Nikon 70-180mm IF-ED Micro-AF Zoom Lens


Nikon 70-180mm IF-ED Micro-AF Zoom Lens
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Nikon 70-180mm IF-ED Micro-AF Zoom Lens
Manufacturer Nikon
Page By Michael Hoyt
Page Type Jun 6, 2007 / Jun 6, 2007
Object ID 3343
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Nikon 70-180mm F/4.5-5.6 IF-ED Micro-AF Zoom Lens (D-type)

Lens Highpoints

When zoom lenses with a macro-setting were popularized during the 1980s, Nikon's initial reaction was negative. However, true to form, Nikon eventually reacted to demand and revamped their entire line of consumer-grade zoom lenses to include a “macro” feature. Then, Nikon “scooped” everyone by introducing what it claimed was "The world's first Micro-AF Zoom Lens !"

A true breakthrough in lens technology, the 70-180mm F/4.5-5.6D lens offers an array of advantages as it enables macro shooting throughout the zoom range, giving a reproduction ratio of up to 0.75x.


Up to 0.75x reproduction ratio

Closest focus distance approximately 37cm throughout zoom range

Picture composition easier than with single focal length micro lenses

Reproduction ratio can be controlled without changing camera position

Different perspectives of same subject easily obtainable

Easy and responsive manual focus operation

Focus range limiter for faster auto-focusing

Rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural

1 x ED glass and Nikon's SIC (Super Integrated Coating) ensures high-contrast pictures, with better color balance even at large apertures

Rotating tripod mounting collar


Type of lens: D-type AF Zoom-Micro Nikkor lens with built-in CPU and Nikon bayonet mount

Focal length: 70 to 180mm

Maximum aperture: f/4.5 to f/5.6

Lens construction: 18 elements in 14 groups (one ED glass element)

Picture angle: 34°20' to 13°40' (27°40' to 11° with IX240 system cameras)

Focal length scale: 70mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm and 180mm

Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.37m (15 in.) to infinity

Weight: 35.6 ounces



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Michael Hoyt - Jun 6, 2007 2:47 pm - Voted 5/5

Good for both Macro and Distance Shooting
This has proved to be one of the most versatile lenses in my camera bag. While covering most of the “classic” zoom range, it offers the capability of doing true close-up work on small objects. It does this by allowing an extremely close-focusing distance (4.7 inches) and providing a reproduction ratio of 0.75x. (A reproduction ratio of one is achieved by screwing a 6T close-up attachment on the end of the lens.) By “zooming” you can adjust the reproduction ratio and the composition, all without moving the camera. Brilliant!

At just barely over 2 pounds (35.6 ounces), this lens has proved light enough to carry in my backpack, even for long distances. It gives me the versatility to shoot pictures of landscapes, the smallest bugs, and everything in between. It covers the range so well, I can hardly ask for more (in a lens).

Unfortunately, Nikon has discontinued this lens (what WERE they thinking?). But, if you want one, they are still available as used items on eBay and from many camera dealers who carry used and refurbished items.

This is a great lens. One which I am unwilling to keep. I highly recommend it to anyone who shoots both close objects and in those in the distance while in the backcountry.

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