Got to play with a 135 f2 DC lens for a few days....

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  1. JTPhotography

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    Odd thing is I just bought an old 135 f2 ai, after playing with the DC lens I am so impressed I think I will sell the old one and go for the DC, used copy of course, I don't want to play full price. I have used the DC function but the effect is subtle. The bokeh is stellar without it. Both of the shots below were in DC mode.

    http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t134/pugnacious33/_DSC1640 sm_zpscq1ronto.jpg

    http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t134/pugnacious33/_DSC1644%20sm_zpsnji6asy7.jpg



     
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    Yep. The Nikon f/2 DC lenses are sweet.
    Lots of pro portrait photographers use both the 105 mm f/2 DC and the 135 mm f/2 DC.
     
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    Yeah, pretty cool optic!!! I sent the OP, JTP, a private message about a 135 defocus that I have for sale.
     
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    One of Nikon's best lenses. If they updated it to keep the DC function and incorporated VR.... now that would be really something!
     
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    IMO, VR is highly overrated, and most photographers think VR should be turned on all the time.

     
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    So in your opinion the DC is worth the xtra $$$ over the f2 in general or just specific situations? Honest question not stirring the pot.
     
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    For me the VR is a really important factor, especially with telephoto length lenses and beyond. I suffer with a benign essential tremor in my hands and arms, meaning I have to shoot at least 3-4 stops faster than one normally would. It's a huge PITA for me, but something I just have to try and work around for the most part.

    Lowlight hand held shots were not something I would even contemplate before. Since I got the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC, I actually can get down to about 1/30th second, which is impossible for me otherwise. Even on a monopod or tripod, the tremors get transmitted to the camera if I'm touching it. My 300mm f/4 I have to shoot at 1/2500 sec. It doesn't help that my travel tripod is carbon fibre, as that does nothing to quell the vibrations. In studio, it doesn't matter so much, as the t=0.1 time of the PCB Einstein is generally enough for me to get razor sharp shots hand held. Wherever possible, I tripod mount and use a shutter release cable or timer, but for everything else the VR is an absolute godsend to me!
     
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    I've always wanted that lens! Stunning results, I've seen.
    I have a 150 2.8 macro that will tie me over though.

    Interesting note, you may have already filed: Petzvals pending 58mm is supposed to have a DC element to it! I'm intrigued for sure!
     
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    Good question. I don't think the DC is what makes it better, it is the AF. Even though it is slow it really helps, especially when shooting at f2. The DOF is a sliver and you miss a lot of shots, especially in portraits when you have tonsil the eye. I also think the lens is sharper and just produces a better image, though not by much. I also agree that VR would be nice.
     
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    Considering nikon doesn't make a non-DC version with AF you don't have much of a choice!

    I use the old manual focus ais version and like it though.
     
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    HMM . Let me know the outcome of this Derrel , I may be interested .
     
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    I love VR as much as the next guy, and I have no budget for the DC lenses, but I would state the original versions are perfect as they are.

    If somebody suffers from extreme handshake - naturally thats very special circumstances.
     

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