Nikon AF Nikkor series lenses

A line of lenses designed for Nikon 35mm SLR cameras having an autofocus motor. There is no AF-drive motor built into the lens, the lens autofocus system is driven from a motor within the camera body via an AF-coupling. With this type of lens, there can be no autofocus operation unless a digital or film SLR camera with the autofocus motor built-in to the camera body is used. Selected digital SLR cameras such as the D3000 series or D5000 series do not have an autofocus motor built-in to the camera body because most lenses produced for these cameras have one in the lens.

Internally the lenses are fitted with a CPU to communicate specific lens data to the camera's autofocus drive and exposure metering systems, via a set of electrical contact pins located around the rear edge of the lens mount.

Compared to the non-AF Nikkors, the focusing helixes were replaced by a cam construction similar to that employed in zoom lenses to change the focal length. This was done for two reasons. First to reduce the load on the focusing motor, which would otherwise have had to move the traditional greased helixes, and second to increase the response time of moving the lens elements to provide a sufficiently quick AF system.

The very low resistance to the rotation of the focus ring when operating these lenses manually and their narrow focus rings did little to endear them to professionals and enthusiasts alike. Beginning in 1988 Nikon responded to the criticism from photographers concerning the design of the first generation AF Nikkors, and began to replace them with lenses that have more traditional, wider rubber coated focusing ring, and a greater focusing resistance to improve their manual focus action.

A new version of AF lenses was introduced at the same time as the F90. These have a modified CPU that provides the approximate focus distance of the lens to the camera in order this information can be incorporated with the exposure calculations performed by the camera's metering CPU. These AF-D Nikkors are a key component of the 3D Matrix-Metering system. The same technology is also included in the newer G-type lenses.

The G type marks the end of the near universal compatibility of Nikkor lenses with all camera bodies from the Nikon F SLR of 1959 onwards. The reason for this is simple: the G types have no aperture ring. They are intended for cameras that allow the aperture to be set via a control on the camera body.

35mm full frame, Autofocus, For SLR cameras (80)
Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm F/2.8D EDPro 2000 
Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm F/2.8D 1993 
Nikon AF Nikkor 18mm F/2.8D ⌀77Pro 1994 
Nikon AF Nikkor 18-35mm F/3.5-4.5D IF-ED ⌀77 2000 
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm F/2.8 ⌀62Pro 1989 
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm F/2.8D ⌀62Pro 1994 
Nikon AF Nikkor 20-35mm F/2.8D IF ⌀77Pro 1993 
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm F/2.8 (I) ⌀52 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm F/2.8 (II) ⌀52 1991 
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm F/2.8D ⌀52 1994 
Nikon AF Nikkor 24-50mm F/3.3-4.5 ⌀62 1987 
Nikon AF Nikkor 24-50mm F/3.3-4.5D ⌀62 1995 
Nikon AF Nikkor 24-85mm F/2.8-4D IF ⌀72 2000 
Nikon AF Nikkor 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6D IF ⌀72 1996 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm F/2.8 (I) ⌀52 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm F/2.8 (II) ⌀52 1991 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm F/2.8D ⌀52 1994 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm F/1.4D ⌀72Pro 1993 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5 ⌀52 1991 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5D ⌀52 1992 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm F/3.5-5.6D (I) ⌀58 1995 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm F/3.5-5.6D (II) ⌀58 1999 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm F/3.3-5.6G ⌀58 2001 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5 (I) ⌀62 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5 (II) ⌀62 1990 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm F/3.5-5.6G ⌀62 2002 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105mm F/3.5-4.5D IF ⌀62 1998 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-200mm F/3.5-5.6D IF ⌀72 1998 
Nikon AF Nikkor 28-200mm F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED ⌀62 2003 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm F/2 ⌀52 1989 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm F/2D ⌀52 1995 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm F/3.3-4.5 (I) ⌀52 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm F/3.3-4.5 (II) ⌀52 1989 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm F/2.8 ⌀62 1987 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm F/2.8D ⌀62 1992 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm F/4-5.6D (I) ⌀52 1994 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80mm F/4-5.6D (II) ⌀52 1995 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105mm F/3.5-4.5 (I) ⌀52 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105mm F/3.5-4.5 (II) ⌀52 1991 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105mm F/3.5-4.5D IF ⌀52 1994 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135mm F/3.5-4.5 (I) ⌀62 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135mm F/3.5-4.5 (II) ⌀62 1988 
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8 (I) ⌀52 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8 (II) ⌀52 1990 
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D ⌀52 2002 
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.4 (I) ⌀52Pro 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.4 (II) ⌀52Pro 1991 
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D ⌀52Pro 1995 
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm F/2.8 ⌀621:1 1986 
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8 ⌀621:1 1989 
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D ⌀621:1 1993 
Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180mm F/4.5-5.6D ED ⌀621:1.3 1997 
Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm F/4-5.6 ⌀62 1987 
Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm F/4-5.6D ⌀62 1993 
Nikon AF Nikkor 70-210mm F/4 ⌀62Pro 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6D ⌀62
Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6D ED ⌀62 1998 
Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6G ⌀62 2000 
Nikon AF Nikkor 75-240mm F/4.5-5.6D ⌀52 1999 
Nikon AF Nikkor 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 ⌀62 1989 
Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm F/4.5-5.6D ⌀52 1995 
Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8 ED ⌀77Pro 1987 
Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED ⌀77Pro 1992 
Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D IF-ED ⌀77Pro 1997 
Nikon AF Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D ED VR ⌀77Pro 2000 
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm F/1.8 ⌀62 1987 
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm F/1.8D ⌀62 1994 
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm F/1.4D IF ⌀77Pro 1995 
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8 ⌀521:1Pro 1990 
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8D ⌀521:1Pro 1993 
Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm F/2D ⌀72 1993 
Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 135mm F/2 ⌀72Pro 1990 
Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 135mm F/2D ⌀72Pro 1995 
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8 IF-ED (I) ⌀72Pro 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8 IF-ED (II) ⌀72Pro 1987 
Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm F/2.8D IF-ED ⌀72Pro 1994 
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm F/4D IF-ED ⌀621:1Pro 1993 
Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm F/4 IF-ED ⌀82Pro 1987 
Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm F/2.8 ED-IF (I)Pro 1986 
Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm F/2.8 ED-IF (II)Pro 1988 

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