Nikon’s AF 85mm f1.8 is a lens found in many a pro’s camera bag. I’ve owned two over the years and it’s always just been one of those lenses that delivered superb results, every day, whatever the conditions. Back in the film days it’s main use was as a portrait lens - images were always technically excellent, resolving lots of detail but unlike many Nikon lenses, there’s no harsh bite or edge to the images. Instead the Nikon 85mm f1.8 delivers lovely round tones with a much smoother look than usual for a Nikon lens. This a portrait lens par excellence.
Build quality is very good, but if you look carefully, the front part of the lens has a disconcerting wobble. It’s the sort of thing you only notice if you’re checking the lens out, rather than taking pictures with it, but Nikon usually do better. Both examples I’ve owned have had identical amounts of movement, and both have performed superbly. so don’t worry if the front section seems slightly loose. Really that’s about the only thing I don’t like about the Nikon AF 85mm f1.8. This is a really first rate lens and even comes with a proper screw in metal lens hood.