Excerpt: I have had the opportunity to try the 85MM D and and the 85mm G. The differences are like light and day. To start off, the 85D is better built. More metal, stronger barrel, sharper results as well, The 85G is not the same robust lens as its sister.
Excerpt: 1st Copy: Severe Front Focus Issue 2nd Copy: Weather seal has a lot of micro cracks. I give 3 stars for optical performance (substract 1 star each from 1st and 2nd copies). If Nikon quality control was tighten, this lens is a very good performer.
Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Optically Very Good
Cons: Bad Quality Control, Severe Focus Inaccuracy, Slow Focus
Summary: Not a bad lens but it didn't really impress me. Bokeh was ok, not spectacular. Contrast was ok. Colors were kind of lifeless (compared directly to 85 1.4G). I returned it and haven't given it a second thought.
Excerpt: I'd have given the lens a 4 star review if not for its poor chromatic aberrations. Also it's fairly soft at f/1.8 but it's usable in certain conditions. But, at f/2.8 and f/4, it's one of the sharpest Nikon lenses I've used!
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Summary: PROS: Nice lens. Light weight lens. Good working focal length for portrait use. Nice wide aperture creates some creamy bokeh, not the best but very pleasant. This quick glass allows for sharp shots handheld without a tripod, even in low light. Lens is convenient to use walking around town.
Excerpt: I kept reading great reviews about this lens so I bought it when it was $100 off a couple months ago. Some good things about it, it is lightweight and the bokeh is very nice throughout. However the chromatic abberation from f1.8 till about f3 was terrible.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh