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135mm f/2.8 Nikkor-Q

Suitable For:

Portraiture and short telephoto work.

Camera Formats:

FX and DX


Focal length: 135mm
Maximum aperture: 2.8
Minimum aperture: 22
Angle of View: 18°
Focus Throw: 225°
Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:9
Lens Elements: 4
Lens Groups: 4
Diaphragm Blades: 7
ED Glass Elements: 0
Autofocus: n/a
Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5m
Filter Size: 52mmØ
Filter Type: front screw in
Dimensions: 72.5mmØ by 96mm
Weight: 610g
Accessories: none, it has a built-in hood

Bjørn's Rørslett's Overview:

This is a beautifully designed lens with a workmanship many contemporary lenses only may dream about and never attain. My sample is from 1973 and still focuses with a silky-smooth feeling. The 135 features a broad silver ring which gives excellent handling when the lens is mounted or removed from the camera, and there is a slide-out lens shade which, given some user persistence, may be locked into position.

Images delivered by this fast 135 mm have excellent sharpness and surprisingly high contrast, provided the lens is stopped 1-2 stops down. Even wide open very useful results are obtained. On D1X, I observed very high contrast for the images shot at f/2.8. A propensity of flaring occurs for the single-coated version, but the last model with multi-coated elements shows less of this problem. Ghosting is kept well under control.

The 135/2.8 Q can be chip-modified to meter perfectly with all newer Nikon cameras, but the conversion is quite tricky because of its internal design.

IR: No signs of hot spots. The readjustment of focus using the red dot works well. You do have to stop down a few stops to get decent image quality in IR, though. Hence the reduced rating.

Bjørn's Rating:

3.5 (single-coated version)
4 (latest version, with multi-coating, labelled Q·C)
4 (late model, DX:D1X)
IR: 3.5-4 (DX: D200 modified)

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