Nikon 135mm f/2.8 AI-s (52mm filters, 15.2 oz./435g, 4.25'/1.3m close-focus, about $100 used). enlarge. This free website's biggest source of support is when you use any of these links, especially this direct link to this lens at eBay (see How to Win at eBay), when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Thanks! Ken.
Pipe, Best Western Casa Grande, Arroyo Grande. 3:31 PM, 11 April 2012. bigger. (1977 Nikon EL2, 1990 Nikon 135mm f/2.8 AI-s, Nikon A2 (81A) filter, Fuji Velvia 50, process and scan at NCPS, split-toned print.)
Red Fence against Green, San Simeon Creek Road, 5:25 PM, 12 April 2013. bigger. (1977 Nikon EL2, 1990 Nikon 135mm f/2.8 AI-s, Nikon A2 (81A) filter, Fuji Velvia 50, f/4 at 1/250 at 1.3 meters, process and scan at NCPS, Perfectly Clear.)
This 135mm f/2.8 AI-s offers outstanding optical performance, high speed, exquisite mechanical quality in a tiny and inexpensive package.
This modern classic AI-s lens has been made exactly the same way since about 1983, and for twenty more years before that in different mechanical packages.
You can get them cheap, and even brand new they were very reasonable.
This lens is made to legendary professional mechanical standards, unlike many of today's autofocus lenses.
In the 1960s this used to be the most popular telephoto focal length and speed. Today most people use a zoom instead. The advantage of this lens is the fast f/2.8 speed at a much smaller size and much smaller price than any f/2.8 zoom.
Five elements in four groups.
15.1-15.3 oz. (430-435g)
Seven-bladed diaphragm stopping down to f/32.
Closest focus 4.5' or 1.3 m.
Takes standard small 52mm filters.
It's 2.5" (64mm) around by 3.1" (78mm) long.
It's a great lens.
It's sharp at all apertures in all points of the image.
Its light falloff goes away by f/5.6.
Since most people prefer the convenience of a big, heavy, expensive zoom, these lenses are plentiful used today.
Personally I prefer the field of view of an 85mm when it comes to fixed lenses thus I don't own one of these, but let's face it: it's the cheapest way to get f/2.8 in a fixed lens this side of the 180mm or an 80-200 zoom.
This is a great lens and therefore has no flaws to write about. If you want one, buy one. They are all over the place second hand or brand new.
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