On Sunday morning I picked up my Christmas present to myself, the Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor.

I love the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor (wheee!) lens that I've been using with my Nikon D200 since I purchased it at the beginning of the year, but with it's fastest f/3.5 aperture setting, it can be a tad too slow for the kids in an indoor setting. As someone who hates using flash, this can be a bit of a problem - I've got pretty good at hand holding for up to a half a second

Plus I really love a narrow depth of field.

The new lens delivers on all fronts.

It's very fast, letting in a bunch more light at f/1.8 and 85mm than my other lens can do at f/3.5 and 18mm and the large aperture can generate a very narrow depth of field.

Also, it's a prime lens, no zoom, which forces you to compose by using your feet…

Anyhow, I took it too our friend Deb's holiday party this weekend for some practice, with some great (IMHO) results. It did pretty well with the daughter and her yoghurt fun too…

Yoghurt Fun

I like it. Recommended.