Nikon Lens Chart

La compatibilità delle lenti è sempre stato un problema…Da utente Nikon mi sono trovato in passato a dover decifrare e ricordare quali lenti hanno quali funzioni, compatibilità con le macchine e via dicendo. Tempo fa trovai questa tabella da – dove trovate anche una seconda tabella per la compatibilità con i corpi macchina – che penso possa essere utile a chi ancora naviga nel mare di abbreviazioni e cerca delle lenti usate (o nuove) online. Altro materiale interessante a riguardo lo potete trovare qua, secondo me ottimo sito riguardo la fotografia, in particolare per quanto riguarda il mondo Nikon, con una quantità enorme di recensioni di corpi e lenti.

Lens Type Characteristic
Pre-AI Non-AI Manual Focus Nikon lenses made from 1959 and prior to 1977. Don’t have a CPU. All Non-AI lenses have a letter after the word Nikkor, to tell the number of elements in the optical
Types: A (chrome filter ring), C (black filter ring) and K (rubber coating)formula. For example, in the Nikkor-P 105mm f/2.5, the P stands for Pentax, i.e. five elements.
AI Manual Focus Nikon lenses, produced from 1977 until mid 80’s, introduced Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing. A mechanism for meter coupling, that is, to inform the meter in the body what is the maximum aperture of the mounted lens. With all black barrel, rubber focusing ring and multicoated elements. Don’t have a CPU chip.
AI-S Manual Focus Nikon lenses, introduced in 1982, with Aperture Indexing Shutter system for meter coupling. Smallest aperture is orange (if not, then the lens is either AI or pre-AI). Most of these lenses have extraordinary optics, like the legendary 105mm f/2.5, available in AI-S version. Don’t have a CPU.
E Manual AI-S Nikon Series E lenses, made for the compact Nikon EM introduced in 1979, starting the use of plastics. The 75-150mm f/3.5 Series E reached mythical stature. Don’t have a CPU.
AI-P Manual AI-S Nikon lenses with a CPU that sends the lens information to the camera body. The latest is the ultracompact Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P “pancake”, made to celebrate the FM3A and proving Nikon’s loyalty not only to film enthusiasts but also to manual body users.
F3AF Auto focus pioneering Nikon lenses introduced in 1983, exclusively for the F3AF.
AF Auto focus Nikon lenses introduced in 1986. When on Auto bodies, there is no need to use the aperture ring in auto modes. AI-S lenses with a built-in CPU and screw motor for AF operation.
AF-D Introduced in 1992. AF Nikon lenses with a CPU that also relays distance information to the camera, most useful for ultra-precise TTL flash. Among the first were the 35-70mm f/2.8D AF and 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor.
AF-I Introduced in 1992. Nikon lenses with a coreless Integrated motor for faster AF in high-end telephoto lenses. The first were the 300mm f/2.8 and the 600mm f/4, both D ED IF AF-I.
AF-S Introduced in 1996, Nikon AF-D lenses with a  “Silent Wave” ultrasonic motor of their own, for fastest AF operation. The first were the 300mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4 and 600mm f/4, all D ED IF AF-S Nikkor.
G Introduced in 2000. Nikon AF-D lenses without aperture ring. Need to be controlled through the body dials of latest cameras. The first was the 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF.
VR Introduced in 2000. Nikon lenses with a Vibration Reduction system allowing for crisp images handheld at very slow shutter speeds. The first was the 80-400mm f/4-5.6D ED VR Zoom Nikkor.
DX Introduced in 2003. Nikon G lenses designed to just fill the frame of the DX format APS-C sensor size used in Nikon D-Series SLR cameras. The first was the AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED Nikkor.

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