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8.6 out of 10

Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor

High-performance telephoto with Defocus-image Control. Fast te Read more

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Overall 10
10

Best portrait lens!

oc1doc, Nikon
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.
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Overall 10
10

There is no better lens!!

JGD, B&H Photo
22 July 2014
  • Excerpt: You just have to try it!
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

Superb lens

Michel Sauret, Amazon
13 July 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Super portrait lens

cal, B&H Photo
5 July 2014
  • 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
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 2
2.0

Quality Control Issues

mzbarsk, Adorama
1 July 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: Nice Bokeh
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Slow Focus
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Overall 10
10

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.
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Overall 10
10

135mm f/2 is Super on the Nikon D5200

George, B&H Photo
7 June 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

Fabulous Lens!

A. Speck, B&H Photo
31 May 2014
  • 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
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

Amazing bokeh, tack sharp, light weight

Milleama, Adorama
27 May 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
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Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC Nikkor review by lightknight

lightknight, slrgear.com
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?
  • Cons: Lacks contrast at F2.0
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