D800 and 105vr micro or 135 dc lens?
I'm split between the much newer 105 vr versus the older and longer 135 dc. I know the 105 vr has the fancy 'N' layer to remove CA. The 135 DC is said to suffer some red/green CA but isn't the D800 removing the CA automatically? Is it true that these lenses are equally sharp? I need to use filters and I'm also really concerned about a DC lens shade that's about 50% shorter than the VR. Am just too concerned for my own good?
#1. "RE: D800 and 105vr micro or 135 dc lens?" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Fri 26-Apr-13 12:38 AM
Nano-Crystal coating is there to suppress flare and ghosting. As far as I know it has nothing to do with CA, which is caused by different wavelengths of light being focused on different pixels.
No, the two are not equally sharp. They are, however, both sharp enough to make some subjects uncomfortable with the level of detail.
The 135/f2 AF DC's hood is not especially deep, but it's plenty in most cases - I've had no trouble with this lens outdoors on the street or for outdoor portraits. If there's a problem with it, it's that it is a little weird when carrying it on the camera.
I think that they both are excellent lenses and there is little to worry about with either of them.
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#2. "RE: D800 and 105vr micro or 135 dc lens?" | In response to Reply # 0Leonard62 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Fri 26-Apr-13 11:42 AM
The D800 will not remove all the CA on the 135mm DC. However I only see CA on high contrast edges at enlargements of 50% and greater. And that's with jpg or raw files. I don't worry about it.
I'm curious about your comparing these two lenses since they were mostly designed for different purposes. While I have the AF 135mm f2 DC lens I don't use the DC feature. But I really like the sharpness of the lens even wide open. Both lenses can be used for portraits but the 105 VR has the advantage of a micro lens. It's exceptionally sharp.
Have you also considered the AF 105mm f2 DC lens? It might even be sharper than it's bigger 135mm brother. Of course for anyone that has a 105 micro it's a duplication of focal lengths.
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#3. "RE: D800 and 105vr micro or 135 dc lens?" | In response to Reply # 0
The 105mm VR has an ED element, which does help address CA. Nikon makes no claims about Nano Crystal Coating with respect to CA.
I own both lenses. The 135mm DC suffers from longitudinal chromatic aberration that presents as color shifts in the out of focus areas. The D800's software corrects for lateral chromatic aberration, so it's less effective on lenses like the 135mm DC. The 105mm VR uses a 62mm filter thread. The 135mm DC users a 72mm filter thread, so for any filter where you care about the lens hood, it'll be less expensive to buy filters for the 105mm VR.
My recommendation may come as a bit of a surprise. If your requirements can be met by either the 105mm VR or the 135mm DC, I recommend skipping both and going with a 70-200mm or 80-200mm f/2.8 zoom.
If you're looking for a macro/micro lens that can double as a general short-telephoto and portrait lens, the 105mm VR is a great choice. It outsells the 135mm DC by a wide margin for good reason. If you're looking for something "old school," the 135mm DC may be for you. Unlike the 105mm VR it's fully functional on older film cameras, and to my eye it gives a slightly more formal, 1960's look to portraits. But at current prices, either new or used, you need fairly specific requirements to justify this lens from a value standpoint.
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#4. "RE: D800 and 105vr micro or 135 dc lens?" | In response to Reply # 0
What is your primary subject that would need these lenses? Portraiture, general purpose, product or ?? If you are looking for a portrait lenses in that FL, I would second the recommendation to look at the 70-200 because it excels at both portraits and general purpose photography. I have a few "portrait" oriented lenses and still reach for the 70-200 first. It has a different look to the results I prefer over the, say, 85 1.4, mostly due to being longer on the D800.
The 105VR and 135DC are both very good and have fans but they are different enough to warrant renting the both for a weekend and shoot the way you typically would to see which is more to your liking.
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