Nikon Telephoto Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D AF ED-IF Autofocus Lens USA

You Pay: $899.00

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.

Note! AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras.

High-performance telephoto lens
ED glass elements offer high-resolution and high-contrast image even at maximum aperture
IF (internal focusing) technology for fast AF operation
Performance
Focal Length 180mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 13°
DX Picture Angle: 9°
Minimum Focus Distance 5' (1.52 m)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 8/6
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 5.7" (7.87 x 14.48 cm)
Weight 1.67 lb (760 g)
Nikon Telephoto Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D AF ED-IF Autofocus Lens
  • Cl-38 Case
  • Built-In Hood
  • 72mm Front Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Cap
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    NikonTelephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (30)
    • Rugged (21)
    • Strong construction (20)
    • Consistent output (16)
    • Durable (16)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)
    • Slow focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (15)
    • General purpose (10)
    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Night photography (6)
    • Wildlife (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-professional (9), Photo enthusiast (8), Enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I should have listened earlier...

    All the professionals in the field I knew told me this was a great lens. When I picked up my 70-200 VR, I thought, "why bother". Also, I kept...Read complete review

    All the professionals in the field I knew told me this was a great lens. When I picked up my 70-200 VR, I thought, "why bother". Also, I kept looking for this lens and it was never availble in the stores I frequent.

    For the past several years I have traveled more, and eventually the drain of hauling a large body and lens like the 70-200 VR took some fun out of the day. Then one day I went ahead and picked up a 50 1.4. Used it the rest of the entire trip...fast lens, light weight and my entire rig felt just great.

    This lens had been mentioned to me before for travel and low and behold, I finally found one whle traveling. The size, weight, shaprness,and colors were remarkable...I bought it on the spot.

    If you have never seen or handled this lens you are missing something. Now I have a 2.8 telephoto without the heavy weight and baggage that goes with it. The focus is fast enough for me as I seem that is the one aspect typically perople feel this lens may be short on. I guess it depends on your type of photography.

    Now I travel mainly with my 12-24, 50 1.4, and this lens. In condensing my bag I have not missed a thing, but gained more freedom to enjoy the day.

    With all the big hoopla with all the new lenses this lens simply gets overlooked...it shouldn't! Those of us who have it understand. I should have listened to veterans in the field a long time ago...

    Great lens...just remember I told you so...

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A Flawed Classic

    I bought this lens based on its stellar reviews, but it's been a major disappointment. Oh, it's rugged, it's light and sharpness is great, but all of my high-contrast photos are ruined...Read complete review

    I bought this lens based on its stellar reviews, but it's been a major disappointment. Oh, it's rugged, it's light and sharpness is great, but all of my high-contrast photos are ruined by a horrible purple fringing that I have to get rid of with Photoshop. Examples are reflections off water and the black-white edges of an osprey's plumage. It's not just on overexposed scenes like tree branches against the sky - it happens on corrrectly exposed shots, too. None of my other four lenses exhibit this problem with my D300. Chromatic abberation or digital imaging "spillover"? I don't know, but it's a serious problem.

    Also, without AF-S, the focus is too slow for fast action nature photography, in spite of its IF design. I wish I had spent another thousand dollars and bought the 70-200 instead.

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    3.0

    Sharp and lovely but purple fringing!

    By heidi

    from johnson city tn

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

      This lens was super sharp and fast, but the purple fringing was too much. If this happened every so often, it'd be no big deal, but it happened on nearly every shot.

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      5.0

      Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF A

      By orlando

      from Marina, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautifull Images
      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Solid Construction
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

        This is a great Medium Telephoto Lens.
        Exeptional image quality.
        Small arpeture f/2.8.
        Solid construction.

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        5.0

        Great Telephoto Lens

        By Steve H

        from Cleveland, OH

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

            This lens was originally purchased for use with my Nikon D50. I now use it for my Nikon D7000. If you have the correct exposure, then this produces amazing quality images with very little post-processing.

            This is the perfect lens when you need that extra reach. It is easily handheld in very low-light situations.

            I primarily use this to complement my other prime lenses (50mm f/1.8 & 85mm f/1.8). It is mainly used at events for my daughter and son. I have also used it at the circus.

