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Nikon non-AI Nikkor series lenses

Offer optical performance similar to AI Nikkors but do not incorporate the automatic maximum-aperture indexing (AI) and Aperture Direct Reading (ADR) features. They are used with stopdown exposure measurement on Nikon cameras. However, most Auto-Nikkors equipped with meter-coupling shoe can be converted to AI operation and full-aperture metering.

Diaphragms - automatic, preset, or manual - of non-AI and AI lens types function in an identical manner with all Nikon-system cameras.

The A-type

The very first lenses for the Nikon F and the Nikkormat FT/FTN belong to the A-type and can be distinguished by the fact that no screw heads are visible on the lens bayonet ring, and the distance scale was only marked in meters. Later A-type lenses have screw heads protruding through the lens bayonet and a distance scale in both meters and feet. All A-type lenses have a chrome finished filter ring and the designation was engraved with the name "Nikkor", the maximum aperture, and the focal length. Early A-types have the focal length shown in centimeters, whilst on later lenses it is given in millimeters. Lenses having "Auto" are equipped with automatic diaphragms which are coupled directly to the shutter release and mirror action mechanisms.

Several of these lenses were modified by the addition of multi-coating to their glass elements to become C-types.

The code letter after the "Nikkor" engraving is indicative of the number of elements in each lens. The letters are from Latin or Greek: U for 1 element (Uns),B for 2 elements (Bini), T for 3 elements (Tres), Q for 4 elements (Quatuor), P for 5 elements (Pente), H for 6 elements (Hex), S for 7 elements (Septem), O for 8 elements (Octo), N for 9 elements (Novem), D for 10 elements (Decem).

Thus, the Nikkor-P Auto 105mm lens is constructed with five lens elements, and the Nikkor-UD Auto consists of eleven elements.

The C-type

The C-type Nikkors resemble the A-versions, but some or all of their glass elements are multi-coated. Slight cosmetic changes also differentiate the C-type lenses, which have a black finish to their filter ring with the additional "C" after the code letter for the number of elements. The C-types were introduced from 1967 and remained in production into the early 1970s.

The K-type

Most K-type lenses were fitted with a rubber covered focusing ring, which makes them instantly recognizable from their predecessors. Their depth-of-field rings were usually finished in black, but otherwise their internal construction was the same as the C-types. During 1977, after a relatively short time in production, the K-types were replaced by the AI Nikkors.

