With the new Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena, Nikon now continues its tradition of optimised bokeh lenses for the Z system. In the Nikon SLR world, the AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2 D was considered Nikon&s sharpest 135mm protrait lens. Similar to its predecessor, the new "Plena" has been optimised for particularly high-quality bokeh (but does not eliminate special defocus control).
Nikon promises nothing less than the "ultimate in flawless bokeh" with the Nikkor Z 135 mm f/1.8 S Plena. Applications are said to include both still and film, and range from fine art photography to portraiture, high fashion and nature.
According to Nikon, the Plena has the highest overall imaging performance of any lens in the S-series, as well as a freedom from vignetting that is said to surpass any other lens in the S-series at f/1.8. Accordingly, no stopping down is said to be necessary to avoid vignetting. Thus, the brightness is supposed to be distributed perfectly evenly over the entire frame - without visible light fall-off at the edges. And even at open aperture, point light sources such as stars or city lights are supposed to be reproduced sharply, roundly and clearly. The backlit bokeh should also be free of sagittal coma and stray light.
We have already had the opportunity for a super-short hands-on with the new Plena - a thoroughly imposing appearance that conveys high value. We are already very much looking forward to it.
The optical construction consists of 16 lenses in 14 groups that combine to minimise diffraction blur and counteract sagittal coma and spherical aberrations. Special glass elements include Nikon SR glass, ED glass and an aspherical lens element.
The closest focusing distance is 0.82m, the filter diameter is 82mm and the weight is quoted by Nikon as 995g.
Availability and price:
The NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena is scheduled to be available in stores from mid-October 2023 at a recommended retail price of EUR 2,999.00.