Reviews and Problems with Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor
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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. 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.
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
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.
Excerpt: I've owned this lens before but I sold it because I didn't think I needed it at that time. I had many complaints about this lens (e.g., color fringing issues, not being dust sealed, slow AF). What brought me back to this, despite all my complaints, is that it remains one of the best portrait lenses out there and I realized why I fell in love with the lens the first time around, beautiful bokeh and "interesting" lens flare which can create a beautiful artistic effect -...
Pros: Lens Flare Can Be Artist, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Cons: Difficult to Clean, Inconsistent AF, Lots Of Ca, No Weatherdust Sealing
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.
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. 2) Faster Auto-Focus. The newer Nikon glass all have faster auto-focus (the AF-S) and I am spoiled with it.
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction