Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Nikkor 13.5cm, 135mm f/3.5 Q non-AI (older version)

Nikkor 13.5cm, 135mm f/3.5 Q non-AI (1959-1969)

Filter size: 52mm
Close focus: 5 feet/1.5 meters (marked)
Aperture range: f/3.5 - f/22
Aperture blades: 9 on early samples, 6 later
Depth of field scale for f/8, f/16, f/22, IR index.
Design: 4 elements in 3 groups

This lens is available (very rarely) as a tick-marked lens.

This lens is available marked in cm.

And also marked in mm.

The version marked in mm is not to be confused with the newer version, which is supposed to have less chromatic aberation. The places I usually buy used lenses from (Adorama, BH, KEH) are not good at distinguishing between the two.

The older versions have serial numbers below 850000, the newer version have serial numbers above 865101. The older versions have 9 or 6 bladed apertures, the newer version 7 bladed. The older versions are always marked Nippon Kogaku, the newer versions can be marked either Nippon Kogaku or Nikon. The older versions have a minimal aperture of f/22, the newer version have a minimal aperture of f/32. The older versions have larger aperture rings and slightly smaller focusing rings than the newer version, which has much more silver showing.

Very early samples can have nice rounded 9-bladed apertures:

Here are the three 135mm non-AI lenses:

This is a fantastic and inexpensive lens. If you want to do color work the newer version might be a better choice.

Sample photographs:

More photos from this lens


Saturday, March 21, 2015