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Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens

by Nikon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm ; 907 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 962 g
  • Item model number: 1935
  • ASIN: B00006I5J4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,972 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Manufacturer's Description

This high-performance, medium telephoto features Defocus Image Control allowing for control of the degree of focus in the foreground or background. Control the degree of spherical aberration in background or foreground elements for more creative control.

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Nikon 135mm F2D AF DC Nikkor Lens


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of glass, but hard to master 31 July 2011
This is an amazing lens - if you have read any of my other reviews, you will see I only speak about lenses I own or have owned.

This is perfect on a full frame body (no crop factor) as you wil get the full use out of it's DOF control (larger sensor allows for shallower DOF - this is why compacts have difficulty isolating subjects - tiny sensors). I use this on my D700, it is probably my favourite tool in the bag save for the 85mm f/1.4D. If you want a lens to take some snapshots of your son or daughter, walk away and spend your money on a £300 50mm f/1.4G or an 85mm f/1.8D - both these lenses will get you amazing pictures if you know what you are doing. However, if you want to take portraits to the next level and give them a look that really few lenses on the planet can match - buy this. This, along with the monster 200mm f/2 (too heavy and too long IMO), are the go to portrait lenses.
This lens has DC - basically bokeh control or out of focus control - for the foreground or rear of the photo. These effects are subtle and you will only see them later on on the pc, not via the viewfinder. The lens also functions as a soft focus lens if you put the DC ring number higher than the aperture, perfect for female portraits in some circumstances. If you want sharpness, you need to put the DC ring to the same as you aperture, e.g. if I was shooting at f/2 I would put the DC ring to f/2 REAR. But it doesn't stop there, there are lots of configurations. When you buy it you may find alot of f2 pictures are out of focus, especially for tight headshots. You have very limited DOF at these distances (a good thing generally but AF is hard to master). I sometimes manual focus if I am really close, rest of the time I leave it on autofocus mostly.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if slightly dated lens 1 Feb 2009
By Alexander Leach VINE VOICE
This is a famous long portrait lens, best suited perhaps to Nikon's full frame bodies like the D3 and D700.

It has a Defocus Control ring, a unique function which allows the user to vary the foreground or background blur. Quite an easy thing to use but I don't employ it so much. The autofocus is screw-drive, quite quick but a tad too noisy for shooting, say, during a wedding ceremony. The more versatile 70-200 VR has near silent and almost immediate autofocus.

The build is above average, crinkle effect metal barrel but still quite light. The general feeling is of quality from a previous era.

There is a built-in hood which is a good idea, but it doesn't slide too smoothly (unlike the one on my Leica 75mm Summicron-M, which is as smooth as silk) - in fact some user have found it temporarily jamming when pushing back if it is not done smoothly. Some copies like mine seem to have a small hole drilled in the hood, maybe to secure the lenscap with a cord.

Optically this is very fine, giving outstanding colour rendition and skin tones. The speed is useful, with a typically large front element.

It's a toss-up which is better between this and the 105mm DC, but the latter is preferred by some and is perhaps better for closer work or a crop sensor camera like the D300.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Luís
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I purchased this lens after careful consideration of the available alternatives, mainly its smaller sister, the Nikkor 105mm DC, and the 85mm 1.4, all usable both in APS-C and FF cameras. I have been using it with a D7000 body in general purpose photography, mainly portraits, nature and urban details. After a couple of weeks of use my opinion is consolidated enough to feel I can share it with other potential buyers.

The first aspect I must focus on is the excellent external build quality of this lens. The weight and size make you feel this is a serious photographic object that from a mechanical standing point will probably last a lifetime. This is not a modern plastic/rubber lens, it is perhaps one of the last survivors of an old species that seems to be disappearing. Coupled with the Nikon FM2 body it makes a beautiful piece of technical design, a look unfortunately not as well achieved with the modern Nikon bodies.

Central sharpness with the D7000 is very good, even at f/2. Peripheral sharpness requires one extra stop to become very good, but in most cases this lens is used with central sharpness in mind and blurred background, so this should seldom be a problem. Undoubtedly this is one of the sharpest Nikon lens I ever used. Contrast is very good too, but not as good as with the 85mm. Flare is not an issue.

The minus points are for focus and chromatic aberration. Focus works fine in most situations, but sometimes it becomes hard or impossible to achieve. I am still trying to understand what are the specific situations that make focusing an occasional problem and to what extent this problem belongs to the lens or to the camera, but probably it depends more on the lens since I don't have it with any other lens except the 60mm micro Nikkor.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars close to perfect 10 Aug 2009
for portrait photos the best you can buy.
not easy to handle - but using the lens and viewing the results you will quickly learn how to use and love this lens.
according to some gossips in the market nikon will stop producing this lens in the next future: google it and you will find more details.
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