When most people think “fast telephoto”, they envision a large, heavy, and expensive lens that is suited for DSLR usage. Putting a 70-200 f/2.8 on a mirrorless camera seems silly for everyday shooting; though the weight advantage (the body) is still there over larger cameras, the size advantage is long gone. Part of the compact, lightweight, and inexpensive Series-E lenses by Nikon (more info here), the 135mm f/2.8 E is probably the cheapest, lightest, and smallest way to get a 135mm focal length lens (~200mm field of view on an APS-C sensor and ~270mm field of view on m4/3) with a fast f/2.8 aperture. This allows for greater light gathering and depth of field control than slower zooms–two factors that are extremely important to my photography.
So far I have had this lens for about a week and a half, and I’m consistently impressed with just how small it is. I mean, come on. Look up at the picture again. This lens is TINY compared to even the AI-s Nikkor version! Basing off the diameter and colors of the lens, it almost appears the 135mm was made for the NEX-7! It is just a tad thicker than the adapter (49mm vs 52mm) and the all-black color with silver grab ring highlight matches the styling as well. There’s a metal mount (unheard of for a “budget” lens), and the focus is just silky, buttery, you-name-it smooth. Ergonomically and aesthetically, the 135mm just feels right. Oh, and it takes pictures well too, surprisingly well wide open given the price point (~$90/€71). Detail seems sharp, purple fringing isn’t a big issue (which is another huge surprise), and contrast is good. See captions below, all the following were taken on an overcast day which provided extremely useful flat lighting (no harsh shadows, clipped highlights, etc.):
Finally, I just had to throw this one in here again, couldn’t resist:
That’s all for today everyone, thanks for dropping by, and I hope you enjoyed these. The full technical review will be up in a few days. Comments and questions welcome, and as always, have a great day! 😀
I had that lens about 15 years ago on my FE2, which I still have, wished I still had the 135.
Neat lens and great IG.
Thanks Bill, glad you liked the impressions, review coming sometime soon! It’s amazing how these old lenses do so well on modern sensors. 🙂