The New Nikon Plena Lens 

September 28, 2023

By Theano Nikitas

For only the second time in its history, Nikon has given one of its lenses a unique name. The first was the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, designed for low light shooting. Now we have the Plena, a portrait-perfect 135mm f/1.8 S lens that will be known for its ability to create extraordinary bokeh. 

According to Nikon, Plena is “derived from the Latin term plenum, which denotes the state of a space being completely full.”  

But what does that mean? First, take a look at some sample photos:

© Nikon
© Nikon
© Nikon

The bokeh is gorgeous—providing the perfect complement to any portrait.  

Nikon explains that, beyond the beautiful, flawlessly rounded bokeh, the new lens—with its large front element that accommodates an 82mm filter—was designed for edge-to-edge sharpness and brightness, thereby “filling” the frame with a photographer’s creativity by excelling at producing all the elements that are critical to photography. Maybe we are attributing more to the Plena name than we should, but the lens sounds intriguing, especially after viewing sample images. 

On a more practical level, its 135mm mid-telephoto length will serve portrait photographers well, as will its f/1.8 maximum aperture (its minimum aperture is f/16). The lens has a minimum focus distance of 2.69 feet, dual customizable L-Fn buttons and is “dust and drip resistant.”  

It’s has some heft to it, though, at 2 lb. 3.1 ounces and measuring 3.9 (maximum diameter) and 5.5 inches long. And the price is a bit hefty, too, at $2,500, but we’re sure that there are photographers making room for this lens in their camera bags and studios.  

Nikon has lots more specifications, images and videos on its site so head to nikonusa.com for full details. 

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