Reviews and Problems with Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor
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Best portrait lens!
3 weeks ago
Summary: I own a number of Nikkor lenses that I sometimes use for portraiture ( 70-200 f/2.8 VR, 85 f/1.8 ) but when I really want to flatter the subject with a beautifully blurred background this is the lens I choose. On a full frame D800e or even my old D300 it just blows everything else away for portraits. The fast aperture is great for available light shots from the audience in a theater too.
Summary: Fantastic. Sharp and accurate on its focus. The focus is a bit slow since it's designed for portraits and not journalism, but it locks on really well. It's even sharper than my 85mm F/1.4G which has been my favorite Nikon lens until now. The defocus ring is fun to play with but you really shouldn't mess with it too much because you might accidentally throw your focus and produce hazy images. The color rendition and clarity is beyond what I had expected.
Excerpt: This is a well built, sharp, terrific portrait lens. It's not a light weight carry around all day lens, but that's the trade off for a fast tele with a solid build quality. Definitely not an all purpose lens and missing the latest in lens technolgy such as vibration reduction as it was designed about 20 years ago. Not sure how much longer Nikon will be offereing this lens but wanted to get one while still readily available.
Pros: Built in lens hood, Exquisite Bokeh, Sharp, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The lens produces stunning images when manually focused. The AF system however is very finicky and the sample I got front-focused horrendously. Even +20 compensation did not resolve the problem. Also, while the construction is nice and sturdy, the built-in hood is a bit short for the 135mm focal length. The hood is also very flimsy and does not provide confidence that it will last. I ended up returning the lens and getting the Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO.
Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC works Super on the Nikon D5200!
GEORGE SCOLARO, Amazon
7 June 2014
Summary: I'm a Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC owner and wow is this an eye and mind popping lens in every category. Yes, the auto-focus feature does not work on the Nikon D5200, but the results outweigh this con. Merely looking through the LCD panel and/or viewer you can see the subjects with a high level of detail and sharpness. Your heart races knowing the shot will be superb. The images are stunning.
Excerpt: Yes, the auto-focus feature does not work on the Nikon D5200, but the results are outweigh this con. Merely looking through the LCD panel and/or viewer you can see the subjects with a high level of detail and sharpness. You heart races knowing the shot will be superb. The images are stunning. Even with the Defocus Controls unused and left in the neutral center slot, the bokeh is gorgeous to say the least.
Excerpt: I am using this for portraiture mainly. It has fabulous bokeh and is tack sharp. It's a bit heavy and I have to back up a bit more than I am used to doing with my 50, but I still love it! I also love the built in lens hood. Very durable.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Love this lens! It's not too heavy. I use it for outdoor portraits It is sharp- even sharp when I pixel peep. It's focuses quickly although I have yet to try it out on a fast moving toddler or in low light. I pretty much shoot wide open withouth any issues. The bokeh is beautiful- it makes boring backgrounds look like a watercolor painting.
Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC Nikkor review by lightknight
24 May 2014
Summary: I am lucky enough to have this often misunderstood lens. I dont know of any other lens offering such smooth creamy Bokeh. The thing is, that you never have to work for it: if you know what you are doing the bokeh just happens provided you work the DC control properly. I also own a Olympus 75mm 1.8. The Oly is much sharper has heaps of contrast and good bokeh but you have to work for it paying lots of attention to working distance and subject placement.
Pros: Bokeh, definition, DC control, perfect portrait length on FX IMO. Did I mention Bokeh?