Information on Nikkor 135mm f/3.5s telephoto lens

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Nikkor 135mm f/3.5s telephoto lens

Nikon used to offer three lens speeds for the 135mm focal length each with different budget and varying lens specification. Both the high speed Nikkor 135mm f/2.0s or Nikkor 135mm f/2.8s Nikkor telephoto lenses may have their respective and specific usage and/or purpose to serve those who has individual preference in their personal photography. But when it comes to the lens that offers best value for money and the most compact /light weight version in the 135mm class - the Nikkor 135mm f/3.5 telephoto lens clearly stands up to fulfill such varying degree of requirements. It has an extremely compact body dimension and very lightweight (Imagine, the high speed f/2.0 version weighs a hefty 860g, while this little optical marvel halves that weight to just 420g !).

Nikon Nikkor 135mm f/3.5 telephoto lens rear lens mount Nikon Nikkor 135mm f/3.5 telephoto lens front lens element

Credit: Images of an Ai-spec 135mm f/3.5 displayed herein courtesy of all the nice folks from Taiwan's Digitize-Future@EBAY®. Some of them are extracted from their very popular online EBAY STORE. The Company also has a website on their own at Image(s) copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.


The f/3.5 Nikkor lens also provides the best portability among all medium telephoto Nikkor lenses. This is especially true for those who wish to travel light in photo assignments such as travel, mountain climbing, tracking etc. Other than its superior advantage in weight factor, the lens is equally appealing when it comes to its price. The lens has a standard 52mm filter attachment size, thus, it can share many common lens accessories and other Nikon add on accessories. Similarly, the Ai-S spec lens has a built-in telescopic lens hood design which again comes in handily for those who often on the move. Besides, unlike the rest of other 135mm Nikkor telephoto lenses, the minimum aperture of the lens can be stopped down to f/32 for added depth of field control.
Contrary to general belief, the Nikkor 135mm f/3.5s lens does has a version that has an Ai-S version lens coupling system. Although it was short lived as it was being introduced only in September, 1981 and soon was being discontinued in March, 1983. Well to summarize all in a short sentence, this lens is an typical good example to challenge general perception of users towards cheap optic. Well, in terms of performance, this lens may well spring a few surprises to overturn such negative thoughts. Personally, I rated this lens highly, except for its limiting lens speed which has clearly restricted it to be an all round telephoto lens for general tele-photography.

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Technical Highlights of Nikkor 135mm f/3.5s telephoto lens: * Very affordable telephoto lens. * Extremely small and light for a 135mm telephoto. * Minimum f/32 aperture provides additional control of the depth of field. *Built-in telescopic lens hood minimizes flare when shooting against the light. * Takes standard 52mm filters. * Ideal for candies or for isolating details in landscapes or city life.


Focal length/Aperture: 135mm f/3.5
Lens construction: 4 elements in 4 groups
Picture angle: 18°; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale: f/3.5 - f/32 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales

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 (
oo); Weight: 420g
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Dimensions: 64mm dia. x 89.5mm long (overall); 81.5mm 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/3.5s telephoto lense are believed to have been started from 290001
135mm f/2.0s
135mm f/2.8s
135mm f/3.5s
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