Additional Information on
300mm f4.5 Nikkor-H Auto Lens


300mm f/4.5 Nikkor-H Auto

The Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 was first introduced in 1964 as a 300mm f/4.5-22 Nikkor-P Auto lens. Based on Michael Liu's earlier compilation of lens data, it has the following lens specification and other related info:

o 5 elements in 5 groups
8 1/6 degrees angle of view
focusses to 4m
accepts built-in hood and lens case CL-20
72mm accessory size
80mm diam by 203mm length
1100g ($279.50 list (1965); $279.50 list (1967)

Although there was no picture of the Nikkor-P auto lens is available for discussion here (mail me one if you have), but this lens was among four Nikkor super-telephoto lenses Nikon introduced during the same period of time. Another three lenses were the 600mm f/5.6-22 Nikkor-P Auto and 800mm f/8-22/64 Nikkor-P Auto and 1200mm f/11-64 Nikkor-P Auto. Naturally, early versions of the Nikkor telephoto lenses required the use of Focusing Unit in order these preset telephoto lenses can be use with the Nikon SLRs.

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o automatic stops from f/4.5-22
requires removable focussing distance scale
88mm diam by 1.5mm pitch threads for lens heads
102mm diam by 313mm length
$199.50 list (1965); $199.50 list (1967)

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

Credit: Image of the Nikkor-Q 25cm f/4.0 rangefinder lense courtesy of Mr. CHEZ ® <> Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

See a N-F tube equipped Nikkor 180mm f/2.8
OFF TOPIC: A product of the pre-reflex Nikkor lense era. Introduced in January, 1951. This old rangefinder telephoto lense 25cm f/4.0~f/32 Nikkor-Q (Manual) lense was Nikon's first lense that was designed to use with the Reflex-Housing. It uses only 4 elements and has a filter size of 68mm (Series 9). Closest focusing distance is 10 ft. It is heavy (weighs 40oz). Shown with the lens was a N-F Adapter that permits it to use on Nikon Reflex SLRs. This lense carries serial number: 272241 and was among the first 600 units produced.
Credit: Image of the N-F tube courtesy of Mr. Bob Hammond® Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Note: N-F Tube is a device designed by Nikon which surfaced during the early '60, it was specifically for adapting older rangefinder Nikkor lenses onto the reflex F bodies. It was an interim product to bridge the transition of lenses from rangefinder to reflex format.

The Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 was aimed to replaced the original 35cm f4.5 Nikkor-T which has served the rangefinder Nikon since 1960 and eliminate the need of N/F adapter in order it can be adapted with the reflex Nikon SLRs bodies. An interesting aspect of this lens was, Nikon has also introduced a new filter attachment size of 72mm for the first time in a Nikkor lens because this lens has a larger diameter at the front section. The early version of this lens has a silver lens barrel with the lens mounting ring. The tripod mounting adapter is a built-in type and it has a retractable built-in lockable lens hood. The focusing ring has a wide, finely lined texture for good hand grip. The aperture ring is a deeply ridged design with a meter coupling prong built on top. Similarly with other Nikkor lenses introduced at the same time, the lens can be distinguished easily with its light brownish lens coating which may indicate normal multi layer lens coating was applied. The early version of the Nikkor 300mm may bear serial numbering from 304501 onwards.

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Credit: Two fabulous front and inverse views of the Nikkor-H 300mm f/4.5 non-AI lense displayed here courtesy of "imre dePozsgay" ® <> Images Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

This is the "remodeled" version of the 300mm f/4.5 Nikkor-P Auto lens. Emphasis was placed on improving its overall optical performance, especially to maintain good color balance. Despite its long 300mm focal length, this lens has a short barrel (about 200mm), is light in weight (about 1 kg) and is considered to be the telephoto lens with the longest focal length that allows the average photographer handheld shooting.

Credit: Image of the Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 non-AI lens displayed in this site courtesy of Mr. Laura® <> Copyright © 2003.

The lens features a fully automatic aperture diaphragm and a meter-coupling prong, and meets various requirements in action, sports and scenic photography. Complete with a built-in sliding telescopic lens hood and a tripod socket. The subsequent change could have been occurred during the late '60 with a new optical design of 6 elements in 5 groups arrangement. The next upgrade was a Pre-AI version during 1975-1976 which has a more radical changes to its cosmetic and has a closer resemblance of a modern Nikkor lens exterior appearance which used a hard rubberized focusing ring and finished in black.

Focal Length:
Maximum aperture: 1:4.5
Lens construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
Picture angle: 8°10'

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Credit: Image of the Nikkor-P 300mm f/4.5 non-AI lens displayed in this site courtesy of Mr. Laura® <> Copyright © 2003.

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Distance scale: Graduated both in meters and feet up to 4m or 13ft
Aperture scale: f/4.5- f/22 Aperture diaphragm: Fully automatic
Meter coupling prong: Integrated (fully open exposure metering)
Exposure Measurement: Stop-down method
Attachment size: 72mm (P=0.75)
Lens Hood: Built-in telescopic type
: 72mm screw-in
Dimension: 80mm dia.x 203mm length (3-5/32 in. X 8 in.)
Weight: 1.1 kg
Accessories: 72mm screw-in front cap (108 - 02 - 400), rear cap type F (108 - 00 - 401), leather case (108 - 02 - 312)
Nikon Product Code No. for this lens: 108-02-105
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