It's a bird! It's a Plena! It's a bokehlicious new Nikon lens, coming this week!

Nikon Plena teaser
(Image credit: Nikon)

Nikon is teasing a brand new lens that seems to be all about the bokeh – and there are reports that it might boast a similar feature to one of its best ever lenses. 

Less than a week after the launch of the Nikon Zf, the Big N released a teaser video (embedded below) for Nikon Plena, with the tag line "Plena – Image and imagination overflowing with creativity." It will be officially revealed on Wednesday September 27 at 00:00 EDT / 05:00 BST / 09:00 AEST. 

As you'd expect of a teaser, very little actual info is given away. The big takeaway, however, seems to be bokeh. One look at the image above, and a watch of the teaser below, reveals the emphasis that Nikon has placed on big beautiful bokeh balls – the points of out of focus light that appear behind the subject. 

For both these reasons – the presence of the bokeh balls, and the presence of a human subject in the frame – the natural assumption is that this might be a portrait lens. And in fact, a 135mm S lens has been on the Nikon Z lens roadmap since 2022… 135mm being, of course, a classic focal length used by some of the best lenses for portraits

So a bokehlicious portrait lens seems a fairly safe bet. But it might be even more bokehlicious than most 135mm lenses, if rumors are anything to go by. 

Nikon Rumors has previously reported that the manufacturer has been working on a lens with defocus control . If true, this could suggest that Nikon is updating the old Nikkor 135mm f/2D Lens, which features Defocus Control. 

This is distinct from soft focus, which makes the entire image appear softer (while retaining points of focus); instead, it enables you to increase the "bokeh intensity" of the out of focus areas (either the foreground or background). 

This is all just conjecture at this point, but the good news is that we've only got a couple of days until we find out all the details! 

Is the Plena an update of the classic Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D lens? (Image credit: B&H)

Whatever it is, the Plena seems destined to join the best Nikon Z lenses for its mirrorless Z system – just as the old defocus lens was among the best Nikon lenses for F-mount DSLRs. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.