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Popular medium telephoto prime lens with ED glass.

The fast AF NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED has proven itself a stellar performer in low-light situations where capturing distant action is crucial. It’s fast f/2.8 maximum aperture delivers beautiful background blur and versatile low-light capability. A favorite among astronomical photographers, photojournalists and portrait photographers, it’s also fantastic in sports arenas and concert halls.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
A-M
IF Lens

Capture elusive moments

Fast f/2.8 medium telephoto reach

A favorite of astronomical photographers, the AF NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED is also well-suited for close portraits, short-range sports, theater photography and more. So whether you're interested in capturing the beauty of nature’s most elusive phenomenons or the exciting fast-pace of a sporting event, bring the action closer in exquisite detail and clarity.

Built for exacting images

Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass

Remarkably compact and easy to handle for such a fast medium telephoto, the AF NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED incorporates Nikon’s renowned Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass to compensate for chromatic aberration and deliver crisp, high-contrast clear images, even at the maximum aperture of f/2.8. Expect brilliant images every time.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
A-M
A-M
A-M stands for Auto-Manual Mode. Thanks to a mechanism incorporated in the lens barrel, smooth focusing operation in Manual focus mode is realized in the same way as users have become accustomed to with conventional manual-focus lenses by adding an appropriate torque to the focus ring.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
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Everyone should have one of these 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. May 30, 2011
My favorite lens ... all around work horse! In my opion, Nikon's best kept secret! This is probably one of my favorite Nikkor lenses. It is light weight, has a built in lens hood, and is crystal clear and very, very sharp. It is very versatile and I use it for telephoto as well as close-up / macro work. I normally shoot hand held, and you can get some remarkable close-up shots from as far away as 5 feet from the subject. It works equally well with DX & FX cameras. I use it with my D3, D200, and F100 cameras for both digital and film work. It is very affordable for most budgets and is a joy to work with! The AF NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED lens is my choice for clarity and detail! April 16, 2011
Sharp, Good Bokeh Even though this product has been around for quite long, i am very happy for the result and the price. Could not wait for Nano version of this lens, it must be good. April 14, 2011
This is a great lens for those situations where you wish there was just a little more light, concerts, sports etc. Very easy to handhold, and tack sharp, though it does get a bit better stopped down to 4 or 5.6 This is one of my favorite lenses for walking around and shooting non posed subjects. I have used it on both film and digital, and the results are superb. April 14, 2011
Great Lens Very sharp, even wide open. Amazing Bokeh. Great contrast and saturation. Use of lens hood cover helps eliminate flare. I shoot this in all lighing conditions wide open; and love the results. I've been using this lens professionally for about ten years. I would never sell this lens. Can be used in full frame or cropped cameras. Cropped it makes a beautiful lens close to 300mm at a fraction of the cost. April 14, 2011
Overlooked Resource This is my favorite lens. So many photographers opt for a Zoom Lens in the telephoto range. They will frame their portrait from wherever they are standing. Usually from ten to fifteen feet away. The 180 forces you to walk away. The image you get with the 180 wide open is a revelation. And because you are so far away your subjects tend to not be aware they are being photographed. It is smaller and lighter than the 70-200 2.8 lens. Makes it easier to fame and hold steady. April 14, 2011
Excellent lens Bought this lens as a compact, light-weight travel lens when the 80-200 would be too big and heavy. It's now one of my most used lenses. Excellent sharpness and contrast, wonderful bokeh, just amazing. The built-in pull-out lens hood is very convenient too. Only the focus could be a bit faster, but it's still very capable on a D700. This is one lens I won't sell. Period. December 25, 2010
One of Nikon's legends This is one of my favorite Nikkors of all time. It is relatively compact, well built, and stunningly sharp and contrasty. It is a little warm, compared to something like the 85mm f./1.8. But it has the contrast, sharpness, and bokeh that you expect from a professional level Nikkor lens. You really should put it on your list of must-own Nikon lenses. November 10, 2010
Lives up to it's reputation. I have had two samples. Current lens has less flare and better IQ at f/2.8-4.0. Surprisingly good at close distance. Compact, with excellent construction. October 4, 2010
