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nikkor 105dc or 135dc

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mrdinh, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. mrdinh


    Mar 8, 2005
    North Dakota
    i love using my 70-200..but is too heavy to handle hold for hours...i need lighter lense with the same shallow dof and sharpness
  2. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    If anything, both of these will have even better optical performance than your 70-200. I'd recommend the 105DC which is superb and has a marvellous bokeh. If your shooting style demands a longer yet hand-holdable lens, the 135 DC will be the answer.

    I own the 105DC myself and use it with great results on my D2X. I have shot with the 135 DC earlier, but don't own this lens myself, only the predecessor 135/2 (also a good lens, but a just a tad soft wide open for close subjects).

    You cannot go wrong with any of these DC lenses.
  3. twig


    May 23, 2005
    I have used teh 135/f2 for indoor volleyball,
    compared to the 70-200 it is very VERY light and manageable, you will LOVE it.

    As the expert has said, image quality will in fact be higher at most apertures, the 135 stopped down to f/2.5 seems sharper to me than the zoom wide open at f/2.8, which stands to reason.

    The AF is clearly not going to be as fast, however it is not bad on a D2 series body.

    The isolation of shooting at f/2 is a lot of fun (though quite challenging depending on subject due to DOF)

    Most reviews find the 105 impeccable and the 135 a tad less magical, just as Bjorn as said, though the 135 is quite great on it;s own. For what I do (sports) the reach advantage is enough to make the 135 my choice.

    Given the high price of the 200 f/2 I find the 135 DC lens to be a relative "bargain" considering what it does, it;s reach and aperture. Though I have not bought it myself, I do rent it from time to time.
  4. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    May I make another suggestion...? 180mm f/2.8. It's much, much smaller than the 70-200, and provides excellent subject isolation. Like the DC lenses, it is AF, not AFS and so it is somewhat slow focusing. This does not get in the way of people photography however, where I am usually tracking them through the lens for a bit before shooting. Here is a page of examples (caution, it's mega-big):


  5. Bokeh is in the eye of the beholder.

    I think I'm going to follow Chris' suggestion.

    The 180 is cheaper than the DCs.
    It's lighter then the 135.

    It, to my eye, looks as sharp or sharper than anything Nikon makes.
    The bokeh, whatever you use to measure it, seems gorgeous.

    I handled a used one last week.
    Handheld inside a store it's sharpness in hastily taken snaps of unsuspecting customers was striking.

    The 105DC is a different animal than my 85 but seems too close in FL to add much, especially considering I have a tack sharp old 105.2.5 MF.

    Yep, the 180 deserves a look if you spend much time on the long end of a 70-200.

    Finally, focus on Pro bodied is plenty snappy. I don't know about focus speed on d50/70/100.

    It's on my "most lusted" list for sure.

    Chris...those dog show shots are, well, sharp! Fur detail brings out the best in the lens I'd say. Human hair ain't none to shabby neither. :biggrin:
  6. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    I think it depends on where you like to shoot. Long or short end. On the long end the 180/2.8 is comparitively light, sharp, and well made. Just a great lens. Focus doesn't snap to place on my D70 like it does on the D2x.

    On the short end the 105DC, or may I suggest the 85/1.4, is great as well.

    The 135DC is not a lens I own so can't comment on it.

    It comes down to your shooting style in my opinion.
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