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Nikon has touted the Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S 'Plena' lens as its premium mid-telephoto portrait prime for Nikon's Z-series cameras. Nikon says the lens was designed to capture fine detail hair and skin tones, reduce vignetting and produce circular bokeh with minimal cat's eye. Night photography and other scenarios with limited sources of light should also benefit thanks to a fast aperture.

The lens weighs in at 995 g (2.15 lb) thanks in part to the glass within (16 elements in 14 groups) and the 98 mm (3.86") diameter and 140 mm (5.51") length of the lens. This is large, but it's not far removed from counterparts such as the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM or the Canon RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM.

The lens does have a large front element, taking an 82mm filter, but it's also the same 82mm filter size as the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art and Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM, so it's not unusually large.

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