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


About Tamron 180mm F/3.5

Di: Digitally Integrated Design, is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras. This lens employs an IF (Internal Focusing) system that maintains the overall length of the lens during focusing. Uses two LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements that effectively compensate for chromatic aberration. Provides high-contrast, outstanding image quality and a soft out-of-focus background effect. Incorporates an AF/MF one touch switchover mechanism built into the focus ring(for Canon & Nikon only). Super performance series provides high performance through outstanding design specifications. Features the new FEC (Filter Effect Control) function that enhances operational ease of Polarizing Filter use. The new Filter Effect Control is designed to rotate the filter to the desired position while the hood is attached. This is accomplished by turning the FEC ring that in turn rotates the portion of the filter mount where the filter is mounted.

The Tamron 180mm F/3.5 is commonly used for Macro photography and more.The Tamron 180mm F/3.5 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Tamron 180mm F/3.5 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 180mm F/3.5: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Consistent output (16),Strong construction (15),Easily interchangeable (13),Durable (12),Fast / accurate auto-focus (12),Nice bokeh (10),Rugged (10),Lightweight (7)
Heavy (9),Slow focus (7)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (14),Wildlife photos (5),Landscape/scenery (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9),Semi-pro photographer (4),Enthusiast (3),Pro photographer (3)

Tamron 180mm F/3.5 Specifications

11 Groups/ 14 Elements
Angle of view
Closest Focusing Distance
0.47m (18.5")
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
6.5" x 3.3" (165.7 x 84.8mm)
32.5oz. (920gm)

Tamron 180mm F/3.5 Reviews

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(based on 22 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent On Tri/Monopod

Sharp, well made, FEC controll works well as does the AF which snaps dead on. But, manual focus is recommended. You can get real close to the subject from a distance appropriate for macro anyway. The tripod collar could use a better tightening screw. Considered the Nikon 200 f4 but the $600 savings will allow me to get the new Nikon 60 f2.8 to add diversity to my kit.

Reviewed by 22 customers


Awesome manual focus macro lens


from Morristown, Tennessee  -  Photo Enthusiast

The 180mm focal length is perfect for small moving subjects because you're far enough away with this lens not to bother them. The image quality like most macro lenses is outstanding. The sharpness of the lens is impressive even wide open a f/3.5. The tripod collar makes using the lens easy but rotating the collar is difficult. You have to almost completely loosen the collar before you can rotate it. The collar on my Sigma 150 is smooth and easy to rotate compared to the Tamron. Now for the manual focus part of the evaluation. Auto focus is okay if you have good light and you're not focusing at macro distances. If you're shooting something close in macro mode the lens hunts and hunts requiring you to use manual focus. Compared to the Sigma I own in a different camera mount the Sigma 150 focuses fast in macro mode and even faster for non macro use.


Works great.


from okc  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Superb images.


Great Macro Lense


from Richfield, OH  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Mostly used for flower and insects. Great so far.


I would buy this product again and again


from Orange, Ct.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am a lifetime amateur phtog. However, with the little time I have had avail. since purchase, this lens is outstanding. It beats my old 100mm by a long shot. I am very pleased with the results I have achiveed with my new 180.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Does what it's supposed to


from Austin, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens mostly for insects, especially dragonflies and butterflies. It produce sharp images. It is easy to switch from autofucus to manual; this is important to me because autofocus is usually only approximates the exact plane of focus I want - no fault of the lens, it's macro photography where one often needs to fine-tune focus. That said, autofocus is slow. It would also be nice to have stabilization.


Good lens, great value


from St Louis  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Useful for closeups of insects and flowers at the local botanical gardens


Product as explained


from India  -  Photo Enthusiast

Use this for macro photography. Since the focal length is 180 also good for portrait

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic lens/value


from Redding, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Aside from slow auto focus I think this lens is near superb. Tack sharp images at all apertures, beautiful smooth bokeh at larger aps. I've used this lens now for over 5 years with my canon 5d (and now my 5d mk3) and I smile every time I reach for it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Affordable long macro for the masses


from Indiana  -  Pro Photographer

This is a great long macro lens for Sony users who can't, and won't spend over $2K for the extremely rare Minolta Maxxum 200mm f4 macro. This is a true bargain.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens!


from Albuquerque, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

Gets great close-up images without having to be on top of the subject.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JOE B  Equal to or better than Nikon's 180, a little faster, and lot cheaper.
Raj S  How this lens compares with the Nikon 200 mm f/4 macro with respect to image quality, hand holding performance in field shooting? Also, its usefulness for general purpose (infinity focusing) photography other than macro?
FRED P  The Sigma is a highly competitive macro lens and in my personal opinion comes very close to matching the Nikon 200mm lens. For the price the Sigma is a value product worth the purchase.
Raj S  Is the tripod foot included with this lens?
NICHOLAS Z  Yes it is. The picture that they provide is exactly the way the lens was delivered to me when I bought mine. And the focal length and aperture are just right for me although that combination makes it a bit heavy to tote around. But being used with a tripod, the weight is just a plus.
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