Well, most of those AF-D lenses (like 35/2, 85/1.4...) didn't do too well in tests done here at PZ.
This is true and I started out with little intention of getting anything other than the AF20 F2.8D, It doesn't look anything special in the reviews, but it is a sharp lens easily to the edges and only softening in the extreme corners (and I mean extreme) so I tried the 24mm which is very sharp hasn't corner issues.The AF-35 F2D is a lovely lens,compact and sharp (again extreme,extreme corners F11 is needed if your looking at 100%, but realistically who is?
The AFS series is undoubtedly better, but, BIG, plasticy and expensive for what they are in my view, if you're out and about with the modern FFs your now carrying a lot of kit, and the only weight saving is in your wallet.
Here's my new out and about kit, D750+ AFD 35. AFD 20..AF24. + AF 55mm micro in a nice small bag...................................... The newly ordered AF28-85mm F3.5-4.5 micro is on it's way to replace the 55 micro as a walk around, price 40 euros!
If you want sharp,solid, light and reliable (probably for life) and love buying bargains, buy AFD and crop 5% "if" you really need tack sharp to the corners.
If your wallet is deep (bottomless) and your wife loves carrying half of your heavy zooms and modern fixed focals, buy the latest gear brand new!
PS. The 55mm macro is ludicrously sharp! (to the corners and probably beyond)
Dropbox link to a RAW image from the AF 35mm F2 @F9