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Wanted Nikon 70-180 4.5/5.6 ED AF-D MICRO NIKKOR

 
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DaveW



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:17 am    Post subject: Wanted Nikon 70-180 4.5/5.6 ED AF-D MICRO NIKKOR Reply with quote

Anybody in the UK got a mint secondhand Nikon 70-180 4.5/5.6 ED AF-D MICRO NIKKOR Zoom for sale? Many dealers list it in stock but admit they do not have it when you e-mail them!

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Mike B in OKlahoma



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a mighty cool lens, one of only two Nikon closeup lenses I (a Canon shooter) envy y'all for (The other is the 85mm PC). I've only seen one "For real" myself. Good luck finding it, should be a really nice lens once you get your hands on it.
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DaveW



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike,

The new 105mm vibration reduction micro nikkor is quite cool too!

http://www.ephotozine.com/equipment/tests/testdetail.cfm?test_id=463

If I can't get a 70-180 I might have to settle for that.

I gather the 70-180 micro nikkor has now been discontinued in the UK. It is rather hard to find the truth as Nikon's main agent in the USA evidently stopped stocking it a while ago, so only grey imports were obtainable there.

It continued to be available in Europe, but I don't know if it is just not stocked anymore by Nikon's British main agents and still available in Japan and elsewhere, or if Nikon has now discontinued it.?

It was never a popular or bulk selling lens, so if it has just been discontinued for this reason or whether a new version is soon to be introduced I do not know. One of the criticisms of it used to be it's small maximum aperture, plus why it did not go to 200mm or 210mm like normal zooms. This discouraged many from buying it as a dual purpose macro lens and conventional zoom.

I live in hopes of finding one anyway. I gather they are sometimes offered on E-Bay at reasonable prices.

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