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Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens USA

You Pay: $1,299.00

Features unique Nikon Defocus-image Control technology, which allows you to control background and foreground blur for striking portraits. Autofocus capability. Large maximum aperture for shooting in dim light. Accepts 72mm filters. Built-in lens hood. AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras.

Performance
Focal Length 135mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 18°
DX Picture Angle: 12°
Minimum Focus Distance 4' (1.22 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 4.7" (7.87 x 11.94 cm)
Weight 1.79 lb (815 g)
Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens
  • Built-In Hood
  • 72mm Front Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Cap
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    NikonTelephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 88 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (76)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (3)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (78)
    • Nice bokeh (64)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (58)
    • Durable (57)
    • Rugged (47)

    Cons

    • Heavy (23)
    • Slow focus (5)
    • Blurry focus (3)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (43)
    • Low light (38)
    • Night photography (27)
    • Portraits (25)
    • Landscape/scenery (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (30), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (16), Enthusiast (4), Professional (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    One of Nikon's best portraiture lenses

    This lens is simply amazing. It is one of Nikon's best reasonably-priced portraiture lenses.

    There is a misconception that this lens is soft. It is certainly not a soft lens....Read complete review

    This lens is simply amazing. It is one of Nikon's best reasonably-priced portraiture lenses.

    There is a misconception that this lens is soft. It is certainly not a soft lens. This lens is extremely sharp. In fact, it is known to be one of Nikon's sharpest lenses (search the web for reviews). Setting the defocus control at a number higher than the aperture does create a soft focus. If you don't like soft focus, then simply don't set it so high!

    The defocus control is very useful. If you set it towards "R," the background (rear) bokeh will be smoothed (like cream cheese) and the foreground (front) bokeh will have more distinct shapes (hollywood-style circles with defined edges). Setting it towards "F" will swap the effects, making foreground bokeh creamy and background bokeh glittery. Leaving the defocus control neutral will balance all out-of-focus areas.

    As long as you set the defocus ring equal to or lower than your aperture f-number, the focus will be sharp. If you set it higher than the aperture f-number, the focus becomes increasingly soft. Perhaps you'd like a touch of soft-focus sometimes!

    The build is great. The crinkled black matte metal finish is professional and durable. There is a built-in metal hood that is lined with felt on the inside. You can pull it out and lock it by rotating it. It has a nice weight to it.

    The focusing is fast--it uses rear internal focusing. This means that the lens does not get longer nor shorter depending on the focus. Also, because there is a ring on the lens to switch from manual- to auto-focus, the focusing ring will not spin when using auto-focus (great!).

    Nikon only makes one other lens that is as long and as fast--the 200mm f/2 VR--and it usually costs about four to five times as much as this lens.

    This focal length is especially great on FX/135-film. It is 200mm equivalent on DX. On DX, it is a bit tight for anything other than head shots. On DX, you may consider Nikon's 85mm or 50mm lenses, depending on how you shoot portraits.

    Buy a good filter to go with this lens. This is high-quality glass--don't ruin it with glare and ghosts from a low-quality filter.

    It fits nicely in the Mountainsmith LC2 Lens Case. You'll need to remove the extra piece of foam from the bottom of the case, though.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I wanted to love it, but

    I bought this lens to be my primary portrait lens. I love the construction of it. It feels solid and I like the built in hood. Glass was totally clean and the lens...Read complete review

    I bought this lens to be my primary portrait lens. I love the construction of it. It feels solid and I like the built in hood. Glass was totally clean and the lens looked pristine. From the first shot though, I found focus to be FAST, but terribly unreliable. I could not get eyes sharp. Instead it got the nose sharp--even when I totally locked focus on the EYE. I tried every level of AF Fine Tune on my D700 with no success. It does not focus past 15 feet or so. I want to LOVE this lens. Today I'm shipping it to Melville for testing.

    My D700 works flawlessly with 7 other lenses. Tack sharp AF on the 85G. Ditto for 24G, 50G, 70-200 blows me away, 14-24 does too, 105VR sharp, 300 f/4--well, even this is super sharp with no fine tuning when I can hold it steady.

