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Wat Phra Keao, The Grand Royal Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
Spotted a distant uncompleted pagoda at Wat Phra Kaeo compound (in Grand Royal Palace, Bangkok, Thailand). I select a view point overlapped with it with a nearer Pagoda which made an interesting composition and an unrealistic composition with a 180mm.

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Part III 3rd version of the AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8s IF ED MK III* telephoto lens
Year Introduced: Nov. 1988; Discontinued: 1995

The third version of the AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 IF ED telephoto lens was introduce in tandem with the introduction of the professional Nikon F4 in 1988 - which was also the first single-digit F that went autofocus. At the time where the Nikon main rival Canon was still struggled to find a footing after dropping the FD system to the electronic EF mount EOS system; Nikon saw the need to strengthen its foothold and many of the AF Nikkor lenses were also went through similar update. This all new AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 IF ED introduced during this time has greatly improved on its physical quality as well as in certain departments in order to restore the early damage done to the impression set on all those early versions of AF Nikkor lenses.

It never disappoints - the lens was a clear departure from the weak presentation projected by its predecessor and quickly regained the confidence of Nikon photographers. Why ? What we get here was an all metal lens barrel lens, covered with critical areas that might encounter physical abuse through long usage with a hard coated crinkle finish coating - a design typical of a professional class of luxurious class Nikkor optic. It has still retained the built-in lens hood which is also dressed out in a similar classy finishes. The manual focusing ring which located at mid section of the lens barrel is now provided with a extra-wide 6 rolls of hard rubberized covered grip for very positive hand grip and it permits easy switch to change from automatic to manual focus mode (it does require some of the AF Nikon to set on the camera section). The lens data panel is plated in a typical Nikon ED glass-equipped gold lettering, locates just above the aperture ring.

Roland Vink's picture of the AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 IF ED 3rd version Nikon Autofocus AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 IF ED telephoto lens 3rd version Credit: Image at far left courtesy of Roland Vink, NZ..

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Optically, the lens still shares the design used on the first generation AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8s IF ED's 8 elements in 6 groups basic design. So, there is no such things that claimed the newer versions are far superior than the older version(s) in terms of image resolution and its overall optical performance. I guess perhaps if ever it does, lenses produced towards at its end of product cycle could has been benefited from the Nikon updated lens coating process where the SIC (Super Integrated Lens Coating) may has been used from the earlier NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating) process. There is no clue when was the version that has began with this new SIC lens coating but all we know some of the manual focus Nikkor lenses that were still being produced until 2006 were also being upgraded with such process. Neither there are any indication to enable this to be traced as Nikon has been quite secretive on implementation. Come to think of it, the change in the overall lens appearance indirectly also reflects acknowledgment of a mistake made during the earlier days when the basic lens configuration was decided upon. It shows Nikon can produce superior design that can match their excellent optics one expects it to be but earlier they just seemed reluctantly to do so. Whatever it is, those are history now, perhaps the lesson learnt could has change the perspective for a better things to come in the future in relation to details and quality offers for their products; perhaps this may also make Nikon takes in consideration of market perception as well as confidence level of consumers. After all, the Company is stand to lose if consumers are defensive over value of their money of a product they produced.

3rd version of the AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 IF ED with high class finishing
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From the tracking of production Serial Number, this newer version of the AF 180mm f/2.8 IF-ED telephoto lens with the black crinkle finish could bear serial number from 250001 < 251739 - 297269 > which could have been used for the new lens throughout the period from November 1988 ~ August 1995. Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet. One additional way to differentiate this version is the slide switch for the minimum aperture lock from the press and twist type used on the previous original and improved version. However, this is not good enough as confusion may arise as the latest (current) AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D IF ED shares many similarities with it - as a general guide, there is a "D" added behind the lens data plate in gold lettering). Next, the current D version of the AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D IF ED has a startup serial number from 400001 onwards; so these should provide enough of information not to mix up the various versions.

