Nikon 18mm F 2.8 Af D

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Nikon 180mm f/2.eight




Specs   Performance   Recommendations

Nikon 180mm

Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D

(FX, DX and 35mm coverage, 72mm filters, 27 oz./750 yard, 5’/1.five thousand close focus, $150~$500 used). enlarge.
I got mine

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two:22 PM, 22 February 2022

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Sample Images

Green, Montaña de Oro

Light-green, Montaña de Oro, 3:23 PM, 12 April 2013.
bigger, (1977 Nikon EL2, 1986 Nikon 180mm f/ii.viii AF, Nikon A2 (81A) filter, Fuji Velvia fifty, f/2.eight at 1/90 hand-held from bridge, process and scan at NCPS, Perfectly Articulate.)

Sunset, Cambria

Sunset, Cambria, seven:28 PM, 12 April 2013.
bigger. (1977 Nikon EL2, 1986 Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF, Nikon A2 (81A) filter, Fuji Velvia 50, f/8 at 1/60 (set manually to ignore the sun’south vivid disk), process and scan at NCPS, Perfectly Articulate.)

Red Storm Grate, Ragged Point,

Red Tempest Grate, Ragged Point, three:fifty PM, 13 April 2013.
bigger. (1977 Nikon EL2, 1986 Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF, Nikon A2 (81A) filter, Fuji Velvia 50, f/five at 1/180, process and scan at NCPS, Perfectly Clear.)

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Specs   Performance   Recommendations

Nikon has many numerous 180mm lenses since 1970. See Nikon 180mm History to read about what versions came out when. They are all excellent.

The current model, made since 1993, is this 180mm f/ii.8 AF-D. It has the aforementioned optics and AF operation as the other versions of AF lens fabricated since 1986. The only deviation is the outer butt covering (plastic or metallic) and the manual focus ring and the presence or absence of an A/M switch. Therefore this review applies to all Nikon autofocus 180mm lenses.

The reason to get ane of these 180mm lenses is because not but are its optics superior to any of Nikon’s f/2.8 tele zooms, these stock-still lenses are smaller and much lighter than any of the zooms.




Specs   Performance   Recommendations

This traditional AF lens is transmission-focus-only on the FTZ, with a CPU for full information communication, aperture control and all exposure modes.


8 elements in half dozen groups.

Information technology focuses by moving the internal elements (IF).


ix straight blades stopping down to f/22.


3.1″ (78mm) around by 5.vii” (145mm) long.



      AF (all plastic outside): 25.935 oz. (735.25g)

      AF-north (metal exterior): 26.470 (750.5g)

     AF-D (current model, metallic exterior): 27.040 oz (766.6g).


      AF-D: 27 oz (750g).

Close Focus

5 feet (1.5m).


Congenital-in hood.

Works dandy, unless you are using a step-up ring.

Filter Size

72mm, metal.

You tin can utilise a 72 -> 77mm pace-upwardly ring with no problem, other than it renders the born telescoping hood useless.


CL-38 (180 AF)

Nikon Production Number

1940 (AF-D).

Toll, U.s.

February 2022

$900 new or as little as $300 used

April 2014

$900 new or as picayune every bit $300 used




Specs   Operation   Recommendations

AF speed is skillful, it’s most 60% as fast as the 80-200/2.8 AF-S. Simply brand sure to accept the lens’ selector prepare to AF, otherwise yous will boring down the unabridged system while the camera tries to drive the damped transmission focus ring at the same time. The 70-210/4-5.6 AF-D is a lilliputian faster than the AF 180/2.8 and a lilliputian slower than the fourscore-200/2.8 AF-S.

1 total turn of the AF screw focuses the lens from infinity to 35 feet. This is the aforementioned with all the AF versions (AF, AF-n and AF-D) of this lens.

It is a pain to switch between AF and transmission focusing: you demand to move the switch on
your camera body
the lens itself just like the original AF 300mm f/iv.

Transmission focusing is uniquely good among Nikkor AF lenses. The manual focus is actually damped as information technology ought to be, and does not run free and dry as the other AF lenses do. This is a specially skillful choice if you only want to run in manual focus way. It also screws up the AF action if you forget to disengage the manual focus ring with the A/Grand switch!

It has very little light falloff at f/2.8, which is much, much better than the lxxx-200/2.eight AF-S or other lxxx-200 f/two.eight zooms.

It is free from ghosts, once more better than the 80-200/2.8 AF-S.

Baloney is just about invisible. If you look too hard at a photo of a wall you tin nearly convince yourself that there is a picayune pincushion distortion, but information technology actually is but about invisible.

On my F100 at that place is a petty AF error at closer than about 40 feet. AF is fine beyond 40 feet. Withal, if your subject is closer than twoscore feet the camera tends to focus a little bit closer than information technology should, lowering sharpness when shooting at f/2.8.

Image Stabilization (VR)
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This lens has no internal optical stabilization, however information technology works with internal sensor-shift Image Stabilization (IS or VR (Vibration Reduction)) in some of Nikon’s mirrorless Z cameras with the FTZ adapter.

“Percent Perfectly Sharp Shots” are the percentage of frames with 100% perfect tripod-equivalent sharpness I get when I’thousand shooting hand-held while costless-standing with no support or bracing. This is a very strict test; in actual shooting at typical impress sizes I get acceptable sharpness at much slower speeds, merely for the purposes of seeing how much improvement an IS system gives, this is the most precise method.

Hand tremor is a random occurrence, then at marginal speeds some frames will exist perfectly abrupt while others will be in various stages of blur — all at the same shutter speed. This rates what percentage of shots are
sharp, not how precipitous are all the frames:

% Perfectly Sharp Shots on Z9 on FTZ










Stabilization ON










Stabilization OFF










I see a
four stop
real-world improvement with an orignal 1986 all-plastic exterior sample of AF 180mm f/2.viii ED IF.




Specs   Performance   Recommendations

This is the about compact f/2.viii lens in its focal length. Cull it if you demand a fast, compact lens with swell optical and mechanical quality and if focus accurateness isn’t likewise important to you at close distances. That accurateness is important to me, so I returned this lens.

If buying used, watch out for filthy rear aperture blades. This lens has no glass behind the diaphragm, so if you are buying a lens from a professional lensman he probably got all sorts of crap on those blades that he cannot make clean off. Have a close wait; if they are filthy they tin can get stuck and give overexposures that will ruin your photos.

or almost the aforementioned amount of money you lot can go the 80-200 AF, which I would suggest for convenience’s sake for well-nigh people.

I use a clear (UV) protective filter instead of a cap then I’yard always gear up to shoot instantly. I only apply a cap when I throw this in a pocketbook with other gear without padding — which is never. The UV filter never gets in the mode, and never gets lost, either.

The very all-time protective filter is the 72mm Hoya multicoated HD3 UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints.

For less coin, the Canon 72mm PROTECT and B+Due west MRC 010 are splendid filters, as is the B+W 72mm 010 and the bones multicoated Hoya filters, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters concluding a lifetime, so you may likewise get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and clay.

For color slides like Velvia 50, I utilize a 72mm Nikon A2 or a 72mm 81A filter outdoors.

For B&Due west film outdoors, I’d use a 72mm Hoya HMC Yellow K2 or 72mm Hoya YA3 Pro Orange.

All these filters are just every bit abrupt and have the same pictures, the difference is how much abuse they’ll accept and stay clean and stay in one piece. Since filters concluding a lifetime or more, there’due south no reason not to buy the best as it will terminal you for the next twoscore years. Filters aren’t throwaways similar digital cameras which we replace every few years, like it or not. I’m still using filters I bought dorsum in the 1970s!

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