Nikon NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Lens

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Nikon NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Lens

  • Full-Frame | f/1.8 to f/16
  • Fast, Lightweight Telephoto Prime
  • Multi-Focus System
  • Round Bokeh from Edge to Edge
  • ED, SR, and Aspherical Elements
  • Programmable Linear Focus Ring
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • ARNEO and Meso Amorphous Coatings
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Design

Fill the Frame with Magic

A breakthrough telephoto prime lens that's brimming with innovations, the NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena from Nikon brings unprecedented image quality in a popular focal length to the company's mirrorless Z System. Leveraging the Z-series' larger mount diameter, the painterly Plena produces edge-to-edge clarity with otherworldly, circular bokeh across the entire frame for extraordinary results in portraiture, still-life photography, and cinematic video.

Innovative, Z-Series Optical Design

Designed downstream of the Z-mount's large diameter, the 135mm f/1.8 S Plena lens is the first NIKKOR Z lens to fully realize the mount's light-gathering potential. The lens' larger rear element enables this leap in peripheral illumination, bringing consistent brightness to the extreme edges of the frame. Drastically reducing vignetting, the clear path of light through the lens with minimal refraction is what produces the exquisite and regular round bokeh that distinguishes the Plena.
The optical design also benefits image clarity. Like the bokeh effects, the lens achieves outstanding results across the whole frame. A short-wavelength refractive front element, an aspherical element, and four extra-low dispersion elements all contribute to minimizing colour bleeding, fringing, and flare. In strong lighting and backlit conditions, ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coats work against both axial and lateral chromatic aberrations to prevent ghosting, reflections, and flare to realize improved contrast and clarity.
The lens also excels at transitions between zones of focus, which, when combined with the lens' resolving power, produce eye-popping subject separation and textural detail at the widest aperture.

Fast, Accurate Autofocus

Nikon's proprietary Multi-Focus System incorporates two separate AF drive units, which are synchronized, to deliver especially fast and accurate focusing throughout the zoom range. This system uses dual STM stepping motors, which offer impressively smooth and quiet autofocus performance that is well-suited to both stills and video applications. Additionally, the programmable linear focus ring allows for manual focus with smooth rotation in either direction.
Optimized for Cinematic Video
The Plena was designed with cinematographers in mind, beginning with the lens' popular focal length that lends itself to background separation and arms-length intimacy. In addition to the lens' stunning imagery, the Plena also features smooth aperture transitions and natural shifts between focus positions. Combined with Nikon's Multi System Focus autofocus, on-lens manual focus options, and the full suite of video capture modalities presented throughout the Z System, the Plena elevates any and all footage.

Body, Handling, and Ergonomics

The Plena's thoughtful design does not stop at its superlative imagery. The optical design has a direct result on the lens' satisfying, all-metal construction, creating a lighter-weight, carry-around lens that will take 82mm filters. The lens is additionally customizable with a clickless control ring that adjusts aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation, and an easily-reached assignable Fn button. Finally, its dust- and water-resistant sealing unleashes the Plena for use in adverse environments, turning it into a machine for the maximal uncovering of the magical in the mundane.

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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