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I had the Nikkor 135mm f/2.0 lens before. It is a "defocusing control" lens you can use to change the bokeh (in the front/back of your target) somewhat. The design is similar to their 105mm f/2.0 DC lens. Although the idea is great but somehow that ability made both lenses a little troublesome in nailing focus. They are older, too, and noisy. Optically, both DC lenses are fine, just some quirks that you have to put up with. I had both and sold both after a while when I had my D700. Even when dialed to the max of microfocus adjustment, it couldn't focus correctly but sometimes, it changed without any intervention to the other side of the focusing spectrum (I don't remember exactly whether they are both back focusing or front focusing). Definitely, not my cup of tea but YMMV.
Not because I am a Canon user but the Canon 135mm f/2.0 lens is an awesome lens. Sharp, fast and silent focusing and the bokeh it generates is to die for. My only complaint, there is no IS and it is a long enough focal length that will benefit significantly from having an IS built in.
Edited on Apr 09, 2012 at 12:48 AM · View previous versions