AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED
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.
July 31, 2010
One of Nikon's best!
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!
February 13, 2014
Excellent portrait lens!
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.
March 2, 2013
My favorite lens
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.
November 26, 2011
A great lens, often overlooked today.
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.
September 23, 2011