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
26 April 2009
Conclusion: 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. CAs and distortion are very well controlled. The build quality is on a high level.
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.