Two of the most reached for prime lenses amongst professional photographers are the 85mm lens and the 135mm. While there are a plethora of 85mm lenses out there, there really aren’t a whole lot of 135mm lenses. Perhaps a reason for this is the fact that longer focal length prime lenses are tougher to use without a tripod. However, Nikon Rumors is saying that we’ll be getting more.soon; and considering that this is a Photokina year, it just makes sense.
Word on the street is that Tamron, Zeiss, Sigma and maybe even Nikon could introduce new 135mm lenses. Zeiss already has an excellent 135mm f2, but they’ve retired their old lineup of lenses and are creating loads of new Milvus glass complete with weather sealing. I’m honestly not sure how Zeiss can make their 135mm lens better than it is.
Sony has had a 135mm f1.8 for the Alpha system for a while–which is a sweet lens. However, the company seems to be pushing more towards the full frame E mount category these days.
This all seems really crazy, right? Why wouldn’t they have introduced the lenses at WPPI? Surely, the biggest portrait event each year should have given us these lenses. So to that end, they may not be coming.
If you’re looking for a really affordable and really incredible 135mm lens to check out, the Rokinon 135mm f2 is the one to go for. Otherwise, we’re just going to have to wait and see what comes our way.