Nikon has always had a reputation for making some of, if not the finest, zoom lenses in the 70/80 – 200mm range. This lens is no exception. It was the ultimate manual focus lens of this type, and is of the “push/pull” design – featuring a single ring for both zooming and focussing.
Nikon’s manual focus AIS lenses were renowned for being close to mechanical perfection, and both the zooming and focussing movements of this lens are silky smooth (one of the reasons why these lenses are valued so highly by videographers). This lens is also razor-sharp optically, and can be used not only on all the Nikon film cameras, but also many modern F mount digital slrs. Cameras from the D7000 series upwards provide rangefinder-assisted manual focus and correct exposure metering after you have set the maximum aperture of the lens in the camera’s menus (except for the D7500).
The diaphragm mechanism in this lens is working perfectly, and the optics are in absolutely mint condition – with no marks or scratches, fungus or even dust visible inside the lens at all. Cosmetically, there are some small marks on the lens barrel in one place, but otherwise, the lens is in excellent condition.
I have owned this lens from new (purchase price £800 in 1992!), and it comes with its original box, Nikon warranty card and manual. I am also including a Hoya 62mm UV filter (the lens has always been protected by a filter), and a metal Nikon HN-23 screw-in lens hood.
This lens is for sale at £300.00.
It is in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and inspection of the lens in person is highly recommended. I am also willing to ship it anywhere in the UK (subject to extra carriage charges).
Please contact me for further details.
Here are the lens specifications:
- Lens construction: 13 elements in 9 groups
- Picture angle: 30° 10′ ~ 12°20′
- Aperture scale: f/4~f/32 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
- Focal length markings: 80, 90, 105, 135, 200mm
- Distance scale: Graduated in metres and feet from 1.2m (4ft) to infinity
- Weight: 810g
- Length: 154mm
- Filter thread: 62mm
I am also selling a Nikon F3 body, which balances beautifully with this lens. See here for further details.