ring abuts and cannot be rotated further. The direction of rotation of the focusing ring matches Nikon's original lenses, such as Micro Nikon 60 / 2.8G.

The focusing ring is poorly 'stretched' in the range from half a meter to infinity, which makes focusing in this range of distances extremely inconvenient. For example, portraits become difficult precisely because of the inconvenience of focusing. The slightest touch of the focusing ring in this range will noticeably change the focusing accuracy.

Update: After several days of active use of the lens, its focus ring began to make a small characteristic rubbing sound.

When focusing, the front lens group moves in the middle of the frame of the housing. When focusing the lens does not change its size, and the filter is wound on a fixed outer part of the frame of the housing. We can say that the lens virtually internal focus. During focusing, the rear lens also moves, but at a much shorter distance. Most likely used floating focus, something like the original Nikon CRC technology (for example, like Nikon Micro Nikkor 60 / 2.8D) This technology is designed to receive high-quality images at all focusing distances.

On the ring there is a scale with a focusing distance in meters and feet and a scale of magnification. The distance scale is not very detailed, it has labels for only six values ​​(0.24, 0.25, 0.266, 0.3, 0.5 and 1 meter) and an infinity label. The scale of magnification is even simpler; it only has values ​​for multiples of 1: 2 and 1: 1. There is no IPIG scale and labels for working in the infrared spectrum (a trifle, but unpleasant).

The minimum focusing distance is 23.4 cm (the distance from the camera’s matrix to the subject). With such an MDF, the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 1. But the working distance to the subject is about 10 cm (the distance from the subject to the lens), which is not always convenient.

Real aperture the lens, expressed in T-stops, decreases significantly during focusing towards MDF. If F / 2 and approximately T / 2.2 are used during focusing on infinity, then F / 4 and approximately T / 4.5 are used during focusing on MDF. This is a common occurrence for macro lenses.

There is a very strong effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing), which is typical for almost all macro lenses. During focusing towards the MDF, the viewing angle decreases. In fact, focusing on MDF produces a '120 /4 'lens. This can serve as a plus (increase in focal length), and as a minus (decrease in aperture).

Focus Shift (shift focus, changing the focus distance due to iris) is missing.

There is no hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) for quick and accurate focusing under any temperature operating conditions. On the focus ring there is a small flight for infinity. Moreover, if you sharpen strictly according to the label infinity, you get a fairly accurate focus on infinity.

When used on a camera Nikon D90 и Nikon D700 the green dot, confirming the correct focusing, works correctly. Unfortunately, this lens cannot be obtained. focus trap effect.

It is unknown if Yongnuo 60/2 NE supports macro extenders or macro ringsas well as an adapter Nikon FTZ.



Firmware Upgrade

On the lens housing of the Yongnuo 60/2 NE there is a USB port with which you can update the lens software (firmware / firmware). This feature first appeared in Yongnuo 100mm 1: 2 и Yongnuo 40 / 2.8that were presented at the same time.

Unfortunately, the functionality of the YNLensTool Updater Version 1.00 program, which is responsible for working with the lens, is very meager. You can only see the current firmware version and update it to a new one. Firmware versions can be found on the official website. Firmware for Yongnuo 60/2 NE not yet released.

A common MICRO USB port is used to connect to the lens. A USB cable is not included. The lens from the review uses firmware V1.0.

A firmware update is likely to improve the compatibility of the lens with new cameras. But it’s still strange why the ability to update firmware was added to the Yongnuo 60/2 NE manual lens, and to a newer one Yongnuo 85 / 1.8N no. Indeed, for an autofocus lens, firmware is much more important than for a manual one.

Most likely, updating the firmware with the Yongnuo 60/2 NE will help improve the exposure meter while shooting at different aperture values. I observed minor errors in exposure, within 1 step on strongly covered diaphragms. Perhaps the errors are associated not with the lens firmware, but with the specifics of the exposure meter of a particular camera in one mode or another.

How to update firmware on Yongnuo lenses is described in the review Yongnuo 100mm 1: 2.



