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Manual Focus Nikkor Zoom lense 35-85mm f/2.8~4.5s


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3.5~8.5cm f/2.8~4.0-16 Zoom-Nikkor Auto

Here is one zoom range that Nikon has never be able to introduce all these years. The closest zoom range to this old zoom Nikon has introduced thus far was a AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-80mm f/4.0~5.6D which was debuted almost 30 years later in 1993. But an old MF version of this zoom lense did exist back in 1961 - Yes ! It was even before the Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 auto was introduced. Actually, this lense was already in the pipe line in a planned schedule to go mass production. However, the project was later mysteriously being scrapped by Nippon Kogaku K.K. and it never actually reached to the hands of consumers.

A brainchild of Japanese optical engineer Mr. HIGUCHI, Takashi who also happened to oversee design of the 43-86mm Nikkor zoom and others, includes the earlier Auto 8.5-25cm f/4~4.5 Zoom-Nikkor etc. As indicated at the lens data, this Nikkor zoom employs a 13 elements in 8 groups configuration and uses a concave-convex 2-group zoom type which is now the benchmark optical design for many today's standard and wide angle zoom lenses. It comes with a fast maximum lens speed at f/2.8 and used a variable lens speed design (in order to keep its size and weight down but still, it weighs a massive 1.1kg.

A scan copy from Nikon brochure Nikon prototype auto NIKKOR WideEZoom 1:2.8 f=3.5cm-1:4 f=8.5cm (Nikon Auto Zoom Nikkor 35~85mm f/2.8~4.0  
Credit: Image was a scan copy downloaded from a Japanese Nikon Fan ( as I can't read Japanese so I won't able to credit him properly. Image(s) copyright © 2008 nikonfan.cocolog. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.  

As information relates to this Nikkor wideangle zoom was rare and scarce, the best information you can gather is from Peter Braczko's Nikon's Hand Book where it shows two detailed pictures of that lens. While another two online resources you can gather is from Nikon Japan website at: & Both of these links will give you an idea relates to its background and a wild guess on its mysterious termination from production by its creator.

The pictures shown in Nikon Hand Book indicates "Auto NIKKOR Wide-Zoom 1:2.8 f=3.5cm ~ 1:4 f=8.5cm". It was a two zoom/focusing ring zoom where the focusing ring locates at the front section is very narrow while the rear ring which has a broader grip in ridge scallop design is for altering focal lengths. There is a tag with a small triangle as index for the zoom and numbers (in "cm") are indicated by plain "3.5, 5, 6, 7 and 8.5". The silver-coloured lens barrel has the lens data engraved and has a long extension when the lens is set at 3.5cm focal length setting. At the external section of the black filter rim, it imprinted with "3.5cm~8.5cm Zoom Nikon Japan". The aperture ring is a plain, flat type with texture at both sides, the aperture scales begin from f/2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11 and f/16. Distance scales only indicative in feet and the lens close focus down to 3.6 ft (1.1m) and it has a 82mm diameter filter thread (Japan site indicates front lens diameter is 78mm but another article mentioned it uses 82mm filters). From both printed B/W pictures, the lense doesn't seem to provide any depth of field scales. Peter wrote the lens cap is an Aluminum cap while the rear cap is green colour and according to him, serial number began from 352801. If you want a real good view of how this lens actually looks like, buy a copy of his book..... for obvious reason, I dare not reproduce this picture here, hehe ...

NOTE: This page equally looks DULL and too text intensive - it will be NICE to have some contributing high quality images (pictures or other views of the lens) to bright up the page.. but I know this lense is scarce and rare.

Specifications for Nikon Auto NIKKOR Wide Zoom 1:2.8 f=3.5cm~1:4 f=8.5cm (Nikon Auto Wide Zoom Nikkor 35~85mm f/2.8~4.0):-

Focal length/Aperture
: 35 -85mm f/2.8~4.0
Lens construction:
13 elements in 8 group
Picture angle: 62° - 28°30'; Diaphragm: Preset
Aperture scale: f/2.8~ f/16; Focusing and zooming control: via dual separate control rings
Exposure measurement
: Unknown; but meter coupling prong is provided

Optical construction for Nikon prototype auto NIKKOR WideEZoom 1:2.8 f=3.5cm-1:4 f=8.5cm (Nikon Auto Zoom Nikkor 35~85mm f/2.8~4.0
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 3.6 ft to infinity (oo)
Reproduction Ratio: Unknown
Focal Length markings: 3.5cm, 5cm, 6cm, 7cm and 8.5cm
Depth of Field Scales: not sure; Attachment size: 82mm
Weight: 1,100g

Dimensions: 90mm dia. x approx. 95mm long (overall)
Filters:82mm Front lens cap: Supplied Aluminum cap
Lens hood: Unknown

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