Nikon has released details of a new, fast 135mm lens for Z-mount cameras that promises superior bokeh, video-friendly features and rugged durability.

The new Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena lens. (Source: Nikon.)

The ‘Plena’ name is derived from the Latin word ‘plenum’, which describes richness. Its design is said to be ‘reminiscent of the Noct lens’, which was created for low light photography. At f/1.8, the new lens delivers near-circular bokeh against ‘dreamy’ backgrounds with minimal colouring on the edges across the entire screen and from foreground to background. Videographers can take advantage of a ‘click-less’ control ring and focus-breathing suppression. A multi-focusing system, driven by two silent stepping motors provides precise control over multiple focusing groups, while MesoAmorphous and ARNEO coatings minimise ghosting and flare caused by various incident light sources. The new lens also sports a robust metal lens barrel, engraved with the ‘Plena’ logo, along with a programmable L-Fn button and a newly designed control ring with smooth, comfortable torque. Twelve dust- and drip-resistant seals provide protection in challenging conditions, while the electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism ensures precise aperture control and stable exposure management, even in continuous shooting scenarios.

The new lens is available to pre-order at an RRP of AU$4299. Click here for more information.