Summary: I bought this lens before going to a concert at a very small, intimate club that is known for insanely low light levels. It performed like a champ on my D7000. I was getting great shots while other photogs were grumbling obscenities. Since then, it's become my favorite lens for shooting high school volleyball games. Very fast autofocus, very sharp.
a must for the portraiture and fashion photographer
Stephen Pellerine, Amazon
4 April 2013
Summary: Want a fast lens for a good price, this is the one. Amazing. I think that the ratings here speak volumes, and even the lower ratings - these are fluke chances (if a lens falls apart on you bring it back and exchange it, certainly wont happen again - I hope: but of others experience this I hope to see such reviews here). I have had Nikon lenses for 20 years and they are still quite well intact, this lens feels like the same quality to me as well. I use this with the D800.
Summary: I normally use a Nikon 35mm F/1.8 AF G lens for indoor shots and I'm pretty satisfied with results. However, I recently started using this older 85mm AF D lens and the quality/sturdiness is much better. Picture quality & bokeh is remarkable. This is an excellent portrait lens for this amateur.