High-performance, fast, maximum-aperture, NIKKOR telephoto lens.
Rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
Internal focusing for fast AF operation.
Fast f/1.4 aperture is helpful in shooting indoor sports or stage productions.
From f/2.8 and up the performance of the lens is superb and neither distortions, CAs nor vignetting are something to worry about. However, at f/1.4 and, to a lesser degree, at f/2 the lens shows a couple of flaws – the border resolution is “only” good, the level of contrast is reduced and the results show a pronounced degree of purple fringing at harsh contrast transitions and longitudinal chromatic aberrations.
That all said the AF 85mm f/1.4D is certainly capable to render beautiful large-aperture results with a shallow depth-of-field and an exceptionally smooth bokeh. The mechanical quality of the lens is fantastic and it is a joy to use this lens. Whether the package as a whole is worth the steep price tag is a personal thing.