Image quality

Yongnuo 60/2 NE did not optically let us down, but there is one unpleasant flaw. Yongnuo 60/2 NE uses its own optical circuitry. But if one of the readers finds out that it was copied from some other lens, please write about it in the comments. It’s a pity that the optical circuit of the Yongnuo 60/2 NE does not have special optical elements.


  • in the center of the frame on F / 2, the lens behaves well, sharpness is sufficient for many tasks. Sharpness at F / 2 is also present when focusing on infinity, and when focusing about 1-2 meters. Due to the thin DOF at F / 2.0, the image at close focusing distances may seem soft
  • there is a slight drop in sharpness to the edges of the frame at f / 2
  • good / excellent resolution in the center of the frame on covered apertures after F / 2.5
  • excellent resolution in the center of the frame on covered apertures after f / 5.6
  • on F / 16 there is a noticeable deterioration in the picture due to diffraction
  • to summarize - there are no special complaints about the sharpness


  • the overall level of distortion is at a level typical for such lenses
  • difficult to notice distortion


  • important: dark angles on full-frame cameras with focus on infinity and a very covered aperture (example) Most likely this happens due to the very long frame of the body, which limits the field of view of the lens and makes the angles dark. These dark corners cannot be fixed in the editor.
  • slight vignetting on F / 2.0 and focusing on infinity. But in this case, it can be fixed.
  • only 1 filter is recommended in the instructions, most likely not to get darker corners
  • vignetting decreases with focus towards MDF
  • at close focusing distances, the lens covers a medium format frame with Kf = 0.79


  • low chromatic aberration, including low fringing


  • color rendition is different from original similar lenses; visually color rendition is similar to other Yongnuo lenses
  • because of not the best enlightenment, it is difficult to observe microcontrast
  • the aperture at F / 4-F / 16 is a regular heptagon
  • in many scenes, the lens can create a pleasant / neutral hips, but in the portrait range, in my opinion, the bokeh is rough and inferior, for example, to a fifty Nikon 50 / 1.8G

For Yongnuo 60/2 NE, there is no lens profile in popular RAW converters, but most likely, the profile will appear soon or you can create it yourself.



Sample Photos on Nikon D700 (FX)

Full-frame shots Nikon D700... The photos in the gallery were obtained by converting the original RAW files with the original Capture NX-D converter with the settings brought to the default 'Standard SD' image control mode.

Original RAW ('.NEF') photos can be download from this link (35 files, 400 MB). I recommend watching RAW, since it can reset all the preset camera settings to zero, or set your own to your liking.

Sample Photos on Nikon D90 (DX)

The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, the conversion of the source RAW files by the original Capture NX-D converter or on-camera JPEG without any additional adjustments.

Jpeg source photos download from this link (122 files, 600 MB). Original RAW ('.NEF') photos can be download from this link (49 files, 434 MB). I recommend watching RAW, since it can reset all the preset camera settings to zero, or set your own to your liking.

Sample Photos on Sony NEX-3N (APS-C)

All photos in the review are shown without processing. Camera used Sony Alpha NEX-3N with a simple adapter Nikon F - Sony NEX, but because all the photos were shot on a fully open aperture F / 2. Convert source RAW files with the original Sony Imaging Edge Viewer utility without further adjustments.

Jpeg source photos download from this link (30 files, 400 MB). Original RAW ('.ARW') photos can be download from this link (29 files, 480 MB). I recommend watching RAW, since it can reset all the preset camera settings to zero, or set your own to your liking.

Sample photos in processing

Photos in a little processing can be looked at me at 500px: 1, 2, 3 (I'll add more later).



My experience

On Yongnuo 60/2 NE, I shot about 4.000 frames. Apart from the obvious shortcomings, this is an interesting lens. But so far, in every Yongnuo lens, I find some flaws, childhood illnesses. Yongnuo 60/2 NE is a nice macro lens, I really hope that the lubrication situation will not turn into a serious problem. A bit sorry for the dark corners at F / 16 and infinity. The lack of autofocus for a macro lens is not a big problem.

For Nikon DX series crop cameras, instead of the Yongnuo 60/2 NE, you can buy an original autofocus cropped camera at almost the same cost Nikon Micro 40 / 2.8G.

