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'Go-To' Portrait Lens
I work as a headshot photographer and use this lens every day. This lens is crisp and clean (as most nikkor lenses) and has incredible bokeh. The DC adds a subtle beautiful enhancement to that bokeh. My other portrait workhorse is an older manual focus 105 2.5.
Most Liked Negative Review
I've had this lens since September and I've finally decided to send it to Nikon to check it out. The focus is just not right. I took it to a local photo store and they said it looked good to them but I'm just not happy with it.
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I love my new 135mm F2 DC lens! This lens feels like a million bucks! It is truely a dream to work with. Super tack sharp & the bokeh is unbelievable. I love the defocus control where I can adjust the front or rear focus. I use this lens for portraits along with the 105mm F2 DC & my 85mm 1.8. I love shooting portrait with primes! This lens is contructed to last! Compared to my 70-200mm zoom I love this lens hands down.
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. Outside I leave a ND on it and shoot wide open. No need to bother with the defocus control. Lens is built like a tank.
I own a number of Nikkor lenses that I sometimes use for portraiture ( 70-200 f/2.8 VR, 85 f/1.8 ) but when I really want to flatter the subject with a beautifully blurred background this is the lens I choose. On a full frame D800e or even my old D300 it just blows everything else away for portraits. The fast aperture is great for available light shots from the audience in a theater too. Solid as a rock but not that large or heavy compared with many of the VR zooms people carry around today. My favorite lens.
The lens produces stunning images when manually focused. The AF system however is very finicky and the sample I got front-focused horrendously. Even +20 compensation did not resolve the problem. Also, while the construction is nice and sturdy, the built-in hood is a bit short for the 135mm focal length. The hood is also very flimsy and does not provide confidence that it will last. I ended up returning the lens and getting the Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO. A shame, I was really hoping to put this lens to good use photographing portraits. The defocus control feature is really nice but the hit-or-miss AF is overshadows all the other great features of this lens.
Love this lens! It's not too heavy. I use it for outdoor portraits It is sharp- even sharp when I pixel peep. It's focuses quickly although I have yet to try it out on a fast moving toddler or in low light. I pretty much shoot wide open withouth any issues. The bokeh is beautiful- it makes boring backgrounds look like a watercolor painting.
Crisp and clean.
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. First off, the obvious: this is a prime lens. It took me some getting used to no zoom, especially on moving targets (kids @ soccer games). Next: because of the fast-changing lighting, I set the camera (D800, by the way) to Aperture priority, and then stopped the lens down to 2.5, 2.8, 3.2, or 3.5 - partly to see how it performed at different settings, and partly because at the lower f-stops, when the sun comes out, the brightness of the lens MAXES OUT the shutter speed of the D800! All of that said, with the shutter/aperture in a zone which should have given sufficient (but not too much) light on Aperture priority, I found that this lens went to extremes in many shots: 1) too dark when the clouds came out, or 2) too bright when the sun came out. Many shots were properly exposed, but I am mentioning because a fair # were too dark or light in exposure. I also noted some hazing/chromatic aberration at very low f/ settings (2, 2.2, 2.5) especially with a back-lit subject. I would say the sweet spot for this lens is between 2.8-3.5 based on my first couple of days with it. So, consider all of that to be the "fine print." Aside from those notes, I have to say the lens is very crisp in terms of focus, and netted a lot of good shots! This is a rugged lens, and although some focal length is obviously sacrificed with the 135mm, relative to a 70-200, it is a nice change of pace to carry something a little lighter.
Amazing portrait lens Very sharp Relatively lightweight Autofocus is not as good as AF-S lenses, but it does a pretty good job
This is the portrait lens you want. If you're doing full-frame portrait work (or head-and-shoulders video of a person), this lens will change your life. I had a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 that I fell in love with on my Nikon D80 body. When I upgraded to the full-frame D600, I wanted a lens that would be similar in field and depth. This lens does not disappoint. One note, if you're shooting video with an on-camera mic, or if you're shooting portraits in a confined space, you may want to look at the 105 f/2 instead, as this 135 does require more working distance.
Excellent lens that met all my high expectations. The entire order and shipping process was perfect. Great job on the part of the sales and shipping staff at Adorama!