The main difference between this new "nifty fifty" and the almost decade-old ƒ1.8D is that it has an autofocus motor inside. This means you can use it with any current or recent Nikon SLR. The older lens lacks this motor and is instead driven by one in the camera, which cheaper bodies don't have.
I currently use a Nikon D80 (and I don't plan on changing that any time soon), and I've been considering getting such a lens. Is there any difference between the D and the G lenses when used on a D80? I believe that the D one works just as well, since D80's have internal autofocus motors - is that right?
Besides the autofocus motor aspect, is there any other big difference between them? Since the D is priced at around $120 and the G at $220, should I just get the D?