For full-frame cameras, there are also many F / 2.8 aperture solutions. But the original options or options from eminent brands with internal focusing are significantly more expensive than the Yongnuo 60/2 NE, and the F / 2.8 aperture is still a whole stop darker than the F / 2.0.

Let me remind you that macro photography is a tricky business. Just buying a good macro lens and getting an interesting / high-quality result won't work. Macro photography requires a lot of effort and / or skill to take good photos.



Video review

A short video review is possible watch on my Youtube channeleither here:


I must note that I do not know other full-frame macro lenses with a focal length of 50-70 mm and aperture F / 2.0 or greater and 1: 1 magnification right out of the box. The closest to Yongnuo 60/2 NE are:

  1. Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f / 2 (but macro only 1: 2)
  2. ZEISS Milvus 2 / 50M (but macro only 1: 2)
  3. CARL ZEISS Makro-Planar 2/50 T * (but macro only 1: 2)
  4. Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-Macro 50/2 (but macro only 1: 2)
  5. Olympus ED 50mm f / 2 1: 2 MACRO (but only for cropped cameras of the 4/3 system, macro only 1: 2)
  6. Tamron SP 60mm F / 2 Macro 1: 1 Di II (but only for cropped cameras)
  7. Do you know more like that? write in the comments

But still, the Yongnuo 60/2 NE is one of a kind. He is the only one aperture F / 2.0, 1: 1 magnification and designed for full-frame cameras.



All autofocus MICRO / MC NIKKOR lenses

Z-mount FX:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 50 mm 1:2.8
  2. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105 mm 1: 2.8 VR S

F-mount FX:

  1. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 50 mm 1:2.8 R-UW
  2. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 55 mm 1:2.8
  3. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1:2.8
  4. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8D
  5. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8G SWM ED IF Aspherical Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or Thailand)
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8
  7. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8D
  8. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or China)
  9. Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200 mm 1: 4D
  10. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180 mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED

F-mount DX:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40 mm 1: 2.8G SWM
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85 mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1



All Yongnuo Lenses

Bayonet mount Sony FE [DF, FULL FRAME] и Sony E[DA,APS-C]:

  1. yongnuo 11 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM WL S [announcement]
  2. yongnuo 16 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM S [announcement]
  3. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 DF DSM S [review]
  4. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM S [announce]
  5. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM S [overview]
  6. yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM S [review]
  7. yongnuo 85 mm 1:1.8 DF DSM S II [announcement]

Bayonet mount Canon RF (mirrorless full frame):

  1. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 DF DSM R [review]
  2. yongnuo 35 mm 1:2 CR [announcement]
  3. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 DF DSM R [to be announced]
  4. yongnuo 85 mm 1:1.8 DF DSM R (two subversions with different names) [review]

Bayonet mount Nikon Z [DF, FULL FRAME + DA,APS-C]::

  1. yongnuo 11 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM WL Z [announcement]
  2. yongnuo 33 mm 1:1.4 DA DSM WL Z PRO [announcement]
  3. yongnuo 35 mm 1:2 DF DSM Z [announcement]
  4. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 DF DSM Z [announcement]
  5. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM Z [review]
  6. yongnuo 56 mm 1:1.4 DA DSM WL PRO [ALI]
  7. yongnuo 85 mm 1:1.8 DF DSM Z [announcement]

Bayonet mount fujifilm x [DA,APS-C]:

  1. yongnuo 11 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM WL X [announcement]
  2. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM X Pro [Announcement]
  3. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM X [announcement + overview]

For the system Micro 4 / 3:

  1. yongnuo 25 mm 1: 1.7 [review]
  2. yongnuo 42.5 mm 1: 1.7 [review]
  3. yongnuo 42.5 mm 1:1.7 II [overview]
  4. yongnuo 12-35 mm 1:2.8-4 STM ASPH MACRO [announcement]

Bayonet mount Nikon f (mirrored full frame):

  1. yongnuo 14 mm 1: 2.8 [overview]
  2. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 [overview]
  3. yongnuo 40 mm 1: 2.8 [overview]
  4. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.8 [review]
  5. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.4 E [overview]
  6. yongnuo 60 mm 1:2 MACRO MF [overview]
  7. yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 [overview]
  8. yongnuo 100 mm 1: 2 [overview]

