so it's funny this topic came up like now. . .
I heard about the macro release via the patents here on NR and I decided to wait to buy a macro, one of the few last elements missing in my bag. . .
It was the 60mm AF-S 2.8 vs. the 85 3.5 DX.
Pros for 60:
FX and DX
$539 on amazon.com
Dx0 module support
RAZOR SHARP and tested
Mangeable for my work: 60% portrait, 40% macro (something I dabble in, and I'm not a bug/insect buy, more landscape, stuff).
Fits well into my lens gap, as I have a 17-55 2.8 and eventually will get a 70-200 2.8 of some sort
Cons for 60mm:
No VR (arguably not needed at that length
the single handeley best MTF I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!
$529 (for a consumer lens, hello?!, if it was $299, I would've bought it for sure no q's asked, but it'll come down)
too long for my tastes
overlap with 70-200 lens (that might be macro when I buy)
Needless to say, 60mm is on its way for my Diwali present (w00t!) after badgering my wife for a bit. . .it looks like it's one of the few lenses that got marked up in the nikon price hike, so I was ok with a 2007 lens costing that much. . .
I'll post pics tomorrow when I get it (if USPS doesn't screw up). . .