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

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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/ FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to 16
  • Defocus Image Control
  • Rear Focusing System
  • A-M Mode Switch Ring
  • Aperture Control Ring
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.0'
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Built-In Lens Hood
  • 9-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Nikon 135mm f/2.0 overview

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The AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens from Nikon is an FX format telephoto prime lens effective for portraiture and other telephoto applications. Its fast f/2 maximum aperture allows sharp imaging in low light and shallow depth of field control. Furthermore, its unique Defocus Image Control ring creates smooth and subtle out-of-focus areas in either the foreground or background of your image. A rounded diaphragm also adds to more natural looking out-of-focus areas and a manual aperture control ring is supported. On DX format DSLRs it offers a 197.5mm focal length equivalence.

With a rear focus system, only the lens' rear elements move during focus for faster AF performance and an M-A mode ring switches between manual and auto focus modes. A built-in lens hood is provided to deflect unwanted light. 

Autofocus is not supported by D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300 cameras--lens may be used with manual focus only. Be sure to check your camera's lens-compatibility information before selecting a new lens.

A telephoto FX format prime lens with fast f/2 maximum aperture effective in low light and offering shallow depth of field control
Defocus Image Control ring enables control of the out-of-focus areas in your images background or foreground for a smooth, subtle effect
Rear focus system provides fast autofocus performance
Nine-blade circular diaphragm
Built-in lens hood
UPC: 018208019359
In the Box
Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens
  • 72mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    Nikon 135mm f/2.0 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 135mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 197.5 mm
    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)
    Magnification 0.48x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
    Optical Design 7 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 4.7" (7.87 x 11.94 cm)
    Weight 1.79 lb (815 g)
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    Package Weight 2.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.1 x 4.3 x 4.2"

    Nikon 135mm f/2.0 reviews

    AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 112.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Primes are where it's at Personally I dislike zoom lenses. The uneven compression, the lack of fast glass, yes even at 2.8, and the clarity. The 135mm 2.0 is not a soft focus lens. It allows you full control of feel of the photo. Read the manual for specific use of the Defocus control. I use this lens for weddings specifically, because where else can you find a 200mm, 2.0 lens (obviously on a DX crop camera), for less than 4,000 dollars, that's compact, and easy to use. You can't. Diamond in the rough. To be honest? Nothing is wrong with this lens. Auto focus is lighting fast, clarity is unmatched, the feel is incredible, the list goes on.
    Date published: 2011-07-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for all types of Portraits! I love this lens! If done right, the background will simply melt away. I've used this lens for birthday parties, head shots and outdoor functions. There is not much of a learning curve for this lens like some have said. Even without the de-focus capability, this lens is worth the money! It is sharp and produces beautiful photos!The only thing that seems odd about this lens is the hood. It's easy to slide forward and tighten into place but when I unscrew it to slide back down, it will sometimes make this grinding noise that will make me cringe! No scratches or damage, just that odd noise.
    Date published: 2014-11-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic portrait lens On digital, the 135mm f/2 makes a great short and fast tele lens. The quality of the images it renders is superb, even wide open. Stop it down a little and it cuts like a knife. The DC feature is only mastered through practice, and is more subtle than many think- it only changes/softens the appearance of the out of focus areas. I still have a long way to go before I fully understand its use. Construction-wise it's a solid mass of metal and glass that oozes pro feel. The manual focus ring in itself is a thing of precision and beauty! The only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 is that it could use some VR, but that's not a huge deal.
    Date published: 2010-11-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Portrait Lens I rented this lens over the summer to try at a workshop I was instructing at. All I can say is WOW. Very sharp, great color and contrast. Worked beautifully indoors in a studio setting as well as shooting wide open with available light. Just waiting for the US version to be back in stock to purchase. I was not sure that the defocus controls would be necessary after using the lens wide open but in a studio setting, shooting f8 I was able to blur a backdrop that I would have had to manually edit in photoshop. That is a real timesaver and an unexpected benefit.
    Date published: 2011-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! To fully realize the capability of this lens requires more than normal directions as it is a Direct Coupled (DC) lens, a design to facilitate increasing boken behind or in front of the focal point. This feature can effectively be disabled by placing one of the len controls in the F16 position. The B&H salesman was careful to explain how and when to place the particular lens control in the F16 position. If you do not the results is not good! I use the lens on Nikon D7100 (as a 200mm lens) and Nikon D750 (as a 135mm lens) cameras, primarily for shooting stage productions during rehearsals and actual performances when the F2 len is most valuable.
    Date published: 2016-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! 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.
    Date published: 2014-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly sharp, fast, multi-use 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.
    Date published: 2014-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black Magic... Nikon's Defocus Lens. I have been a successful professional for over 30 years and the technology that Nikon has built into this lens is truly Black Magic This lens is very easy to use and even at F2 deliver stunning results. If you drop down to F2.8 or F4 the images have an iconic quality. The ability to shift the Boke from rear to front is real creative tool. Professionally this lens will expand creative results in any kind of product, fashion, sports photography. Worth every penny. Works for any film or digital Nikon body.
    Date published: 2011-01-27
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