I shoot mainly with the F100. Always black and white. I shoot lots of candid portraits, some studio, and lots of window light. I have both the 105 2.5 (ai'd); and the af 85 1.8. They're my main lenses for portraits. I have a chance to buy for $165 a 135 2.8 in nice condition. My interest in getting it is to blow out the background more and to work at a little more distance from the subject. Just for variety. Anyone have experience using this lens? I am also hoping the image will "pop" on screen like the 105. IT makes focusing easy for these old eye.
I used a 135mm many years for portraits. However, having then also the 85mm and a 105, I found myself better jumping to the 180mm rather than using the 135mm. Try it. I think you will love it. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
About fifteenish feet. I didn't write it down; I just focused on a similar size lamp and shade across the room. Come to think of it, that would be about right for a bust-size portrait, wouldn't it?---scott
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I have the 85, 105 and 135. While I normally wouldn't carry both the 85 and 105... the 85 and 135 make a good two lens combo for portraits. They would offer two distinct looks, especially if you move up and back to keep the person the same size in the frame. By doing that you can have the exact same subject, but with a totally different background.
This is just my opinion, but the only thing that made me get the 135 is that it is the f/2.0 model (AI not the defocus model). If I use this lens, it is at f/2.0, simply because with a difference of only 30mm, the 105 works just as well when I am closing down past f/2.8 or f/4.0.
If I was traveling light, (and I often do), and had to go with one of these lenses, the 105mm f/2.5 would win with almost no deliberation. It basically splits the difference between the 85 and 135.
If you didn't have the 105, this would be a no-brainer. Just ask yourself if the gaps between this series of three lenses might be too narrow. I am guilty of buying lenses that come along for a good price, and have every Nikkor from 20-300mm, but in the real world, if I am going to change lenses, I want the new lens to really offer me something the removed lens couldn't. I would change the 85 for a 135, but I can't ever recall taking off the 105 to put a 135 on, even for the f/2.0 aperture. Again, this is simply my opinion.