180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

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Richard G T Senior Member • Posts: 1,673
180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

After selling my 180 2.8 one year ago and buying a 70-200vr I found I missed the 180 so much I decided to get another and sell the Nikon 70-200vr which was a terrific lens but just not for me. I sold the 70-200 and just last week bought a used/like-new 180 f/2.8D for $450. This lens used has to be the best value of all Nikon lenses. I'll never sell it again. I find it perfect for shooting dogs (my passion). It is sharp at f/2.8 and provides a beautiful bokeh. On my D300 I can carry it all day without getting the shakes. Welcome back 180!

The photo below was taken this week with a D300.

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Cerumen
Cerumen Senior Member • Posts: 1,929
Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

Richard, the image you mention is not appearing.

I think a lot of us had 180s at one time and moved on to 80-200s and 70-200s. I'm on my third 180, and I'm not letting this one go.

My first 180 I sold for a piece of exercise equipment. No additional comment on my stupidity there.

My second was an older AI MF lens. Mistake for me. Too much work, and I as losing too many shots.

The third is just right. Mine is pre-D, but the AF is perfectly fine on the D700, and likely most other bodies.
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OP Richard G T Senior Member • Posts: 1,673
link to photos

I haven't posted photos here in a long time. Hopefully this link to two photos will to the trick.

http://rgthompson.com/p253365794/h2c9274db#h2c9274db
http://rgthompson.com/p253365794/h2d67c399#h2d67c399

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Cerumen
Cerumen Senior Member • Posts: 1,929
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Yes, Richard, one image now shows, and the other two links work. BTW, I remember that one shot, which always reminded me of a similar shot of mine:

Sorry, that was a bit off-topic. Back to the 180!

OP Richard G T Senior Member • Posts: 1,673
Re: link to photos

Cerumen wrote:

Yes, Richard, one image now shows, and the other two links work. BTW, I remember that one shot, which always reminded me of a similar shot of mine:

Glad I at least got the two links to work. The signature photo of the same two dogs was taken a few years ago with my first 180. Like your's that lens was a non D version. A great lens also.

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Windancer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,477
Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

Richard G T wrote:

After selling my 180 2.8 one year ago

I know I have kept my 180/2.8 with the "crinkle" finish even though I have a 70-200/2.8 lens. I have been using a lot more lately and it never ceases to amaze me.

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Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

Congrats Richard!

I knew you'd make your way back to the 180 club!

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Logge Senior Member • Posts: 2,564
Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

i completly agree. i have a 180 and an AF-S 80-200 and i use the 180 alot more. the 80-200 is great for sports but otherwise i just prefer the compactness and image quality of the 180.

i use it on my D7000 and the 180 together with the 35 1.8 is currently my prefered light walkaround kit.
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Lens is a dog

Lens
I had it out on D700 on a dog hike just yesterday.

Picked one upo on E-bay for $380 a few years ago, great lens.
Light, sharp and fast.

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OP Richard G T Senior Member • Posts: 1,673
Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

Thanks to all for your responses. It looks like we all agree that even though we may have the 80-200 or 70-200vr lenses the 180 f/2.8 is a keeper and gets used a lot. For me, I believe the Nikon 180 is one of the very best lenses Nikon ever made and certainly is the best used value of any Nikon lens with like-new copies being sold for well under the current new price. I can't believe I sold my first copy a year ago but I'm very happy to have it back.

By the way, I have heard and read that the AF on the 180 is slow. Slow? I find it to be fast enough to freeze dogs running at 20mph (in low light) while shooting with my D300 (see link below). The 180 is not a slow AF lens as far as I'm concerned. I found it fast enough to freeze action while shooting with the weaker motor of my D80 years ago (signature photo) as well.

http://rgthompson.com/p253365794/h2c9274db#h2c9274db
http://rgthompson.com/p253365794/h2d67c399#h2d67c399

Best wishes and happy (180) shooting to all...
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OP Richard G T Senior Member • Posts: 1,673
Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

Here's another dog action photo from the same shoot. Like I said the AF on the 180 is nothing to complain about. This photo was taken on a cloudy day late in the afternoon shooting with a D300.

http://rgthompson.com/p253365794/h277ff442#h277ff442

Best wishes,
Richard

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herbymel Veteran Member • Posts: 6,153
Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

Thanks Richard...you've given me another lens to consider.
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hangman123 Regular Member • Posts: 174
Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

just wondering if you guys were talking about the 180mm afd or the Af version?

i just got one on ebay the AF version for 370 to use on my d700, is it a good deal?

Cerumen
Cerumen Senior Member • Posts: 1,929
Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

hangman123 wrote:

just wondering if you guys were talking about the 180mm afd or the Af version?

i just got one on ebay the AF version for 370 to use on my d700, is it a good deal?

You and I with our D700s both paid virtually the same price for this lens--the AF non-D. Great price, and you'll love the lens. It's liberating after working with a 70-200. Fast and light, and really predictable, good results. And they're pretty easy to nab at auction for under 400 US. One of the reasons to love Nikon with all that legendary old glass.

OP Richard G T Senior Member • Posts: 1,673
Re: 180 f/2.8 returns to my bag.

Cerumen wrote:

hangman123 wrote:

just wondering if you guys were talking about the 180mm afd or the Af version?

i just got one on ebay the AF version for 370 to use on my d700, is it a good deal?

You and I with our D700s both paid virtually the same price for this lens--the AF non-D. Great price, and you'll love the lens. It's liberating after working with a 70-200. Fast and light, and really predictable, good results. And they're pretty easy to nab at auction for under 400 US. One of the reasons to love Nikon with all that legendary old glass.

Optically the AF D and non- D are the same. Equally great. Excellent price.
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