Bayonet mount Canon EF (mirrored full frame):

  1. yongnuo 14 mm 1:2.8 [review N]
  2. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 [review]
  3. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 1.4 [overview]
  4. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 1.4C DF UWM [announce]
  5. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.8 [overview]
  6. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 II [overview]
  7. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.4 [overview]
  8. yongnuo 60 mm 1:2 MACRO MF [review N]
  9. yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 [review]
  10. yongnuo 100 mm 1: 2 [overview]


  1. Yongnuo YN433 (2023, Micro 4/3, 20 MP, 4K)
  2. Yongnuo YN455 (2021, Micro 4/3, 20 MP, 4K)
  3. Yongnuo YN450/450M (2019, Micro 4/3 -> Canon EF, 16 MP, 4K)

Lenses and cameras and many other products from Yongnuo can easily be found at Authorized Yongnuo Dealer / Store on Aliexpres.

My video on all Yongnuo lenses here.


YONGNUO LENS YN60mm F2NE MF on a mirrorless compact camera Sony NEX-3N. Installation using an adapter Nikon F - Sony E


Yongnuo 60/2 NE lens prices aliexpress.com can see and buy at this link. Usually on aliexpress.com such lenses are sold at the cheapest prices.

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The Yongnuo 60/2 NE is a decent macro lens with some very good features and some very bad features.

10 main advantages:

  1. low cost (about $ 250 for Yongnuo 60/2 NE versus $ 500 for the original Nikon 60 / 2.8G)
  2. metal case, bayonet mount, thread for filters
  3. smooth focus ring, rotates 180 degrees
  4. virtually internal focusing. The front lens is very deeply set in the frame of the body and creates a 'built-in hood' effect at long focusing distances
  5. full macro 1: 1
  6. high aperture. There are practically no such lenses with F / 2.0 aperture
  7. It is possible to update the lens firmware using a USB port
  8. microprocessor contacts for correct operation with EXIF and for convenient work with the lens
  9. electromagnetic aperture (automatic iris allows you to always focus on F / 2.0 and control the aperture from the camera menu)
  10. good optical performance. I especially want to highlight the low level HA and high resolution on covered diaphragms

10 main disadvantages:

  1. helicoid lubrication through the guide grooves falls on the inside of the housing and dust and dirt can stick to it
  2. transport protective films are difficult to remove; if they are not removed, the films may be jammed during focusing
  3. no hood included; non-bayonet type hood
  4. the focusing ring is poorly 'stretched' from the infinity side, which makes focusing manually inconvenient
  5. heavy weight (e.g. original Nikon 60 / 2.8G weighs 425 g, and Yongnuo 60/2 NE as much as 600 g)
  6. the diaphragm consists of seven blades, the aperture is poorly rounded in the range F / 4-F / 16
  7. the working distance (from the lens to the subject) on the MDF is only 10 cm
  8. focus trap cannot be set, for quick and accurate focusing
  9. dark angles (the strongest unrecoverable vignetting) during focusing in the area of ​​infinity and with a very closed aperture
  10. the lens does not tolerate direct backlight

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Comments: 81, on the topic: Review Yongnuo YN60mm F2NE MF MACRO

  • Rodion

    It seems that the Tokin-Sidewall 90 / 2.5 will be much more interesting than this lens. Well, she seems to have no drawbacks of critical and annoying.

    • NEO

      Tokina is darker, longer, without an automatic diaphragm, the trunk leaves, at F / 22 it gives a blue spot in the center. In yong, the price is confusing, for 100-150 you can still think, but for 250 - no

    • Den

      Tokina 100 / 2.8 solves all problems….

      • anonym

        But nothing, that it is long and darker and generally with autofocus?

        • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

          if you shoot macro, then cover still have much stronger.
          Since the focal length is more likely +, you don’t need to be afraid that the insect will fly away.

  • Denis

    I hope enthusiasts will release firmware that will add autofocus to this lens :)

    • anonym

      and she will flash the focus motor there.