Beach front by Agro, Australia
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The most significant improvement of this version of the AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF was more or less confined to changes externally. This version of the lens is not being incorporated with a distance chip yet and may post a little issue when you intend to use it with a D-spec Nikon film/digital SLR model. The 3D (or Color) Matrix metering for ambient and flash metering / exposure control are not possible but basic Matrix Metering as well as TTL Matrix Balance Fill Flash) is offered. Well, if your autofocus Nikon is still an older version or if you have mix of Manual Focus bodies, this lens may still offer a better value as it offers a discount from the AF-D upgrade in the used market. Well, if there is a possibilities that you may one day be moving digital, always put priority to the AF-D version. With a DX format Sensor Nikon D-SLR, this lens magnifies as a 270mm telephoto as it field of view be reduced down to 9°.

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3rd version of the AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 IF ED front lens element view
Technical Specification for AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8s IF ED MK III* Telephoto lens:-

Type of lense: Autofocus Nikkor fixed focal lens with built-in CPU and Nikon bayonet mount
Focal length: 180mm; Maximum aperture: f/2.8; Minimum Aperture: f/22
Lens construction: 8 elements in 6 groups; Internal Focus Design
Picture angle: 13° 40' Nikon DX digital SLR format cameras: 9°; (approx. 270mm based on 1.5X lens factor)
Diaphragm: Fully automatic,
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet/inches from 1.5m (7.5') to infinity (OO)
Distance information: Output into camera body with CPU interface system
IS STILL NOT POSSIBLE with this version; Option for manual focus provided
Aperture scale: f/2.8 to f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Mount: Nikon bayonet mount with CPU contacts; Attachment size: 72mm (P=0.75mm)Meter Coupling Prong: NONE
Depth of Field Scales: provided for f/16 and f/22 only
Reproduction ratio: 1:6.6X maximum

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Minimum aperture lock: Provided (1st and 2nd version twist knob; slide switch for 3rd version onwards)

Lens Coating: NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating); SIC may applied for later produced units.
Exposure measurement: Via full-aperture method for Ai cameras or cameras with CPU interface system
Standard accessories: 72mm snap on front lens cap; Rear lens cap LF-1; Hard lens case: Original CL38S

Front lens elemet view of of third version of AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 IF ED telephoto lens Rear lens mount  of of third version of AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 IF ED telephoto lens

Box of Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 IF ED telephoto lens

Dimensions: Approx. 78.5mm dia. x 144mm (approx. 5.6") ; 153.5 from the lens mounting flange; Weight: Approx. 750g
Usable Tele-Converters: - TC-201S; TC-14A; TC 16AS (Nikon didn't actually recommend these combination, but only stated using shutter speed faster than f/11 uneven exposure may be occur, strange..).
Lens cases: older Hard case fro MF version CL-32S may be usable, CL-38 for the new lens is original

A day in the life in Cambodia, 2006
A day in the not-so-pleasant corner in an abandoned Buddhist Temple in Cambodia. The 180mm f/2.8 Nikkor is a good telephoto lens for traveling and for selecting a view point.

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* Others: AF Nikkor 180mm /2.8 IF-ED came with an all metal black crinkle finish lens barrel, six rolls of hard rubberized manual focusing ring: Serial number traced could indicate it started from 250001 < 251739 - 297269 > Sold between November 1988 to August 1995 Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet.

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Version history, Original and MK II version | AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8S IF-ED New (MK III) | AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED

RELATIVE:- Early generation of AF Nikkor lenses; Ai-S Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 ED; Ai-Spec Nikkor 180mm f/2.8; Non-Ai Nikkor-P 180mm f/2.8 Auto; Micro-Nikkor Zoom 70-180mm f/4~5.6 IF-ED; AF-Nikkor Zoom 80-200mm f/2.8 IF ED lens group; Other labels:- Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM MACRO

External LINKS:- Discussions at Photonet forum on this lens Segment A (compatibility with DSLRs | Segment B (Macro Application); CPU Nikkor lenses listed by LensID; Photozone Reviews: Earlier Non-D version | D-Spec lens; Kenrockwell, Australia own opinion on the lens; Nikon Imaging Site formal listing; A quick price search on AF Nikkor 180mm at Epinion Price Comparison; New or Used prices at Ebay of various AF 180mm lenses

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