Summary: Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D is a pretty solid lens, that despite its aging design still manages to show some character. Image resolution is quite decent on both APS-C as well as FF cameras with one notable exception - f/1.8 (and f/2 to some degree) are the weak points.
Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8 D (DX) - Review / Lab Test Report
25 April 2009
Conclusion: The Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8 D performs on a very high level. Sharpness is very good wide open and excellent across the frame stopped down. Typical for a fast prime there is some visible vignetting as well as bokeh fringing wide open, both of which can be reduced by stopping down.
Conclusion: The Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8 D was a very boring lens during the tests simply because it showed a exceptional performance in all tested categories. Besides the lab results the lens shows a beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus blur).
Excerpt: 18.01.2010 85mm fast objektiver er ofte kjent for å være godt egnet til portretter . De har en flott evne til å viske ut bakgrunnen og med 9 blender blad som dette har så langer det fantastisk flott bokeh.