35mm full frame, Manual focus, For SLR cameras (106)
5.6 Nikon Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm F/5.6Non-retrofocusPro 1970 
2.8 Nikon Fisheye-Nikkor Auto 6mm F/2.8Pro 1972 
5.6 Nikon Fisheye-Nikkor 7.5mm F/5.6Non-retrofocusPro 1966 
8 Nikon Fisheye-Nikkor 8mm F/8Non-retrofocusPro 1962 
2.8 Nikon Fisheye-Nikkor Auto 8mm F/2.8Pro 1970 
5.6 Nikon OP-Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm F/5.6Non-retrofocusPro 1968 
5.6 Nikon Nikkor 13mm F/5.6Pro 1975 
5.6 Nikon Nikkor-QD·C Auto 15mm F/5.6Pro 1973 
5.6 Nikon Nikkor 15mm F/5.6Pro 1976 
3.5 Nikon Fisheye-Nikkor Auto 16mm F/3.5 1973 
3.5 Nikon Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm F/3.5 1975 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor 18mm F/4 ⌀86Pro 1974 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor 20mm F/4 ⌀52Pro 1974 
3.5 Nikon Nikkor-UD Auto 20mm F/3.5 ⌀72Pro 1967 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor-O 21mm F/4 ⌀52Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1959 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor-N[·C] Auto 24mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1967 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor 24mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1975 
3.5 Nikon Nikkor-H Auto 28mm F/3.5 ⌀52 1960 
3.5 Nikon Nikkor-H[·C] Auto 28mm F/3.5 ⌀52 1968 
3.5 Nikon Nikkor 28mm F/3.5 ⌀52 1975 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor 28mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1974 
2.0 Nikon Nikkor-N[·C] Auto 28mm F/2 ⌀52 1970 
2.0 Nikon Nikkor 28mm F/2 ⌀52 1975 
4.5 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 28-45mm F/4.5 ⌀72 1975 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor-S Auto 35mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1959 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor-S Auto 35mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1962 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor-S Auto 35mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1967 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor 35mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1974 
2.0 Nikon Nikkor-O[·C] Auto 35mm F/2 ⌀52 1965 
2.0 Nikon Nikkor 35mm F/2 ⌀52 1975 
1.4 Nikon Nikkor-N[·C] Auto 35mm F/1.4 ⌀52 1970 
1.4 Nikon Nikkor 35mm F/1.4 ⌀52 1975 
3.5 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor[·C] Auto 43-86mm F/3.5 ⌀52 1963 
3.5 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm F/3.5 ⌀52 1975 
2.8 Nikon GN Auto Nikkor[·C] 45mm F/2.8 ⌀52Pancake lens 1968 
2.0 Nikon Nikkor-S Auto 50mm F/2 ⌀52 1959 
2.0 Nikon Nikkor-H Auto 50mm F/2 ⌀52 1964 
2.0 Nikon Nikkor-H[·C] Auto 50mm F/2 ⌀52 1967 
2.0 Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/2 ⌀52 1974 
1.4 Nikon Nikkor-S Auto 50mm F/1.4 ⌀52 1962 
1.4 Nikon Nikkor-S[·C] Auto 50mm F/1.4 ⌀52 1966 
1.4 Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.4 ⌀52 1974 
1.4 Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.4 ⌀52 1976 
4.5 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor Auto 50-300mm F/4.5 ⌀95 1967 
4.5 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 50-300mm F/4.5 ⌀95 1975 
3.5 Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm F/3.5 ⌀521:1 1961 
3.5 Nikon Micro-Nikkor Auto 55mm F/3.5 ⌀521:2 1963 
3.5 Nikon Micro-Nikkor-P[·C] Auto 55mm F/3.5 ⌀521:2 1969 
3.5 Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm F/3.5 ⌀521:2 1975 
1.2 Nikon Nikkor-S Auto 55mm F/1.2 ⌀52 1965 
1.2 Nikon Nikkor-S[·C] Auto 55mm F/1.2 ⌀52 1967 
1.2 Nikon Nikkor 55mm F/1.2 ⌀52 1974 
1.4 Nikon Nikkor-S Auto 58mm F/1.4 ⌀52 1959 
4.5 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor[·C] Auto 80-200mm F/4.5 ⌀52 1969 
4.5 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/4.5 ⌀52 1975 
1.8 Nikon Nikkor-H[·C] Auto 85mm F/1.8 ⌀52 1964 
1.8 Nikon Nikkor 85mm F/1.8 ⌀52 1975 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor Telephoto-Zoom Auto 85-250mm F/4-4.5 ⌀82 1959 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor Telephoto-Zoom Auto 85-250mm F/4-4.5 ⌀82 1961 
4.0 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor Auto 85-250mm F/4 ⌀82 1969 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor-T 105mm F/4 ⌀34.5 1960 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor-P 105mm F/4 ⌀52For bellowsPro 1970 
4.0 Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/4 ⌀521:2Pro 1975 
2.5 Nikon Nikkor-P Auto 105mm F/2.5 ⌀52 1959 
2.5 Nikon Nikkor-P[·C] Auto 105mm F/2.5 ⌀52 1971 
2.5 Nikon Nikkor 105mm F/2.5 ⌀52 1974 
3.5 Nikon Nikkor-Q Auto 135mm F/3.5 ⌀52 1959 
3.5 Nikon Nikkor-Q[·C] Auto 135mm F/3.5 ⌀52 1969 
3.5 Nikon Nikkor 135mm F/3.5 ⌀52 1975 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor-Q[·C] Auto 135mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1965 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor 135mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1975 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor 135mm F/2.8 ⌀52 1976 
2.0 Nikon Nikkor 135mm F/2 ⌀72 1975 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor-P[·C] Auto 180mm F/2.8 ⌀72 1970 
8 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 180-600mm F/8 ED ⌀95 1976 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor-Q Auto 200mm F/4 ⌀52 1961 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor-Q Auto 200mm F/4 ⌀52 1967 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor-Q[·C] Auto 200mm F/4 ⌀52 1969 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor 200mm F/4 ⌀52 1975 
10 Nikon Nikkor Telephoto-Zoom Auto 200-600mm F/9.5-10 ⌀82 1961 
10 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor Auto 200-600mm F/9.5 ⌀82 1971 
10 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 200-600mm F/9.5 ⌀82 1976 
4.5 Nikon Nikkor-P Auto 300mm F/4.5 ⌀72Pro 1964 
4.5 Nikon Nikkor-H Auto 300mm F/4.5 ⌀72Pro 1969 
4.5 Nikon Nikkor 300mm F/4.5 ⌀72Pro 1975 
4.5 Nikon Nikkor 300mm F/4.5 ED ⌀72Pro 1977 
2.8 Nikon Nikkor 300mm F/2.8 ED ⌀122Pro 1972 
11 Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 360-1200mm F/11 ED ⌀122 1976 
5.6 Nikon Nikkor-P·C Auto 400mm F/5.6 ⌀72Pro 1973 
5.6 Nikon Nikkor 400mm F/5.6 ED ⌀72Pro 1975 
4.5 Nikon Nikkor-Q[·C] Auto 400mm F/4.5 ⌀122Pro 1964 
3.5 Nikon Nikkor 400mm F/3.5 IF-ED ⌀122Pro 1976 
8 Nikon Reflex-Nikkor[·C] 500mm F/8 ⌀88 1968 
8 Nikon Reflex-Nikkor 500mm F/8 ⌀82 1983 
5.0 Nikon Reflex-Nikkor 500mm F/5 ⌀122 1961 
5.6 Nikon Nikkor-P[·C] Auto 600mm F/5.6 ⌀122Pro 1964 
5.6 Nikon Nikkor 600mm F/5.6 ED ⌀122Pro 1975 
5.6 Nikon Nikkor 600mm F/5.6 IF-ED ⌀122Pro 1976 
8 Nikon Nikkor-P[·C] Auto 800mm F/8 ⌀122Pro 1964 
8 Nikon Nikkor 800mm F/8 ED ⌀122Pro 1975 
11 Nikon Reflex-Nikkor[·C] 1000mm F/11 1966 
11 Nikon Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm F/11 1976 
6.3 Nikon Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm F/6.3 1959 
11 Nikon Nikkor-P[·C] 1200mm F/11 ⌀122 1964 
11 Nikon Nikkor 1200mm F/11 ED ⌀122 1975 
11 Nikon Reflex-Nikkor[·C] 2000mm F/11 1971 

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