Hi, From my very start of doing photography, I used the Nikon 85/1.4 AIS as my portrait lens. Since I switched to digital (D800), I replaced most of my AIS to the newer 1.8 G lenses. I like the rendering of those new lenses, some are are really stunning (e.g. 35/1.8G versus 35/2 AIS). Only with the 85/1.8G I was not so happy. Yes, its sharp, it renders beautifully, its compact...but it looks "digital" and doesn't have much character compared to may 85/1.4 AIS, at least to my taste. With the 85/1.4 AIS I had a lot of commitee, but if the focus was spot one...wow! The skin rendering and sharpness, the character was out of this world! Here are two examples of what I was talking about (all 85/1.4 AIS + D800): Home | Jochen Resch Photography Home | Jochen Resch Photography (Just click on the first photo in the gallery and the photo pops up that I am talking about) Did anyone made similar experiences with the 85mm Nikon's? Would you recommend that I go back to the manual 85/1.4? Thanks a lot in advance!