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Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
Top 24%310 points
Top 24%
Top 18%334 points
Top 18%
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED vs Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR: 25 facts in comparison

1. widest aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
f/2.8
Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.2: f/1.2
f/2.8

2. maximum focal length

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
180mm
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm F/5.6E FL ED VR: 800mm
200mm

3. has a silent focus motor built into the lens

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
72% have it

4. Has full-time manual focus

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
75% have it

5. widest aperture at maximum focal length

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
2.8f
Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.2: 1.2f
2.8f

6. aperture blades

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
9
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR: 9
9

7. Has focus motor

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
90% have it

8. magnification

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.
0.15x
Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm F/3.5G ED VR: 1.5x
0.21x

9. has built-in optical image stabilization

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
42% have it

10. Lens hood is reversible

The lens hood can screw onto the lens in reverse so that you can keep it on your camera at all times, ready to use.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
19% have it

11. smallest aperture at minimum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
22f
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR: 32f
22f

12. smallest aperture at maximum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
22f
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6G: 45f
22f

13. minimum focal length

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
180mm
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED: 0.25mm
70mm

14. minimum focus distance

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.
1.5m
Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm F/2.8G ED: 0.14m
1.1m

15. Weather sealed

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
24% have it

16. optical zoom

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
1x
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR: 16.7x
2.8x

17. Front element doesn't rotate

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
71% have it

18. Is a telephoto lens

A telephoto lens allows you to zoom in on far away objects. This is particularly useful when you need to photograph a subject from a distance, such as wildlife photography, or even in some cases street photography where you can’t get near the subject.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
50% have it

19. weight

670g lighter.
760g
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D: 155g
1.43kg

20. Has a metal mount

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
78% have it

21. Can focus to infinity

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
82% have it

22. has or is a prime lens

A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
51% have it

23. minimum angle of view

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).
13°
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm F/5.6E FL ED VR: 2°

24. Includes lens hood

It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
64% have it

25. maximum angle of view

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
13°
Nikon AF-S Nikkor Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED: 180°
34.3°

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