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Pre-AI version of the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 Telephoto Lens

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Non-Ai 85mm f/1.8 Nikkor

This Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens was a pre-85mm f/2.0 Nikkor lens version. It has a 6 elements in 4 groups optical design. One of the most versatile and popular of all lenses in the Nikon lineup, this popular 85mm f/1 8 Nikkor lens provides the combination of good aperture "speed" and moderate telephoto length that comes in so handy for a wide range of photographic applications. The image perspective obtained using this lens is natural and highly suited to realistic portraiture effects; also, the wide maximum aperture enables greater isolation of the focused subject for an increased sense of intimacy with the subject.

This version of the lens was Inroduced in March, 1975 (S/N 410001 onwards). A few changes were also being made to the design of this lens. The traditional old Nikkor physical scalloped focusing ring has been changed to a rubberized type grip and the aperture ring has a diamond ridged type of design which is closer to a modern Nikkor lens exterior appearance. The closest focusing distance has improved to around 3 ft from the 3.5 ft found on earlier series. NIC lens coating was also believed being used for its various lens elements. The lens' 28' 30' picture angle (the widest among telephoto lenses other than the 58mm lenses) makes for easier operation when following moving subjects, particularly at medium distances; here, again the f/1.8 aperture proves useful, as it allows for stop-action photographs under most common lighting conditions.

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Of course, the automatic diaphragm and meter coupling prong ensure full aperture operating convenience at all times. The optical performance of this lens is characterized by high resolution and excellent contrast, even wide open; NIC provides for full control of flare and ghost, as well as top color rendition. The minimum focusing distance possible with this lens is an improved 0.85m (3 ft)-perfect for tight head framing.

Download an Optical Construction file in new browser window: 19k Gif

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 85mm short telephoto lens. Download a file in a new browser window 109k.Gif. Content is mainly extracted from Nikon Sales Manual(s) between 1974-1976.

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Focal length:
Maximum aperture: 1:1.8
Lens construction: 6 elements in 4 groups
Aperture Scale: f/1.8 ~ f/
: Fully automatic
Lens Coating: Multicoated with NIC
Picture Angle: 62
Distance Scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.85m (3ft.) 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: 70mm dia. x 70mm long
Weight: 430g
Accessories Supplied: Rear protective cap LF-I (108-00-401); 52mm Snap-On front lens cap (108-00-400);
Optional Accessories: 52mm screw-in lens hood HN-7 (108-02-200); Soft lens pouch No.55 (108-02-319); Hard lens case CL-32 with strap (108-00-309); 52mm screw-in filters; Close-up attachment lenses; plastic lens case CP-1 (108-00-300); Gelatin filter holder AF-1 (108-00-700). 60mm screw-in lens hood HN-12 (108-00-205)

Nikon Product Code for this discontinued item is No.108-02-132
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: 390001(C); 410001 onwards were produced between 1975 - 1977 in K-F-mount.

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