85mm 1.8 and 180mm 2.8 replacement

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PaoloNavarrete New Member • Posts: 4
85mm 1.8 and 180mm 2.8 replacement
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I sold both 85 and 180 nikkors and got the 50-135
the 85 was 99% perfect for low light, portraits, sports, and with a nikon 5T close up adaptor pseudo macro was possible. the 180 only became important when i shot F1 in bahrain but it was still short and luckily Nikon there lent me a d500, 750, and 400mm 2.8 for the events. i would have kept the 85 and just ditched the 180 but having a long zoom would make the 85 redundant. 85 was short at times and taking time to switch to the 180 was not always practical or doable. i was using a d7000 and d90 then, now i have twin d7000s, so having any lens on the d90 was a disadvantage compared to what was on the d7000.
i thought of using a tele converter for the 85 which would x1.4 or x2 it. since the its aperture was 1.8, with a teleconverter, i could still live with a 119mm f2.8(?) or 170mm f4(?) but i found out that a tele converter was not compatible with every lens.
the best replacement came from the 50-135mm of tokina. shorter and longer than the 85mm, roughly the same size as the 180, 2.8. lowlight? boost iso of either d7000. high iso on the d7000 was better than high iso on the d90 so i was more comfortable with my backup and main cameras as they were the same. its shorter and lighter than a 70-200mm. i don't miss the 200mm end. 135mm means you can still (theoretically) shoot at 1/125 and not get camera shake, that is harder to do on 200mm unless you have VR/IS which would also drive up the price of your gear. 1/125 is also fast enough to avoid blurr from slow moving subjects or whatever is in the background. need to do a 2-3 person group shot without changing lenses? 50mm, 1/60, 2.8, handheld... done. its not a motorized lens so focus speed is not the fastest. neither were the 85 and 180 so that's the only factor where all 3 are equal. i think the 85 was the fastest and had the shortest throw while the 180 was the slowest and had the longest throw. iq, color, and sharpness are still are the nikkors aces but the 50-135 is not far behind. the only way for the zoom to seriously lag behind is if it has fungus or haze. build-wise, all are equal. i just don't like the design of the rubber grip on the zoom. the pyramidal pattern on old nikon lens rubber grips has always been my preference.

Tokina AT-X Pro 50-135mm f/2.8 DX
Telephoto zoom lens • Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX) • AT-X 535 Pro DX
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Leica X1 Nikon D500 Nikon D7000 Nikon D90 Tokina AT-X Pro 50-135mm f/2.8 DX
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