Wanted: Nikon Lense Review

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Joseph Kewfi, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. Joseph Kewfi

    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    I'm looking for a detailed review from a reliable source, regarding the
    Nikon 180mm AF-D ED lense - know of any?
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Jan 3, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Sorry, no detailed reviews, but, David Reuther says:

    180mm f2.8 ED 4.8 (1) very good wide open, excellent stopped down slightly
    http://www.ferrario.com/ruether/slemn.html

    I use his reviews to help me in my Nikon lens purchases, and I haven't been
    disappointed yet. He rates this lens a 4.8, which is pretty high (sample of
    1). I have several he rates at 4.8, and they're all excellent. I have only
    one lens he rates more highly, and that's the 80-200 AF D ED. You might
    want to check into it as an alternative. It's the same at Photodo.com.
    That is, the 180 does well, but the 80-200 better.
     
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    Bruce Murphy, Jan 3, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    I looked prior to posting, but didn't see any such review. I see now that
    Ken Rockwell has a review, which must be what caused Joseph to ask for a
    review from a "reliable source". Actually, Rockwell's not all that bad, you
    just have to understand that sometimes he's a schill. I certainly haven't
    seen any gross misrepresentation. I see he says the same thing as me, that
    is, the 80-200 AF-D ED is probably a better deal, with better optics. I
    also see the 180 is fairly small and light with internal focus. The 80-200
    is none of these.
     
    Matt Clara, Jan 3, 2005
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    Roxy Durban Guest

    You don't need any reviews, this is a legendary lens that you will not be
    disappointed with.

    Auto-focus is a bit slow, even on an F5, but one big difference between
    this lens and the 80-200mm that Matt mentioned is that this one has much
    better bokeh.

    However, having said that, now that I have the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, I cannot
    recommend the 180mm over it. The new zoom is just streaks ahead in all
    areas. It's the best Nikkor I have ever used.
     
    Roxy Durban, Jan 3, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    Auto-focus is a bit slow, even on an F5, but one big difference between
    This is interesting, thanks Dallas.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Jan 3, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    David Reuther says:
    Thanks Matt, useful as always.
    How does the size/weight of this compare to the 180mm, have you tried out
    the 180mm? I was thinking of keeping size/ weight down by going for the
    prime, I know the 80-200mm (all of them) are excellent optically, but size
    is another issue with those. I'm looking for a single telephoto lense around
    200mm range to take travelling for perhaps a long period (6-12 months) , the
    Nikon 180mm seems to fit the bill optically and size wise, but the
    versatility of the zoom is not something I've written off yet.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Jan 3, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    It may be much better, but the 80-200 is quite good as is:

    http://www.shuttercity.com/ShowPhoto.cfm?PhotoID=80564
    http://www.shuttercity.com/ShowPhoto.cfm?PhotoID=25238

    In answer to your question to me Joseph, I've never handled the 180mm, but
    from the picture on Ken Rockwell's site, I'd say it's right around half the
    size of the 80-200, which most passerby mistake for something in the
    300-400mm range. Like Dallas, I've heard of the 180mm as being a legendary
    Nikon lens.
     
    Matt Clara, Jan 3, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    Thanks to all who provided useful info.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Jan 3, 2005
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    Roxy Durban Guest

    It's a lot smaller and lighter than the 80-200mm.

    Before you jump in, go and check out the new 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR. That
    one is awesome! It's also narrower than the 80-200mm, albeit a bit
    longer.
     
    Roxy Durban, Jan 4, 2005
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    Roxy Durban Guest

    Before moved over to Canon from Nikon, I had the 80-200mm as well as the
    180mm. The 180 is a lot smaller and is easier to handle, but there are a
    couple of things to look out for.

    Firstly the built in lens hood sometimes gets a bit too loose and it may
    not function as well as it should do. Second, there are no elements behind
    the aperture blades, so you need to be a bit more careful when changing
    lenses so as to not let any debris fall in there. They are quite deeply
    recessed into the lens, but it is quite alarming to see them exposed like
    that!

    If primes are your thing, this one is a cracker! I did some portraits with
    it a few years ago and when I look at them today I am still amazed at how
    the lens keeps the subject so sharp at f/2.8.
     
    Roxy Durban, Jan 4, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    I've seen it, but this time I'm gonna bookmark it.

    Yep, me too. Excellent stuff lads, cheers to all!
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Jan 4, 2005
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    Roxy Durban Guest

    Are you serious? You guys never saw Nikonlinks before now? Hell, I don't
    know what I would do without that site. I've been a regular visitor there
    since early 2000.
     
    Roxy Durban, Jan 5, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    Are you serious? You guys never saw Nikonlinks before now?

    I saw it before, but just lost track of it.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Jan 5, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    And nearly twice the price...
     
    Matt Clara, Jan 6, 2005
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    Roxy Durban Guest

    Pah! Money...

    I actually got mine on a very good special. I am still sure the store made
    a screw up with the price because I got it at about half the price of the
    80-200mm AF-S, when that was still around.
     
    Roxy Durban, Jan 6, 2005
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  19. I'm looking for a detailed review from a reliable source, regarding the
    And if you have 60 seconds, I'd like to encourage you to post a review
    at:

    http://www.exc.com/Photography

    We used to have many hundreds of reviews, until a server crash a
    couple of years ago. I'd like to try to rebuild the user-experience
    database. (And already we have a lot of useful information.)

    Thanks.

    -Joel
     
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Feb 17, 2005
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