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    5.0

    Super portrait lens

    By cal

    from New Jersey

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    Pros

    • Built in lens hood
    • Exquisite Bokeh
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Portraits

    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

    This is a well built, sharp, terrific portrait lens. It's not a light weight carry around all day lens, but that's the trade off for a fast tele with a solid build quality. Definitely not an all purpose lens and missing the latest in lens technolgy such as vibration reduction as it was designed about 20 years ago. Not sure how much longer Nikon will be offereing this lens but wanted to get one while still readily available.

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    5.0

    135mm f/2 is Super on the Nikon D5200

    By George

    from Providence, RI

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

    Yes, the auto-focus feature does not work on the Nikon D5200, but the results are outweigh this con. Merely looking through the LCD panel and/or viewer you can see the subjects with a high level of detail and sharpness. You heart races knowing the shot will be superb. The images are stunning. Even with the Defocus Controls unused and left in the neutral center slot, the bokeh is gorgeous to say the least. Although the auto-focus is not supported on camera's like the Nikon D5200 and other models which are perhaps considered "not desirable" for the Nikon 135mm f/2.0D AF DC lens. (entire lens will Some sites even claim the not work, which is not true.) I can live without autofocus and manually spinning the focus ring! It's not a big issue. In fact you'll learn more working with manual settings. Amateur or Pro, be a rebel and go against the grains of globally accepted photography standards sometimes, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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    5.0

    Fabulous Lens!

    By A. Speck

    from Spring Hill, TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

    I am using this for portraiture mainly. It has fabulous bokeh and is tack sharp. It's a bit heavy and I have to back up a bit more than I am used to doing with my 50, but I still love it! I also love the built in lens hood. Very durable.

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    5.0

    Incredibly sharp, fast, multi-use lens

    By Eric

    from Clarksdale, MS

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

      I bought this lens as both a portrait lens - for which it is unbeatable - and a lens to travel with. I prefer a light kit when traveling, usually just something wide, a 35mm lens and then a short telephoto. This is a perfect short telephoto. Since I use a Nikon D800E it easily serves the purpose of a longer telephoto - 270mm - with still enough resolution to get decent prints and more than enough for posting online. The lens is also smaller and lighter than I had thought it would be. The Defocus-image Control is simple to figure out and extremely useful.

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      5.0

      Nikon 135 mm f2 d lens

      By Chris

      from New York, N. Y.

      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

      Love this lens, it's all the wonderful things you have heard! De focus can be tricky - just read the instructions & follow them! Back in the day I had the MF version & it was my favorite . I figure this version will soon be favorite portrait lens. You won't be dissapointed

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      5.0

      small & sharp!

      By Just take the picture!

      from uSA

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Small
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • No tripod mount

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

      This is truly an incredible portrait lens! However, one must always move your focus point (with this shallow of DOF one cannot focus and recompose. You MUST move your focus point!), and always use continuous focus tracking to correct-for the slight movement between you and your subject.

      Due to this lens' small & lightweight size, it becomes a must-have portrait lens! A MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED lens for FX owners!

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      5.0

      Amazing depth of field

      By Kyra

      from Michigan

      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

      The bokeh created with this lens is truly amazing. I find that when photographing my preschooler I must increase the f-stop to ensure that his face stays in focus. Even with f/4.0, the bokeh is beautifully blurred.

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      5.0

      Fast Sharp Versatile

      By Sandy

      from north cental Nebraska

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

        This lens gives me super sharp nature photos. I discovered that many of my best nature photos had been captured with this medium length lens. Its fast f/2.0 capability compliments its sharpness by enabling me to easily stop the action.

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        5.0

        Fantastic lens!

        By WendyMcD

        from Boca Raton, Fl

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

          I put this on my D800 and the images are tack sharp with gorgeous creamy bokeh! I'm in love with this lens!

