I've had this lens for some time now. As we all know, it's tack sharp and lightweight. But since the 16-85mm Nikkor is my walk-around lens, I had not been using the 60mm much except for the odd macro shot.
Recently, however, I have "rediscovered" this lens and find that I like it a lot for portrait work on my D7000, as well as for shooting indoor sports, such as my granddaughter's basketball games.
Just curious, do those of you who have this lens use it for more general-purpose shooting?
I occasionally use the rather similar 60/f2.8 AFS as a normal lens. It isn't the smallest lens, but it's sure a ton smaller than things like the 24-70 and 24-120. I have never tried it for sports; I have lots of other lenses more obviously suited to that.
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I've got the newer version, the 60mm f2.8 G lens. Optically it the same design. The G comes with Nano glass and no aperture ring.
It might interest you to go to the Nikon website and download the brochure for the D3s camera. All the shots were taken with the 60mm G lens. A great many of them portraits, showing exceptional resolution and contrast.
It was the first DSLR lens I bought. Specifically for portrait and macro work. It hasn't disappointed me.
>I've got the newer version, the 60mm f2.8 G lens. Optically >it the same design. The G comes with Nano glass and no >aperture ring.
In fact, the two versions are pretty much completely different optically. The "D" has 8 elements in 7 groups, whilst the "G" has 12 in 9 - of which one is ED and two are aspherical - as well as nanocoating.
When I owned the "D" version, I did use it occasionally as a "walk-around" lens on a film SLR, and found it to be quite useful for portraits when I got a DX DSLR. Its relative slowness in focusing meant that I didn't choose it for any action shots.
Mine (the AF-S version) is pretty much glued to whatever camera body I have. I find it gives a slightly red shift to images but otherwise, I just completely love it for everything. The red is easy to dial out for portraits.