On FX, my fave midrange lens is the 60G

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I've been shooting full frame for more than 2 years, and have auditioned a variety of midrange lenses. The lens that has pleased me the most, based on my personal interests and style, is the 60/2.8G. It's too short for the hard core macro shooters, and too slow for the folks who want to obliterate backgrounds, but I find it excellent for flowers, product photography, and events like house parties. Our neighbors celebrated their son's graduation from grammar school this weekend. I didn't want to overwhelm their family gathering with a big rig, so my kit consisted of the d700, 60/2.8G, and sb400. It's a very competent lightweight kit, provided you have the option of moving your feet to select complementary backgrounds and to frame the compositions.

d700 + 60/2.8G @ f/3.5 1/100 iso200
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d700 + 60/2.8G @ f/3.5 1/320 iso200
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d700 + 60/2.8G @ f/3.5 1/100 iso3200
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d700 + 60/2.8G @ f/3.5 1/60 iso380 with flash
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d700 + 60/2.8G @ f/3.5 1/60 iso200 with flash
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I think of mine as a close focus 50, or a nice general lens.

35 60 105 G`s are a viable set up I use for landscape/nature.
In fact one bag is set up for that.

24 2.8 AFD, 35 1.8 G 60 2.8 G make a nice DX set. Try the 60 on DX for macro/portraits if you have DX. Another bag is set up for that also.
 
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I don't know if it is my favorite but I liked it better than the 105 VR. I don't use it as macro but I appreciate the ability to focus as close as I would ever want very useful, something the 50G and 85G lack greatly.

children in particular are great subjects for this lens. the price doesn't hurt.
 
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Thanks for sharing these. There is another thread asking about the use of the 60 2.8 for portraits, and I think this shows a good example of that.

IMO, the last shot is a great example of what you can do with this lens on FX. Nothing wrong with the shot at all. However...

In image #2, the bokeh is not my cup of tea and this is consistent with what I've seen from that lens in similar situations elsewhere (I haven't used the lens myself). I think it is a representative shot. For those who don't mind it, then this lens is fine.

In image #4, the nose is getting a bit big. For FX, seems like 60mm might be a bit too short for this type of headshot IMO.

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