Nikon’s Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S ‘Plena’ is designed to minimize vignetting, maintain rounder bokeh edge-to-edge and produce sharp images with exceptional clarity. Nikon seems to have put a lot of thought into making a lens that maintains a high quality of light and smooth fall-off to create depth of field with gradual gradations.
The resulting lens feels tailor-made for portrait and studio photographers using Nikon’s Z-series cameras. What better way to test these claims than to take it to the streets of Seattle to make portraits? In our latest sample gallery, we take a closer look at the fine detail of skin and hair, bokeh performance at the edges, and depth-of-field, and we even manage to get people in motion and freeze some rain mid-drop.
It should also be noted that this sample gallery was created using a pre-production model of the lens, so Nikon restricted our sharing of lens images to out-of-camera JPEG images in our sample gallery. As soon as we get our hands on a production version of the Plena, we expect to shoot Raw+JPEG samples, as is our standard practice. Please keep a look out for those updates.
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