      • Vitaly N

        This is China, I won’t be surprised if there is a place for an autofocus drive there.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Maybe even the built-in memory with ready-made photos immediately :)

          • Denis

            I saw such a thing, it is called a kaleidoscope)

          • Vitaly N

            Speaking of full-frame lenses. I wonder what the multiplicity of the increase in Helius and Industarov on the same DF?

            • Arkady Shapoval

              I think about the same

              • Vitaly N

                So what's the point then from such a lens without autofocus? When can I buy an analogue for a penny?

              • Arkady Shapoval

                with this approach, you can ask the same question, for example, what's the point of someone CARL ZEISS Makro-Planar 2/50 T *, because you can buy Helios for a penny.
                And the answer is really simple - Helios and Industars are not analogs in any way for any more or less specialized makrik

              • Vitaly N

                It is not correct to compare - the quality of lenses and assemblies are of different levels. I don’t think the Chinese have better quality than Soviet lenses. I had a "joy" in the form of 35 mm from this manufacturer. If the Chinese would have made the focal length larger - then of course, but 60 mm ...

              • Arkady Shapoval

                Don't underestimate these Yongs. If we have already started talking about Soviet lenses, then let's remember the number of their makriks? I remember one, and that one with a ratio of 1: 2. Therefore, in general, Soviet optics lags behind the same Yongs for decades. As much as I do not like Helios, but many Yongs will give at the output many times more benefit because of autofocus and automatic diaphragm. If you are talking about a negative experience with a 35-shot from Yong, then I can easily fend off a dozen problematic Helios, which were either impossible or difficult to shoot with, or the result was extremely sad. Based on this experience, I can say with confidence that the Helios are bad. But we understand that there are specific instances, specific tasks and expectations. Therefore, you need to think more broadly and not get hung up on Helios with the position “it used to be better, until I bring the old, I won't buy the new”.

              • Molchanov

                I completely agree with you. You can’t say better.
                And thanks for the detailed review!

              • Vitaly N

                I tried Helios-81 with macro-rings ... and got a magnification greater than 1. And the diaphragm works. It didn't work with 105 / 2.5 - the lens unit for such an increase needs to be moved too far from the matrix. Need an optical design specifically for a macro lens. So I think that the Chinese have not invented anything with this lens - they simply move the entire lens unit away from the matrix, making a macro of 60 mm.
                “There is a very strong 'Focus Breathing' effect that is found in almost all macro lenses. When focusing towards the MDF, the angle of view decreases. In fact, focusing on the MDF produces a '120/4' lens. This can be both a plus (increase in focal length) and a minus (decrease in aperture). ” - Does it look like anything for those who used fur or rings?

              • Arkady Shapoval

                To be precise, it’s not so. If we take this Yong, then they made floating lenses here. If with lenses or fur you have the whole lens block just moving and is not optimized for a certain distance, then with floating lenses different lenses have different strokes, which makes it possible to better compensate for certain distortions. Even in this there is a huge leap in comparison with all the old Soviet optics.
                The fur removes the automatic diaphragm, creates additional inconveniences. With him you just won't go out and take off something interesting. Rings are often a great solution. I recommend everyone to start "macro" with rings for some old lenses, the same Soviet ones, for example, Helios 44, 81, etc. But there are limitations everywhere. If, for example, with this Yong in an open field I can easily shoot a landscape and a flower and a lady with this flower in any proportion, then with rings and fifty dollars I am chained to a certain set of distances, with the loss of infinity and medium distances. That is why rings and furs are not suitable for everyone.

              • Vitaly N

                Arkady, my nitpicking about autofocus. Why such a lens when there are simpler macro solutions? Would autofocus be a different story. I wanted - I took off the bugs, I wanted - children ...

