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Nikon 300mm f4.5 Nikkor-H Auto Pre-AI - Lens

Nikon 300mm f4.5 Nikkor-H Auto Pre-AI - Lens

Manual focus telephoto prime lens for Nikon F mount SLR cameras released by Nikon in 1964. Has a built-in lens hood and two tripod sockets. This is the pre-AI version with only the metering bunny ears. Will not meter properly on older Nikon F and Nikkormat bodies. Metal body available in black.

  • Nikon 300mm f4.5 Nikkor-H Auto (6 elements, 5 groups)
  • Minimum focus distance: 4m
  • Aperture blades: 6
  • Size:208 x 83mm
  • Weight: 1070g
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Nikon F

Nikon introduced their first SLR, the Nikon F, in 1959. Alongside it they unveiled a series of lenses and a new lens mount that would carry them to professional success for the next decades. To this day, all Nikon DSLRs use the Nikon F mount.

In the beginning, Nikon lenses communicated aperture information to the body using a metal coupling fork, affectionately known as "bunny ears". Soon after, Nikon began using a similar system that automatically told the camera the maximum aperture of the lens. This Automatic Indexing (AI) system stuck around for decades in lenses and is still found on Nikon's high-end professional DSLRs even though new lenses communicate this information electronically.

With only minor compatibility issues (don't use a pre-AI lens on AI bodies or modern digital cameras), Nikon F lenses and bodies are pretty much interchangeable.

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Nikon 300mm f4.5 Nikkor-H Auto Pre-AI - Lens Availability & Price History
Date Sold SKU Quality Control Price Image
30 Nov 2023 T58134 € 19.00 Nikon 300mm f4.5 Nikkor-H Auto Pre-AI - Lens Image
16 Sep 2023 T47580 € 43.99 Nikon 300mm f4.5 Nikkor-H Auto Pre-AI - Lens Image
22 Jun 2023 T39584 € 149.00 Nikon 300mm f4.5 Nikkor-H Auto Pre-AI - Lens Image
22 Nov 2022 T19623 € 119.50 Nikon 300mm f4.5 Nikkor-H Auto Pre-AI - Lens Image