Summary: I own 2 of these. It's my favorite lens of all time for both stills, and particularly video (i use it on Nikon bodies, Canon 5d with an adapter, and on the Canon c100 and c300. a little barrel distortion...pretty pronounced at close focus. people say it's not sharp wide open...and they're kind of right...it's very sharp (particularly in the center), but it veiled, and loses contrast fast when opened from f/2 to f/1.4. Some people will say the lens falls apart there..
Excerpt: Between f2.8 and f11 this lens is very sharp and has excellent contrast. At f1.4 it's going to be softer and lose contrast. There aren't many lenses out there that are good wide open at that aperture. Used correctly this lens is great and has a nice field of view. This lens probably filled more newspapers than any other lens out there. There's a reason that Nikon kept making this lens for so long.
Pros: Durable, Good Normal Lens, Handheld Low Shutter Spd, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have other Nikkor lenses that I'm very happy with, but I was dissapointed by the color fringing in the highlights when shooting all the way open. I noticed the fringing (chromatic aberration possibly?) more so when shooting film, however did not see as bad when I put on a Canon 60D via converter. At f/2 and beyond, the lens is super sharp. I wish I would have read similar reviewer's experience...
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: this is a pretty good lens but I was dissapointed at it's sharpness, given all the other reviews. I bought it to use at 1.4 and it has a LOT of color fringing of highlights at 1.4 & 2 (and some even at 2.8). It is also very noticeably soft until 2.8 or 4. I will say, I like the look of the softness and I was tempted to keep the lens for that effect (on portraits, figures, etc.) but the color fringing was just too much for me for other uses.
Excerpt: Rarely do I get excited so quickly over a lens. Even though lenses are key to great photo. WIth this lens I've taken maybe 1000 photos with it (2 weeks since it arrived in my hands) and already I'm thinking I should get a back up. I do not have any other lenses that I feel this way about. The closest would be the 85mm f1.8. I use it on my Nikon D700 and D300s. The photos on the D700 are definitely superior photos than on the D300s. They're simply sweet.
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I have to comment that I think that many people are missing the point of this lens.... It is really two lenses in one. It is SUPER sharp from f2.8., however, from f1.4 to f2.8 it is soft, vignettes, but the images is takes here are beautiful and dream like. Take photos wide open of the most ordinary objects, and they become art. Want super (SUPER) sharp, then stop it down a bit. Want amazing images that have a real quality to them, shoot it open.
Pros: Small size., Build quality., Two lenses for the price of one., Vignettes, soft(ish) wide open, Excellent and direct focus through
Excerpt: I have used this lens regularly for over 25 years on F3, F5, D80, D300, D700, and D3 cameras. It is a mainstay for overall sharpness, ease of focus, and low light performance. Forward focusing at f1.4 yields sharp subjects and soft, even bokeh throughout the background. Focusing under any condition is easy with matte screens due to the bright finder image; especially for one with my aging eyes. Some reviews claim that the Nikkor 35mm f2 AF supplants this lens.