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            5.0

            Complements my mid-range zoom

            By CFortC

            from Fort Collins, CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

              Using this on a Nikon D600 as a telephoto complement to the 28-70mm zoom that is on the camera most of the time. Selected the 180mm over the usual 70-200mm zoom to save weight and length, so I could pack the entire outfit in a bag I'd be willing/able to carry most of the time.

              My choice of the 180mm FL (out of numerous available options) is intended to provide a true long-lens experience yet not demand a full-time tripod. As well, this particular Nikon lens is relic of the past, with construction and materials not found much today.

              Results I've seen so far are excellent. Clean and sharp images across the frame, even at f/2.8 or f/4. I haven't seen any of the purple fringing noted by some reviewers elsewhere. Focus speed seems fast and sure, at least in reasonable photographic lighting conditions.

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              5.0

              Wonderful lens

              By Sky

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                I use this with my D90, and it works perfect.

                - AF is fast and usually accurate.
                - Lightweight which will be great on travel
                - Extremely sharp and beautiful DOF
                - Classical Nikon color
                - The hood is very smart design

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                3.0

                Good image but slow auto focus

                By Bruce

                from Florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                Not suitable for rapidly moving objects, great for stills.

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                4.0

                I would buy this product again

                By LarryR

                from Chicago

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  I have only had this lens for three weeks. I have used it for sports and travel thus far. It has performed very well. I did a few night softball games and the photos came out sharp. The advertised broad sweet spot in the lens is true to form. It is built like a tank. The focus is fast. I am just very impressed with the sharpness of this lens. Thus far there is nothing I do not like about this lens. I will be taking it with me to Europe. I look forward using it. My four star rating is only because I have only had the lens for a short period of time.

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                  4.0

                  Good Medium-Range Telephoto

                  By Rico

                  from Cary, NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  Good telephoto lens for candid shots and some wildlife. Autofocus is very fast and quiet. Fast f2.8 is great in low light situations. This lens is a little on the heavy side, but it is very sturdy and well-built.

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                  5.0

                  i love this lens

                  By Sanjin

                  from Cranford, NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                    one of the best prime lenses from nikon, period. have been longing for this lens for a while due to good reviews everywhere.

                    (1) construction: very solid. guess a lot of metal and glass but plastics inside!

                    (2) performance: i) classic optical design for several decades, simple but powerful; ii) fast and accurate focus, not loud at all. actually i love the sound and it sounds like the lens is telling you it's working; images are sharp, sharp, and sharp; iii) fast f2.8, image quality is still good when widely opened; iv) the feeling for manual focus is just right; v) the bokeh is simply beautiful; vi) no VR? i don't care. vr cannot replace a tripod, can it? i always use a tripod (in case you are wondering, a manfrotto) for low light or if necessary.

                    suggestion: i) adding a tripod collar to this lens will make it perfect; ii) don't know why there is no rear element, the aperture is exposed to the air directly. not that anti-dust, i guess.

                    recommend it to every nikon dslr user!

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Fabulous Prime Lens

                    By Deacon Al

                    from Willowbrook, IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                      This lens is extremely sharp and autofocuses quickly. It is amazing how responsive it is, and in my limit use of it, since I just got it.

                      I don't miss the 70-300mm I sold to get this lens. I rarely used focus on the zoom lens at or above 200mm, so this just blows away what I had in the focus ranges I use most.

                      You don't have to go to the more costly version because of this telephoto.

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                      5.0

                      My favorite medium tele

                      By Sparky

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraiture
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                        The 180 has unsurpassed sharpness and a best in class flat, distortion free, even field. It results in images of startling clarity.

                        The lens is small and does not require VR. It is a superb, smooth manual focus lens and a very serviceable auto focus rig. It is the perfect partner with the 85 or 105 macro for unsurpassed image quality in studio or when photographing people.

                        Older Nikon lenses were designed for film primarily - and the then emerging digital technology as an after thought. Some of these older designs have ultra high contrast and saturation and are prone to capturing highlights of such intensity that they routinely rendered blown, harsh or unworkable on digital. The newer lenses are designed for digital first and tend to control saturation & local contrast to a point where they appear visibly smoother and more detailed. You can see this when you compare images form an older 60 macro with a newer one or an older 80-200 with a new 70-200 AFS.

