Reviews and Problems with Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor
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Takes some getting used to
22 October 2013
Excerpt: I have only had a chance to use this a few times, in all cases outdoors and on days that were intermittent dark clouds & bright sun -- admittedly a challenge to keep up with white balance. My real purpose in getting this lens was for indoor swim (low, poor light mostly), where even a good f/2.8 is just.not.quite.bright enough - and that, I have not tested yet.<br /><br />First off, the obvious: this is a prime lens.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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. It does not get any better. And when you have dialed in sharp setting, it has wire definition. All metal too- they just don't make them like this any longer.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: All in all I think this lens needs to be updated.<br />Don't get me wrong, it is a very nice portrait lens, its sharp, has a creamy bokeh, <br />solidly build and produces beautiful photos.<br />But I ended up selling mine because I found that the 70-200 VR2 functioned better. <br />it has less CA, more contrast, nano coating, SWM , a/m focus override and faster autofocus but it is a lot heavier and cost almost double.
It's lens with often forgotten and untapped potential.
photlogic dot com, Amazon
26 November 2008
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. Finally after buying all the crap i've needed I've had the funds to pick one of these up and now it's my go to lens if I have the space to work with it.
Summary: With everyone giving steller reviews about this lens, I want to talk a little about what this lens is not. I have tried this on a variety of bodies, and they all produce exceptional pictures. On DX body and therefore 200mm equivalent, it's pretty fast considering its size but it doesn't really shine because there are other options. On FX body, it creates a very unique partnership. I believe there is certain myth about the Defocusing Control feature.
Summary: This review is for newbies, so you advanced types can just move on. I bought my new Nikon D-7000 because I was dissatisfied with the quality of photos from my Canon point-and-shoot. After doing a little homework, I realized that was missing for me was depth of field and bokeh. I was all about the bokeh.
Summary: I have to agree with Luís this is an excellent lens and you can get some super sharp photos - however when wide open and especially when strong contrast of colours are involved the chromatic aberration is the worse I have ever seen - I use a 28-300 f3.5 jack of all trades walkabout lens most of the time and a 18-35mm ed f4 lens as well as f1.8 50mm prime - none of these other lenses has anything like the CA problem that this has - don't let this put you off buying it but...