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Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread

  
 
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p.16 #1 · p.16 #1 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


OK, I am thoroughly convinced. The 135 f1.8S Plena is possibly the best lens for bokeh I have used, super sharp wide open and overall superb IQ. I love the close focus ability of .82mts is much closer than most primes that are usually about 9-10x focal length as their MFD and a reproduction ratio of .20x is very good. As all the images show on this thread it is a real WOW lens. Nikon really made a gem with this lens, IMO.

My first outing at a park except he first image of the King Parrot is in my front garden. Z8 + 135mm f1.8S Plena all wide open.




















































Jan 30, 2024 at 03:36 AM
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p.16 #2 · p.16 #2 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


You are so right Lance B.

After using this new to me lens, one quick evening, after having it for a fee days...

This might as well be the last nail in chubby's coffin... (200/2). It really is extremely good. And light, compared.



Jan 30, 2024 at 05:04 PM
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p.16 #3 · p.16 #3 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Beautiful pics and a gorgeous lens. As great as this lens is "last nail in the chubby's coffin" is a bit far fetched. The 200/2 is peerless. I have both the nikon and canon versions and they are pure magic if you can handle the weight and have the working distance.


Jan 30, 2024 at 08:57 PM
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p.16 #4 · p.16 #4 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Lance B wrote:
OK, I am thoroughly convinced. The 135 f1.8S Plena is possibly the best lens for bokeh I have used, super sharp wide open and overall superb IQ. I love the close focus ability of .82mts is much closer than most primes that are usually about 9-10x focal length as their MFD and a reproduction ratio of .20x is very good. As all the images show on this thread it is a real WOW lens. Nikon really made a gem with this lens, IMO.

My first outing at a park except he first image of the King Parrot is in my
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Lance,

I love how the King Parrot looks right at you ! Great shots.
My findings are very similar. The only difference is that, from my experience, which is more limited than your sample pool, I am convinced that Plena is the best lens I have ever owned in terms of rendering, bokeh,contrast, sharpness. Weight is high, but balanced even on my Z6, far better than the Apo Sonnar, and there is AF and is fast and accurate. So far, I can’t find much of negatives besides deciding whether to take Plena or 100-400 for a trip or not. Secretly, curious about the rumored 28-400 if that is an acceptably decent relatively lightweight travel lens, then Plena may fit right in the bag as a HQ fast lens…

Luka



Jan 30, 2024 at 09:39 PM
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p.16 #5 · p.16 #5 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Here are a few shots from recent events with the Plena wide open. I sold it and regretted it enough that a replacement is on the way:

































Jan 30, 2024 at 10:19 PM
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p.16 #6 · p.16 #6 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


akul wrote:
Lance,

I love how the King Parrot looks right at you ! Great shots.
My findings are very similar. The only difference is that, from my experience, which is more limited than your sample pool, I am convinced that Plena is the best lens I have ever owned in terms of rendering, bokeh,contrast, sharpness. Weight is high, but balanced even on my Z6, far better than the Apo Sonnar, and there is AF and is fast and accurate. So far, I can’t find much of negatives besides deciding whether to take Plena or 100-400 for a trip or not. Secretly, curious
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Thank you very much, Luka. Much appreciated!

I am also leaning towards the belief that it is one of the best lenses I have ever used.



Jan 31, 2024 at 12:23 AM
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Kry27 wrote:
You are so right Lance B.

After using this new to me lens, one quick evening, after having it for a fee days...

This might as well be the last nail in chubby's coffin... (200/2). It really is extremely good. And light, compared.


It's one of the best lenses I have ever used.



Jan 31, 2024 at 12:25 AM
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p.16 #8 · p.16 #8 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Some more to show off the bokeh, I just LOVE this bokeh. The 105 f1.4E bokeh was glorious, but I think the 135 pips it. This lens is simply stunning, IMO.




























