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Pre-AI version of the Nikkor 200mm f/4.0 Telephoto Lens

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200mm f/4.0 Nikkor

For quite sometime, since the debut of the first 200mm f/4 Nikkor telephoto lens in 1961, the lens has been remained unchange in its basic optical design in a 4 elements in 4 groups arrangement. The lens went through its first major revamp which comprised in a new design of 5 elements in 5 groups optical construction in 1975. the revised design also offered a substantially reduction in its size and weight from previous versions. An additional "negative" element has been fitted to produce a new 5 elements, 5 group configuration from the earlier 5 elements, 5 group design; the result is a 33mm reduction in the lens' overall length, with weight down by 90g from the former model.

In total, this compact size makes the updated 200mm Nikkor lens more comfortable to use for hand held, fast action shooting. Complementing the great new size is the excel lent performance offered, images are sharp, even at full aperture, with outstanding correction of spherical and chromatic aberrations. NIC, too, helps to ensure top-quality performance under the most demanding situations.

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The 200mm f/4 was also fitted with a fully automatic diaphragm and a meter coupling prong for full aperture viewing/metering convenience with some of the semi-automatic indexing system employed in cameras such as FTN and the newer Nikkormats. Other features provided include the slip-out type lens hood fitted on the front of the lens barrel, the new easy-to grip focusing and aperture rings, and the popular 52mm attachment fits for a wealth of lens accessories. Focusing is provided for up to 2m (7 ft) close-ups, with aperture settings to f/32.

The lens was literally migrated directly to an equivalent
AI lens spec version in 1977 without much modification andas a matter to differenciate them from the pre-AI lenses. they have starting serial numbering commencing from 710001.

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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 200mm telephoto lens.
Download a file in a new browser window 88k.Gif. Content is mainly extracted from Nikon Sales Manual(s) between 1974-1976.


Focal length:
Maximum aperture: 1:4.0; Lens construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
Aperture Scale: f/4.0~ f/
32; Diaphragm: Fully automatic
Lens Coating: Multicoated with NIC; Picture Angle: 12
° 20'
Distance Scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 2m (7ft.) to infinity (
OO); infrared index is provide.
Exposure Measurement: via full aperture method; meter coupling prong provided
Meter coupling prong: Integrated (fully open exposure metering)
Attachment size: 52mm (P=0.75mm)
; Filters: 52mm Screw-in
Lens Mount: Nikon bayonet mount; Dimensions: 68mm dia. x 126mm long; Weight: 540g
Accessories Supplied: Rear protective cap LF-1(108-00-401); 52mm Snap-On front lens cap (108-02-400); Optional Accessories: Soft lens pouch No.56 (108-02-320); Hard lens case CL-13 with strap (108-02-322); 52mm screw-in filters; Gelatin filter holder AF-1 (108-02-700). 60mm screw-in lens hood HN-12 (108-00-205)

Nikon Product Code for this discontinued item is No.108-02-140; Content appeared in this section is largely extracted from Nikon Sales Manual, 1974/1976; Note: Starting serial number for this lens was believed to have started from: 670003(K) between 1975 - 1977 which has a 5/5 design. Those in C-mount has 4/4 and was believed to have started from 570001

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