Reviews and Problems with Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC-Nikkor
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If you shoot portraits, it's a MUST have
Ben Revzin, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: I bought this lens to shoot portraits, I already have a 50 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 but I wanted something with some more compression and even smoother bokeh. Paired up with my D800 the photos are spectacular. This lens is tac sharp even at F/2 (as long as you get the focus right, takes some practice even with AF i.e choosing a focusing point) and has beautiful bokeh. I personally love shooting this lens at F/2.8 and F/4, even then the bokeh is like butter on warm bread.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This lens is sharp and the DC feature is wonderful. The lens focuses well on my 800. I have always been one to use little to no depth of field in portrait work. this lens goes even further bringing the attention to the subject. This lens is worth every penny and then some.
Excerpt: I have owned and used a manual Nikon 135mm f2 lens for more than twenty years and relied on it for many types of my photography. I recently purchased a Nikon Df body and, while the MF lens worked very well with the Df, I wanted to try a AF version . After receiving and using the AF 135mm F2, I am convinced I made a good decision. Nothing of the sharpness has been lost in the AF version. In fact, it may be even sharper.
Excerpt: I use this lens for head and shoulder portraits. I own 58mm 1.4g, 85 1.4d, 70-200VR II, this old lens seemed not very necessary for me but it turned out I am very happy to get one. I think the rendering look/color of this lens is unique compare to the others. The bokeh is really smooth and beautiful. The building construction is the best out of all the other I ever have. The lens hood on it is a cleaver design and I hope other Nikon lens could have the same hood.
Pros: 85 14d, Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Summary: I don't normally write reviews but this lens deserves five stars! So here we go. I have owned it for three years. Other primes have come and gone from my collection (105 2.8 VR, 85 1.8 D, and 85 1.8 G). This one will stay. If you have the working distance this lens will produce for you. I shoot theater and in low light, wide open I get consistently great results. Auto focus is fast and sure on a D700. The bokeh is really creamy.
Summary: I've owned this lens for a while now, and am extremely impressed with it. Once you learn how to use it, you can greatly simplify and master generating soft focus in the fore or rear ground, as well as generating amazing bokeh. The key to this lens is READ THE DIRECTIONS. If you pull this lens out of the box and start shooting like it's the 85mm 1.4, you will want to throw it out a window of a high building. This lens is designed to allow you manual control over focus.
Summary: Have had this for a day and I am in love already with this lens. The quality and feel of this lens is on another level compared to my other lenses that are all newer Nikkor lenses with the plastic feeling bodies. My first impressions with how it shoots are as follows. The lens is amazingly sharp. The bokeh is beautiful and I can see a subtle difference when using DC matched to the fstop.