Summary: 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!
Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Nikkor review by Glutte
11 April 2013
Summary: Mine is the AF 180mm ED non D model. I would have given this lens a perfect score if I had not been owner of a Nikon 180mm 2.8 ED ai-s before. This MF lens was sharper at f/2.8 and completely free of chromatic aberration and fringing.Bokey at 2.8 was a dream. It was looking like a wreck but took incredible pictures...and I sold it. Very bad idea! From 5.6 there is no difference between these 2 lenses. But a f/2.8 is supposed to be good at f/2.8.
Pros: Very well built, Sharpness from f/4,exceptional lens after f/4, good bokey.
Cons: chromatic aberration and color fringing f2.8,
Summary: I want to use this lens more, I need to use it more! It is one of the sweetest lenses hands down. I know some will say it is heavy and that is true, especially attached to a Nikon D2H or D2X but I like working out my biceps when I shoot. If you decide to purchase this lens you will 1.) love and 2.) really love it...at least I do! But don't let my enthusiasm of its greatness influence you decision, heck you can always rent lenses these days before you buy.
Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Nikkor review by wakaba
21 January 2013
Summary: Quick and precise AF on D600 and D50. Light for a 180mm lens Build quality is absolutely stunning. Repeatable IQ. At -3.5 stop: really really high resolution. No pincushioning and no distortion Essentially no vignetting Bokeh is right It does 180mm/3.5 - and does it right. If you want 300mm performance - walk the 30m. Freehand indoor shooting at acceptable ISO levels 1-400 is easily possible. Fast enough for Nature, surfing and generall sports.
Pros: Well thoughtout, wellbuilt professional lens without unprofessional frilly stuff.
Summary: I have owned this type of lens since the film days and have always wanted one when I went into dslrs and since it's an affordable lens especially used, I got one again. The only minor issue with this lens is it's motor driven AF, yet even with this limitation, I consider it sufficiennt for my use. Comparing to other lenses, the Nikkor 180mm AF is a fine lens with excellent optics. A legend no doubt.
Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Nikkor review by dugong5pm
11 October 2012
Summary: for a 180mm lens, it's in a compact-side, though it's quite heavy, thanks to its full-metal-body (looks like its gonna survive a nuke blast). IQ is nice, acceptable & pretty (not so) sharp wide open. It creates beautiful bokeh & good for headshots. Use it outdoor, and it delivers terrific images, indoors/night..? yeah, that's why they invented the VR (or you can use tripod). I don't work headshots that much, so for me it has a limited use.
Pros: compact sized, pretty sharp wide open, built like a tank