a few minutes ago, I discovered the Oly E420 with a 25mm f/2.8 pancake lens on dpreview. What a wonderfully small and handsome combo! If only it where "D60 with 33mm f/2.8 (or 1.8, or better)".... I miss the primes, I really do: what about a DX lineup of, say, 18mm f/2.8, 33mm f/1.8, and a 70mm f/2.5? Maybe not mediocre pancake quality, but real stuff, small enough to make for a great walkaround team mounted on a D60, sharp enough to give perfect results on a D300?
In film days, I had my F3, 28/2.8, 50/1.4 and 105/2.5 in the small bag all the time. Did most of my shots with it, even weddings, and seldom missed something bigger. That's the lineup I am waiting for in DX days now. Pentax is doing things right in my opinion (21,32 and 70 mm in their limited series), but I don't want to switch, life without my Nikons is unimaginable.
When I saw that Voigtlander came out with the 40mm f2, I sold my Canon G9 go everywhere camera and replaced it with the D60.
B&H is still out of stock with the 40mm, so I've been trying some of my older glass.
The 24mm f2.8D being just a hair under 2" is not a pancake, it makes for a jacket pocketable camera and coupled with the Lowepro Street & Field 50AW bag fits neatly on my belt.
The 20mm f4 AI is a great fit almost exactly the length as the 24mm, but of course you lose metering but that’s not a deal breaker for me (histogram!).
The 28mm f3.5 was tried while checking out the infrared capability of the D60. This is where the D60 does something that my D200 or D70s won’t, mount non-Ai glass. FYI the 28mm f3.5 is one of or the best infrared lenses on the planet.
I sold my GN 45mm f2.8 last year so I can’t try it, plus the 45mm is just too long with its 67.5mm equivalent. Plus now that Nikon has discontinued the 45mm “P” the prices have gone through the roof.
Now I’m rethinking the Voightlander 40mm, and thinking of sticking with 24mm f2.8D. It has the metering capability and the 36mm equivalent focal length puts it as close as I’m going to get to what I really want, a digital Nikon 35Ti.