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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
The absolute best portrait lens. Period. ANY Nikon user would enjoy this beauty regardless the style (and budget). The Pros: Sharp (and I do mean SHARP) at all apertures up to f8 (little corner loss of sharpness at f2.0, NORMAL!) , at f11 diffraction kicks and forget f16. once you get used to and learn from yourself what the results of the Defocus Control (DC) are gonna be you start to get the most amazing background blurs you never dreamed about. Not heavy for a true PRO lens, solid and sturdy construction, well balanced on D700 and pro bodies, manual / Auto focus ring is well placed and very good quality and the DC ring too, no accidental movements at all. Manual focus is really a pleasure if you need it, because AF is quite fast on D700 and instantaneous on D4, little noisy though but perfect overall. Beautiful bokeh even at 5.6, yes 5.6!!! I guess the roundness of the blades really do their job. at f2 the bokeh is a dream. If you put the 2 rear setting of the DC ring it is as good as it gets. also another sweet spot i find in my copy is at f4 DC set to 4 rear, with fairly distant natural background you wouldn't believe how well were spent your hard earned bucks. If you shoot at f2.0 or 2.8 and you set the DC to 4 or 5.6 rear you get an ethereal gorgeous dreamy halation, if you do this with front you get a nice soft focus feeling. As you can read I'm in love with this lens. If you want a sharp subject to pop out the most beautiful bokeh, then this is your lens! The drawbacks: Noticeable chromatic aberrations (CA) at f2.0 only if backlit objects are next to really dark elements in the background, the purple outline is moderate but not ugly at all, just present. besides that it is normal for a big glass with that wide aperture. By 2.8 no CA I can notice in real life shoots, maybe a black backlit tree shooting towards a overcast sky for example might still render a little fringing at 2.8, but... who does that shoot anyway!? And repeat, it is not ugly. The integrated hood is sort of short and made of thin metal, so if you hit something with the front of the lens you bend it for sure, mine is all curvy flowery shaped now, but then again.. if the built in hood weren't open the front element could be damaged, so... THANKS Hood!!! If you shoot and that is all that matters for your photography then you'll find no problem withe this hood, if you are meticulous about your gear being in As new mint++ condition well... I find this focal length perfect on full frame, but maybe you could find it a little long on DX, I dont know really. Learning curve might be demanding, so dont expect buy friday the lens and be his master by sunday, you have to shoot to be aware of what you can get from this lens and how to get it. Besides that, this lens is a must for any nikon user. There is no doubt of it. January 25, 2013
super sharp protraits I studied reviews carefully before buying this lens, and i took the plunge. I have other lenses that cover the same range of 135mm, but I like to throw the background out of focus so that I enhance the visuals of the subject, be it the entire face, or just the eyes. This lens when utilizing the fast speed does that very well. I think to use the DC feature to its best takes a lot of practice and patience, and you can use it to shift the focus. The build quality of the lens is super with the metal components and the black krinkle finish. A smooth and flawless lens, that returns great results. April 27, 2011
135mm DC f/2D = Excellent I bought this lens after reading many reviews and looking at photos taken. Just simply amazing bokeh! I have both the 135mm and 85mm and often refer to them as my bokeh machines. Performance is fast, but not as fast as AF-S. Nonetheless, if used the right way with the DC, you'll be pleased with the creative results. Definitely worth the money spent. April 14, 2011
Just brilliant. I use it for everything. Super sharp, amazing bokeh, built like a tank and a 135 mm on dx is 200mm so its kinda like having a 200mm f2 for a quarter of the price. The DC effect is subtle but present. The backgrounds are just a melt of colors. I am not a fan of soft focus but it is a plus to be able to do it. I like the built in hood. The interior of the hood is lined with velour to minimize reflects. I am a bit disappointed with the lack of a case for this one. Especially when the included a rigid case with it just a year or two ago... I wont take a star of for that but its worth mentioning. April 14, 2011
Tack sharp with artistic flexability The Sharpest 135mm I've ever used. Rendition of bokeh (out of focus areas) is smooth. Portraiture is excellent providing excellent subject isolation. It also produces stunning results in nature photography as a medium telephoto. March 21, 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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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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No.
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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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