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1200mm f/11 ED Nikkor (non-Ai)

The 1200mm f/11 ED Nikkor was the longest focal length non-reflex lens from Nikon, offering image magnification of approximately 24 times that of a "normal' 50mm lens. The main feature of the 1200mm f/11 ED from previous version was the use of Nippon Kogaku's special -ED" glass to obtain a much improved optical nerformance under demanding super telephoto photography; as used in this unit, ED glass enables correction of chromatic aberration for top quality photographic results regardless of aperture setting. The degree of correction attained was so complete, in fact, that this lens requires no refocusing for infra red photography. The 1200mm f/11 ED lens was designed to operate with any of the focusing units available from Nikon, where it can be screwing directly into the unit via the threads provided.

To avoid image cut off or vignetting, this lens was designed to fit with its own manual diaphragm with aperture settings of from fi/11to an amazing small f-stop of f/64. Also, the 1,200mm f/11ED has its own fully rotatable tripod mounting collar to ensure proper balance and support when tripod mounted. Other features include the use of Nikon NIC lens coating process for improved flare/ghost control especially under backlit situation, a built-in lens hood, and the use of the standard super-telephoto size 122mm attachment thread for filter mounting.

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Nikon guide to compatible focusing screen(s) selection, Depth of Field calculation chart and also tables of magnification achievable when used with various Nikon close-up attachment accessories with this super telephoto 1200mm lens.
Download a file (62k Gif) in a new browser window. Content is mainly extracted from Nikon Sales Manual(s) between 1974-1976.


Focal length:
Maximum aperture: 1:11; Lens construction: 5 elements in 4 groups
Aperture Scale: f/11~ f/
64 built-in diaphragm mechanism. Diaphragm range provides on the Focusing Unit is NOT usable but the diaphragm control on the focusing unit(s) must be set at f/4.5 during shooting. f/8- f/22 * (f/64 with manual setting)
: MANUAL built into the lens; Lens Coating: Multicoated with NIC
Picture Angle: 4
° 10'; Distance Scale: Provided in the Focusing Unit graduated in meters and feet from 50m (150ft.) to infinity (OO). Corrective focusing in infrared is NOT necessary
Exposure Measurement: via Stopped Down method; meter coupling prong NOT provided
Meter coupling prong: Not Provided on Focusing Unit
Tripod Mounting: Via
tripod mounting collar on the lens, click stops for horizontal and vertical control shooting and locking screw is provided.
Attachment size: 122mm (P=1mm)

Filters: 122mm Screw-in and 52mm screw-in type built into the focusing unit such as AU-1
Lens Hoods: Slip out type built-in front of the lens, hood is turned to lock in place.
Lens Mount: 88mm (P=1.5mm) screw-in for connection to front section of the Focusing Unit
Dimensions: 133mm dia. x 727mm long (lens head only); 133mm dia. x 898mm with Focusing Unit
Weight: 3,700g (Lens Head Only); 6,100g with Focusing Unit AU-1 attached; 4,900g with CU-1
Accessories Supplied: Slip-on rear protective cap LF-1(109-00-283); 122mm screw-in front lens cap (108-04-401); hard lens case CE-7 with strap (108-04-308)
Optional Accessories: 52mm screw-in filters, 122mm front screw-in filters. Early version supplied with a
Wooden case (108 - 04 - 301).

Nikon Product Code for this discontinued item is No. 108-04-143; No. 108-04-125 with AU-1 in meters; No. 108-04-134 with AU-1 in feet; No. 108-04-146 with Focusing unit Content appeared in this section is largely extracted from Nikon Sales Manual, 1974/1976;
Note: Serial number for this lens could have been started from 150001.

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