Summary: I have worked for a photo studio and went to school for photography, and i have used almost every type of nikon lens out there. This lens is great, not as sharp as the f/1.4 but still very sharp. I think as a photographer you might see a difference in the two lens but clients wont. I shot all my engagement sessions and graduate portfolio work with this lens and it was amazing.
Summary: I bought this lens to use both for film and digital use. It is a compact, fast, sharp short telephone and it is inexpensive - quite the bargain. The build quality is good, like any of the consumer AF-D lenses, but still uses a plastic outer shell and aperture ring. The filter ring is metal. It is not bad, but not as nice in the hand as the old manual focus AI/AI-S lenses.