I rented this to try it out before buying an 85mm prime. The size is perfect; barely larger than my 50mm f1.2 (which itself is a little larger than most 50's). There is some lateral fringing or chromatic aberration, whatever you want to call it. Basically if you are shooting into a bright light source, and there is a sharp contrast between say, the sky and a tree branch, you will get a pink or green outline of that dark foreground object. It isn't always very bad, and it's actually very easy to correct for in Adobe Camera Raw with the green and purple "defringe" sliders. The only other downside to this lens is that it does not render bokeh *as* beautifully as my other primes (it is still often pleasing). However, the bokeh gets better as the distance between your subject and the background increases. By "better" I don't mean "smoother," though it does get smoother as the laws of optics require it to. I mean that bokeh is worse for objects that are fairly close to your plane of focus, especially ones with busy patterns. All of that said, I still got stunning images from this lens, certainly images that weren't possible with a 70-200 f/2.8 set at 85mm. I have already bought it used, if that tells you how much I like it!
Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF
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Note: Auto-focus is not supported by D3000, D3100, D5000, D5100, D40 and D60 cameras.
Lens rental package includes: Front cap, rear cap, UV filter, and lens hood.
Beautiful portrait lens. 85mm length and large aperture allows for excellent separation of subject from background. Auto focus is still quite fast even though lens does not have its own internal motor, which I was pleasantly surprised with. Not too heavy of a lens, it was comfortable to carry around. Used it for shooting a indoor wedding on a rainy day. It performed exceptionally.