Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm or 135mm 1:2 D for Nikon D800?

Started Jan 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ed_arizona Senior Member • Posts: 1,731
Re: Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm or 135mm 1:2 D for Nikon D800?

FX and DX wrote:

I have just received the 105mm and 135mm Nikon DC lenses and compared them side-by-side with some test shots on my D800. I noticed the the 105mm is noticeably sharper in the center and at the border at f/2 than the 135mm. The contrast of the 105mm wide open is also better than the 135mm. Even at f/2.8 the 105mm beats the 135mm hands down.

I have AF fine tuned both lenses to the optimum setting for f/2. Still the 135mm seems not as sharp as the 105mm. Could this be sample variation of the 135mm or is the 105mm generally quite a bit sharper than the 135mm? Is it worth trying to get another sample of the 135mm?

I would generally prefer the 135mm focal length, but not if the IQ is significantly poorer than that of the 105mm. AF speed is fine for my needs.

I would appreciate if people who have used one or both DC lenses on a D800(E) could share their impressions.

Many thanks!


When I used to have my D200, my favorite lens was the F2.0 105 DC yes VERY sharp, Colors superb...I can only say about the 135 is what others have read not quite as good. I liked the 105 dc size and distance for walk-around shooting too.

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