Is this Nikon AF-S 135mm f/2G lens real?

A reader sent me this picture of a new Nikon AF-S 135mm f/2G lens:

Nikon AF-S 135mm f:2G lens
What do you think, real or fake?

Update: Nikon has already filed a patent for a 135mm f/1.8 lens.

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  • Markus Storch

    It’s a big Fake!!! Look at the white Bajonettpoint! It’s the old Version, because all new Lenses get the bigger white Bajonettpoint!!!

  • 103David

    No multi-coating. But early prototypes often have no coatings at all. I think this is an early mockup of something decidedly intended for production, a telephoto design with these specs but once in public hands, looking considerably different than this.

  • Saffron Blaze

    The article should be updated as “FAKE!”.

  • logandiana

    Too little, too late… Switching to Fuji

  • Anton PupkIn

    Fake. Looks too short.

  • Stefan Tangen

    I compared it with some Product shots of the 85mm and the found the same irregular patterns in the black areas… FAKE

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      Oh… you mean like half a dozen other people already did just 20 posts down?

  • Someone below posted a copy of a press/marketing shot of the 85/1.4G, and it’s quite clear if you compare the speckle pattern near the base of the lens, that the OP is just a shopped version of that image.

    100% fake image.

    (although Nikon could be working on such lens, this ain’t it)

  • Rafa R

    no VR and if it gets priced around 3k its probably true.

  • EJPB

    A bit short for a 135mm F2.0. The current AF-D 135mm F2.0 DC is a much larger, heavy piece of glass and metal. To achieve the same with plastic would only result in an even bigger design. +10 points for the AF-D versus an eventual plastic AF-S G.

  • stoooopid

    I say real. It certainly makes sense from Nikon’s point of view to make this rare bird before producing anything interesting glass-wise for DX. I just need to face it – Nikon is not interested in DX – if I stay with Nikon I need to go FX.

  • Neopulse

    Well they have been updating their lenses like the 80-400mm, 35mm f/2, 58mm, etc. I believe this is one that has been in demand for some time, even for DX shooters. And maybe the picture is false, but VR is definitely something that will be implemented, VR III I hope.

  • Pinocchio

    This is so funny. You are all April Fools. Rumors always precede an event so on this site a mock rumor would have to appear in advance of April 1 – which it did – and anyone who takes it seriously is fooled. Brilliant gag!

  • Ds

    Fake. plastic butt.

  • otomatiq

    I don’t care if is legit or not.
    I’m just hoping 135mm f2.8 DC would get a face lift … 🙂

  • Eli

    Any update on 135mm lens from Nikon??

  • jonathonfrum

    9 months later, no 135. Bummer. I guess I’ll settle for my antiquated DC model that pales compared to the 135L and costs $200 more used. Whatev.

  • Dino Brusco

    I think it’s real. Maybe not the image, but the news might – I’ve already heard several times from different sources that a similar lens might show up within this spring.

  • m0r3px1s

    I believe the picture is a real one – of a sample. But given the absence of it on the market, I also believe it wasn’t quite living up to Nikon’s expectations, because of image quality, size, weight (the 100mm lens is big enough) or something else – who knows. Nikon is quite secretive. But I fully expect a 135mm f/1.8E or 2.0E lens to find its way to the market sometime 2017. It is long overdue (and I really need one).

    For that matter (in the case Nikon is reading), I’d also like a 200mm f/2.8E lens. Just because the fabulous 200 f/2.0G lens that I’ve rented on numerous occasions is simply a bit too large, heavy and expensive. I can live with the loss of one f stop, but I can’t live with the loss of image quality of the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Sorry. Zoom lenses are good for newspaper and sports photographers, but not good enough for me.

  • E-Nonymouse A

    Fake because Nikon has expressed 0 interest in updating it’s 135 from the last generation that had a de-focus control and tank-like all metal exterior.
    You can file patents for anything you want as long as you have the money for the paper cuts and legal entanglements, does not mean that it will become a real product.

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