Another classic: pre-AI 135 f/2
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Todd Adamson
Registered: Mar 03, 2005
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Just some grabs from the weekend to help me evaluate this "new" lens I received on Friday. A few of these were already posted in People, and there's a few there that aren't here. Numbers 6-8 were shot at f/2.8; the others wide open.

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dj dunzie
Registered: Aug 14, 2006
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You are a lucky dawg finding these new old gems! This one looks killer sharp too.

ps Not sure who looks more eager to pose for you, the kids or the pooch!



jmcfadden
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
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i told you that you would be hooked didn't I

looking great man. While you are at it there are a couple E series lenses that steal some thunder too


J



JR Magat
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wow... that's a pretty sweet lens! (must be to be considered your favorite)

Also, ben (deadwolfbones) is awesome to deal with; I bought 2 lenses off of him



Hatcher
Registered: Mar 02, 2008
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Anyone recall if the Early non-AI version is the same optically as the "newer' AI-s?
I'll admit I have a 135 f/2 AI-s that I haven't really used much, and I was wondering about the different iterations.

Thanks for the posting your images!



Todd Adamson
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Hatcher wrote:
Anyone recall if the Early non-AI version is the same optically as the "newer' AI-s?


Yes, they're all the same (pre-AI, AI, and AI-S): 6 elements in 4 groups, 8 aperture blades.



Hatcher
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Thanks Todd, I'll admit that initial pixel-peeping with my 135 had me shelve it for a number of years now. I'll give it a whirl again.



jhinkey
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What camera did you use for these images?

- John



Todd Adamson
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jhinkey wrote:
What camera did you use for these images?

- John


Sorry, I missed your question...I just saw your post in the other thread, that you were not thrilled with your 135, so I was digging around to see if you had posted here. As you can see, I love it. These were all shot with a D3.

I have the lens mounted to my D2x at the moment....it seems quite competent there as well, though I have only done some boring test shots....hoping to find a good subject tomorrow.



jhinkey
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Todd Adamson wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
What camera did you use for these images?

- John


Sorry, I missed your question...I just saw your post in the other thread, that you were not thrilled with your 135, so I was digging around to see if you had posted here. As you can see, I love it. These were all shot with a D3.

I have the lens mounted to my D2x at the moment....it seems quite competent there as well, though I have only done some boring test shots....hoping to find a good subject tomorrow.


Thanks Todd - I was saving my 135/2 for an FX body as it seems the resolution of my D300 may be too much for it - or my MF skills just haven't caught up with this lens/body combo. I need to take it out for a spin one of these days and give it a go.

- John




Todd Adamson
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Can't stop loving this lens!







dj dunzie
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That bokkeh is outrageous! Great stuff.



Todd Adamson
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Thanks, DJ. The more I look at this, the more 3D and "pasted-in" it looks....almost unreal.



Jammy Straub
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That lens has a lovely rendering style, I really like #4.



jhinkey
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Over in the 50/1.2 AIS thread I showed some images from my 135/2 AIS (same optics as the pre-AI 135/2).
I used this lens for a bit right after I got it, but was unimpressed. Turns out it's because I hadn't learned to focus MF lenses yet on my D300 and I had not gotten a Katzeye focusing screen. DOF at 135mm and f/2 is incredibly thin.

After reading this thread I took the 135/2 out a couple of days ago and gave it another try.

Here's a full frame (no corrections) and a crop (PF removal, no sharpening) taken at f/2.8 hand held, RAW ISO 200 on my D300. The sharpness pre-USM is impressive.
I was trying to get the people in focus, but got the stop sign instead.

I will endeavor to use this lens more.

John



Zaitz
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Bokeh in 4 is awesome. Looks like a great lens.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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I have to chuckle at how folks on this board keep sharing the wealth, thereby stimulating those of us suffering from Nikon Acquisition Syndrome to ADD to our shopping lists. I'd pretty much ruled this lens out of my future, telling myself that as much as I loved the 135 f/2L that remains in my Canon kit, I didn't pull it out that often... and that I have the 105 f/2.5 AS-s as well as the Sigma 150 f/2.8 and don't NEED to cover that focal length. But then I see these images and the sweet bokeh produced by this oldie but goodie and my resolve melts.

I'm afraid I may have to up the maximum I'm willing to pay for what up until now has been a relatively inexpensive pleasure to accommodate the 135 f/2 AND the 105 f1.8... I may just have to sell another Canon lens...

Great shots Todd! Nice to see your family will still let you take their photos. You can tell they're much practiced as models. My friends have gradually become accustomed to having lenses pointed at their face.



Todd Adamson
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Thanks, you guys. Curtis, if you're shelling out more cash in the future for this lens, it's Karma, pure and simple. I don't think I'd have even been thinking about it if it weren't for you mentioning and showing shots from the 200 f/4, which really got me started looking at old teles (the only reason I was looking at MF before your post was to explore wide angles, which really isn't my shooting style). So, your fault, bub.

Yes, the bokeh on this lens is wonderful....in some ways it has the same feel as some of the shots I saw that first made me notice the 200/2 VR, which I could never afford. While I would have scoffed only last month at the prospect of dropping $500+ for such a dinosaur, I am now keeping my eyes open for another one, just in case anything happens to this one. I love it that much. It's so easy to MF this lens, and it has an incredible heavy quality build feel to it.



CGrindahl
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And that, of course, is what captivated me with the 180 f/2.8 ED AI-s. It is a big, heavy lens unlike the smaller beauties that feels wonderful mounted on the camera. This was shot wide open, hand held with the 180.







I'm not trying to tempt you with another lens, but these can be found for under three hundred dollars...


Todd Adamson
Registered: Mar 03, 2005
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This lens is definitely my new "Cream Machine." But I do need to pick up something closer to the 85 to replace the 1.4 I just sold. For studio use, at least.







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