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In my responsibility as chief instigator of Nikon Manual Focus Acquisition Syndrome, I feel obliged to post this so that Leighton and Chin can find the inspiration to spend more money...
The 135 f/2.8 K AI'd arrived last Friday from Japan and I picked it up this morning shortly after the post office opened. First, I'd observe that the seller did the best job of packaging I've ever seen. Although I didn't receive the package until today, it arrived only five days after shipment. Nothing was glued to the box, but rather all the papers were enclosed in plastic and then bound to the box by the filament much like Saran Wrap. The box was closed with perfectly applied tape the same color as the box. I'll be able to reuse the box without having to tear off glued labels. Pretty sweet. But let's get serious here...
Here are the four 135mm lenses now in my kit... whether that number will be reduced remains an open question since all four of these lenses is beautiful... This was shot with the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd... (congratulations Chuong and good luck finding that conversion kit.)
135 f/2 AI-s, 135 f/2.8 AI, 135 f/2.8 K AI'd, 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd
The first thing I did when I got home was head outside to take a few photos with the lenses, hopefully satisfying Leighton's wishes. Everyone knows that I do a pretty mediocre job with such comparisons because I do them hand held. So everything is approximate. (We'll have to rely on Jose and John for serious lens comparisons...) I stood at the same location... not even moving my feet... I cropped, downsized and added labels. I did nothing else to the images. All were shot wide open. I added weight, length and diameter at the bottom of the page to help with the comparison.
As one would expect, the 135 f/2 AI-s obliterates the background, but the other three lenses acquit themselves quite well. More will be revealed...
Edited on Jun 10, 2013 at 07:34 PM · View previous versions