                        The 180 is an older design and displays some of the tendencies of the older lenses...but it also creamy smooth in the mid tones and is the most manageable of the older designs. Unlike some of its siblings, the saturation and highlight rendition are controllable in Photoshop and Camera Raw post shooting.

                        It is one of the older all metal, solidly built in Japan jewels of construction. I have used a version of this lens for over 30 years.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Lens I Love it !

                        By Spinner

                        from South Africa

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Hand Held

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • All purpose photography

                        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                        Super Optics,Robust & proffessional feel,AF-Instant response on my D2X,Amazing Bokeh @ F 2.8 Ideal for portraits & general photography especially low light even @ ISO 800

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                        5.0

                        A sharp, lightweight tele

                        By John

                        from I travel the USA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                          I use this for quick action on a monopod. It has a reputation for being one of Nikon's sharpest and I am very satisfied. I use a stepup filter holder which negates the use of the sliding hood i.e. requires a new hood but permits the use of my standard filters. Manual focus works well.

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                          5.0

                          One of the best Lenses Nikon ever made

                          By Rashid

                          from State Of Qatar

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                            Indeed this is he best lens, I used both or my street portrait photography where ever I went across the world, Nikon 300MM F2.8 VR and Nikon 70-200MM F2.8 VR, they done a great job for me but since I lost my 180MM F2.8 lens non of the other lenses been a good replacement for the 180 on the street.[...]

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                            5.0

                            i would buy again

                            By paveita

                            from italy

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Quick Focus
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharp Focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Landscape Photography

                              Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                              perfect lens for my nikon d200
                              before to buy i would think it would bigger than it is, instead.
                              with a own box
                              i don't ask more. really satisfied !!!

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                              5.0

                              Wow

                              By CMF Law

                              from Richmond, VA

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Quick Focus
                              • Rugged
                              • Sharp Focus

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portrait
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Upgrade
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                              I love this lens. sharp as heck, even wide open. feels like it should, heavy, well made and solid as a tank. does not have VR, but i have not noticed the need for it. great pro lens for the price. i listed "heavy" as a con, but it is not too heavy. adds a little weight to the camera bag, but not really a con.

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                              4.0

                              180 mm f/2.8

                              By Buck

                              from San Diego

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Rugged
                              • Sharp Focus
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                                Great lens, but when shooting certain subjects I have noticed some artifacts like purple fringing especially noticible when on the water, like surfing or sailing photography. Sometimes this can look artsy, but is not always desirable.
                                Not the fastest to focus, but not bad either. It's a definite keeper.

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                                3.0

                                A Flawed Classic

                                By Osprey Guy

                                from Augusta, ME

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Rugged
                                • Sharp Focus
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Purple fringing
                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                                I bought this lens based on its stellar reviews, but it's been a major disappointment. Oh, it's rugged, it's light and sharpness is great, but all of my high-contrast photos are ruined by a horrible purple fringing that I have to get rid of with Photoshop. Examples are reflections off water and the black-white edges of an osprey's plumage. It's not just on overexposed scenes like tree branches against the sky - it happens on corrrectly exposed shots, too. None of my other four lenses exhibit this problem with my D300. Chromatic abberation or digital imaging "spillover"? I don't know, but it's a serious problem.

                                Also, without AF-S, the focus is too slow for fast action nature photography, in spite of its IF design. I wish I had spent another thousand dollars and bought the 70-200 instead.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome lens

                                By Cool Coral

                                from Kingman, AZ

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Sharp Focus
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                                    I shoot a lot of environmental portraits and wanted the effect of a long lens without the weight of an 80-200. I wanted a lens that I could hand hold if possible and this fits the bill.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good sharp lens

                                    By photohog

                                    from Michigan

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Quick Focus
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Sharp Focus
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                                    The Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 lens is a good sharp lens. The auto focus is fast and accurate enough to catch motion while being sharp with details. The lens is heavy with a good solid well built feel to it, and has the added advantage of a built in hood. This lens is comparable to the Nikkor 105mm lens, as both lenses give sharp details while delivering a very pleasing bokeh.

                                    I used it on a trip to a large city, and found that the length was very good for getting distance shots without disturbing or inhibiting my subjects. I am extremely pleased with the output from this lens and would recommend it highly.

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