Reviews and Problems with Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor
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Quality Control Issues
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.
Excerpt: I've had this lens since September and I've finally decided to send it to Nikon to check it out.The focus is just not right. I took it to a local photo store and they said it looked good to them but I'm just not happy with it.
Excerpt: I rented this lens to shoot a wedding with recently and I was LOVING the look of the images that I was getting looking at the previews on-screen. I was SO ready to BUY, BUY, BUY! ...until I got home and looked at the images in Lightroom. I used this lens under almost every lighting condition imaginable and at a full spectrum of shutterspeeds and apertures. Everything from F2.0 to F8 1/640 and could NOT get a sharp image!
Pros: Durable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I write this review with extreme sadness. Today I am sending the SECOND one of these lenses back to B&H, in the same week. I learned of this supposed legendary lens all over the internet. Everyone praises it as one of the sharpest lenses in Nikons line up. Thats why when I ordered the first copy a week ago, I was surprised at how soft and non-sharp the lens was. I did test shots on tripod, in great outdoor light.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought this lens to be my primary portrait lens. I love the construction of it. It feels solid and I like the built in hood. Glass was totally clean and the lens looked pristine. From the first shot though, I found focus to be FAST, but terribly unreliable. I could not get eyes sharp. Instead it got the nose sharp--even when I totally locked focus on the EYE. I tried every level of AF Fine Tune on my D700 with no success. It does not focus past 15 feet or so.
Summary: Reescribo mi opinión. Después de leer y releer mucho sobre este objetivo, solo tengo malas palabras para el. De hecho lo he devuelto. Malo, muy malo, poca definición, problemas de foco, bajísimo contraste, ya se que es un objetivo para retratos, pero es un objetivo de hace más de 20 años para retrato. No vale lo que cuesta, mi 85mm f1.4 lo machaca literalmente. No lo recomiendo en absoluto.