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James Markus wrote:
I used the 135mm f2.0 AI on a photoshoot this morning @ f2.8. I don't feel comfortable posting work photos, but it performed beautifully.
Yes it does extremely well - I've shot it beside the new 135/2 APO Zeiss at distant subjects and wide open in the center it's nearly as sharp (which is quite the feat), but lacks contrast due to residual aberrations. Off-axis it loses sharpness to the Zeiss. Stopped down a bit it really is very very good, even at 36MP. At near MFD it loses some oomph, but it is still quite good. Many times the limiting factor has been my ability to accurately focus it - when you do nail the focus it can give some great results.
For my uses it is becoming a bit marginal, but it's still one heck of a lens - I've taken some great images with it, especially on my D800. I once bought a 135/2DC thinking it would kill the 135/2 AIS, but it did not have anything at all on the AIS - even the AF was so inconsistent that I used it in MF mode almost all the time. So the DC was sold and the AIS is still here (for now).
Some older images:
NIKON D700 135mm f/2.8 1/1250s 200 ISO 0.0 EV
NIKON D700 135mm f/2.0 1/80s 6400 ISO -2.0 EV
NIKON D800 135mm f/2.0 2s 800 ISO 0.0 EV