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Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 Auto Zoom-Nikkor Pre-AI - Lens

Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 Auto Zoom-Nikkor Pre-AI - Lens

Manual focus zoom lens made for F-mount SLRs by Nikon. Has the bunny ear metering prongs. Metal body available in black.

  • Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 Zoom-Nikkor (11 elements, 8 groups)
  • Minimum focus distance: 1.2m
  • Aperture blades: 7
  • Size: 82 x 65 mm
  • Weight: 450g


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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 43-86mm f3.5 Auto Zoom-Nikkor Pre-AI - Lens Availability & Price History
Date Sold SKU Quality Control Price Image
Available T61823 $55.00 Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 Auto Zoom-Nikkor Pre-AI
08 Dec 2023 T58710 € 16.53 Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 Auto Zoom-Nikkor Pre-AI - Lens Image
26 Oct 2022 T29265 € 35.00 Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 Auto Zoom-Nikkor Pre-AI - Lens Image
03 Jul 2022 A70337 € 34.50 Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 Auto Zoom-Nikkor Pre-AI - Lens Image