Nikkor 135mm f2.8 Q

Christop82

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May 2, 2017
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My local shop has one of these. Thinking of trading my 135/4 in for the 2.8....might just pull the trigger now. :D
I think it does well wide open. The bokeh is smooth too. It's not a little fella though . This is with the hood retracted.
 

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
124
My local shop has one of these. Thinking of trading my 135/4 in for the 2.8....might just pull the trigger now. :D
What 135/4 do you have? If you ever find a Nikkor 13.5cm F4: GRAB IT!

The 135/3.5 Nikkor is more common, is a Sonnar design going back to 1950. Last Sonnar that Nikon made that I know of.

I have both the Nikkor 135/3.5 and 135/2.8 Nikkor-Q, latter factory Ai converted. I prefer the 135/3.5 for rendering and size.
 
Feb 6, 2015
124
Central Ohio, USA
Andrew
What 135/4 do you have? If you ever find a Nikkor 13.5cm F4: GRAB IT!

The 135/3.5 Nikkor is more common, is a Sonnar design going back to 1950. Last Sonnar that Nikon made that I know of.

I have both the Nikkor 135/3.5 and 135/2.8 Nikkor-Q, latter factory Ai converted. I prefer the 135/3.5 for rendering and size.
Actually, I miss typed...I have the 135/3.5 AIS. I was thinking about the 200/4 QC when I was typing.
 

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
124
I thought so- I do have a Nikkor 13.5cm F4 in Leica mount, made in 1949. The 135/3.5 Ais, which I also have, tracks back to this lens as they are based on the Zeiss 13.5cm F4 Sonnar. The 135/3.5 Ais gives a different rendering from the 135/2.8 Nikkor-Q.
 
Feb 6, 2015
124
Central Ohio, USA
Andrew
I thought so- I do have a Nikkor 13.5cm F4 in Leica mount, made in 1949. The 135/3.5 Ais, which I also have, tracks back to this lens as they are based on the Zeiss 13.5cm F4 Sonnar. The 135/3.5 Ais gives a different rendering from the 135/2.8 Nikkor-Q.
That might be a good enough reason for me to get both! I love experimenting with legacy/vintage lenses and seeing how they render differently not only from each other, but from modern designs as well.

I know it is beneficial to have a consistent look across the lens line, but some times I'm looking for a different styling that pulls me toward older designs/coatings (or lack thereof).

I've recently picked up a Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 and while it is not the sharpest lens, there is a character to it that I think I can leverage for some applications.
 

BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
The later/compact Nikkor 135/2.8 replaced the Nikkor-Q 135/2.8. The latter is a unique formula- 4 elements in 4 groups, hard to compare with any of the other lenses that I've taken apart. The compact 135/2.8 is very similar to the later/compact 200/4, 5 element design.
 

BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
The later/compact Nikkor 135/2.8 replaced the Nikkor-Q 135/2.8. The latter is a unique formula- 4 elements in 4 groups, hard to compare with any of the other lenses that I've taken apart. The compact 135/2.8 is very similar to the later/compact 200/4, 5 element design.
 

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