AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D ?

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  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Soooooooooo... this is a lens that has been on my radar for a long time and one has come up on Craig's List for $1190 OBO; I'm thinking between $1000 and 1100 is a decent price, BUT.... do I need/slash want it. I love my 85mm f1.4D, but the slightly longer focal length and defocusing feature has me really tempted. Is it worth it given that 80%+ of my work is portraiture and 50% of that is headshots/single person work.

    Thoughts?


     
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    It would be nice, but what do you think it is worth? Clean, well cared for? seller accepts returns?
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's running $1200 - 1500 USD on flea-Bay, so the price is good. Based on the images, it's in excellent conditions (and TBH, given the nature of this lens, I'd be surprised if it was anything else). Returns? Unlikely....
     
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    Maybe a bit long for portraits but your event gigs - might be good.
     
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    Not necessarily. If you've got the real estate to back up, 135 is a great focal length for portraiture. Heck, I've seen some portrait specialists use up to 300mm.

    I'd love to have a modern 135 prime, having cut my teeth in photography with a 135/2.8. But since Nikon doesn't offer one and the best AF out there is the 135D, I just can't justify dropping the dime on one since I have both a 135/2.8 Ai and a 135/2.8 Tair.
     
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    For me, the question I usually ask myself when I want to buy a used lens is if I change my mind, will I be able to sell it for close to what I paid? If the answer is yes then I start my 24 clock. If I still want it 24 hours later, I buy it.
     
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    for that price i'd rather find the 105mm 1.4e -- ive seen them sell for ~$1600 on ebay.
     
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    As you're a pro I wonder if your clients might value that unique defocus look, or could it help set you apart from competitors?
     
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    I think it is a great addition to the 85 in a bag for portrait sessions.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Price isn't an issue; it's very good, selling however? Victoria isn't a huge city and this is pretty much a specialist lens, so it probably wouldn't go quick....

    I rarely open up past f4, so for the number of times I'd use f4... that I can't justify!

    Good thought!
     
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    Location shouldn’t matter much. It’s an online world when it comes to used gear.
     
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    That is such a specialized lens, probably right up a pro portrait photogs alley. I think the lens is pretty unique but have a feeling it would take a great deal of practice dialing it in to garner the look you want. The guy I used (he passed away) to hang with when I was starting out had one. He kept a laminated index card in the lens pouch with it, had all kinds of notes on it in different color writing. He did a lot of Veteran stuff too and it was his preferred lens, along with the af 180 2.8, and the AF 300 f4. I remember him saying the only time he used anything shorter than 135 was for group shots. I know he raved about those 3 lenses for his portrait work.

    Maybe @Derrel will chime in, he has a great deal of Nikkor knowledge.
     
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