Introduced in January, 1984. This lense was among the new series of Nikkor zoom introduced during this period that offered a common MACRO function.
The close focus design allows the focusing to reach a minimum distance of only 0.71m (2.3 ft.) where a reproduction ratio of a good 1:44 is reach at this close distance. Similarly, this Ai-S only Nikkor zoom adopts a pull and push sliding zoom design which enables it to be easily handle for maneuver for fast change of focal length in picture composition and/or responding to quick action shooting. The all-in-one single zoom/focusing ring of this lovely zoom was generously extended for positive, slip-free hand gripping and its main strength is ease of handling while maintaining a constant aperture of f/5.6 throughout its entire focal length. The requirement of the light gathering power has resulting to its slightly larger physical dimension and weighs almost a kg (930g) and it has a 62mm filter attachment size.
With an angle of view that spans from 24° 20' - 8° 10', it offers a 3X zoom ratio that based on an optical design of 14 elements in 10 groups. The lense exhibits a high built quality and provides a useful meter coupling prong to enable older series of non-Ai Nikon bodies be able to use in a a restricted stopped down metering mode. Unlike other Nikkor zooms that uses variable lens speed in their design, this lense has only a clearly defined index that marked on the Aluminum lens mounting ring. The depth of field scales are dual coloured-lined in orange (f/32) and blue (f/16) with an additional red index for infrared position. The respective focal length of 100mm, 135mm, 200mm and 300mm are also engraved at the side of the lens tube for easy visual reference.
Besides, an orange macrofocus indicative line extends from its minimum helical focus distance of 2m down to 0.71m and near its close focus distance, Nikon designed its lens rotation in such a way that it becomes quite broad apart in its distance scale to enable precise close focusing.
Credit: Image courtesy of Mr Fred Dombski ® <FredDombski@aol.com>. Image copyright © 2002 All rights reserved. Fred also has helped to provide some clarifications in relating to technical data of this Nikkor zoom..
The zoom range of 100-300mm makes it a good substitute to replace the need to carry around a few telephoto lenses especially for those who wants to keep bare minimum of weight in traveling It can be a useful lense to supplement photographers who are engaging more with wideangle photography while still has an option standby to cover long focal length such as in travel, candids, mountain tracking and leisure photography. Although the lense has a constant aperture of f/5.6 across its entire zoom range, however, unless the light condition is favorable to free the photographer from use of slow shutter speeds, it still demands good and careful handling to avoid blurry images caused by selection of slow shutter speeds during shooting as its relatively slow f/5.6 maximum aperture may post some problems to obtain good exposures. A good compromise way is to use a faster speed film type to compensate for its limiting maximum aperture.
This Manual focus Nikkor tele-zoom has "survived" for quite sometime in an all AF-era probably because Nikon has not provided an AF-equivalent thus far at this specific zoom range. Eventually, this MF Nikkor zoom was being phased out quite late in 1990. In 1998, Nikon introduced another zoom*, AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED lense that comes with an extended 4.3X zoom ratio in comparison to this 3X MF Nikkor zoom. * An AF G-series lense with almost similar configuration was also being introduced subsequently. But since this series of lenses have NO aperture ring and it should not use used with virtually all MF Nikon SLRs because there is no way you can control aperture via the lense.
Focal length/Aperture: 100-300mm f/5.6s
Lens Coupling: Ai-S; Lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
Picture angle: 24° 20' - 8° 10'; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale: f/5.6 ~ f/32 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scale
Focusing and zooming control: via single rings for push and pull control.
Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method; meter coupling ridge provided for Ai cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-Ai cameras
Credit: Image of this Zoom-Nikkor 100-300mm lense courtesy of Mr Fred Dombski ® <FredDombski@aol.com>. Image copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 2m (6.6ft) to infinity (oo), Macrofocus down to 0.71m (2.3ft.).; Reproduction Ratio: 1:44 life-size
Depth of Field Scales: Orange for f/32, Blue for f/16 with indicative Infrared Index in Red
Attachment size: 62mm (P = 0.75)
Focal length markings: 100mm, 135mm, 200mm and 300mm
Weight/Dimensions: 930g; 74mm dia. x 199mm long (overall); 207mm extension from the flange
Filters: 62mm front screw-in
Front lens cap: Snap-On
Lens hood: HN-24 screw-in type
Lens case: CL-30, CL-45 hard leatherette
Usable Teleconverter(s): TC-200* | TC-201** | TC-14A** | TC-14B**** * Aperture of f/11 or smaller with high shutter speed(s) may occasionally cause uneven exposures. Certain exposure modes (P & S) with selective Nikon SLRs will not work; ** The use of aperture of f/11 or smaller with combination of fast shutter speed(s) may occasionally cause uneven exposures; *** Usable; Note: Serial numbers for this Ai-S only Zoom-Nikkor lense was believed to have been started with 188051.
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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
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