This lens is a sleeper. No one ever bought it when it was available new, and like the AF 28mm f/1.4, people pay more for it used than they could have when it was new.
It's much smaller than the 80-200 f/2.8, even though it's made with the same quality.
You may want to consider this to use both as a macro lens and medium tele zoom, saving room in your bag.
Announced: 27 August 1997, made through about 2004. Nikon made less than 20,000 of these.
Nikon calls this the Nikon AF Zoom-Micro Nikkor 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D ED.
18 elements in 14 groups, which is an awful lot. One ED element.
Nine circular blades stopping down to f/32-40.
14 inches (0.37m) from the image plane; which is the back of the camera.
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:1.32 at 180mm (Use a 6T close-up lens for 1:1)
1:3.20 at 70mm.
6.9" (175mm) long by 3.0" (75mm) diameter.
35 oz (990g).
It's small, compared to the f/2.8 zooms.
Rotates 300 degrees.
HB-14 plastic bayonet, included.
Nikon Product Number
Nikon 70-180mm Focus and Zoom Rings
Great. There is no lateral color fringing on my D300 or D3, so product lettering never grows rainbows as it did with the 200mm f/4 Micro manual focus on my D200. I haven't tried the 200mm manual focus on the D3 and D300, which may correct that.
AF speed is slow, but remember that it focuses a lot closer than any other 80-200 zoom. I use this for macro, and I usually focus manually in macro.
It focuses almost to life-size at 180mm, but only a third life size at 70mm.
The nine-bladed diaphragm gives round out-of-focus highlights, unlike the septagonal 7-bladed diaphragm of the 105mm AF.
The Nikon 70-180mm Micro-NIKKOR has some pincushion distortion, and it goes away at 70mm.
This can be corrected for critical use by plugging these figures into Photoshop's lens distortion filter. These aren't facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography and calculations on the resulting data.
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I doubt this f/5.6 lens would work very well with a TC, since it would get too dark to view. I use my TC-200 teleconverter with my AF 105mm F/2.8D all the time for easy 2x magnification. I focus manually and get great results, but that lens is two stops faster.
Nikon 70-180mm Identity Plate, on tripod collar.
Nikon AF 70-180mm Micro
This lens exists to allow you to change macro image size without moving your camera. This is very, very handy, especially for anyone chasing little animals around or any kind of macro work.
Consider this little lens if you need both a 105 macro and an 80-200 zoom. It's much smaller than you think from looking at the catalog.
This one lens can replace both these lenses in your bag. It's not fast in AF or aperture, but it is as small as either one of the others. This way you'd effectively have the function of both lenses while only carrying one.
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