              • Arkady Shapoval

                I have already answered. There are no simple analogues. Please indicate an analogue with a 1: 1 magnification without rings and other things, with an automatic iris (consequently, with simple exposure metering on any camera, like the Nikon D7500), and even so this miracle should be with internal focusing and F / 2.0.
                Once again, carefully - Helios and Industars are not analogues. For rare tasks, count only for macro at certain distances, they can partially allow you to shoot what a specialized lens can immediately on the fly and many times easier.
                Most likely there is indignation that this Yong is lax in autofocus. This is a serious limitation. And, indeed, it is strange that they decided to release a manual lens. I agree with that

              • Michael

                Yes, the lack of autofocus also surprises me

              • NEO

                Arkady troll, knows that with d7500 your helix will only work in m mode. Or have sex with a dandelion. Perverts pecks a dandelion on rings. Manual ring with dandelion for different lenses

              • Arkady Shapoval

                the fact of the matter is that, due to the large number of little things, it becomes easier to shoot. But I do not condone this Yong, he has enough stocks. You just do not need to think that if someone Helik with rings is enough, then someone else also does not need anything else.

      • Denis

        well, or at least the electronic diaphragm will lose Smoke on the water

  • Past the crocodile

    And how to aim at a portrait? There, from one meter to infinity, the turn is minimal ... Like super shirikov ... Only at a width of 5.6-8 and forgot about the trick, but how? The idea for the crop is good, the implementation is shit.
    And with a hood - why, twist the metal?)))
    It’s hard to imagine what was in the head of the marketers.
    Maybe like in that vidos on YouTube about my fish, my sweet cherry? :-)

    • anonym

      Arkady somehow fell for children, a matter of habit. I would take a 60/2 swab and not steam

      • Vitaly N

        I suspect focus bracketing.

    • Dva_kota

      I think the developers made the focusing exactly like this, with the expectation that this is a macro lens (and not a lens for portraits) - to make it easier to focus at short focusing distances. The lens is not positioned as a portrait or universal lens.))

      • Michael

        For increasing the stroke of the ring, macro lovers would also say thanks.

      • Rodion

        At the same Industar-61 LZ MS, the ring travel is almost 360 degrees like. To make a 180 degree move for an honest makrik without AF is simply unacceptable. Plus, the black corners at infinity are especially touching because of the construction of the body - the narrow-eyed can't go to school geometry?

  • anonym

    For your price - great photo, active!

  • Dmitriy

    Thanks for the great review and such beautiful photos!)

  • anonym

    Photo with pink blur can be on the desktop

  • Lynx

    In short - an inexpensive good makrik, for those who are embarrassed to buy a used one.
    As a portraitist and so on - average crap, tk. far focusing limit - 3,5 meters

  • Alexey

    I have an old Makrik Nikkor 105 2.8d, I rent them on the canon and I don’t know any problems :)

  • anonym

    Arkady, did you become Yongnuo Ambassador?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      No, otherwise I would not describe all the jambs of their lenses and in each review I did not say that the original solutions are better :), look, for example, in the previous one yn85 / 1.8n and tell me, who wants to buy it after my review?
      Yongnuo sends me lenses for free review, which is quite convenient, as it does not limit me in the time of creating a review. They then use some of the photos from the reviews somewhere in China for their own purposes. After the review, I change them to something else. I just sell this yn60 / 2 after the review, as I don't need it. As a result, I even have nothing to “ambassador” with. By the way, I can joke that if I am already an ambassador, then only Heliosov, only hardcore!

      • Alik

        Hello Arkady! I read your article and at the end a site was written, and that you can comment without reg. But not at all ... In general, I have a question. Tomorrow I'm going to buy a Canon 80 D. For a photo studio. Can you please tell me which lenses are better to use for macro photography? For example, an ant, a butterfly, a dust of flowers, a pupil, and so on ... Thank you!

        • Arkady Shapoval

          What is completely wrong?
          For macro photography, you should use macro lenses, best of all, native ones, listenough budget :)

          • Alik

            Thanks for the list. Now for the second question, depth of field issues. It is not possible to get the sharpness of the background. There are no problems with blurring, but with a sharp background, well, no way ...

            • Michael


            • Arkady Shapoval

              Staking. But I always say that macro is difficult.

        • anonym

          for a macro you need a carcass with good iso workers, because you will have to creep the aperture terribly.

        • Novel

          The 80D will be a lot of things native.

