Summary: My favorite lens, period. I love the creaminess that this lens can provide for out-of-focus parts of the image. While there may be a newer version, I still think this is the best 85mm lens around. It is very durable but still relatively light compared to most zooms.
Summary: Thank you Richard for running this to the post office for me and sending it so quick! I needed the lens to shoot a wedding and he was right on top of it! I truly appreciate the awesome service and I am so excited to use my new lens!
Summary: First of all, this lens is a home run. Second of all, getting it from Amazon, is a home run as well. I have owned this lens for about a month, and it has been on my camera (Nikon D 7000) for about 90% of the time. It allows the amateur photographer to take pictures like a pro ( yes, I am referring to that beautiful bokeh). The lens looks great (very appealing to the eye), and is built like a tank.
I love it!!! Clearly deserving The Cream Machine title
16 May 2012
Summary: I purchased this a few days ago for my d800. Didn't want to put down $1700 for new 85mm f1.4g. For those who hasn't researched yet. It is documented that 85mm f1.4g is sharper on the corner than 85mm f1.4d. Supposedly the autofocus is faster on the 1.4g (I heard from Min Thein [...] That he didn't like the AF on 1.4g on d800 and preferred 85mm 1.8g instead. Well i took a bite and purchased the 1.4d anyway. It is true that some shots i did notice color fringing and CA.
Summary: This lens is quite simply amazing. In addition to the very wide aperture, the colors and contrast obtainable through this lens is just stellar. At the wider apertures, there is softness and vignetting in the corners, but since I do mostly portrait work with this lens, it works out for the best.