Jan 31, 2024 at 11:40 PM
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p.16 #9 · p.16 #9 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Nice images, thank you for sharing!

Yes, the Plena is pure gold.



Feb 01, 2024 at 03:48 AM
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bernardl wrote:
Nice images, thank you for sharing!

Yes, the Plena is pure gold.

Thanks very much, Bernard. Much appreciated!



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p.16 #11 · p.16 #11 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Picture This! wrote:
As great as this lens is "last nail in the chubby's coffin" is a bit far fetched. The 200/2 is peerless. I have both the nikon and canon versions and they are pure magic if you can handle the weight and have the working distance.


I did not state that to be inevitable ...
I often bring the 200/2, also in occasions others might not. The weight is there, the working distance is bigger, but as you say, the rendering is terrific. I don't deny that at all.


Coming from using the 200/2 on a D3, @12MP (sensor quality, cropping ability, AF-accuracy, ...) and being happy with the results, how much worse is a Plena on 45 of todays MP, cropped in? Especially when compared to shots where chubby was stopped down to 2.2, 2.5? Blasphemy? Blasphemy! I know.


I don't think I'll sell the 200/2 (which of course also performs better these days on a modern on sensor focused Z camera). I just will bring it a little less often, in favour of Plena. Where 'less often' can mean close to zero, in the upcoming weeks, until I finally can decide whether it's worth keeping it, or not




Feb 01, 2024 at 07:35 AM
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p.16 #12 · p.16 #12 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


nhmorgan wrote:
Here are a few shots from recent events with the Plena wide open. ...


May I state these are terrific?



Feb 01, 2024 at 07:39 AM
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p.16 #13 · p.16 #13 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Damn this thread … I was hoping to not want this lens. Great work y’all!


Feb 01, 2024 at 07:25 PM
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p.16 #14 · p.16 #14 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Lance B wrote:
Some more to show off the bokeh, I just LOVE this bokeh. The 105 f1.4E bokeh was glorious, but I think the 135 pips it. This lens is simply stunning, IMO.

https://pbase.com/lance_b/image/174313391/original.jpg

https://pbase.com/lance_b/image/174313392/original.jpg

https://pbase.com/lance_b/image/174313393/original.jpg

https://pbase.com/lance_b/image/174313394/original.jpg



The rendering really is very pleasing. Great job showcasing the strengths of the lens.



Feb 01, 2024 at 11:14 PM
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p.16 #15 · p.16 #15 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


40Driggs wrote:
The rendering really is very pleasing. Great job showcasing the strengths of the lens.


Thank you very much, Daniel. Much appreciated!



Feb 02, 2024 at 01:02 AM
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p.16 #16 · p.16 #16 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


All wide open






































Feb 02, 2024 at 08:17 PM
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p.16 #17 · p.16 #17 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


nhmorgan wrote:
Here are a few shots from recent events with the Plena wide open. I sold it and regretted it enough that a replacement is on the way:


What body?



Feb 03, 2024 at 09:48 AM
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p.16 #18 · p.16 #18 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Continuing to use the lens for the family photos. By now I have a ~100 of kid's portraits but these are not to be shared publicly.


Family



Family



Bruce



Bruce



Feb 09, 2024 at 09:00 PM
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p.16 #19 · p.16 #19 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


Just picked up the lens this weekend and wow, what a lens!

integra-2 by clayfinn, on Flickr



Feb 19, 2024 at 08:00 PM
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p.16 #20 · p.16 #20 · Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Image Thread


I had a little fun with Plena and Z8 trying a little bird in flight today. I am rather impress as the gull has to get reasonably close and usually I only have 2-3 seconds before the gull would fly past. May be AF is still a bit slower than 70-200/2.8S but not by much. Very very impressive for 135/1.8, a focal length that is generally not design for fast action. All shot wide opened.































A little cropping on #1 and #4, no cropping on other pictures.



Feb 24, 2024 at 10:36 AM
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