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800mm f/8.0 Nikkor-P Auto Lens


800mm f/8 Nikkor-P Auto

This super telephoto lens is effectively used for sports and nature photography. Consisting of 5 elements in 5 groups, the apochromatic design of this lens minimizes chromatic aberration and ensures superb image quality.

It is mounted on a camera with the focusing unit as in the case of other three super telephoto lenses, and may be focused down to as close as 19m.In addition to the automatic diaphragm on the focusing unit, which may be stopped down from f/8 to f/22, this lens has its own manual diaphragm from f/8 down to f/64 to ensure greater depth of field. Whichever diaphragm is used, the other diaphragm must be set at full opening.

For this lens, which has a comparatively small aperture of f/8.0, the use of Focusing Screen Type G4 or H4 found on
Nikon F, Nikon F2 and Nikon F3 series Nikon SLRs is always recommended to ensure easy viewing and accurate focusing. It is not a light weight lens either, the lens head alone weighs 3.5kg and the use of appropriate lens support (via focusing unit(s)) is always recommended for successful photography. This lens was completed with a built-in telescopic lens hood. The earliest version may have single layer coating while subsequent version after 1973 800mm f/8 Nikkor-P.C Auto lenses could have been applied with multi-layers lens coating process. Although Nikon introduced an ED version in May, 1975, the lens was still sold along with other improved 800mm Nikkor super- telephoto lenses where it was still available extended up to year 1977/78.

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Focal length: 800mm
Maximum aperture: 1:8.0
Lens construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
Picture angle: 3°

Distance scale: Graduated both in meters and feet up to 19m or 61 ft (20m with AU-1)
Aperture scale: f/8- f/22
* (f/64 with manual setting)
Aperture diaphragm: Fully automatic (Or Manual)
Exposure Measurement: Stop-down method

<<<<----- Credit: Roland Wink's website has a very good image of this lens in his site with an accompanied CU-1 Focusing Unit. You may | click here | to access his site for an enlarged view.

Attachment size: 122mm (P=1.00)
Lens Hood: Built-in telescopic type; Filter: 122mm screw-in
Dimension: 135mm dia. x 711.5mm length (5-5/16 in. X 28 in.); Weight: 3.5kg (7.7 lb)
Accessories: 133mm slip-on leather front cap (108 - 04 - 400), slip-on leather rear cap, focusing unit (108 - 00 - 401), wooden case (108 - 04 - 301)
Note: Serial number for the earlier version could have been started from 800111. Subsequent series with improved lens coating (with 'C') began from 810601. On the other hand, Michael Liu's website reported a the 800mm f/8-22/64 Nikkor-P Auto 's Infrarred red is IR focus shift: 4.9mm (turn ring left) and claimed the lens sold for $750 list (1965); $750 list (1967).

Nikon Product Code No. for this lens: 108-04-103

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