Ahhhh, summer brings us warmth and sunshine but for me it also means it’s time for new toys like this gorgeous Nikon 135mm f2 DC. Hmmm… not sure how summer means new camera stuffs but regardless of my broken logic I do have a new lens and it’s pretty amazing!
I’ve slowly transformed from the gear head who had to have every single tool in the shed in his camera bag to the photographer with 3 lenses and a super tiny camera bag rocking on each and every shoot. Instead of pulling out a lens for every single situation I’m forced creatively to make less become more. Now this works in 95% of all situations and so far the 5% that I may have needed something else it never stopped me from rocking the shot. If you see me on wedding day I have a super tiny bag with one lens in it, my 45mm f2.8 tilt and shift, and my dual camera setup with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 and Nikon 85mm ready to go. No zooms, no long glass, no macro. Why? I have feet so I can zoom with them plus they are not as sharp nor let in enough light for those demanding dimly lit churches plus on the macro side the 45mm tilt and shift is a macro as well so it’s actually a two in one powerhouse.
Now for that 5% of the shots I need a different lens it’s always been super wide or super far away and today I handled my long distance needs at a wedding by snagging Nikons sharpest pieces of glass with the smoothest and sexiest bokeh of all. The Nikon 135mm f2 DC is a stellar lens made a long time ago and it’s been such a great piece of glass that it’s still a current lens for us Nikon-tographers. So what makes it special? It’s ridiculously sharp, it’s buttery smooth bokeh makes other lenses jealous and it’s ability to “defocus” either the background or foreground makes it a tricky little lens indeed.
So why did I get this exactly? Well my longest piece of glass was the Nikon 85mm which in fact isn’t that long. I’ve made it work and it’s quality is bananas but in those instances that I need some length this will do far better. So why not the 70-200mm f2.8? The 70-200 is double the weight, more than twice as long, more than twice the price and still isn’t as sharp nor does it render the out of focus area as well. Oh and I forgot to mention it’s one stop slower so in those low light situations this lens definitely wins
Well enough of the technical goodness let’s see some quick samples and everyone enjoy the rest of your day. I’m off to editing land!
***Updated 7/11/2014*** Bonus test photos added.
*update* BONUS IMAGES! Thanks you Mallory for standing in front of the camera for me and letting me test this lens out to make sure it was perfect. Quality = A+ indeed.