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Nikon AF NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED Lens
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- High-performance, fast telephoto lens
- Perfect for news, sports, action and astronomical photography
- Internal focus for fast AF operation
- ED glass elements
- Assured crisp and sharp images, even at the maximum aperture
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|Item Weight||0.76 kg||0.64 kg||350 grams||0.82 kg|
|Item Dimensions||7.9 x 14.4 x 7.9 Centimetres||7.9 x 11.1 x 7.9 Centimetres||8 x 7.3 x 8 Centimetres||7.9 x 12 x 7.9 Centimetres|
|Max Focal Length||180 millimeters||105 millimeters||85 millimeters||135 millimeters|
|Min Focal Length||180 millimeters||105 millimeters||85 millimeters||135 millimeters|
|Optical Zoom||0.1x||0.1x||Information not provided||0.5x|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||72 millimeters||67 millimeters||72 millimeters|
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A high performance telephoto lens with boastful features and specifications. With internal focusing to remain a constant length it is easy to handhold. It has a built-in collapsible hood and the A/M switch makes changes between autofocus and manual focus a snap. Extra low dispersion glass gives high resolution and contrast.Perfect for news, sports, action and astronomical photography.ED glass element.IF (Internal Focusing) technology.
This high-performance, medium telephoto is ideal for sports arenas and concert halls. Also fantastic for portraits, action and astronomical photography.
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However, all of this is completely forgotten once you start to look at the images which it can produce. The levels of resolution, contrast and saturation are quite simply, second to none. In fairly close A-B comparisons, this lens produces significantly better images than Nikon's superb 70-200/f2.8 AF-S VR lens - something I would have previously thought barely possible! Like most of Nikon's f2.8 prime lenses, it can deliver excellent results wide open and by f4 is able to deliver its highest performance.
The long focal length and the ability to use this lens at wide apertures means that it is extremely effective at isolating subjects from their backgrounds, which are rendered with smooth creamy bokeh.
This lens illustrates the basic principle (rarely mentioned in current advertising etc.!) that all zoom lenses represent a compromise. To gain the, sometimes immensely useful, ability to change focal length, something must be traded off. Even with one of the best zoom lenses in the world such as the 70-200/f2.8 AF-S, some optical quality has been sacrificed - the fact that the lens has 21 pieces of glass inside illustrates this. If you want the very highest optical quality at around the 200mm mark then only the 180mm prime (or the 200mm f2, I guess!) delivers this without compromise.Read more ›
Astrophotographers find this lens really useful for imaging wider bits of sky using a DSLR and a sidereal tracker to follow the stars (Canon users like their 200mm f2.8 for this). It can get down to magnitude 12 at ISO2000 and a 30s exposure. Also, it's easy to focus in the dark as stars are clearly seen in the viewfinder...even a recent Nova in Delphinus was visible, August 2013. So, that's mainly what I use this lens for, although I found it nice for shooting people and street entertainers in Bath. It is a lot lighter than a zoom lens and the wide aperture isolates the subject from the background. The autofocus is driven from the camera rather than an inbuilt motor so there's slightly more noise and less speed (also, more basic Nikon DSLRs won't drive it). However, I found it quick enough but needed to move myself sometimes to frame the object, there being no zoom of course. The resulting images were, as hoped, razor-sharp.
It is a slightly funny-looking lens by today's fashion, being narrow and with a stepped shape, has a metal body and is finished in black crinkle paint. The lens hood slides out, so you don't lose it like those cheap nasty detachable plastic ones. One vulnerability of this lens is that the diaphragm blades are exposed, i.e. there are no lens elements behind it, so the rear lens cap needs to stay on when it isn't in use. That's OK, because my lens came with a nice hard cylindrical leather-finish case. The filter size is 72mm by the way (as is the 135mm F2 mentioned later).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a user of Nikon equipment for almost 30 years I know the brand pretty well. There was nothing wrong with this lens so far as I could see but was immediately suspicious as the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by R. L.
This new one was faulty - showing significant purple fringing. Got a refund from the Vendor - Microglobe, but they refused to refund my return carriage costs, which were expensive... Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2014 by NigelH
Great lens, but returned in favour of Nikons 70-200. The original 180 is still the best, and with its metal construction it stands the test of time. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by R.I.M.BERRY