Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor

Last updated (13 August’10):
– Review by Popphoto

The Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor features 135mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2. The lens construction has 7 elements in 6 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 18 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 4ft. and has a filter size of 72mm. The Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor lens weighs 28.7 oz. (815g) and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 4.7 inches long.

Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor Reviews

Popphoto reviews the Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor and writes;
“Our SQF tests of the lens in its normal, non- DC mode, found sharpness and contrast in the Excellent range for all apertures and magnifications. DxO Analyzer tests found barrel distortion in the Imperceptible range (0.03%) — an excellent performance. Light falloff was gone from the corners by f/2.4, a surprisingly good result.”
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Momentcorp reviews the Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor and writes;
“The CA issue improves as you stop down, at f/5.6 it is no longer a problem in most scenarios. This was really a performance killer for the lens, that said in controlled environments like a studio(or outside in low contrast shooting) this can be limited down with even lighting, and coupled with some post processing you can get around it.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photozone reviews the Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor and writes;
“The resolution figures are excellent when using the Nikkor as a conventional lens. The Defocus Control (DC) feature gives you superior control over background and foreground blur – some portrait and still-life photographers will certainly desire such a detailed controlled over the bokeh (the out-of-focus blur) although it requires quite a bit of experience to master it. Vignetting, distortions and lateral CAs are very low and nothing to worry about in the field.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor User Reviews

135mm – Under Rated | Rating: ★★★★★
“..It is equivalent to a 200mm lens on my D300 given the sensor crop (Cmos). It is FF (full frame) on my F5. It works beautifully for portraits as it is so sharp. On the other hand, it is superior in the field for landscapes or stationary subjects. It is a bit heavy at almost 2 pounds but I shoot with it in every aspect of my photography. So versatile.” – by A. Crowe

Superb medium telephoto lens which will last an entire career | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is among Nikon’s sharpest lenses ever produced, with sharpness exceptional even wide open at f/2 in the corners. Autofocus is extremely fast on a D300 or D700. At f/2 the bokeh is gorgeous, close to that of the famed 85mm f/1.4..” – by Scooter

Nikon 135mm f/2.0d AF DC-Nikkor | Rating: ★★★★★
“An excelent lens. wonderfull bokeh for portraits and incredibly sharp. maximum quality is generaly at f 2.8 and down and f4 f5.6 is were your gonna want to be. with dc incredible bokeh can be achived at even f5.6. “ – by R. Alex Johns

Amazing lens at a good price | Rating: ★★★★☆
“this lens produces beautiful and sharp photos.. It renders beautiful colors, and creates ultra-sharp subjects (that are in focus of course). The AF speed is respectable and the accuracy is dead-on. I rarely shoot at 1.4 unless I am indoors with very low light, so to me this f2 lens is perfect for me.” – by G. Lee

Amazing is an understatement | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a fantastic portraiture lens if you can get a good copy. This was my second copy, and is significantly sharper than my first. Pretty darn sharp at f/2 but absolutely Japanese kitchen knife sharp from f/2.8 onwards. I dont shoot this much higher than 5.6 – defeats the purpose IMO. The color rendition is fantastic and the bokeh amazing, as others have mentioned. “ – by M. N. Mehta

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Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor Specifications

Portrait lens with Nikon’s exclusive Defocus Image Control. Control the degree of spherical aberration in background or foreground elements for more creative control. Rear focusing for fast AF operation. Large maximum aperture for shooting in low light.

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