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Old 02-05-2004, 10:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about trying the 135mmF2 defocus Nikkor to try to decrease DOF shooting with the D1X (a temporary measure till I get a body with a full-frame sensor).

Anyone used one? Comments?
 
 
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I have the 135 F2.0 DC Nikkor and a D1x.

It's a terrific lens and the DC really does work quite well.

The only problem is that with the 1.5 multiplication factor, its like trying to shoot with a 200 mm fixed lens.

You have to stand waaaaaaaaaaay back, just to get head and shoulders. And if you don't know, the DC only works at aperatures 2.0-5.6. I suppose you could set the actual aperature at 8.0 and set the DC to 5.6 and would still get some DC, but I haven't really tried it.

You can also set the DC to blur the foreground instead of the background, which is kind of neat in some situations, but really looks weird most of the time (I expect because we are so used to seeing the background blury, not foreground objects).

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The 200mm F2.0 Nikkor is my favorite studio lens to shoot with when shooting film... that is why I want the 135mm DC and not the 105. Even when shooting with the 80-200 F2.8 AFS I am usually racked out to 135 or higher on the D1x.

Alas, if we would just get a D2X with a fullframe sensor .

Does the DC give you a lot of DOF change from normal, or is it subtle?
 
 
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The defocus control is anything but subtle. It gives about the same amount of background blurring as using a 300 2.8 wide open (I have the 300 2.8 Silent Wave for reference). Obviously, the larger aperature you are using, the more pronoucned the effect and just like a long wide open lens, the closer you are to the subject, the more pronounced the background blurring becomes.

If you shoot someone say 10 feet away, and trees and bushes are 10 feet behind them, the bushes and trees become meaningless blobs sort of the way the crowd in the stands become a smear of color in football photos when shot with a long lens.

Let me put it this way, I shucked out $1200.00 for the thing and had every intention of returning it if it didn't work as advertised. That was two years ago, I still have it, and it is my favorite fixed lens.

If I have some time in the next 24 hours, I will try to fire off a couple of shots with the DC on and off and e-mail them to you, but right now I am at home and my camera is up at my office.

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