Stop me before I buy again!!
I am looking at a mint condition 180 f/2.8 Price around $475-90 US.
I used to own an earlier MF version of this lens in another life when I owned an F4 and loved the sharpness and weight of this lens.
Now I am looking to get another one only this time an ED glass, AF version found at a local store.
It will duplicate the zoom range of a couple of my lenses, but all the zooms I have are slow. In fact, the only " fast" primes I have are the 60 mm f 2.8 micro and the 24mm f 2.8.
I do a lot of nature work and do not have a 300mm F/2.8 ( sigh) or even a long macro. I use the 28-105 zoom in macro mode now when I shoot flowers, etc. and want a little room to work. I have just recently bought the Nikon T6 Close Up lens to use with my zooms, but thought that would also work well with the 180 if it is 62mm thread( I am not sure, but will look that up).
Remembering when I had one of these before, it was a gem.
Two other reasons to get it:
It makes a good match with a 2x teleconverter and...
I want it!
Am I in serious need of a good sitdown with my doctor...?
#1. "RE: Should I buy a used 180 F/2.8 ?" | In response to Reply # 0jnscbl Basic MemberSun 21-Jan-01 07:58 PM
This is probably the most intelligent and rational example of the decision-making process I have ever seen. You only need a doctor if you let this opportunity slip away. If you just needed a little kick in the ass to get you over the edge, consider it done.---scott
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
#2. "RE: Should I buy a used 180 F/2.8 ?" | In response to Reply # 1jrp Charter MemberSun 21-Jan-01 08:26 PM
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You loved the 180mm focal length and you would like a AF to be fast.
So, the Nikkor Telephoto 180mm f/2.8 D-AF ED IF Auto Focus Lens could fit that need.
But then you say you want it for macro work. ..... so now we are in trouble, this is not a macro lens. Yes, you could fit it with some T6 lenses but, it is not the same as working with a true macro lens.
(For that I would go for the 200mm f/4.0 D-AF ED IF Micro Auto Focus Lens, but then ..... it is a f/4, and the price is almost triple .... uhm!).
Furthermore, then you want to fit the 180mm f/2.8 with a teleconverter. Well, this sounds more reasonable though, the TC-201 would make it a 360mm f/5.6; not bad at all.
Two great uses out of three possible ........ You are right, like me, you need a physician. Buy it.
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#4. "RE: Should I buy a used 180 F/2.8 ?" | In response to Reply # 2Sun 21-Jan-01 10:25 PM
You know, I have gone into this store three or four times over the last three months and each time I have looked at this lens. They have another one, too, but it is the earlier non ED version and is dinged up a bit for about $400. Neither one seems to be "jumping off the shelf" but I think that is a common fate of prime lenses these days.
This lens is not half the size and weight of the 80-200 f/2.8 zoom, comes with a built in shade and is as sharp as a razor.
I am afraid I have no rational reason not to buy it. I am going to get it tomorrow provided it is still there. But, even if it isn't, new ones are quoted in the magazines at just under $700, still a bargain.
You guys are no help at all!!!