Despite it’s incongruous look, the combo really surprisingly well. The Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 ED-IF AIS lens, was one of the all time great mid to long fast tele lenses ever made. The honor now probably goes to the Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO lens, but then again the price of it . . well out of reach for most. The afore mentioned Nikkor was one of the lenses that I (in a moment of delirium) sold in 2003. This was done after I had gotten my second 80-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor Zoom and at the time thought that I didn’t need the 180 anymore. Big mistake. Some years later I got this newer version AF-D model, so I sort of made up for my mistake, sort of. Yes I have been happy with the newer one on my Nikon bodies. The AF may not be as fast as the new 70-200mm VR II zooms, but boy is it a lot lighter in weight. On the weddings I shoot, I carry one body with the 85mm f/1.4 AF-D and another body with the 180mm AF-D on it. However my assistant discovered that 180 and being younger and quicker always ends up grabbing it to use. It is that much of a pleasure to shoot with.