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Portrait lens with Nikon's exclusive Defocus Image Control.

Rear focusing for fast AF operation.

Control the degree of spherical aberration in background or foreground elements for more creative control.

Large maximum aperture for shooting in low light.

AF DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D 4.9 5 13 13
One Of The Best This is one of my favorite lens. Nice bokeh and very sharp even at f2. The DC function is something you need to get practice with but even without the DC this lens is remarkable January 3, 2011
Amazing lens!! After deciding between the 85 and 135, I decided to go with the 135 only to find out I have to wait over a month to get my order in from the store but definitely worth the wait. I had been using the lens for outdoor head shots and it has been performing amazing, focus is fast and spot on. No issues shooting wide open which makes the skin tone so pleasing and smooth therefore, I don't have to do a lot of skin touch ups. I'm currently using the lens with a D700 and can't imagine how this one performs with the D3 series camera. Get it if you can find one. December 12, 2010
Best Portrait lens This lens is world class. The detail and bokeh you can capture with this lens makes it worth the price. If you shoot portraits this lens is a must have. September 22, 2010
amazing! This is an incredible lens! The images are outstanding. I use it wide-open all the time and love the results. The trick though is to watch your depth of field. If you're close to its minimum focus your depth of field is VERY narrow. EG you can have someone's nose in focus but not their eye - or the other way around. If you shoot on a modern Nikon like the D3 you can pick which focus sensor you want to use and keep the camera in continuous focus mode - this way you can track your subject fairly well. The only other factor with this is this lens doesn't have its own AF motor so it doesn't focus as fast as an AF-S lens. Again - when you're using the lens at its minimum focus limit (or close to it) with an f2 f-stop the depth of field is so narrow that you have to very aware of what is and isn't in focus. The sharpness and boken is absolutely amazing. I never had figured out how to use the DC control / I probably should. You won't be disappointed with this lens. The only way Nikon could improve it is to make an AF-S version. September 19, 2010
Outstanding portrait lens! . I too had been curious about this somewhat specialized lens, but after playing with one at a store I could tell that it is just too good not to have if you do any kind of portraiture. . The incredible bokeh is really apparent on the FX (or film) bodies; on the DX camera the shallowness of the DOF is not as apparent (due to the smaller chip size and subsequent 'crop factor'). I have even tried some macro shooting with this glass, using a 25MM extension tube to allow for closer focus, and it proved to be a winner there as well. . Pricey? A bit. A little exotic - particularly that unique DC capability? Most certainly. But if you are a believer in having the best glass possible (since bodies will come and go) then this is truly a lens to consider. July 30, 2010
135mm f2 DC Excellent lens for many reasons. Nice, tight portrait lens, which does double duty as a super fast indoor sports lens. Solid build, excellent clarity, color, sharpness. My favorite portrait lens if I have the room (If not, use the 85mm). Shoots indoor sports very well. Perfect for volleyball, basketball, etc. Perfect on the D3 series. Allows very low light action photos. Even in poor light, very fast. I can usually get 1/640 @ f3.2 or better with ISO around 4000. I'm shooting w/o flash, other guys have to use flash, just shake their heads. July 30, 2010
An incredible lens worth its weight in gold. My favorite portrait lens is the manual focus 105/2.5. I decided it was time to get current. I tried the 105/2 on my D3s, it was nice but I;d have preferred the 105/1.8. Then I found out about the 135/2. I found a USA lens a retailer, lucky me! This lens is fantastic. It is a bit long for some us but I have adapted to its differences, like going from a manual shift to an automatic. I shoot wide open most of the time simply because I can. The bokeh and focus effects are something I used to have to go into a photo editor to do, now I can do it all naturally. I have very few fixed focal length lenses, but this is most definitely one to have, and only Nikon has it. July 24, 2010
Use and Price I just love this lens. Its easy to use and not that pricy. April 14, 2011
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I would like to shoot at full manual settings. Is this lens not entirely compatiable with the D200?
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Hi, it is. But the camera takes care of the aperture electronically. Leave at its highest F stop (smaller). Then select the desired aperture on the camera (front dial). All non G lenses work that way.

