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Keywords: Nikon Nikkor Tele Prime 35mm Defocus


dugong5pm

Registered: October 2012
Posts: 51
Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC Nikkor review by dugong5pm
Review Date: 10/11/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $950.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Image quality, build quality
Cons: slow AF, old design

one of Nikon's jewel. Work in portraits? this is your lens then. the "DC" means it has the magic for bokeh control.. and the bokeh is as delicious as promised. The lens also has that sturdy nikon-classics build.


Nikon should really update this lens. this lens is perfect from IQ department, but it would be really nice if Nikon update its focusing system & lens design.


I love this lens, but in the end I gave it up to Canon's 135/2L for the usability (faster AF, better design, slightly lighter & cheaper).
ddk

Registered: August 2007
Posts: 3
Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC Nikkor review by ddk
Review Date: 8/22/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,050.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light weight, compact telephot with great IQ, one of Nikons best.
Cons: Slight CA at some apertures

This has to be one of my favorite all time Nikkors and portrait lenses. The rendering and IQ of this lens is extremely beautiful and elegant. Really and amazing portrait lens even without the DC control. The defocus adds another dimension to this beautiful lens. Its sharp without being harsh or gross like the 17-55/2.8, I just can't say enough about its woderful qualities.
julioalperi

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 15
Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC Nikkor review by julioalperi
Review Date: 11/16/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,080.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Costruction and optical quality
Cons: Not found. Some would want faster AF. Price.

10+10+10. farther explanations not needed.
Das Bosun

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 7
Nikon 135mm f/2D AF DC Nikkor review by Das Bosun
Review Date: 11/23/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: A compact telephoto lens which is far cheaper than the AF-S 200mm f/2G lens
Cons: The built in sliding lens hood is good, I just wish Nikon had made it longer.

AF DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D


All of my lens test/comparisons were performed on a Nikon D2x (reduced frame, 1.5x 12.2MP CMOS sensor). The camera was set to mirror lock-up, mounted on a tripod and fired with the MC-30 cable release. The test exposures were captured as NEF raw files and compared with no image sharpening.


The Defocus Control (DC) is nothing short of a gimmick if you ask me. I’ve tested it and realistically it just turns what is a reasonable optic into a soft focus lens. For critical sharpness this lens is best operated without Defocus Control


The built in sliding lens hood is a cool idea, I just wish Nikon had made it longer.


The 135mm DC lens really shines when set to around f/4 OR f/5.6. Wide open at f/2 images are usable, but lack 'micro contrast'. Micro contrast improves when the lens is stopped down to f/2.8


Mounted on a D2x the auto focus of the 135mm f/2D is not too far off the quiet and speed offered by an AF-S lens. Mounted on the Nikon D70 the same lens becomes noisier and is more prone to ‘searching’ in low light. Regardless of the camera model precision auto focus can be hit and miss at times. With this lens pay close attention to where the camera actually locks focus.


Edge sharpness is fantastic, whilst chromatic aberrations and vignetting are very well controlled.


Note: these are subjective results that may not reflect your particular sample OR use of this lens.


Das Bosun


 






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