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Showcase Nikon 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D ED Micro

Discussion in 'Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Chayelle, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. I am certain the 70-180mm macro lens has been used with pictures listed in the macro threads. And I am certain this lens has been discussed here in the Lens Lust. But the search tool says NO...
    Can anyone point me to any threads of this lens?
    Let's hear some discussion of this lens with Pictures, please.
  2. adaml


    Feb 21, 2006
  3. Yes...Adam, that was a good review.

    This seems to be a well thought of lens, but I do not see pictures indicating its use(?) after looking through the Macro thread...
    I hope we can get pictures.
  4. Today we are mourning the passing of esteemed member 'papafoxtrot'. One of his posts compared the 70-180 to the 200 micro and the 180.

    Look here.
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  5. Thank you, Pa...
    I have been reading some of his postings.
    I knew him a bit here on the forum, as many did...
    I'll go look at this...
  6. Thanks Robert...
    I will head over and check this out!
  7. Cheryle,

    Many of the macro photos taken by Tim Ernst prior to the last year were taken with this lens. You might look at his older journals and see several of them.
  8. Robert, thanks for posting this link, I use it often... wink, wink!! :rolleyes: :rolleyes: 

    Cheryle, this pBase lens search engine link usually shows at least one or two of my 70-180 micro images on each page.:tongue: LOL!! I think I might be one of pBase's most frequent contributors of 70-180 micro images.
  9. Crystall...
    see what you have done to me here? Trying to check this lens out...
    I will see what I can find...have not had a chance yet.
    Thanks for pointing this out as when I know the artist it makes the pictures more interesting.
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  10. Larry,
    I appreciate your mentioning this...
    Tim is so talented. I will take a "hunting" trip...
  11. Hi Cheryle,

    I have this lens, but do not get an opportunity to use it much. It is an excellent lens, and here are my experiences with this lens.

    1. Very sharp, even wide open
    2. Very close focusing capability <works against you if you want to shoot critters as the working distance is very little>
    3. Very nice bokeh
    4. maintains focus even when zoomed in/out
    5. maintains aperture even at closest distance
    6. does 1:1 at 180mm with close-up filter 6T <which I have>
    7. relatively small size - accepts 62mm filters
    8. does NOT do so well at distances <from my limited experience>
    9. NOT so good for people shots <every pore on the skin is shown in clinical detail>
    10. I love the lens so much that I won't let go of it.

    Again, this is in my amateur experience only. YMMV.

    Here are two pictures for you.

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    Hope this helps,
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  12. Sanjay...
    thank you for that very informative run-down of the lens.
    Yes this is most helpful...
    this is information I was needing to know to help me analyze my need and use
    for the lens!
    and I am glad you included these very nice photos...
  13. I see that this thread has not been updated in a long time. I acquired one of these a few years ago and it's been one of my favorites ever since. Here are a few samples.

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    100% Crop
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    I use it for product photography:

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  14. In Nikkor - The Thousand and One Nights, Kouichi Ohshita says: "..Accordingly, this lens capable of shooting close-up photographs over entire focal length range from 70mm to 180mm is really ideal lens for flower photographs."

    Thus that is one of its main uses for me.

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  15. Nicely shot, Jim...
    Like the color and texture you have shown in these! :) 
  16. Thanks, Cheryle. Did you get a 70-180?
  17. I did... but have since sold it...!
    Good to see these nice captures you have.
    Really would be nice to see more posts from this lens... :) 
  18. Too bad! I had a 200mm f/4 micro when I got the 70-180 but sold it as I prefer the 70-180...just as sharp and more versatile.
  19. I had two of the 200 micro lenses... sold those too...

    I went through a time when I was not shooting much and sold lots of good lenses. :( 
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