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Nikkor MF Zoom lenses - 80-200mm f/4.0s - Part

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Given the immense popularity and widely known throughout the world for its superb picture quality, probably it has put a lot of pressure on Nikon to design a worthy upgrade for their highly acclaimed Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5 - which partly explained why it has taken them so long to announce the new successor. The Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.0s was introduced in August, 1981. This Ai-S native Nikkor zoom carries with the new revised coupling system that enables many Nikon SLRs to operate some automatic exposure control modes. In some ways, it also enables the free use of a revolutionary AMP Metering (Automatic Multi Pattern Metering System - concept similar to the current "Matrix Metering", first used in a Nikon FA SLR camera) that began to emerge during early/mid of '80.

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In relation to technicalities, this Nikkor zoom has a lens speed of f/4.0, one-half stop faster than the older model. The brighter viewfinder projection that benefits from the speed gain provides easy pinpoint focusing. In order to accommodate this improvement, the filter thread of this zoom has been enlarged with a larger diameter of 62mm from 52mm found on previous versions.

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The lense still features a single focusing/zooming ring, allowing you to focus and zoom simultaneously especially when shooting fast-moving subjects. Similarly, it stops down to f/32 for additional depth of field control which makes it Ideal for candids and portraits, travel photography, sports, and for creating zoom blurs. But another main improvement of this new zoom was its close focusing ability - it now focuses to a close 1.2m (4 ft.) attributed from adoption of a new 13 elements in 9 groups optical design where this further extends its picture making capabilities. Another resulting advantage is a good reproduction ratio be achieved at its closest focusing distance.

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The lense has a simplified colour coded depth of field indexes with a Ai-S customary orange minimum aperture scale (f/32 on the aperture scale, so does the ADR's f/32), blue for f/22 and a green f/8.0 imprinted on the lens tube.

The focal length reference were marked in white with a contrasty 80mm, 90mm, 105mm, 135mm and 200mm printed on it all matte black finish barrel. The silvered-colour lens mounting ring was believed to be using Aluminum alloy instead of chrome, probably aimed to bring its overall weight down.

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Comparing optical consturction of two versions in 80-200mm f/4.5 and Ai-S f/4.0

The optical arrangement of this famed MF Nikkor zoom lense was known to have been evolved three rounds in its entire product cycle with earlier ones carries a 15 elements in 10 groups design(1969~1977) - followed by a 12 elements in 9 groups (1979~1981) version and finally, the 13 elements in 9 groups (1981~1990) design adopted in this Ai-S-only zoom. What I am trying to emphasize here is, this Nikkor zoom has quite a colourful and respectable history throughout its lens development, with refinement made physically in lens features as well as internally involving its various optical formulas used. I know there are quite a number of dividing opinions out there when it comes to this Nikkor Zoom upgrade. From the perspective of a consumer, I would simply conclude (but I don't intend to influence anyone's perception) this is also a great zoom lense. With overall useful focal lengths that offers from medium to full 4X telephoto, supreme built quality, excellent handling and compatibility with new and old Nikon bodies while optically, it is still rated as a more than above-average-performer which can deliver superb definition across its entire zoom range. Depending on individual expectations, requirements and subject topics that you intend to handle in your photography - it can be an excellent companion lens such as for traveling and/or assignments indoor or on locations especially takes into consideration its overall high score in its portability and optical performance provides. Although I am more inclined towards the use of prime lenses but this zoom is always in list of consideration whenever I intend to travel. I think, this speaks all.

This MF Nikkor Ai-S zoom has remained in production until 1990 despite some of the user's attention have diverted to another faster speed MF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8s ED that introduced soon after this zoom lense and also with the emergence of autofocus range of Nikon SLRs and AF Nikkor lenses.

Specifications of Zoom 80-200mm f/4.0s

Focal length/Aperture: 80-200mm f/4
Lens construction: 13 elements in 9 groups;
Focusing/zooming control: via a single ring; Picture angle: 30°10'~12°20

Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale: f/4~f/32 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method meter coupling ridge provided for Ai cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-Ai cameras

Focal length marking: 80mm, 90mm,105mm,135mm, 200mm; Macro Reproduction Ratio: Unknown
Distance scale:
Graduated in meters and feet from 1.2m (4ft.) to infinity (
OO); Weight: 810g
73mm dia. x 162mm long (overall); 154mm extension from lens flange
62rnm front Screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-on
Lens hood: HN-23 screw-in type; Lens case: CL-35A hard leatherette or No. 63 soft pouch
Usable teleconverter(s):
TC-200*, TC-201s, TC-14A * Some specific exposure control such as Program AE and Shutter Priority AE modes with certain Nikon SLRs may not function efficiently. Note: Serial numbers for this Ai-S ONLY Nikkor Zoom may have been started from 188081
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