Nikkor 135mm f2 DC AF-D lens


I saw this for sale at London Camera Exchange and couldn’t help myself from buying it. It may not be as fast as the f1.4 lenses I own but the party trick is the Defocus ring.

Not really had a chance to properly play with it but it looks good to me from the first test shot.


24 April 2016 Had a proper test of the lens today and I think that some people have misunderstood what it is all about. It really is a specialist portrait lens which I wouldn’t really advise to use in other circumstances. You can use it for other situations but you would be making life difficult for yourself.

The reason this lens is a specialist portrait lens is the ability for it do the petroleum jelly on the lens filter trick without getting your gear all mucky. And the reason why this is an old lens which may not get updated is that this style of image when out with the shoulder pads in the 1980s.

Photoshop and Lightroom have pretty much done away with the softening effect this lens does manually. Besides today it is all about sharpness and dynamic range.

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