A most wonderful lens This lens astounds me with its sharpness. Especially since I pack 2 of the other legendary Nikkor lenses in my bag. The true wonder though is its weight. It is very light and easy to carry around. I primarily shoot canine sports and this lense is perhaps the most perfect lense I have found for what I shoot. August 9, 2010
This is the best lens in its class , The Nikkor 180/2.8 is one lens that I would never go on any shoot without,It is hands down one of the sharpest optics available today.Outstanding performance at all apertures,perfect for portraiture and events. At 30 feet with a 1.4x chip it gives a perfect "three button" headshot. It provides superb color saturation and sharpness at all apertures with little or no chromatic aberration.The built in lens hood provides excellent ,convenient protection against lens flare ,The lens is extremely rugged and has passed every "torture" test that this assignment shooter has given it. Its excellent low light performance saves tons of time in post processing and it it is very easy to hand hold.The auto focus works very well and the very smooth manual focus is even better. Slap a 1.4x teleconverter on it and you have a compact 270/4 perfect for a "one button" headshot. Also excellent for sports and nature. August 1, 2010
Great telephoto When you need that extra focal length, this lens has filled the bill. Extremely sharp and heavy enough to hand hold and well balanced. This is one of the five lens that puts food on the table... July 30, 2010
One of the legendary Nikon Lenses With its roots going back to the 1938 Carl Zeiss "Olympia" lens designed for Leni Reifenstahl, the 180mm f/2.8 has to be one one of the most romantic Nikon lenses of all time, with image quality to match. Pictures have that razor sharp yet buttery quality that is the hallmark of only the best optics. It is amazingly compact for its focal length and speed, making great for journalism work. The bokeh is perfect, making the pictorial possibilities endless. It took me 35 years to finally buy this little masterpiece. I wish I'd had one much sooner. July 30, 2010
Nearly perfect Have owned this for more than a decade. Incredible build, incredible resolution, incredible color, no distortion. It really is as good as all the glowing reviews say it is. SWM would be the only possible improvement. July 30, 2010
Only the best!!! This lens is very nice. It gives an excellent sharpness, even at 2.8. The contrast/color are wonderful and warmy. July 30, 2010
Great optics and splendid performer in low light. I love using this lens in situations where some outreach in low light is required; It is fast and optically one of the best Nikkors I own. Aside from the usual benefits of fast lenses such as bright viewfinder images, its sharpness is just great at the wider apertures. A little large for general carry but a lens I like to have with me everywhere I go. Fantastic for public events, kids sports and even portraiture. April 14, 2011
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Will auto focus work with D600?

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I just received my 180mm f/2.8 and tried it on my D600. It works beautifully. It took me a moment to figure out that there is a small switch next to the aperture ring on the lens that need to be back, but once I found that all was good. The focus motor in the camera is a bit noisier than the silent wave motors in more modern lenses, but it works nicely. Seems to be about as quick as my other lenses. I'm looking forward to shooting a motorcycle race with mine.
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Yes, D600 has a built in screw drive to focus lenses without focus motors.
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How close can I come in contact to an object?

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I hear raves about it's sharpness and work in low light along with fast focusing, I need it because I do photography for bands. I like getting in the front row and getting close to them, am I still able to do this?
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The minimum focus distance is 5.0 ft.(1.5m)
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Can you zoom with this product?

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No, it is a single focal length (prime) lens with fixed focal length
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Where is the pupil located relative to front surface of the lens?

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Can I use a Nikon Tele-Converter with the 180mm?

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will this work with a d5200 or will i have to manual focus?
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Manual focus, you need lenses with a AF-S or AF-I designation. They have built in focus motors since your d5200 does not have a focus motor.
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Manual focus only, the lens does not have a built in focus motor and neither does the D3100 you need lenses with a AF-S or the older AF-I designation. They have built in focus motors.
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