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Montreal, Canada
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Yes, you can use this lens manually. You will need to change the Focus Mode on the camera to M. If you’re getting a FEE message is because the lens is not set in the minimum aperture (f/16).
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how to use the 135mm dc lens?

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I use it mainly for portrait. But if the question is "how do you use the DC function?": Very easy.

You want to use it as a normal 135 f2: Leave it at is neutral setting.

You want to emphasize the background blur: Move the DC control towards the R. Start with matching the aperture set in camera and on the DC ring first see what it does for you. You can also have a "soft focus" effect by lets say having a F2 aperture in your camera setting and placing the DC ring at F2.8 (towards the R on the ring) or more.

You can do the same with the front blur. Just move the DC ring toward the F instead.

Shooting a lot will help you decide what settings you like. Just remember to refocus every time you play with the DC ring.

I hope it make sense to you (i am not the best writer out there).
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Please click on the link below for more information:

http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals...
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Can a teleconverter be used with this lens?

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Yes, actually.
If you look at one of the teleconverter reference charts on this site, you'll see that the AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D supports the TC-14B manual-focus teleconverter. They're no longer made, so you'll have to get one used, or just be lucky enough to already have one, but the TC-14B is your answer. I've found that the TC-14A will work in a pinch, but the image quality isn't great. The TC-14A is optimized for lenses with focal lengths under 300mm, while the TC-14B is designed for use with longer lenses. The 135mm f/2D is under 300mm, but it's an oddball lens that just works better with the TC-14B for some reason.

To get a look at the reference chart, search Nikon Answers for Answer ID 13929,
"What is a Teleconverter and can I use it with my camera and lens?"
Once you're there, scroll to the bottom, and click on the link labeled "AF Nikkor Lenses Specifications."

Happy shooting!
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The A-M switch does disengage the focusing ring. It can be rotated freely (completely independent of the focusing mechanism) for a short distance after you set it to A , and then it locks into place. I don't think it's even possible to accidentally rotate it after that, and until it does lock, it's perfectly safe to rotate it, as it's been completely uncoupled from the lens' optics. Just make sure you've rotated the A-M switch fully into position. Another thing to note is that when you have it set to A, the focus ring doesn't rotate during AF like it does on screw-type AF lenses #non AF-S, non AF-I# that lack the A-M switch.

With the A-M switch set to A, once you've rotated the focus ring and locked it into place, it'll become a massive rubberized grip that is completely incapable of movement, unless, I suppose, you're abusing the thing and trying to break it. When it's set to M, it feels like a classic manual-focus lens, except with maybe just a little extra drag than some. It's not like the 50mm f/1.8D, whose focus ring tends to stick. It moves smoothly, and makes focusing a joy. Though AF is great, if you're using a lower-end body that lacks a built-in motor, I doubt you'll miss it, once you've practiced enough. This lens truly is a work of art. Get it. It does seem to have some quality control issues, as I had to get three to find one that wasn't defective, but it was more than worth the hassle.
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I wouldn't, you could damage the motor in the camera. The exception to his is when the lens also has a A/ M mode in addition to manual and auto. That is a design to override the autofocus and switch to manual without sliding he switch.
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Would this lens be great for my D90?

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Yes, just purchase this lens for my d90 and love it. No problems with autofocus and the picture quality is great.
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like heaven, but the focal length will increase by 1.5, so, free telephoto, have fun.
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Is it ok for sport photographing?I use d7000 and i want to know how fast it's focus.Thankyou

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get a 70-200 i think it will focus faster
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New version coming ?

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Read a new version may be released this year. Could it be true? Should I wait?
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Nikon cannot speculate about future products until official information is announced on our web site: www.nikonusa.com.
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Would this lens work well with my Nikon D60?

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I heard something autofocus not being compatible with the d60 and other smaller models. What's that about?
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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D60 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.
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