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Tamron Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF

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Tamron Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
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Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 21:1 Magnification
  • 3<u>I</U>nternal <u>F</u>ocus
  • 4Di
  • 5FEC

Currently the lightest and most compact 180mm macro lens on the market, this lens will provide 1:1 magnification, and the two LD elements included in the design of the lens make sure you get the sharpest quality possible. An excellent lens for close-up work in the field. The AF system is not supported by D40 and D60 cameras.

1:1 Magnification

Allows for life-size image on the negative or slide; at a distance of 18.5" (47 cm)

<u>I</U>nternal <u>F</u>ocus

The lens neither extends nor contracts physically when focusing; all moving elements are contained within the lens barrel


Digitally Integrated design lenses are designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras


Filter Effect Control is designed to rotate the filter to the desired position even with the hood attached. This is accomplished by rotating the FEC ring that in turn rotates the portion of the lens where the filter is mounted

Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Specs

Lens MountNikon F
Angle of View14°
Minimum Focus Distance1.54' / 46.94 cm
Close-Up Magnification1x
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7
Dimensions (ø x L)3.3 x 6.5" / 8.38 x 16.51 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.3 x 5.9 x 5.4"

Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Reviews

Nice Lens

By Wacissa Kid
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-09-26

Over all, I'm very pleased. Nice build quality, nice wieght and feel in my hands. Sharpness is excellent, as is contrast. My only nit is that autofocus is horribly slow.

Pleased with this macro lens

By Brett of Binnshire
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-01-05

I have used the lens some since receiving it, mostly for work with a new light tent and I am pleased. It seems sharp and well made. My only complaint is that the foot-ring sticks to the lens barrel and no amount of loosening the screw will make it move smoothly. It is not impossible to overcome and nothing I will return the lens over, but it could work more smoothly. Manual focus works well and is what I use mostly with this lens. The barrel grip moves forward and backward to change between manual and auto focus and this seems to work well enough. I look forward to using the lens for macro nature photography.

Great Color & Sharpness

By Steven Kan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-12-11

Well built, not too plastic, light weight, color so vibrant and contrasty, sharpness is amazing at f3.5. I've attached the file from my first shot, color was straight out from camera accept a very little sharping on the image. Trust me, you won't be disappointed buying this lens!

Fantastic optics - but feeble mecanics.

By Annettep38
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2012-06-19

I took about 6000 pictures with this lens, of which I kept 4576. Not bad, you say. Yes, the optical quality is perfect. I took 100s of metal material shots, oodles of critters and even sunsets. till the day the paerture linkage started to stick. The ring that transmits the aperture setting is not greased, loged in a ring and hel by some flimsy guides. not at all like my old 90 mm 2.5 adaptall. the actual link is a long piece of very soft sheet metal, flimsy and easy to bend. You can certainly understand my disaapointement. Buy this lens only if you don't want to use ot every day and never change your aperture by hand. Autofocus is loud and pretty pointless, but manual focus is excellent. distortion and CA are flawless.

Great . . . but . . .

By Tools
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-11-22

Lens performs well. Have only used it a few times. So far, very sharp. Filter rotating ring rattles, however. This is the ring that allows the use of a polarizer (rotation) with the hood in place. The ring is NOT a snug fit and if you shake the lens a bit, it rattles. Called Tamron directly and was told this is normal. Seems weird to me, especially for a lens at this price. Everything else on this and every other Tamron lens I own is tight, smooth. Thought about returning it, but will probably not use a polarizer with this lens all that much anyway. I did attach a UV, which does add some weight to the ring, albeit only a bit, but it makes the rattling more pronounced. Certainly not going to be able to sneak up on anything.

A Happy Mistake

By Anthony L
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-11-10

I had this on my wish-list & confused it with another for a specific purpose - I stuffed up & got the wrong lens at double the price of what I was going to spend! Anyway...The lens is actually good - constructed well, unlike lenses of 25 years ago, this Tamron is sharp, tho fully-open it's not like a Zeiss! Still, for a portrait lens with macro capability, it's pretty good. I've only used it 1:1 for macro & it's sharp; given the d.o.f. I need, I stop down, so it isn't a problem with a lens which isn't particularly fast. I would have preferred an extra stop, but can't justify the extra $1K for now! All in all, a nice value-for-$ lens which fulfils 2 functions moderately well. You get far more than you pay for.

Very Pleased with this lens

By barrel rider
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-10-01

I purchased this lens after reading every review I could find.(big help) The four stars are because of the focus slow speed only. One reviewer recommended prefocusing when possible great tid bit. The size. weight, image quality, mechanical quality meet my limited needs. I even feel comfortable hand holding with flash. Sure did want that sigma 150 but the tamron allow me to buy a Nikon R1 system. with shutter speeds this fast and flash I dont need no stkinkin stablization. Thanks Tamron & BHphoto!

Great Value

By Crazyaboutnature
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-03-20

I bought this lens because I did not want to put out the cash that the other name brand lenses were charging. The reviews are correct on this, the lens is sharp as a tack and the bokeh is very smooth. As others have stated, the lens has some issue focusing in auto mode...but as a macro lens, I almost always shoot in manual mode anyway so that is a non issue. I would certainly recommend this lens. Another note, I have not exactly measured the closest focusing distance, but it is a lot closer than the 1.5 feet they proclaim in the specs. I'd say it's closer to 1'

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I have the Tamron 180mm macro lens.The collar foot does does not work with my Really Right Stuff quick release plate. Is there an adapter?
Asked by: Anonymous
Please email [email protected] and let us know the specific plate you are attempting to use as well as the tripod head you are using. Once we have further information we will be better able to address your inquiry.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-27


pentax mount?
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately, it does not look as though Tamron is making their Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens in a Pentax K-mount.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will it auto focus with NIKON Df?
Asked by: Tara P.
It will autofocus with any Nikon full frame camera. I have 4 full frame cameras and it works great with all. The only differences I can see compared to Nikon lenses is that it's not quite as fast and the focus ring has to be moved forward for autofocus and backward for manual focus. Other than those differences my images are pretty sharp as if I used a Nikon lens.
Answered by: Marlon G.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Can this lens be used hand held and still come out with great pictures? I would mainly shoot macro like insects and flowers.
Asked by: Anonymous
In bright sunlight and a shutter speed no less than 250, you should be OK. A tripod or at least a monopod is highly recommended. For ease of transport, I suggest a carbon fibre tripod or monopod - you can buy a tripod which demounts to a monopod.
Answered by: Anthony M.
Date published: 2018-08-27


will it focus with d5100/5200/5300?
Asked by: Anonymous
I believe it will: go to whatdigitalcamera dot com for a reasonably thorough overview.I suggest you try it first in a shop before you buy, or read online reviews, most of which seem pretty good. Good luck.
Answered by: Anthony M.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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