I just discovered Ken Rockell's review and tests of the Nikkor 85s. I find it interesting that most here prefer the earlier versions (the 1.8), yet Rockwell prefers the 85/2 AIS. He refers to the reputation of the earlier 1.8s as "folklore" rather than truth.
Also, in terms of price, the true bargain is the 85/2 AIS. At KEH, it goes for $149 less than the 1.8 AId version (I use KEH prices as my standard)--$364 (EX) vs. $215 (EX). I have not seen the deep discounts (which have been cited here thus far) for non-AI, AI H, and AId 85s. In fact, the opposite is true...the earlier lenses cost significantly more than the newer ones.
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