Herman Roote: Nice lens for the price, I thinks it's too long for indoor portrait shooting, unless you have a large studio.
I'm only speaking for the DX users like myself, I find the 50mm 1.8 in plenty long enough.
I hope the 7 rounded blades and newer optical formula on the G version will be a better combo than on the D version. I dunno about anyone else but the bokeh and depth of field on my D version was atrocious....
olyflyer: Very nice. It will probably be my next lens. Too bad it has no VR which would have improved it even more but I like internal focus lenses so it will probably end up in my bag once it becomes available.
yeah the lens looks very nice, but I doubt VR is gonna be useful for such a wide aperture. It would add size/weight/price to the lens that not everyone could justify.
LJohnK2: no VR :( ....at 85mm w/o VR I'm not sure how useful this will be in low light on a DX body.....min shutter speed of 1/130 ?
VR is kind of a gimmick to get you to buy slower lenses, with the exception of heavy lenses with a longer focal length. Unless you arent using a high aperture, you wont need it. If you shake a lot, a monopod or tripod works. Honestly that is not a slow lens speed either. I take pics at slower speeds just fine. But for the intended use of this lens and its aperture it will be plenty fast enough without the need for VR.