Get the most from your new NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 with these tips and tricks

Nikon Team Hot Shots 28 Jun 20233 min read

Try these tips and tricks to max the power of this compact and versatile telephoto zoom

Go abstract

Zooming in on a detail in a scene can create really interesting abstract images. Try it in a city where there are buildings with lots of textural surfaces and find parts where light hits in interesting ways.


Landscape isn’t just for wide-angles

Yes, wide-angle lenses are commonly used for landscape photography, but a zoom like the NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 is pretty spectacular for outside shots, too. Nikon Ambassador Nigel Danson believes a telephoto zoom is a fantastic landscape tool for simplifying your images, using it to pick out a detail that matters and getting rid of surrounding complexity.


Bring your viewers into a scene

With a telephoto lens, you can make the best use of perspective compression to create images that can be really immersive. Try using the NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 at the 180 end to bring a background and foreground closer together to create some drama.

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Get up close

Telephoto zooms such as the NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 aren’t just for shooting things far away. With a minimum focus distance of 0.27 m at 70 mm and 0.85 m at 180 mm and that f/2.8 aperture, you can create images with a macro-like feel. Try picking out an individual flower in a meadow or field. 


Slap a TC-20 on it and shoot macro

When used with a TC-20, the native max reproduction ratio of 0.48x is doubled to become 0.96x which is almost macro, so almost life-size reproduction. 

Portrait painting

The NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 is great for portraits. Between 70 mm and 180 mm, you’ll find your own perfect portrait sweet spot (try it at around 85 mm for a classic look) and you’ll also get great bokeh in your final results. Using a longer lens like this for portraiture also means you can be further away from your subject. Shooting portraits with a 35 mm or a 50 mm means getting up pretty close to the subject and can be off-putting if they aren’t used to being shot. 


Make it your go to for ‘one lens’ days

If you’re invited to a wedding this summer or are going to a school sports day or even just a walk in the country, you don’t want to be carrying around a lot of gear. The NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 is the perfect lens for such days out, giving you huge versatility in a compact, lightweight package.

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