It's lens with often forgotten and untapped potential.
photlogic dot com, Amazon
19 January 2014
Summary: I've been wanting this lens ever since I got into shooting with Nikon, I've worked with an old canon FD 135mm f/2 SC on my film cameras for many years after switching to nikon DSLRs, I've missed having this focal length handy.
Excerpt: This is a difficult lens to use well as hitting focus can be tricky owing to the defocus mode. Live view helps up the average. But when you are on, it produces a look that cannot be duplicated with ordinary lenses, no matter what F stop. A glow and diffusion that can be adjusted.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is a great prime lens. I wish it had 2 features.
1) Vibration reduction. At 135mm, it can shake in your hand and really needs a tripod - which for portraits in a studio is not a problem.
Thankfully, at F2, you are getting shutter speeds that are fast - so the handshake is irrelevant.
Excerpt: Great for portraits! Puts backgrounds beautifully out of focus. However, the defocus control doesn't produce as much shifting fore or aft as I imagined it would. Still an excellent addition to the arsenal.
Excerpt: Optics and image quality are superb. The only thing I regret is that it doesn't have Nikon's M/A switch (like newer lenses do) so you can't just grab the focus ring and use it when ever you want. You need to first switch it to manual focus.
Still, it's an amazing lens!