The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Tamron 180mm f3.5 LD Macro and the Nikon 180mm f2.8D ED-IF for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Tamron 180mm f3.5 LD Macro is the longer of the two lenses at 166mm. The Nikon 180mm f2.8D ED-IF with a length of 144mm is 22mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Tamron 180mm f3.5 LD Macro also has a larger diameter of 85mm compared to Nikon 180mm f2.8D ED-IF's 79mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Nikon 180mm f2.8D ED-IF weighs 760g, 17% (160g) lighter than the Tamron 180mm f3.5 LD Macro's weight of 920g.
Both Tamron 180mm f3.5 LD Macro and Nikon 180mm f2.8D ED-IF has the same Nikon F (FX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (FX) lenses are Nikon D6, Nikon D780 and Nikon D3500.
Tamron 180mm f3.5 LD Macro is also available in Canon EF and Sony Alpha mounts.