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Samyang 135 mm f/2.0 ED UMC

Work in low light and capture images with exceptional "bokeh" with the 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC Lens from Samyang, available here with an AE chip for Nikon F mount full frame and APS-C cameras. This all-manual telephoto prime offers a flattering perspective well-suited to portraits and other sensitive subject matter, and the fast f/2.0 maximum aperture helps ensure the image will be bright and have an extremely shallow depth-of-field. Also, this lens features one extra-low dispersion element to reduce the impact of chromatic aberrations in the final image as well as an Ultra Multi-Coating to reduce flare and ghosting. A large manual focus ring as well as a physical aperture ring are available on the lens barrel for making smooth, deliberate adjustments. The AE chip built-into this model enables focus confirmation as well as the use of Auto/P/A/S/M shooting modes due to the transmission of lens data to the camera. Also, this lens has a minimum focus distance of 2.6' and a front filter thread diameter of 77mm. Assisting with smooth, pleasing out-of-focus elements is a circular 9-blade diaphragm. Additionally, it comes with a removable lens hood and soft pouch. Optical construction of 11 elements in 7 groups Front filter thread is non-rotating for easier use with certain filters, such as circular polarizers and variable NDs

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Lens Category: Short Tele
Purchase Link: Buy Now at B&H Photo!
In Production: Yes
Format: FX (Full-Frame)
Optical Construction: 11 Elements in 7 Groups
Max. Aperture: F2
Min. Aperture: F22
Number of Aperture Blades: 9
Rounded Aperture Blades: Yes
Aperture Ring: Yes
Focus Type: Manual Focus
Focusing Modes: M
Full-Time AF Override: Yes
Internal Focusing: Yes
Distance Scale: Yes
Macro: No
Stabilization: No
Weather Sealing: No
Tripod Collar: No
Filter Size (mm): 77
Weight (g): 815
Front Cap: Pinch Type
In the Box: Hood, Soft Case, Front Cap, Rear Cap
Available Colors: Black
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1 Review

I've only really used this lens a few times. My initial thoughts...

Manual focus, even with focus confirmation is very difficult. Especially when shooting at f2 and let's face it you buy this lens to use it at f2. But, when you do get it the results are phenomenal. Clear, sharp and the rendering has a real 3D pop to it.


Considering you can get this lens for half the price of equivalent auto-focus lenses (or less) it is great value.


But I guess test will be will I still own it when/if the rumoured Sigma Art 135mm f1.8 is released? 



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