Reviews and Problems with Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor
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Quality Control Issues
4 weeks ago
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.<br /><br />The focus is just not right. <br /><br />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.