Summary: This is an very nice and compact telephoto lens, especially on DX bodies like the D300; nice and sharp even wide open and by f/4, performance is approaching world class. This lens produces sharp, high-contrast images on the D300 and bokeh is excellent, with a soft and pleasing out of focus area...
Excerpt: I have only had this lens for three weeks. I have used it for sports and travel thus far. It has performed very well. I did a few night softball games and the photos came out sharp. The advertised broad sweet spot in the lens is true to form. It is built like a tank. The focus is fast.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
I would say this is a must have lens for anyone with FX film or wildlife DX
4 November 2011
Summary: The 180ED is an amazingly compact lens for it's focal length, about the size of a 28-70/2.8 zoom. I shot it on Ektachrome slide film and on a D7000 DX body. In both cases the image is amazing with beautiful rendering of the subjects and out of focus area with nice colors and pristine sharpness.
Excerpt: Good telephoto lens for candid shots and some wildlife. Autofocus is very fast and quiet. Fast f2.8 is great in low light situations. This lens is a little on the heavy side, but it is very sturdy and well-built.
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: Great lens, but when shooting certain subjects I have noticed some artifacts like purple fringing especially noticible when on the water, like surfing or sailing photography. Sometimes this can look artsy, but is not always desirable. Not the fastest to focus, but not bad either.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I consider this lens Nikon's best kept secret. It handles like a 135mm prime. I have to remember that this is a longer focal length lens and that I must bump up my shutter speeds accordingly. It is so easy to forget that in the field because the size is so handy. It feels smaller than it really is.