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Nikkor-Q Auto 135mm f/2.8 on T2i.. Is it worth it?

 
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Oct 19, 2011 08:30 |  #1

I have found the said lens on my local Craigs List for $65 and am debating if it's worth purchasing. What do you guys think?




  
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Oct 19, 2011 09:20 |  #2

No one has experience with this particular lens? Here are some pictures. Looks like it's going for ~$75 buy now on eBay, and some sample pics I see on the net are kinda meah... I haven't heard anything back from the guy who posted on Craigslist yet.

http://www.destoutz.ch​/lens_135mm_f2.8_27526​7.html (external link)




  
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Oct 19, 2011 09:24 |  #3

I use a lot of Nikkors on an EOS body. They work quite well if the lens is clean and focus/aperture work.

You can look at places like Adorama or Keh.com to get a feel for the price. You can get a feel for reviews from this site.

http://www.naturfotogr​af.com/lens_short.html (external link)

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Oct 19, 2011 09:38 |  #4

stover98074 wrote in post #13273184 (external link)
I use a lot of Nikkors on an EOS body. They work quite well if the lens is clean and focus/aperture work.

You can look at places like Adorama or Keh.com to get a feel for the price. You can get a feel for reviews from this site.

http://www.naturfotogr​af.com/lens_short.html (external link)

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Thanks Stover! Looks like this lens can have chip mod for a focus confirmation. I'll need to buy a lens conversion tool as well.




  
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Oct 19, 2011 09:54 |  #5

I use AF confirmation adapters (Nikon to EOS). Not sure what a conversion tool is?


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Oct 19, 2011 11:36 |  #6

I meant the AF confirmation adapter. I think I'll be buying this one from eBay. With this converter, I'll be able to borrow my friend's Nikon lens!

http://www.ebay.com …2c5f8a16c6#ht_8​587wt_1106 (external link)

My main use with this ancient lens will be for portrait shots and also for indoor school performances of my kids. Thanks again for your help!




  
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Oct 19, 2011 11:40 |  #7

It should be a nice lens for portraits. My favorite for portraits is a Nikkor 105 2.5 AI. This lens is one of the legendary lenses. I have a cropped body so 105 is a good focal length. I paid about $80. You can get them on Keh.com and when I purchase there I buy Bargain grade after researching what other said about that grade at Keh.


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Oct 19, 2011 11:57 |  #8

I'll keep that in mind and peal my eyes open for any Nikkor 105 2.5 AI at a bargain price. Looks like you got a great price for that lens. It's currently going for $133-$144.




  
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Oct 19, 2011 15:57 |  #9

I have the same lens and love it. I like the way the hood operates. When I purchased it, the previous owner said the hood was defective because it wobbled and was loose. But the hood is held in the retacted position or in the operating postion with a quarter of a turn of the hood. I didn't bother with a focus confirmation lens adapter, I've heard to many complaints on this forum that it doesn't work very well. Buy an adapter for each Nikkor lens you have because it isn't very easy to change the adapter in the field.
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Oct 19, 2011 16:07 |  #10

isn't that an older lens mount than the current ones?...i couldn't tell which mount the adapter was for...there's about a billion m42 mount 135mm f2.8 lenses as well


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Oct 19, 2011 16:31 |  #11

Only if you're looking for a ~200mm lens. No point in dropping money on a lens you won't use, even if it is cheap. It'll just be a hassle to sell later when you realize how little you use it.


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Oct 19, 2011 16:44 |  #12

I warn you that once you start using the Nikon manual lenses you will want more. I now own 10 and I love them all. The glass is wonderful :-)
The 85 2.0 is great for portraits also is a little better on a crop body.


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Oct 19, 2011 19:55 |  #13

Overkill-F1 wrote in post #13275094 (external link)
I have the same lens and love it. I like the way the hood operates. When I purchased it, the previous owner said the hood was defective because it wobbled and was loose. But the hood is held in the retacted position or in the operating postion with a quarter of a turn of the hood. I didn't bother with a focus confirmation lens adapter, I've heard to many complaints on this forum that it doesn't work very well. Buy an adapter for each Nikkor lens you have because it isn't very easy to change the adapter in the field.
...Terry

What Terry said, word for word....
I had that lens before I got the "K" version....and now I wonder sometimes if I miss the heft of the "Q"...VERY SHARP, and no downsides to the manual aperture operation and focusing since I shoot my Nikkors close to wide open unless it's VERY bright, where I would stop down to (no smaller than) F8....
BUT...BUT...
I have 40 years of experience manual focusing...my eyes are as sharp now as when I started photography back shooting Nikon F bods with no split image or microprism focusing aid in 1967
(my current sight acuity I believe a result of having to take a longterm dose of steroids for something unrelated to eyesight, but which improved my eyes :) )...

Manual focusing takes practice...a lot of practice when you're not actually shooting...like I would do on a spot-lit object while watching TV...


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Oct 19, 2011 22:06 |  #14

Thanks guys for all your input. MDoc and kitacanon, I see both of you own 105/2.5 as well as 135/2.8. From little of what I read, 105/2.5 has somewhat of a legendary status. How doe the two lenses compare? Some sites say they were introduced about the same time, and that 135mm is as good as 105mm.




  
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Oct 19, 2011 22:37 |  #15

VTK wrote in post #13276891 (external link)
Thanks guys for all your input. MDoc and kitacanon, I see both of you own 105/2.5 as well as 135/2.8. From little of what I read, 105/2.5 has somewhat of a legendary status. How doe the two lenses compare? Some sites say they were introduced about the same time, and that 135mm is as good as 105mm.

The 105 is THE classic Nikkor...primarily for portraits...
105/2.5 Nikkor-P @ F4

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The 135/2.8 was the "standard" tele of the film era before the omni-present 70-210 zoom every lens maker came out with around that range....the 135 is among the easiest to design for quality/compactness...​and about the cheapest to make...

My Canon kit 450D/s90; Canon lenses 18-55 IS, 70-210/3.5-4.5....Nikon kit: D610; 28-105/3.5-4.5, 75-300/4.5-5.6 AF, 50/1.8D Nikkors, Tamron 80-210; MF Nikkors: 50/2K, 50/1.4 AI-S, 50/1.8 SeriesE, 60/2.8 Micro Nikkor (AF locked), 85mm/1.8K-AI, 105/2.5 AIS/P.C, 135/2.8K/Q.C, 180/2.8 ED, 200/4Q/AIS, 300/4.5H-AI, ++ Tamron 70-210/3.8-4, Vivitar/Kiron 28/2, ser.1 70-210/3.5, ser.1 28-90; Vivitar/Komine and Samyang 28/2.8; 35mm Nikon F/FM/FE2, Rebel 2K...HTC RE UWA camera

  
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