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          5.0

          A Classic

          By JFer

          from Bogotá

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Chromatic aberration

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Portrait
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

          What to say about the best portrait lens out there?
          Fortunately is not so popular, so not so many people owns it and only some fortunate photographers do. the built quality is AMAZING. it's a REAL lens. nothing like those news plastic lenses. If you know how to use it the results are more than beautiful. are special. some people that had bad experiences with this lens is because the lack of technique. after you spend some time with this lens you star loving it more and more. it even look beautiful from outside. I love how it looks with my nikon DF. the price is well deserved. when you get one, you could have it for the rest of your life, if you take good care of it. the only minor problem i found so far, is a little chromatic aberration. but not all the time. it depends on the light condition. sometimes is not noticeable at all. i would recommend this beautiful lens to real photographers only. to people who appreciate art. to people that can see the beauty outside and inside this lens. the f2 is amazing. i don't understand why people buy more expensive and heavier lenses like the 70-200 when you can buy this pice of art for less money and much more small and lightweight. if you like fix primes more than zooms like i do, this could be the only tele you'll always need.

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Luis

          from New Jersey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

          I read all the reviews both pros and cons. Haven't really had any cons despite the obvious ones that will come natural. It is a heavy lens with no VR and a telephoto range. You will need to be steady, no questions about it. This doesn't mean it's a bad lens just that you're not as a good photographer as you thought. No crutches on this one. I personally wouldn't do too much indoor photography with this one since it's 135mm, so blurriness has not been an issue when shooting outside.

          At first, the photos looked blurry on the camera, but once they're on the computer they're amazing.

          I really like the Distortion Control, takes a bit to find out what you like but it's just a matter of personal preference.

          Don't regret buying it one bit.

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          5.0

          Candid Portraits

          By Jajao

          from Portugal

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Picture quality
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

          This is my second unit I bought. Unfortunately I was robed and now had to buy my gear again. For sure this one was the first in my list.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Lens

          By Shooting

          from Huntington Beach

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction
          • Very Sharp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

            I use this lens on my D800 for portraits, candids, and scenic shots. Love the size and sharpness and ability to moderate the depth of field. I also have the 105 DC and I like them equally well.

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            5.0

            Greatest portrait lens I ever owned

            By phahot

            from houston, TX

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

                  I used the lens to get tons of pictures after my daughters dance recital. Wife cant stop saying how great the pics are. Apparently she made peace with the price tag after seeing the pics.

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                  5.0

                  So sharp, amazing portrait lens

                  By Noisegeek27

                  from Manchester, UK

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rich Colour
                  • Sharp
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Portrait
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

                  After reading reviews I went into b&h to try this lens out and could not not buy it.

                  Obviously with the 135mm focal length, you need good distance for portrait shots, even head and shoulders.

                  The 'de-focus' control takes a little to full appreciate, but once it clicks, this lens will stand head and shoulders above any other portrait lens you try.

                  Amazing, robust build, which does means its slightly heavy, which will be a downside for some.

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                  5.0

                  Beautiful piece of glass

                  By Mike

                  from Los Alamos, NM

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

                    It does what it says - with old school (wrinkle paint!) style.

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                    5.0

                    Best Portrait Lens Ever

                    By Ron Lykins

                    from Campbell, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

                    This is a great lens for people and animals.
                    The de-focus control allows you to control the out of focus part of the image and delivers outstanding bokeh. The in focus part of the image is very sharp.
                    This is somewhat a specialty lens but very useful in any applicaiton that requires a short tele lens.
                    The build quality of this lens is like Nikon of old.
                    The autofocus is fast and accurate, colors are rendered beautifully.

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                    5.0

                    My favorite headshot lens

                    By alexmla

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Headshots
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

                      Love this lens. If you know how to use it you can get amazing results. Easily my favorite portrait/headshot lens. Be advised that the focal length requires some distance between you and the subject (which may be a problem in small studios or otherwise small spaces).

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                      5.0

                      IN LOVE

                      By Ashley

                      from Ohio

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

                        I am in LOVE with this lens. Sharp focus, AMAZING BOkeh. Worth every penny I spent. Not to heavy. I use it for wedding photography, kids and families.

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                        5.0

                        Beautiful lens

                        By Cathi

                        from Gilroy CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens:

                        This is a fantastic portrait lens, my favorite! I also have the 85mm 1.4 so that's saying a lot.

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