Information on Nikkor 135mm f/2.8s telephoto lens

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Nikkor 135mm f/2.8s telephoto lens

With a 2.7X magnification over the normal lens, the pronounced telephoto effect of bringing distant subjects can be started to get very apparent. Besides, with its shallow depth of field, the main subject can be emphasized by ensuring it is in sharp focus while blurring unwanted fore- or background out of focus. The manual focus Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 can be considered as one of the longest serving Nikkor telephoto lens. Even today, the lens is still available in the Nikon product list to supplement the Nikkor AF-D 135mm f/2.0 DC telephoto lens (as of October, 2002). Generally, lenses up to this focal length are usually considered permissible for handheld photography. By combining a relatively high lens speed, impressive optical performance and its great affordability, over the years, the Nikkor 135mm f/2.8s lens has always been a very popular choice for a telephoto lens. The lens is ideally used for indoor sports, portraiture or stage photography. In addition to that, this lens features a very practical built-in retractable lens hood design which is far convenient to operate and eliminate the need of storing the lens hood when not in use. With an standard attachment filter size of 52mm, it accepts most Nikon standard 52mm lens accessories

Both Ai and Ai-S versions of this Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 lens has a solid mechanical construction. Most photographers might agree newer Ai-S Nikkor lenses generally exhibit slightly higher contrast than older Ai series Nikkor lenses. However, it is entirely an individual preference over such optical behavior the lenses present. Among the available options within the 135mm focal length, the Nikkor 135mm f/2.8s lens featured here seemed represents the best investment especially when you summarizing all variable factors such as price, performance and secondary factors such as portability into your evaluation. This telephoto lens with its moderately fast maximum aperture can be a logical choice if you are looking for a high quality telephoto lens to handle your all round photographic needs, in particular if cost of investment is an issue to you. However, Nikon did has another cheaper lens with similar lens configuration in the Nikon Series E 135mm f/2.8s but has a far inferior built quality, although optically the more economical offering does provide surprisingly good optical performance.

This handy Nikkor telephoto lens also has a respectful long history in its lens development which can actually dated back to 1965. The path of lens development by Nikon has resulted in quite a number of versions being introduced over the years. Some of these 135mm lenses may even carried with varying specification and even their ability to adapt themselves to be used with newer series of Nikon SLRs. Thus, other than you are looking a used lens for your personal collection, always buy a newer version in this series. Besides, it can also be quite confusing to determine the right premium you should pay for any of these used optic. My advice is, do some research or discuss with a more experienced NIKON users to accertain the right specification prior to commit any investment. On a positive aspect, the long history in its lend development also has resulted this MF telephoto almost in a perfect state in its overall design.

Well, as Nikon does has another slower lens at 135mm focal length, so between a more economical and compact Nikkor 135mm f/3.5s version and a slightly more bulkier f/2.8 lens featured here, some users may argue the f/3.5 presents an even better value. No doubt about that, but trust me - the extra one stop speed gain may not be that significant to some of you in most general usage, but sometimes, it may also mean a life saving possibility and /or from possible embarrassment where it matters most.

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As of October, 2002, Nikon still lists this telephoto lens in their Sales Listing.

Technical Highlight presents in a Nikkor 135mm f/2.8s telephoto lense:
* Excellent choice for action photography and available-light shooting. * Very compact and light for a lens of this focal length. * Stops down to f/32 for additional depth-of-field control. * Build-in telescopic lens hood minimizes flare when shooting against * Accepts popular 52mm filters. * For candids, stage shows, backpacking, photojournalism, head-and-shoulder portraits, details in landscapes or architecture, travel photography, and available light shooting.


Focal length/Aperture: 135mm f/2.8
Lens construction: 5 elements in 4 groups
Picture angle: 18°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale: f/2.8 - f/32 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 cameras.
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from from 1.3m (4.5ft.) to infinity (
Weight: 435g; Dimensions: 64mm dia. x 91.5mm long (overall); 83.5mm extension from lens flange
Filters: 52mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-On
Lens hood: Built-in telescopic type with click-stops; Lens case: CL-32S 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.

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/2.8s telephoto lense are believed to have been started from 900001 (Update/Credit: Terry Richards ( reported " ... regarding Nikon 135mm f2.8 AIS lens... Your information indicates a probable serial number start sequence for this lens as 900000...This is inaccurate, I have owned such a lens from a series commencing 700000".... ".

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