The Nikkor 135mm f2 DC is a wonderful portrait lens with the unique Defocus Control feature which alters the look of our of focus areas. It is considered one one best portrait lenses ever made, and for good reason that is.
Until today I have used this lens for anything but portraits (ok, I’ve done some family portraits but that’s about it). I find it very good for many different subjects and the very fast f2 aperture can create very interesting images.
The above images is composed from a 5 images stitched with Autopano Pro. The final result is a 80 megapixels photo with fantastic details. I have used many times the 135mm for stitching and the results were great.
The very fast f/2 aperture of the 135mm, allows for isolating subjects even at distant range. That gives you the opportunity of making very looking images than normal lenses. The quality of a good prime lens really shows here.
This is one my first efforts to imitate the so called “Brenizer method”. You manually focus on a subject (the boat in the above image) at f2, and then shoot consecutive images around your target. The result is an out of focus foreground and background with your subject sharp at he middle. I don’t think it’s too evident in my image but I will keep trying (the good thing is that this image is over 100 megapixels so you can imagine the sizes it can be printed).
Two more examples of how shooting wide open an f/2 telephoto lens can really alter the usual look of images.
In conclusion, I find the 135mm f/2 DC a great lens for everyday photography with the ability to make different looking images with high quality. Despite being an old lens, its great on the D800E, razor sharp and with a smooth bokeh.
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