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Nikkor 85mm f/2.0 Telephoto lens

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Ai-Nikkor 85 mm f/2.0

Although generally, most would believe this lens was introduced as a native Ai telephoto lens in April, 1977, but a friend on the Net told me that there was actually a short run production of Ai-Spec Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens prior to the availability of the f/2.0 lens featured here. That partly explained why during its early days of introduction, the lens was not that well received as it has a slower lens speed than the lens it was supposed to replace !

Credit: Image of this Ai-Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 appeared in this site courtesy of <> © Copyright 2003
Stunningly sharp images are just a few of its exceptional optical characteristic present by this solidly built short telephoto Nikkor lens. It was the most compact telephoto lens among all Nikkor telephoto lenses available during those period of time. With a combination of good factors such as a moderate focal length, slight compression of perspective and a relatively fast lens speed makes this a superb lens for stage photography and other applicable available light photographic applications. It was also an excellent lens for candid, family and portraiture photography in general. The symmetrical design of this lens was essentially similar to that of the Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 which assures excellent resolution and contrast even at the closest focusing distance of 0.85m (however, CRC system was not being deployed in its design).

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The lens has various apertures printed in a colorful fashion at f/8.0, f/16 & f/22 and as well as the depth of field scales. The triple rows rubberized focusing ring grips and the diamond ridge design of the aperture ring easily distinguish it from older non-Ai versions. The reproduction serial number for this lens started from 175111 which you can use it as a visual reference. The lens was eventually discontinued by Nikon in September, 1981 and pathed the way for the introduction of the subsequent Ai-S version.

Nikkor 85mm f/2.0 Ai telephoto lens
Technical Highlights: * A Telephoto 28°30' picture coverage which is started to be apparent as telephoto effect. It comes with a relatively large maximum aperture. It is considered to be very compact and lightweight - only 310 grams * Focuses down to 3 feet (0.85m). * Takes 52mm filters - the standard for most Nikkor lenses from 20 to 200mm. * Supplied with a Snap-On metal lens hood HS-10 which can be stored in the reverse position. * Photographic uses include head-and-shoulders portraits in the studio or on location, indoor and outdoor sports, travel, backpacking, photojournalism, distant landscapes, available light shooting, candids of people, and electronic flash photography.

Credit: Images of this early-Ai Nikkor 80mm f12.0 coutesy of: Russell Gough® <>" All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.


Focal length/Aperture:
85mm f/2.0
Lens construction:
5 elements in 5 groups
Picture angle:
28°30'; Diaphragm: Automatic; Aperture scale: f/2- f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scale
Exposure measurement:
Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Al cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-AI cameras
Distance scale:
Graduated in meters and feet from 0.85m (3 ft) to infinity (oo); Weight: 310g

Credit: Images of this early-Ai Nikkor 80mm f12.0 coutesy of: Russell Gough® <>" All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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Dimensions: 63.5mm dia. x 61 mm long (overall); 52.5mm extension from flange
Attachment size:
52mm (P= 0.75)
Front lens cap:
Lens hood:
Snap-On (HS-10)
Lens case: CL-31S; No. 61; CP-1

a PDF file (50k) to observe its optical construction. NOTE: Serial Number was believed to have been started with 175111 for this Ai telephoto lens

Manual Focus Nikkor Lenses at 85mm focal length :
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