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Petr sheepeck Jůza

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Choosing between 10.5/2.5 and 135/2.8 Q
« on: September 25, 2020, 09:45:42 »
Nikkor 10.5/2.5 and Nikkor Q-Auto 135/2.8

Before these two returned to my hands after being ai-ed, I thought that it would be an easy task to choose the one I would keep.
I was wrong.

Both are so nice, solid, smooth operating and just lovely.
Somehow I got impression that letting any of those two go would be an unforgivable mistake. Especially when I take into consideration ridiculous price I got them for. I found them on Japanese site Yahoo Auctions where someone was offering them as a batch with other two lenses (OM Olympus 75-100/4 and 200/5). I bid and was very pleased when I got this set of four for - - - hold on something or sit down  - - - for 14.000 yen!!! (and I still have these Olys for sale) 

Yesterday I persuaded my daughter to pose for my test shots (she hates me for this)  :-D  as I wanted to clearly compare sharpness and BG blur at various apertures.
Maybe these shots won´t make a justice for the lenses as scaling them down probably reduced their quality, but you can get a picture (pun unintended)  :-)

Shots from 135/2.8 Q at f2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11 and 16 follow.
(Shots from 10.5/2.5 should come in very next post)




Petr sheepeck Jůza

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Re: Choosing between 10.5/2.5 and 135/2.8 Q
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2020, 10:00:23 »
Shots from 10.5/2.5 at F2.5, 4, 5.6, 8, 11 and 16

BTW - thanks to this shooting I realised one thing - that sensor of my camera would appreciate some cleaning. I did not noticed it before as I usually shoot my lenses wide open or close them down just a tiny bit - and now - with f11 and 16 I see the things I did not know thew could exist.  :-D

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Re: Choosing between 10.5/2.5 and 135/2.8 Q
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2020, 11:53:03 »
Nice child - you have gone in closer with the 10.5cm.  I suspect the softer look of the 10.5cm lens would be more appreciated by older female subjects.  ;D

I would keep all four lenses, since the two Olympus lenses can be used with adapters on mirrorless cameras and with a Leitax changeover bayonet mount can also be used on Nikon DSLRs.
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Re: Choosing between 10.5/2.5 and 135/2.8 Q
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2020, 15:42:02 »
Thank you. Every father loves to hear that.  :-)

You are right - I was not so careful in keeping same distance.
BTW = in the meantime I got offer for the OM lenses so I will keep only Nikkors. In fact I bought so many lenses in last couple of months that it is better to let some go.  :-)

This week I will also try these lenses/or one of them also for product photography. 10.5 might not be in the same league for this as was the K-type 105/2.5 which I also had and sold some time ago, but seeing yesterdays results I do not think I will be disappointed.

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Re: Choosing between 10.5/2.5 and 135/2.8 Q
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2020, 17:03:07 »
clean your sensor :o :o :o

i like the 105, it has something special ::)

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Re: Choosing between 10.5/2.5 and 135/2.8 Q
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2020, 17:23:57 »
I will have it cleaned. I promise.  I'm sure some of you must feel physical pain seeing the mess.  ;D

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Re: Choosing between 10.5/2.5 and 135/2.8 Q
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2020, 23:19:12 »
They both look pretty nice to me (subject probably helps of course), but I do like the 105.  My experience is with the 135/2.8Q and a later 105 - a Gauss type from about 1971 - both on  D7100.  I've found for some reason the 105 is a good bit easier to focus than the 135, and overall works just that little bit better, but both give nice results especially when you want a nice soft background.

But unless you have some problem with space I would keep them both.  No harm in doing that even if you use one much more often.

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Re: Choosing between 10.5/2.5 and 135/2.8 Q
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2020, 15:58:05 »
Thanks for taking the time to post these comparisons!   Nice job!!

Both lenses have beautiful, creamy bokeh wide open - just lovely.

I prefer the "bokeh balls" produced by the 105mm lens.

I used to own the 135mm f/2.8 Q.C. version.   Now I own the AIS version of this lens.  While I never owned them at the same time, I believe that I liked the images produced by the older Q.C. version better than the newer AIS version.