Thoughts on coming to terms with 135mm lenses ...

ALLAN WEITZ, EXPLORA:

As a photographer, I’ve learned to appreciate the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between lenses of differing focal lengths. I’ve used full-frame lenses as wide as 10mm, as long as 1200mm, and just about every focal length in between but, for some reason, 135mm lenses have never resonated with me.

Give me an 85mm or 105mm lens and I’m happy. Ditto 150mm and 180mm lenses. But mount a 135mm lens on my camera and something in my creative soul curls up and starts rocking back and forth in fetal position. Why? I don’t know, but when a friend recently bequeathed me his late father’s 1969-vintage Nikon F camera system, low and behold, the first lens I pulled out of the bag was a 135mm f/3.5 Nikkor-Q. Oh, happy days…

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