Nikon
Nikon 180mm F/2.8: Picture 1 regular $1,001.95

Nikon 180mm F/2.8 Features

  • High performance, fast telephoto lens that's ideal for PJ, sports and portraiture
  • Internal focus for fast AF operation
  • ED elements assure crisp and sharp images, even at the maximum aperture

Nikon 180mm F/2.8 Specifications

Construction
6 groups /7 elements
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Note: AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras
Angle of view
18°
F stop range
1:7.1
Closest Focusing Distance
4ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:7.1
Filter Size
72mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.1 x 4.7 in.
Weight
28.6 oz.
Notes
Defocus Control.
Mfr #
1940
SKU
NK18028AFDU

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4.9

(based on 31 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Prime Example

I use the AF 180mm f2.8D IF-ED to photograph everything from an Indoor Football League pro sports team to concerts, portraits and wildlife. It is the sharpest lens I have ever used. Users of a competitor have admired it's sharpness. It is compact by fast glass standards, easily carried, but has a heft and feel that screams Nikon quality, reliability and durability. Prime lenses are largely overlooked today, but this lens will make you forget about zooms.

Reviewed by 31 customers

 
5.0

Great lens! Got mine used!

By

This lens is great. I use it on a D7100 and found that it seems the sharpest at f/4-f/8. f/2.8 has a tiny bit of CA but it's easy to fix in Lightroom. Since I got this lens, I haven't taken it off of my camera. My 18-200mm is gathering dust now, unless I need the wide end of the lens. This is a very solid lens and I'm not sure why it isn't more well-known. I got my lens used for $550 and you couldn't tell that it had been used before. On the Nikon website, this lens sells for $1000, so I like to think I got a great deal on this!

 
5.0

One of Nikon's best!

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I've had this lens for a few years; bought it from another pro who's been borrowing it from me ever since. Sharp, clear, lightweight with great bokeh, the well-balanced Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED is one prime lens that regularly goes with me on all assignments. Packs easily with the hard case. I photograph motorsports and this one's perfect for drag racing shots on the start line. Love it!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent portrait lens!

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Over the years I have owned several "Portrait" lenses ranging from 85mm f1.4 to 150mm Medium format ones from a well known German manufacture on a well known Swedish camera . All great lenses. However, I have never used a lens that is as good when used wide open. I worked for years professionally often needing images in the 30 x 40 inch range for retail display. This lens along with Kodachrome 25 was always my first choice. Out of the thousands of images this lens has produced, I would estimate about 95 percent of them were taken a f2.8, it is just that good.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens at a great price

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This lens is one of Nikon's best kept secrets. The 180mm is a light-weight (and considerably less expensive) alternative to one of Nikon's 2.8 zooms. If you don't mind sneaker-zooming, it's an amazing piece of glass. At 28.6 oz, it's extremely sharp and easy to handle (Nikon's 2.8 zooms weigh about 54 oz in comparison.) It's also rugged. The slide out incorporated hood is awesome - no fumbling around in your camera bag - it's instantly available when you need it (one less thing to carry, or worry about losing.) I find the smaller/narrower barrel size is also more comfortable in my hands. I can shoot this lens at 1/125 sec handheld with consistantly great results, breaking the 1.5x your focal length rule on a regular basis. Attached a theater shot below done at 1/40 sec, which is seriously pushing the envelope for a lens so long. Bought mine used at least five years ago, and it is still performing flawlessly. For years I have considered ordering one of Nikon's 2.8 telephoto zooms, but worried about how they'll measure up in comparison - especially in terms of speed of focus and sharpness. Also concerned about the added AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) feature on the zooms - I've heard they break. May just have to stick with the 180mm and it's phenomenal output.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the Sharpest Nikkor's Ever Made

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This is one of those legendary Nikon lenses. It is a great, general purpose medium telephoto.

 
5.0

Romantic lens

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I went with the Sigma 50-150 2.8 which is no longer available but the 180 was sharper.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite lens

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I could have given this lens six stars it is that good Excellent 20 years ago when I bought it and excellent today even at full aperture it is needle sharp with superb bokeh.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great lens, often overlooked today.

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have owned this lens since 1990. I wasn't using it much, and was considering selling it, as I have a Nikon 70-200 VR1 and 135mm AF-DC. I am on a trip to China and Cambodia, and decided not to take the 70-200 that I normally use with my D2Xs. The weight of three camera bodies and 5 lenses, plus a laptop was a bit much! So, I took the 180mm F2.8 to use with my D3S and D3. I could not be happier, as the photos are brilliant. The lens has excellent bokeh. Looks like my 70-200 may be resting in the bag at home, a lot more now.

 
5.0

Fast and not heavy.

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Very underrated lens. Fast: 2.8 and not at all heavy. Doesn't need a tripod collar. Goes well with a few other primes to make a better package than several zooms would. 20mm f2.8 and 85mm f1.4 and this are a great combination.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everyone should have one of these

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I bought my first AF 180 f/2.8 a few years ago to use on my D50 and have been using it ever since on every other Nikon DSLR that I have bought through the years. This is simply one of those lenses that is unique in all respects. Sharp wide-open, great color, bokeh, just the right amount of contrast, etc.. It works well on every camera that I've ever tired it on and it's my favorite lens for going out to shoot with one camera and one lens. I liked it so much, I even bought the newer AF 180 f/2.8D version. The same great lens and two lenses that will stay with me always.

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Rachel K  Will this lens work on D90? I photograph a lot of dance competitions.
CHARLES T  Since the D90 as an AF motor, it can focus the 180 f2.8 lens. So, technically, yes it will work. Be aware that the lens is not as fast to focus as an AFS type lens so you'll need to pre-focus for fast moving subjects if possible. For Dance competitions, you should be fine as most of the motion will be across the stage and not front-to-back. I would use the lens if it were me. regards, Martin
Shopper  Will this fit on the d7000? Also, can you put a converter on it?
CHARLES T  Question: will it fit on a D7000? Answer: yes, in fact that's what I'm using the lens on now. Question: can you put a converter on it? Answer: yes, but note that it won't work with any of Nikon's new TC's. And if you put on one of their older TC's (only available used), you'll Autofocus. You can use Kenko's TC's and they will allow auto focus as well.
Shopper  Will this fit on the d7000? Also, can you put a converter on it?
CHARLES T  Question: will it fit on a D7000? Answer: yes, in fact that's what I'm using the lens on now. Question: can you put a converter on it? Answer: yes, but note that it won't work with any of Nikon's new TC's. And if you put on one of their older TC's (only available used), you'll Autofocus. You can use Kenko's TC's and they will allow auto focus as well.
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