Is the 135mm Nikkor DC lens worth the price? How useful is the Defocus Control? Does Nikon currently make an AF 135mm lens without DC? So many questions!
#1. "RE: 135mm Nikkors" | In response to Reply # 0f8bthere Basic MemberMon 26-Mar-01 06:52 PM
The 135mm lens has been a bit forgotten since the advent of the zoom lens. In the 1960's, every manufacturer including the independents offered 135mm lenses. The standard formula is easy and even the cheap ones from companies like Vivitar were pretty good optically, and mechanically they were built like a tank.
What camera are you using? If you are not locked into autofocus by incompatibility, there are many examples of used Nikon 135mm lenses out there, many extremely cheap. After years of wanting one, I was able to buy a perfect condition 135mm f/2.0 AIS Nikkor for an unbelievably cheap price. I won't lie and say that the defocus control is a waste of time, but when I shoot at f/2.0 the sliver of a focus plane gives me the selective focus effect I want, without fiddling with buttons and rings.
Even a f/2.8 model will give a different background blur wide open than a slow f/4-5.6 zoom at the 135mm setting... not to mention another shutterspeed worth of hand holding in moderate to low light. This lens should be available for about 1/8th to 1/10th the price of a DC Nikkor.
In the same vein, I have never felt the need to replace my Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 lens with the DC f/2.0 model. Instead of being swayed by all of the advertisements and brochures, I look at my photos made with the older (proven) lens(es). I'd rather buy film than spend the money on a theoretical advantage. The older lenses are still able to deliver the shots.
#2. "RE: 135mm Nikkors" | In response to Reply # 1whitesf Basic MemberTue 27-Mar-01 10:18 AM
I'm using a F4s, but I also have a F3hp, so I don't necessarily need to have autofocus. However, I doubt that I would use a 135mm lens for portrait work, so I sort of want it to be autofocus. I use the 85mm f/1.8 for my portrait shots. Most of my photography is of people in public places doing ordinary (and sometimes not-so-oridnary) things, thus the autofocus can sometimes be very important. Thanks for the input.