How Good Is the 70-180 Micro Zoom?
In my search to find a good price on a 80-200EDAF f2.8, I came across a used 70-180EDAF micro zoom Nikkor. My question is this, how good is this lens? I know that it is suppose to be good but I wonder if it is a good lens for me. I mostly shoot outdoors in the daylight and I very rarly use an F stop below 5.6 so the speed is not of concern to me. The focal length of 70-180 is close enough to 80-200. The added benifit of micro and the fact that it uses a 62mm filter are very attractive features to me. But I have seen very, very little about this lens. Opticaly is it even close to the 80-200? What I am loking for is only the sharpest of lenses.
#1. "RE: How Good Is the 70-180 Micro Zoom?" | In response to Reply # 0nkcllewis Charter MemberThu 01-Feb-01 11:12 PM
The 70-180 is a Micro Nikkor and it is alot sharper than the 80-200 at 1:2; but then again, the 80-200 doesn't do 1:2. I would venture to say that the 80-200 is more a people lens and the 70-180 is more a nature lens. They are both high quality Nikkors, they both serve their purpose well, they are both sharp and durable enough for professionals who sell their work, and for amateurs who wish they had the time to sell their work.
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#2. "RE: How Good Is the 70-180 Micro Zoom?" | In response to Reply # 1GEEJAMES Basic MemberThu 08-Feb-01 08:37 PM
I don't leave home without mine! It is in my opinion extremely versital and sharp. It is not as heavy as the 80-200 F2.8. AFD It can be used for Micro and general photography which is a plus if you are on a budget. I have used it to take some very good portrait shots. Even if you own both eventually you can not go wrong.
I can say it simple as follows. If I were told I could only own 3 lenses (total) the 70-180 micro zoom at this stage in my developement would be one of them! I do own a number of fast lenses and th 80-200 F2.8 AF along with the 60 F2.8 nikon!