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 wonder why Nikon went for 7 blades with the new lens. My 1.8D has 9 blades.
Oveerik: What about image stabillizers? SONY has them on all lenses I put on the cameras (A900-A77)! No stabilizer is stone age!
My NIKON stays at home (D700, 20,24,35,50,55,85,105,135,180mm all whithout stabilizer)!
Let's face it, you only need image stabilisation at slow shutter speeds. I may be wrong, but I suspect at "normal" shutter speeds, the image stabilisation can actually act to reduce sharpness.