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Which 135mm lens?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by ScottS, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. ScottS


    Apr 21, 2006
    Birmingham, AL
    I am searching for a used MF 135mm lens, for portrait photography with my D200, but I am not sure which is suppose to be the best example. Is it the Ai? Ai-S? Series E?

    Any advice would be appreciated!!
  2. rvink


    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    If you are looking for a 135/2.8, the AI or AIS lens is the best. It is made to a higher standard than the budget series-E lens, and it focuses closer.
  3. I have shot with the Ai f/3.5 and the Ai-S f/2.8 version.
    Believe me, the f/3.5 version is as sharp as it gets and only a tad slower then the f/2.8.
    Also, given the "un-sexyness" of an f/3.5 lens, you'll catch them on ebay for $75 or so. Best darn $75 you'll ever spend.
    (here is an old post of mine of over a year ago: https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=63744 ).
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
  4. ScottS


    Apr 21, 2006
    Birmingham, AL
    Thanks to both of you!! That is exactly what I needed to know.
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