Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens

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

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

B&H # TA18035NAF MFR # AFB01N-700
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Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Overview

  • 1Description

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)
Internal Focus
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
In the Box
Tamron Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Hood
  • Tripod Mount
  • Neoprene custom case with carrying strap
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Specs

    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Angle of View 14
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.54' / 46.94 cm
    Maximum Magnification 1x
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.3 x 6.5" / 8.4 x 16.5 cm
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    Package Weight 3.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 5.9 x 5.4"

    Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Reviews

    180mm f/3.5 Macro Autofocus Lens is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 28.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent macro and great boken This is a great macro lens. It's as sharp as Sigma 150 f2.8 or Canon 100 macro with better boken and blurry background, which is the reason I chose it. It's my macro lens of choice when I use a tripod for close-ups with manual focus and live view. Its AF is as slow as any macro lenses. Although I wish it can be faster, it's really not that important to me. Tamron lenses are famous for cheap build (at least you feel so.) However, they do last. I have used my copy for 3 years now and it still works like new. So the build is reliable and its lighter weight become a pro to me. I'd highly recommend this lens for macro and close-up.
    Date published: 2010-07-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value 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'
    Date published: 2014-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very sharp Macro Lens I already own the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro lens and am very satisfied, but wanted a lens with a longer focal length to give me better working distance. The 180mm f/3.5 Macro is a very good lens that gives me excellent sharp results shooting macros and also a soft bokeh. The auto focus is somewhat noisy, slow and hunts at times, so I prefer using this lens with manual focus. With very narrow depth of field this is not an easy lens to use, but I am very satisfied with the results, the colors are great and there is no distortion I can perceive. Despite the plastic build, it is well made.
    Date published: 2009-09-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fantastic optics - but feeble mecanics. 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.
    Date published: 2012-06-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tamron 180mm f3.5 Macro Lens I just cant understand how this lens has flown under the radar for so long. I have used the Nikon 60mm, 105mm and the 70-180mm micros, a Sigma 105 HSM, and a Tamron 90mm macro lens and now this Tamron 180mm macro lens. I can honestly say the two Tarmons are razor sharp. Have better bokeh than all the Nikons and have proven to be very reliable. Many folks here seem to complain about focus speed and hunting. Let me explain that macro work and AF just dont mix. All true macro lens have very poor AF performance. Its quite simple. These lenses have a very long throw (helicoil) focus mechanism and it just takes time to turn all the internal gears from infinity back to its closest focus point. Nearly every accomplished macro photographer uses manual focus. Its the only way to truely pick the plane of focus that you want. AF is just guessing. This lenses produces extremely sharp photos. Contrast is great. Color rendition is super. While it may not have the ultimate build quality of a Nikon or Canon its optics are superb. My only slight complaint would be the collar. It uses a funny quarter turn screw to tighten down. I would have prefered a fine thread screw. But the collar works as desinged and is very secure. Nikon, Canon, Pentex, Oly, etc didnt corner all the best optical engineers. Tamron has a very talented engineering team as well and this Tamron reflects that easily.
    Date published: 2011-06-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Macro Lens - Very Pleased This is my first macro lens and I am very satisfied. I have only purchased Nikkor lenses in the past for my D7000, so this is also my first Tamron lens. After experiencing the bang for the buck of the Tamron I may not ever be able to justify the purchase of another Nikkor lens. Color reproduction is outstanding, bokeh is good and the things you can see with this lens are incredible. The 180mm length also allows for great detail shots at distances from your subject that won't spook insects or other small creatures. Have only tried to auto-focus once just for grins and yes it is a bit slow. But, whose going to auto-focus with a macro lens?! All-in-all very satisfied.
    Date published: 2011-08-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product-some focusing issues I really enjoy this lens--it allows me to get shots from a distance but with great detail and sharpness. The only issue I would address is the searching when focusing. It sometimes goes all the way out then back in resulting in a loss of catching a subject (i.e., butterfly, humming bird, bee, and any fast moving insect). I have lost quite a few shots waiting for the focus to settle down. I have tried manual focusing and it doesn't work for me--I chase my macro subjects all around and using a tripod/monopod isn't the answer. Now, having said all that, the pictures I do capture are some of the best I have taken to date. I really like this lens and eventually will figure out how to overcome the searching. Thank you for the opportunity to provide this review.
    Date published: 2009-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Color & Sharpness 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!
    Date published: 2012-12-11
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    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


    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 askbh@bhphoto.com 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


    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


    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 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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