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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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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. 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
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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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Yes, the lens is compatible.When you did the 1.40 update did you also do the 1.20 update simultaneously ?
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"Users of the FT1 must update FT1 L firmware to Ver. 1.20 at the same time camera firmware is updated."
https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18961/~/mount-adapter-ft1-l-firmware-1.20
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http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/acil/accessories/mount_adapter_ft1/compatibility.htm
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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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D3100 compatible ?

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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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Do you need to use a FT1 Mount Adapter as well as a specific firmware update on a 1 J1 for a Nikon listed compatible lens, the 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED?

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To mount the AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED onto the Nikon 1 J1 the FT-1 mount adaptor will be needed.
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