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    Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    I would appreciate if anyone with hands on experience with this lens can advise me as to its performance as a general small telephoto for landscapes and general scenes.

    I am esp. interested to know its AF performance, how is it stopped down.

    It being a little long in the design dept. does it have any noticeable disadvantages for general use on the full frame dslrs.

    Portraits, I know this is supposed to be made for them.

    Any input shall be highly appreciated.

    Thank you all.

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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    Rayran....

    I can tell you the 105 is great on FX. I'm hopefully looking at a 135 in the next couple of days and will let you know my thoughts.
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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Muelver View Post
    Rayran....

    I can tell you the 105 is great on FX. I'm hopefully looking at a 135 in the next couple of days and will let you know my thoughts.
    Much appreciate it Jason.

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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    Rayyan, it is one heck of a lens. I've used it on S5 for portraiture and found the defocus function very creative. Never used it on FX yet, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otumay View Post
    Rayyan, it is one heck of a lens. I've used it on S5 for portraiture and found the defocus function very creative. Never used it on FX yet, though.

    Osman, thanks for the thumbs up on the portraiture. How about distant objects, as a general telephoto? Any suggestions? At f 5.6-8

    Regards.

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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    Rayyan, I used this lens mainly for portraits, though I found this sample taken in Kastamonu, Northern Turkey, with Kodak SLR/n, so you may have an idea of the full frame performance of this lens. (1/350 sec. at f/4.8)

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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    Quote Originally Posted by otumay View Post
    Rayyan, I used this lens mainly for portraits, though I found this sample taken in Kastamonu, Northern Turkey, with Kodak SLR/n, so you may have an idea of the full frame performance of this lens. (1/350 sec. at f/4.8)
    Osman: A dream portrait Osman. beautiful, There is no doubt about its open aperture performance.

    Excellent enticement Osman!

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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    Estagfurullah, we say

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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    It may be late but here's one wedding photo (D3x, DC 135/2, f 3.5, ISO 200, no PP):



    In general, I like this lens a lot for portraiture. It's also good for landscapes. I'd like to try Nikkor 200/2 but its weight ... stops me right there!

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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexLF View Post
    It may be late but here's one wedding photo (D3x, DC 135/2, f 3.5, ISO 200, no PP):



    In general, I like this lens a lot for portraiture. It's also good for landscapes. I'd like to try Nikkor 200/2 but its weight ... stops me right there!
    Alex: Thank you for posting a lovely wedding photo with the lens. It is also
    great to learn that it is good for landscapes.

    Much appreciated.

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    This picture of one of the grandaughters, Erin (15) was taken with the 135mm f/2.0DC on my D700 @f/2.5. It just gets crisper as you stop down. It is definitely a fine landscape lens, but photographers use it primarily at wider apertures because of the wonderful bokeh it produces.
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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    Rayran,
    You have probably already made your decision, but I have been using the 135mm f/2 DC for approximately two years almost exclusively for landscape. It became my primary landscape lens. It is a VERY sharp lens, and handles quite well on a full frame Nikon. I approximately 75% of my landscape images on my web site were made with this lens. I will be glad to give you the link to that web site or answer any questions you have if you are still looking for information. I have tried to post a picture here, but don't really know how....so, it may not work.
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    Re: Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

    I never thought about landscapes with thins lens (I have the 105). I use it primarily as a portrait lens.

    Here's one from a couple of weeks ago. It is tack sharp. I prefer this focal distance (or the 135) over the 85 1.4 for portraits. I would LOVE to have a 135 tho.

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