I'll be posting some images from 2 recent shoots within a few days but I just wanted to chime in and say how much I love this lens. I've gotten to the point where I dislike auto focus for portraiture. To me it gets in the way. AF point? Why bother? The AF point is where I want it to be by turning the focus ring :smile: and looking through the viewfinder. It doesn't get easier than that and it opens up a whole world of creativity that I feel is not there with auto focus. After manually focusing for a while now I've finally gotten to the point where my keeper rate is insanely high and at times even my soft focus shots are sharper than those I was getting with auto focus. Yes, really! Another thing about the 105mm f/2.5 AI-S is the color and depth to the images. Granted, I don't own a 24-70mm or a 70-200mm or a 17-55mm so I can't compare but I can see the clear difference between images from the 105mm and my 35-70mm f/2.8 which I love to death, and of course there is no comparison to the 18-70mm. In my space with my D300 (1.5x crop body) the 105mm focal length and field of view is perfect for upper body, head and shoulder, head shots, and super tight head shots. An 85mm would actually be a little wide for my taste but would also be amazing. 70mm is already too wide for the way I like to do tight shots and have some distance between camera and subject. I'm now convinced that at some point I'll be adding a 50mm MF lens and more than likely it will either be a Zeiss or Voigtlander, although I am very interested in the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S but don't know much about it.