Excerpt: I wanted a macro lens for taking shots of insects and flowers. I looked at the various ranges and decided on the 85mm and I'm very happy with it. I get nice sharp shots; I have used it on a D90, D7000, and D7100 and they all work great. All of these were shot hand held so the VR is nice. The f3.5 was fine to get low depth of field for flowers, just need to watch that on insects. Very pleased and would recommend this for this use.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Super sharp details in all photos taken at all distances.
26 December 2013
Summary: I have taken over 400 photos of different subjects at different distances. The details are sharp clean and crisp in all the photos, except those where I failed to hold the camera steady or where I snapped the shutter before the AF functioned. A photo of a pecan laid on a table cloth snapped at a distance of about 12 inches was so sharp that the linen fibers in the threads on the table cloth were visible and all the texture on the pecan was lear.
Summary: This lens is just amazing. I was unsure if I would love it since I wanted it mainly for macro type photos but was not up to spending more to get a 105 mom. But this lens takes gorgeous pictures. Plus i have done close-up work and landscapes, so it is versatile. I am very happy with this purchase.