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Nikon Nikkor AF Micro 70-180 mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

Manufacturer Nikon Nikkor
Model AF Micro 70-180 mm f/4.5-5.6D ED
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 180 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 34.2 - 13.4 o
Closest focusing distance 0.37 m
Maximum magnification 1:1.32
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 18 elements / 14 groups
Filter diameter 62 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Nikon F
Dimensions 75 x 167 mm
Weight 1010 g
Additional information Marketed 1997
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4.17 Good
Owners reviews (2)
  1. 4mtr
    4mtr 7 April 2012, 08:24
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    IP 124.170.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1200
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Dated design, little flimsy in the hand, some CA's, the foot is too small, AF can hunt.

    Pros: Incredible versatility, sharp, light, macro, bokeh

    Summary: I mainly use this lens for product photography, and occasionally portraiture. I use it on a D700, an F5 and and F4. Its my main lens when i shoot product in studio. It is sharp, has good contrast and it is incredibly easy to use. The only difficulty I've had with it is it's tendency to 'hunt' with the auto focus a lot in low contrast lighting conditions. But since i mostly use manual focus for product its not really an issue for me. Auto focus is not that fast on the D700, but ok on the F5. Its quite well made but i would not rank it up there with the 85mm AIS. It still feels substantial in the hand but there is definitely a 'plasticy' feel to it that others do not have. The advantage of using plastic of course is that it does make it lighter to lug around. Its a true pro lens, manual aperture give you so much more quick control. It has some little distortion at the long end, but not much. The 9 blades give nice round soft bokeh highlights. Make sure you inspect it before you buy. They are a complex lens and have a reputation for stripping the focus cogs with ham fisted operators. Check that it stops and focuses at infinity. It should come with a plastic lens hood. Over all if you love field macro then it is a very attractive choice. Its main advantage the zoom and the constant aperture, meaning you don't have mess about with exposure and composition when setting up the shot. This makes it so much faster in the studio than a prime close focus lens like the 105 macro. However, if you want to go real close its worth remembering that it is not a 'true' macro; it does not quite go to 1:1. For what i use it for its fantastic, it makes life so much easier. I would never sell it, and i hear others feel the same, which i guess is why they are so hard to find. They didnt make that many of them.

  2. popold
    popold 18 March 2011, 18:54
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    IP 80.116.x.x
    Owner since: 6 years
    Price: used, abou
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: tripod mount

    Pros: slow autofocus, no 1 / 1 macro

    Summary: very good lens, why did Nikon sooon dismiss it?

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