          The EF-S 60 / 2.8 is a good macro glass for crop and a good portrait lens. Suitable for a start - small and budget.
          EF-S 35 / 2.8IS - with illumination and stabilizer. On occasion, a good staff with macro capabilities. From the pros - it allows you to focus very close, but this is also a minus - the living creatures usually run away.
          EF 100 and EF 100L / 2.8 (elka with stub) are almost identical optically. Plus Elke - all-weather performance and stub. Really very good stub. In principle, excellent glasses even for a crop, although in terms of sharpness they are even slightly inferior to 60 mm (on a crop), because designed for a full frame. IMHO, for serious applications the best, especially Elka. Plus a wonderful portrait lens. Stub helps both in the dark and when shooting handheld, the diaphragm is tight.
          EF 180 / 3.5L is a very specific glass. The best macro lens, it washes the background well and gives a 1: 1 magnification at a great distance - the living creatures scatter after all. But it also focuses more slowly than a hundred. So only for very, very macro lovers.

          So there is a choice, it would be better to try something before buying, of course. I settled on 35 and 100L as a result. 35 has become a handy crop holder, the 100L is convenient for both crop and FF. Stub and all-weather conditions help well, sharpness across the entire field of the frame is also often not superfluous, especially for a subject. But I love these ... universal solutions.

          • Novel

            Yes, I missed my own Canon MP-E - it gives a fivefold increase, but there you just need stacking and macro mech with an automatic drive and special software, this is for stoned ones.

            Not so stubborn use a 100L + nozzle magnifying Raynox DCR-250 (gives an additional increase, for the TV range you need to use close-up glass instead of macro pipes). And Raynox due to enlightenment and several elements almost does not affect the image quality. Well, the macro-flash from Yongi, because even the clamped aperture and stub are not enough.

  • anonym

    Soap. Some kind of bushy sigma / tokina screwdriver for the same money will take a better head off

  • Dmitriy

    Good day! Can anyone have anything to say about the experience of use?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I can, I described everything in the review. Or what else interests you?

      • Dmitriy

        If you are using it, there may be something that came to light during operation. Maybe wear and tear of mechanics, maybe optically something for themselves noted.
        I am considering buying it based on macro, focus and price)
        Confused by the brand and the short move at non-macro distance. And the lack of service in Belarus too, to be honest.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Well, I wrote in the review for the lubrication and friction of the ring after prolonged use, a hell of a vignette at infinity. For macro - an interesting option.

  • Novel

    Hello! I'm trying to do subject photography. Knives, combs, cosmetic bags, dishes, bottles. I have fifty Nikon and kit 18-55 in stock. Lacks sharpness. I read about macro, that they have good sharpness. I choose from the most budgetary ones. Tell me, if you choose from this and DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G SWM, which is preferable? They are about the same price.

    • B. R. P.

      It's strange that you lack sharpness from fifty dollars. Are you not covering up enough? I think from your options, the Nikkor 40mm 2.8G will be sharper.

    • Seladir

      A lot can be hidden behind “lack of sharpness”, from insufficient depth of field control to poor light. Before you start swapping out some good lenses for others, it would be great to see the originals of a few shots in which you see problems (for example, upload to the cloud).

      • Novel

        Look here please.
        This is 5,6 kopecks. In one place it seems to be sharp, although not very much, in another it is already blurring. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? I tried diaphragms 7 and 8, freaked out and set 20 - there is generally trouble, everything is blurry.

        • B. R. P.

          At 20, everything is blurry due to diffraction. You need to master lighting and framing, what is in the photo is horror.

          • Novel

            What is in the photo is cut out on a white background, so I didn't bother with cropping. And the lighting is yes, there are ordinary 25V lamps with a coarse calico diffuser and a reflector below to make it easier to cut. I bought softboxes, but I still can't install it. Are you saying that as soon as I put the light on, sharpness comes?

            • Victor

              "Are you saying that as soon as I put the light on, sharpness comes?"

              Yes, the picture will get better, definitely.

            • B. R. P.

              With framing it is worth freezing, at least so that the subject completely falls into the grip.

              • Novel

                Do you mean that you need to position the subject perpendicular to your gaze to get it in focus? But there are times when you need to shoot along or diagonally. Does cropping help then?

        • Victor

          Why “cut out on a white background” when you can just shoot normally, your objects are still unevenly lit.

          The sharpness in the photo is normal.

