- High-performance, fast telephoto lens that’s ideal for photojournalism, sports and portraiture
- Internal focus for fast AF operation
- ED elements assure crisp, sharp images, even at the maximum aperture
A high performance telephoto lens with boastful features and specifications. With internal focusing to remain a constant length it is easy to handhold. It has a built-in collapsible hood, and the A/M switch makes changes between autofocus and manual focus a snap. Extra low dispersion glass gives high resolution and contrast.
It was a joy to test drive the AF 180mm f/2.8 IF-ED – it’s one of those lenses that harmonized perfectly with the camera. The resolution is generally excellent. Distortions and vignetting are not field relevant. Lateral CAs are well controlled although you may spot purple fringing at times. During the field tests the lens was also capable of delivering outstanding contrast and a nice bokeh (with a bit of bokeh fringing).
The 180mm Nikkor is a very nice lens today but in the early 1990’s it must have been the paragon of medium telephotos. Time is not always kind to the fruits of engineering, but at the current street price of $899 this lens still delivers a solid value proposition. There is little doubt in my mind that this old Nikkor beats the competition at this price point.
Would I recommend this lens to other photographers? Yes. If I owned one I would shut up about telephotos and just use it, but for now I am still waiting for an updated version.