About 20 years ago, when my first child was a toddler and I was making good money as a marketing executive, I decided to supplement my Nikon FM and manual focus lenses with a couple of N8008s and some autofocus lenses. In 2004, when I went digital, I burned my ships at the shore and sold all of my film bodies and manual focus lenses. Of the autofocus lenses, the only one I still have is my 85mm f1.8.
Every few weeks, I decide that I’m going to sell the lens because I don’t use it enough, but then I put it on the camera, point it at something, take a picture, and change my mind. I’m sure that Internet-based anal-izers can find fault with the lens’s color or contrast or distortion, but it really suits the way I like to shoot.
I’m really impressed with modern zoom lenses, but there’s a lot to be said for a prime lens that is easy to carry and delivers consistently pleasant results. I can’t say it’s my favorite lens, because I use the 70-200 f2.8 for most of what I do, but it’s certainly my favorite prime lens right now. I’m glad that older nikon lenses work on newer bodies, but there are some drawbacks. This particular lens is not a “D” type, so it does not send distance information to the camera. This can make matrix metering and flash metering a little inconsistent – I typically use spot or center-weighted metering with this lens.