Nikon 60mm Macro AF-S or AF-D?

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Is there a huge difference in IQ between these two? Currently there's a $150-$200 difference between the old and new version. I know the new version has ED but is made in China. The older one is made in Japan. Where its made probably doesn't matter much but I'm looking forward to purchasing my 1st Macro/Portrait lens. Just don't know if I'm missing anything if I go with the older version.

Thanks!
 
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I've owned both for extended periods, and the new model is a big improvement over the vintage version. It's sharp wide open, which makes it better for portraits. And it's excellent at distances from near to infinity, which makes it a versatile lens. If you can afford it, the 60G is well worth the price difference. Imho.
 
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The key here for me is infinity performance. My D is just ok at infinity and that is if i get the focus perfect. This makes it a much more versatile lens and can replace a 50. With Film Leicas, I used to carry a 35 shift lens, 60 2.8, 100 2.8 APO as standard light kit.

The D has less distortion and more working space between lens and subject at 1:1.
 
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