Exept for the ugly plastic covered barrel you don’t have a reason to not buy this lens (unless you want its big brother 85/1,4 AF).
It is biting sharp, lightweight, small, fast and cheap.
One of the Nikon legends.
Big and heavy, but beautiful.
You may obtain very crisp images from this lens, but you have to put it on a rock-solid tripod (or shoot whit a lot of light at high speeds), maybe interlocking something between the tripod mount and the lens itself to avoid vibrations (often a rollfilm plastic case filled with something is good enough).
It could be a useful travel companion, but for my tastes is too dark, so I use it mainly for landscape and macro work.
It is sharp wide open, and past two stops down don’t improve so much.
Good for portraits, but it is too slow for my tastes.
Others reports a much better behaviour for distance shots, so maybe is the eternal lottery of sample variation.
Tested only on digital.
Rating: close up