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Pre-Ai version of the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5

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Where many literature may have outlined the Micro-Nikkor lenses were only being given a facelift with a more modern Nikkor lens look and feel in 1977 but there was already a Non-Ai lens version which carried the same physical appearance of the Ai- lens in 1976. The most distinguishable difference was the omission of the diamond pattern focusing grip and a PK-3 magnification scale was engraved on the lens barrel.

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With a matching PK-3 Extension Ring, this lens is capable of providing 1.0X magnification ratio in which the ring can couple with the meter coupling pin on non-Ai Nikon camera bodies to permit full aperture metering instead of the previous M Ring(s).

Credit: Image of this Non-Ai Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 lens at far left courtesy of Mr Mike <>> of Picture of the lens at right hand side hand side courtesy of Mr. Charles Young <> © All images Copyright 2002. All rights reserved.

Despite with the changes, the 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor lense retained the same optical arrangement in 5 elements in 4 groups design. Overall, the adopted cosmetic has a far friendlier look than the older version. The focusing grip has a three rows rectangular pattern while the aperture ring was using a diamond pattern which was far superior than the scalloped design used on the earlier ones.

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NOTE:- Refer to the Rangefinder Nikkor lenses section for more info

Credit: Image of this Non-Ai Micro-Nikkor 55mmf/3.5 lens courtesy of Mr T.N.TRAN <>> of ©. Image of the lens at far left courtesy of "Camera Works" <> All images copyright 2002. All rights reserved.

<<< --- Dimension of the non-Ai 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor mounted with PK-3 compared to a non-Ai Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/4.0 lens mounted with a PN-1 auto Extension Ring. Pictured was scanned from a Nikon sales leaflet published in 1976.

The technical specification of this version may have been similar to the next version which you can use it as a reading reference. This Micro-Nikkor lens was eventually being updated with an Ai lens coupling system in March, 1977.

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