10 out of 10 points and recommendedSuper sharp even when wide open, beautiful colours, creamy bokehSome CA wide open depending on angle, learning curve to use it wide open
I almost always use this lens wide open at f/1.4 shooting portraits and children and have always been amazed at the creamy bokeh and colour rendition. I have used it on the D700 and D810 and if focused and used correctly, it can be super sharp even at 100% magnification on the D810. It is my go-to lens for candids and portrait shots.reviewed July 31st, 2016 (purchased for $1,506)
I do not own the older version, but I have handled it and compared it to the focusing speed of the newer version. No scientific tests but I felt that the older lens focused a tad faster and can be noisier.
The only thing is that there is a learning curve to use this lens, especially if you plan to use it at or close to its max aperture.
Now that Nikon has announced the 105mm f/1.4, it's going to be interesting to compare these 2 lenses.
For samples, almost all of the short-tele shots on my gallery (www.truphotos.com) were taken using the 85mm.