Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF

Telephoto prime lens | Nikon F (FX) | 1940
KC Davis
 

I've owned this lens for about six years, and I don't use it as much now as I did when I first acquired it. I remember when I purchased it I did so with very little research beforehand not knowing about its abilities or its reputation as one of the best portrait lenses you can own. Six years ago, my main reason for purchasing it was that I was attached to the crinkly finish it had and I got it for an excellent used price. Now, when I pull it out and attach it to my D750 ( initially used it on ...

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Today, I still recall the thrill of buying this lens brand new for $600 at a photo shop in Portland, Oregon in 1983 (about a ten-hour drive from where we live in coastal Northern California). Even looking through the viewfinder in the store, I immediately knew this was special glass. Sue and I used it to take photos of each other, Oregon landscapes and cityscapes, and the animals at Portland's beautiful Washington Park Zoo. We still employed our medium-format, three-lens RB67 kit (since ...

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simo20mm
 

I bought this lens when I snapped the mount off of my 70-200 2.8 ochh. I shoot sports and needed a shorter focal length on the quick, No time for a test straight off to work, first impression when I put it on a D4 nice compact light lens, compared to the usual 70-200 I have on. During the match I quite enjoyed working with it I liked just picking it up and shooting and still have a firm hold of the other camera. The auto focus is quick enough no where near as fast as the 70-200, probably a ...

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goactive

I picked this lens up used for $500 it looks like new. I have now as of posting this shot three portrait sessions using it for some of the images. I am very happy with it. It produces very sharp in focus images on my D500. Shooting with the D500 being a cropped camera I do need to be a good ways back from the subject but I will be buying an another FF camera soon so that will move me up closer by 20 to 25 feet VS the cropped camera and give a little better bokeh background blur. I love the ...

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A brutally sharp lens wide open, that gives me creamy bokeh and wonderful contrast. On my D800's shot at my usual crop , i.e. 5:4 crop ratio that replicates most magazine formats and still gets me 30.3 megapixels it is effectively a 198mm f/2.8 lens. Oh, I bought it new for around $1000...A bargain. Here is a recent sample shot for ELLE Magazine wide open at f/2.8

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Zakzoezie
 

Its a fast F2.8 aperture. Its sharp wide open. It produces gorgeous boke. Its is very strong build. Compared to 70-200 F2.8 zoom its half the weight. Do I need to say more? O yes, and I picked it up second hand for 250 EUR ... Simply stunning :-P

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Sandmanusd
 

I cannot love this lens any more than I do.  This thing is just built like a tank, has such a sturdy feel to it, and is just super sharp wide open. Unless I absolutely NEED more depth of field, I never stop this thing down from wide open.  It is just that good. I use this on a D700 and a D7100 and its just beautiful. The bokeh that this produces wide open is just heavenly...  its so buttery smooth and creamy and dreamy and... just... beautiful. The only flaw with this lens, is the lens hood ...

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Light and compact for its focal length; superb all metal construction; extremely fast and precise old fashioned noisy AF. But, as it ain't a fashionable lens and does not get hyped up by the cooler reviewers, I assumed it was not worthy of a 36MP sensor, and I had let it sleep in the cupboard for quite a few months. Basically since I acquired the D800. I took it out again yesterday, as I was pondering about replacing it with the new and seemingly spectacular Zeiss 135mm f2, and engaged in a ...

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moving_comfort

This is a relatively diminutive telephoto of incredible pedigree. It's fully usuable wide-open, and rewards you with gorgeous bokeh and contrast when shot at f/2.8 - by f/4, it's blisteringly sharp. I've owned several 70-200's, and this 180 is smaller, sharper, and has better OOF transition. I use it on APS-C and on FF, and it's equally good on both - but allows a wonderful DOF control on FF at 180mm and f/2.8 that can make the central subject float gorgeously in a sea of bokeh. I love this ...

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wakaba
 

Very sharp and let`s you work in 3 dimensions or isolate features - much cleaner compared to average flatimaging telezoomacro plastickit. Very nice and substantial build quality without beeing overly bulky and heavy. Fast AF - at least on D600. Purposeful noisy, not silent. I carry this and a 50mm, 1.4 G. Both let you work with 25-100 ASA at most times. Problems: None

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