Additional Information on
Early versions of Nikkor autofocus lenses


Nikkor lenses has took a full turn when the autofocus revolution that took place in the mid eighties. Despite early attempt back in 1971 with a prototype AF Nikkor 80mm f/4.5 (announced in Photo Expo, Chicago) and another good attempt of using the pro-calibre Nikon F3AF with both lens and camera AF system in 1983, Nikon has decided an architecture which primarily fall back to camera driven autofocus system. The first Nikon AF SLR which designed for mass market was a Nikon F301 (N2000) modified Nikon F501 (N2020, shown below).

first version of the AF Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 EDIF
A new series of AF_Nikkor were also being introduced to enable Nikon photographers to take full advantage of the AF system. As an interim measure, Nikon has designed a device (accessory) called TC-16A Tele-converter which enables all the prevailing Manual focus Nikkor, Series E lenses and newly introduced AF Nikkor lenses to be able to use them with the Dual-Autofocus Nikon SLR F501/N2020. The unique TC-16A Autofocus Converter enables the camera to work in the autofocus mode with more than 30 non-AF Nikkor and Series E lenses available during that time. Refer to the list of compatible lenses below. Note:- The TC-16A works as a teleconverter, too. It increases the focal length of compatible lenses by a factor of 1.6, accompanied by a proportional decrease in aperture.

The early group of AF Nikkor comprised of:

AF Nikkor 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5s
AF Nikkor 35-70MM f/3 3-4.5s
AF Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5s
AF Nikkor 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5s
AF Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0s
AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8s
  AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8s
AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8s ED-IF
AF Nikkor 300mm f/2.8s ED-IF
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4s
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8s
AF Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8s

Refer to
AF Nikkor Index Page for future new updates.
Nikon F501 / N2020 - first mass market Nikon AF SLR camera

1st generation of Nikkor autofocus lenses - brochure 2nd page

The following lenses are compatible with TC-16A and enable autofocus operation:

Zoom lenses
Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 ED

Nikkor 24mm E12
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8
Nikkor 28mm f/2 (No. 540021 or larger)
Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 (No. 500001 or larger)
Nikkor 35mma f/1.4 (Use AI-S type lens only)*
Nikkor 35mm f/2 (No 93 1001 or larger
Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 (No. 880001 or larger)

REFER to the Manual Focus Nikkor lens Resources Section for all these related items OR seek the links displayed below of this page
  Telephoto Lenses
AF-Nikkor 80mm f/2.8 (for Nikon F3AF)
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4
Nikkor 85mm f/2
Nikkor 105mmf f/1.8
Nikkor 105mmf f/2.5
Nikkor 135mmf f/2.0
Nikkor 135mmf f/2.8
(only from infinity to 1.7m)
Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 ED
(only from infinity to 2.5m)
Nikkor 200mm f/2 ED-IF
Nikkor 300mm f/2 ED-IF
Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF
  Normal lenses
50mm f/1.2
50mm f/1.4 (No. 3980001 or larger)
50mm f/1.8 (N)

Special Purpose Nikkor lenses
Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2
Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2 8
Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2 8
(only from infinity to 0.55m)

Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 ; Fisheye-Nikkor 8mm f/2.8; Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8

Note:- Ai-S type lenses can be distinguished by the orange minimum aperture indication on the aperture direct-readout scale (ADR).
* * For an accurately in-focus image when used the TC 16A with a primary lens mounted onto the Nikon F501/N2020, use the lens within the specified distance range.
An image chart outlining the early days of Nikkor autofocus lenses (excluding the AF Nikkor 300mm f/2.0 EDIF super telephoto lens
1st generation of Nikkor autofocus lenses - brochure cover page  

1st generation of Nikkor autofocus lenses - brochure full lens listings

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Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
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MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

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