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Nikkor 135mm f/2.0s telephoto lens

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Nikkor 135mm f/2.0s telephoto lens

This great Nikkor tele-lense has one of the fastest lens speed among many lenses under 200mm focal length in 35mm SLR photography. (However, the fastest telephoto lens between 135-200mm was a MF Canon FDn 200mm f/1.8). This Nikkor 135mm f/2.0 lens is an ideal answer to those photographers who always has to counter shooting pictures in low available light situations. The extra stop lens speed gain also enables photographers has a great flexibility in depth of field control as the lens provides a generous EIGHT aperture settings from f/2.0 to f/22 in its entire aperture range. This remarkable Nikkor 135mm f/2.0 telephoto lens was first being introduced in December, 1975 as a Non-Ai Nikkor lens. The Ai-S version of this lens featured here was only being marketed in late 1981 onwards. There are three known versions thus far - with an original pre-Ai, an Ai lens version which occurred in March, 1977 and the last phase of an Ai-S lens updating program which happened in December, 1981. So unlike the Nikkor 105mm f/1.8s which debuted as a Ai-S native lens in nature, this medium 135mm telephoto lens did has quite a long history with its lens development programmes.

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Compressed of perspective of this lens is more apparent and its angle of view is also tighter at 18° than the shorter Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 version. Many photographers often like to compared this lens with another journalist's favorite, the Nikkor 180mm f/2.8s ED which has a longer reach with its 180mm focal length but the 135mm lens does has its own strength in a few areas. Such as some shooting situations where you need not have to go back too far backward of a distant to remain contact with the subject you are shooting. This high performance Nikkor optic was very well received among serious amateurs and professionals alike as this lens has enjoyed a fine reputation for its remarkable optical performance and overall lens handling in which this has made it one of the best all round performer within the Nikkor telephoto lens group.

The Nikkor Tele-lense retains a handy built-in retractable lens hood design inherited from earlier versions. This eliminates the need to carry an extra accessory around and improve the lens handling during shooting. Physically, due to its extraordinary light gathering power of f/2.0 maximum aperture, the lens has a relatively large piece of front elements used in its design.

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This has also adds weight (860g) to its relatively large physcal dimension. The weight and bulkiness may not be so appealing to those photographers who always put portability on their priority buy-list. The large diameter of the front element which has a 72mm filter attachment size may also post some compatibility issue with most standard accessories a normal SLR users possesses. This may require the owners to re-invest into a new set of lens accessories such as filters etc. But when it comes to what really matters - the lens really excels in all aspect optically. Except at its largest lens openings, images yield are incredibly sharp and contrasty across its entire range of apertures. The maximum aperture also provides a bright, clear viewfinder image which is essential for low light, pin point focusing. The lens, like any MF Nikkor lens of yestereyars, has a very well illustrated depth of field scales and relative distance info engraved on its lens mounting ring and/or lens barrel. The internal Helicoid mechanism has also been modified by Nikon to enable it having a shorter focusing rotation. The f/2.0 lens pictured above is an Ai-S version which has a minimum aperture vale (as well as the ADR scale) printed in orange for easy identification. Both the Ai and Ai-S versions of this lens still fetch good used value and buyers are never short at the used market.

As of 1996, this lens was believed to have been omitted from Nikon product /sales listing and replaced it with the AF-D Nikkor 135mm f/2.0s DC telephoto lens. * Bookmark the autofocus main index page for future uploads

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Another candid shot of Monkies at rest in Borneo Island, East Malaysia by
Michael Patrick Wong, the Awards winning Video/Photographer contributing some of his images for my Khatulistiwa@Malaysia <> Project - a self-funded environmental caring website.

Technical Highlights: * Large f/2 maximum aperture insures bright images in the viewfinder and easy pinpoint focusing. * Photographic uses include indoor or outdoor sports, stage shows, wildlife, photojournalism, candids of people, and available light shooting, head-and-shoulder portraits etc.* Eye-arresting telephoto effects with highly flattened perspective and isolation of the subject from the background. * Built-in telescopic lens hood has been lengthened to further reduced flare when shooting against the light. * Uses 72mm filters.

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. "Jim Reisman" <>. Image Copyright 2002. All rights reserved.


Focal length/Aperture: 135mm f/2.0
Lens construction: 6 elements in 4 groups; Picture angle: 18°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale: f/2 - f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales; Maximum Reproduction ratio: 1:7.5

Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method with Ai cameras; via stop-down method with non-Ai Nikon SLR cameras.
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from from 1.3m (4.5ft.) to infinity (
oo); Weight: 860g

Dimensions: 80.5mm dia. x 103mm long (overall); 93.5mm extension from lens flange
Filters: 72mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-On
Lens hood: Built-in telescopic type with click-stops
Lens case: CL-15S hard leatherette, No. 62 soft pouch, or CP-9 plastic; Usable teleconverter(s):
TC-200*, TC-201s*, TC-14A * When used with aperture smaller than f/11 with fast shutter speeds, there is occasional uneven exposure.

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Warning: Certain AE modes (Programmed AE and Shutter Priority AE) on selective Nikon SLRs will not work efficiently with older TC devices. Use an Ai-S version for better compatibility, read the respective Tele-Extender(s) sections. NOTE: Serial Numbers for this Ai-S 135mm f/2.0s telephoto lense are believed to have been started from 201001

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