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My 35th lens was waiting for me when I arrived home this afternoon, the 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd. It doesn't look nearly as pristine in person as in the photos, though that would have simply been good fortune to buy this version of the 135 WITH the AI conversion and receive an EX+ lens. The glass is perfect and I see nothing inside the lens to be of concern, but there are a few blemishes on the barrel.
I mounted it immediately and wandered down the street to take a few photos. First I noticed the 1.5 meter minimal focusing distance, approaching territory of the 180 and 200mm lenses. I'd intended to place the front of the lens against two slats of a neighbor's fence to shoot roses on the other side but I was too close and had to step back. What I found when I opened the images, however, rather took my breath away. Here is one shot with a cropped closeup to follow. These were shot wide open.
I do believe this lens is a keeper. It is amazingly sharp and yields some luscious colors. And yes, Jose, this lens weighs the same as the 85 f/1.4 AI-s. It is quite a chuck of glass with an interesting hood built in. You have to unscrew it from its base position, slide it into place, then screw it tight. No wobble on this hood... Sadly, it doesn't have the scalloped focusing ring...