Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena review

The Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena is practically perfect in every way, super-sharp yet deliciously blurry and utterly fabulous.

5 Star Rating
Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Collins English Dictionary gives one definition of the word Plena as ‘the condition or quality of being full’. This NIKKOR lens is certainly full of goodness. It’s packed with top-quality glass, high-tech coatings, a super-fast autofocus system and a really well-rounded 11-blade diaphragm. Build quality is robust and handling is refined. The clincher is that it delivers absolutely exquisite image quality, making it one of the best NIKKOR lenses of all time, and one of my personal favorites.


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    Fabulous bokeh

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    Great handling


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    Necessarily chunky

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    Expensive to buy

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The Nikon Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena has a tough act to follow. We were highly impressed when we reviewed the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.2 S, but the Plena sets out to take everything to a whole new level. Naturally, it doesn’t have such a fast aperture rating (which would be impractical) but the longer focal length still enables a really tight depth of field. We love the way the Plena is perfectly suited to tight head-and-shoulders portraiture but it’s equally epic for still-life photography and pretty much any time you want to compress perspective with a medium telephoto focal length, while isolating the main subject within a scene by blurring its surroundings.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.