Usable Shooting Modes/Metering Method Combination Chart with Nikon FA

Lens or accessory

Shooting Mode

Metering Method





Multi - Pattern

Center weighted average


High Speed

135mm or longer








105mm or shorter








AI- Nikkor








Nikon Series E 135mm or longer








100mm or shorter








AF Nikkor








AI- Modified Nikkor
















Reflex Nikkor








Medical Nikkor








Teleconverters TC-201, TC-301, TC-14A, TC-14B








Teleconverters TC-200, TC-300, TC-14








Bellows, K-Rings








    Operational or possible
    Not possible
    Shutter speed is shifted according to the aperture.

Note: When using any Nikon teleconverter attached to lenses of f1.8 or faster, no exposure compensation is required in the P, S, or A mode, but is necessary in the M mode as explained in the teleconverter's instruction manual.

Lens Compatibility Chart for Nikon F4/F4s
NOTE: (Nikon F4 Series Website is up now) (NEW )

With AF-Nikkor lenses or some other lenses in combination with the TC-16 or TC-16A autofocus teleconverter, the F4 provides full autofocus operation. Full manual focusing, or manual focusing with the F4's electronic rangefinder, is used with virtually all Nikon F-mount Nikkor and Nikon lenses. Use the following table as a guide.



Exposure Mode

Metering System


Manual with electronic rangefinder

Programmed AE

Shutter Priority AE

Aperture Priority AE



Center weighted


AF Nikkor lenses (except AF Nikkor lenses for F3AF)










AF Nikkor lenses for Nikon F3AF










AI-P-type Nikkor lenses










AI-type Nikkor lenses (including AI-S and E series)










AI-modified Nikkor lenses










Non-AI-type Nikkor lenses










Medical-Nikkor 120mm f/4










Reflex Nikkor lenses










PC-Nikkor lenses










AF Teleconverter TC-16A










AF Teleconverter TC-16*

1, 11









AI-S-type teleconverter










AI-type teleconverter










Bellows Focusing Attachment PB-6










PK-Series Rings










K Ring Set










    Operational or compatible
    Not possible
    Compatible as per condition(s)
    Cannot be used with MB-21, MB-22 or MB-23
    These teleconverters require exposure compensation depending on the lens used.

  With maximum aperture faster than V3.5, use TC-16A Autofocus Converter. Incompatible with maximum aperture of f/3.5 or slower.
  With maximum aperture faster than f/5.6.
  With maximum effective aperture faster than f/5.6.
  With shutter speed set to 1/125 sec. or slower. Flash necessary.
  Aperture cannot be selected.
  Exposure determined by preseting lens aperture. Exposure must also be determined before shifting; in A mode, use AK-L button before shifting.
  Shutter should be released, after exposure measurement, by stopping down PB-6
  Use stop-down measurement with Type B, E, K, J, or P focusing screen.
  Use full-aperture measurement with maximum aperture of f/1.8 to f/2.8.
  In Single Servo autofocus mode with lens A-M switch set at M, shutter is not released unless in-focus indicator lights up inside viewfinder.
  Focus lock button on TC-16 cannot be used.
  Stop-down measurement possible. With aperture of f/5.6 or slower, set exposure compensation dial (or focusing screen exposure compensation dial for flash photography) toó1. With 400mm f/5.6 lens, compensate exposure toó1 when the lens aperture is set at f/8 or slower.
  For full-aperture measurement, set exposure compensation dial (or focusing screen exposure compensation dial for flash photography) to -1.
  For full-aperture measurement, set exposure compensation dial to +1.
  In stop-down measurement, set exposure compensation dial (or focusing screen exposure compensation dial for flash photography) to - 1.
  In stop-down measurement, set exposure compensation dial to +1.
  Exposure compensation necessary. (See focusing screen's instruction sheet.)
  Exposure compensation necessary for full-aperture measurement. (See footnote 13 or 14.)
  Exposure compensation necessary for stop-down measurement. (See footnote 15 or 16).
  When using the TC-301 with Nikkor 400mm f/2.8, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 or AF Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 lenses, Matrix Metering cannot be used

Note (1): The following Nikkor lenses cannot be used with the F4s/F4 camera: All 8mm f/8, 16mm f/3.5 (No. 272281 - 290000), 28mm f/3.5 (No. 625611 - 999999), 35mm f/1.4 (No. 385001 - 400000), all 55mm f/1.2, all old-type Reflex 1000mm f/6.3, all 21mm f/4, all old-type PC 35mm f/3.5.

Note (2): The AF Teleconverter TC-16 (for F3AF) cannot be attached to the F4s camera. To attach an old-type Reflex-Nikkor 500mm V8 to an F4s camera, turn the lens' tripod mounting collar so it faces the direction opposite the camera's grip (from the front of the camera, it should face the right-hand side). To change the camera/lens assembly from horizontal to vertical position or vise versa, do not turn the assembly; turn the tripod head.

MANUAL FOCUS Nikkor Resources | Autofocus Nikkor Resources

| Back to Main Index page |

Part I | Part II | Part III

Back to
Nikon Pictorial History Site
Back to Michael Liu's
Nikon Resources centre

| Message Board | for your Nikkor optics ("shared" because I want some of you to expose to other's perspective as well, it is sad to see photography has to be segmented into different camps from the use of various labels).

weblibrary.gif   Nikon F | Nikon F2 | Nikon F3 | Nikon F4 | Nikon F5 | Nikon F6 | Nikkormat / Nikomat | Nikon FM | Nikon FE/ FA | Nikon EM/FG/FG20 | Nikon Digital SLRs | Nikon - Other models

Nikon AUTO Focus Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page
Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:- Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm | Standard Lenses - 45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm | Super-Telephoto Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

Nikkor Link.jpg

Index Page
  Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number: by: my friend, Rick Oleson by: Hansen, Lars Holst

Recommended Reading Reference on Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses
IF you like this site,
help to make it better !

| Back | Main Index Page of Nikkor Resources
| Back | Main Index Page of Pictorial History of Nikon SLRs

about this photographic web site

MIR Logo.gif
Home - Photography in Malaysia


Credit: To all the good people who has contributed their own experience, resources or those who are kind enough granting us permission to use their images appeared in this site Note:certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures, sales manuals or publications published by Nikon over the years and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their work for educational purposes. The creator of the site will not be responsible for may discrepancies arise from such dispute except rectifying them after verification."Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" & "Nikkor" are registered tradename of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Site made with an Apple IMac.