          • Novel

            On the marketplace, the requirement is on a white background. I, apparently, have a complex, a feeling that even the central part is blurring)

        • Trueash

          Looked at examples; As far as I noticed, everything is in order with sharpness - where the object falls into the DOF. For example, at 9899, ​​the ends of the scissors clearly floated away, which is logical with such an increase. If you hold down the aperture, the DOF will increase, but the diffraction will eat away the details. You can try staking - I think 5 frames will be enough.
          And yes, the light should be better, because harsh shadows cause an unpleasant feeling, as if the edges are doubled.

          • Novel

            Stacking for a photo that costs 80 rubles? Or is this normal practice? And yet, tell me, will macro 40 be sharper? Or is there less depth of field and staking will definitely have to be applied?

            • Trueash

              >> Stacking for a photo that costs 80 rubles? - The picture does not know how much will be paid for it. The object either fits into the depth of field or not. Physics cannot be fooled.
              DOF when shooting from half a meter at 40 mm, f / 8: 4,61 cm. (https://www.photopills.com/calculators/dof)
              Or place objects differently.

              • Novel

                Well, yes, then it is better to place it in a plane and then rotate it.

              • twm

                Very smart calculators. Thank.

              • Novel

                Cool calculator. Only I didn't quite understand if there is a difference in depth of field between conventional lenses and a macro with the same focal length?

            • B. R. P.

              Macro lenses are generally sharper. But still cover the diaphragm) At 40mm grip a little more than 50, but this is unlikely to be very noticeable. In general, roughly speaking, the smaller the focal and / or the size of the matrix, there is more grip. On some conventional nikonvan or compact, your scissors will be sharp “from the fence to lunch”. Cheap and cheerful) Just for 80-ruble pictures.

              • Novel

                You are laughing, but I looked at Nikon 1 and thought. Are you in the subject? Seriously, tell me, what disadvantages can he have for my purposes (T-shirts, panties, combs, cosmetic bags)?

            • Michael

              When the depth of field does not fit (and it does not fit for you) or to clamp the aperture (diffraction and loss of detail is possible) or stacking. The symmetrical arrangement of two identical light sources relative to the camera - no buzz - there will be ghosting of the contour and the feeling of a blurry image.

              • Novel

                Do you do the subject? What scheme would you recommend?

              • Michael

                No, I'm in the landscape. You can just see from the photo that two identical bulbs were used. The scheme does not need to be changed. Sources of the same power cannot be used from the side of light and shadow. One source, "painting", has to bring out the shape and structure of the object. If the shadows are too dark (the contrast is high), then they put a second source for highlighting (just backlighting, not lighting) the dark areas. For a start, it's better to try and deal with one source, and then add.

              • Novel

                For such purposes, tilt-shift lenses are used. More precisely, even tilt lenses, shift is usually not needed there. It allows you to "turn" the grip in the way you want by tilting the front of the lens relative to the optical axis. Naturally, they are manual (although Canon seems to be cutting autofocus).

                What is there for Nikon? for a full frame and even more for a crop with all shifts and tilts. With stacking, you get bored of collecting everything.

              • Novel


                Well, in general, read Dmitry Novak on the subject, he seriously studied it, even wrote a book, maybe he has already released it. Yes, by the way, because of the big flu, it was Olympus who advised. But for your purposes, the tilt payoff will be higher.

              • Novel

                Roman, tilts are expensive). I want to try with little blood for now.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Take your native Nikkor

  • Arkady Shapoval

    It just so happens that I have used almost all Yongnuo lenses. Added YouTube videos for all Yongnuo lenses (generations, lineups, etc.) https://youtu.be/AfQ76sAwIac

  • B. R. P.

    Since there is no answer button, for Roman. I'm not laughing, just smiling) There shouldn't be any drawbacks in terms of depth of field, for example. Small matrix, hence noises, therefore good lighting is needed. Then, because of the 2,7 crop, the fifty-kopeck piece, for example, “turns” in the viewing angle into “135mm”. I do macro from time to time, last summer I shot a good macro video. To smartphone)

  • Matthew

    I liked the lens in the review, if I had a Nikon, I would think about buying it.

    • B. R. P.

      It's on Canon too. And through adapters it is possible to other mounts.

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