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This page is a summary of Nikon lens serial numbers, specifications and accessories.

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By then, the total numbers of Nikon SP (black and chrome combined) reaches 22,348 - making Nippon Kogaku a respective camera manufacturers for professional and serious users.

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The Olympus Pen F series cameras are not only smaller than an ordinary 35mm SLR because of the smaller frame size, they also lack the typical hump on the top of an SLR where the pentaprism is. Instead of a pentaprism, the Olympus Pen F series cameras use mirrors and prisms. The small size and lack of a pentaprism hump, together with classic, simple styling, reminds one of the classic Leica, Canon and Nikon interchangeable lens rangefinder cameras. Instead of the typical focal plane shutter, the Olympus Pen F series cameras use a rotating focal plane shutter. This allows flash synchronization at up to 1/500 second. Typical flash synch in 35mm SLR cameras at the time was 1/60 second. That increased later to 1/125 second and even 1/250 second with vertical shutter curtains. Even the most advanced full film 35mm SLRs never achieved the flash synchronization of a Pen F, however. The smaller frame size allowed for twice as many photos on a roll of film. For example, a 36 exposure roll will give you 72 images on a half-frame camera.

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Nikon Ai conversion lists do not mention these lenses, it is likely they could be converted using spare parts from an Ai lens.

This was my first Nikon. Purchased on eBay on 5-8-06 for $61 and $11.50 shipping. It came with a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f3.5 lens and a Vivitar Zoom Thyristor SMS 40D flash. The camera is in very good cosmetic and working condition. There appears to be some slight dust on the mirror. The lens is also in good condition with clear glass, but some scrapes on the body and the ring surrounding the front element.

The 70-210 Series 1 lens itself is somewhat of a cult classic intended to compete with lenses from the camera manufacturers. Mine is the first of the five versions. It was make by Kiron and has a 67mm filter size. According to the numbers on the lens, mine was apparently made in the 18th week of 1981 following the code set forth in the site. See also . It has a 1:2.2 magnification ratio and a fixed f3.5 maximum aperture, impressive for a zoom lens. A Vivitar Series 1 70-210 lens cost $374.50 in the 1978-79 Sears Camera Catalog, nearly $1,150 in 2006 dollars, although a Nikkor 80-200 zoom in the same catalog cost $639.50, almost $2,000 in 2006 dollars. I also have Series 1 70-210 lenses in Pentax screw, Minolta MD and Canon FD mounts.

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Since the colored aperture numbers correspond to the depth of field lines on the lens, Nikon had to make different conversion kits to match!

I purchased my Topcon IC-1 Auto (serial no. 37982) on April 8, 2010 in the Point Loma area of San Diego from an ad on Craigslist. I have purchased several nice cameras and lenses from the same gentleman in the past. I paid $75 for the Topcon IC-1, a Topcon Auto 100, a 200mm f4 lens, two 135mm f4 lenses, one 35mm f3.5 lens, a 2X teleconverter, a ever-ready case for the Auto 100, a lens case for the 20mm f4 lens, a lens case for one of the 135mm lens, a case for the teleconverter and a modern nylon case. Everything appears to be in very good working and cosmetic condition. The IC-1 is very clean, although the Auto 100 has some dust in the viewfinder. All the lenses are Topcon. They all appear to be clear.

On 6-20-08 I bought in Escondido through an ad on Craigslist another Pentax ME Super (not SE) model for $10 with a 50mm f2 Pentax lens, a TOU/Five Star 28mm f2.8 lens, a Makinon 80-200mm f4.5 lens, a Pentax AF200S automatic flash, an every-ready camera case, a large gadget bag and manuals. The lenses appear to be in good condition with no scratches, mold, etc. The flash was initially not working but I roughed up the contacts with an emery board and it now works well. The every-ready case is in good condition. The mirror was initially up on the camera and the shutter would not fire. I gently moved the shutter and got it to fire and the mirror to work. The camera, which is in great cosmetic condition, now works intermittently. The problem is the film advance will often just keep going and not cock the shutter. The problem is with the wind lock and wind lock catch which can be readily seen with removal of the bottom plate as explained at . I have not yet been able to fix it, however. The Web page "" has complete disassembly procedures and many fine photos which make you appreciate what precision pieces of equipment 35mm single lens reflex cameras are!

CommentsAll of the zoom lenses, the GN and the fisheyes, plus the 15mm lenses have  kits listed (the 13mm has two).
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    Start and End serial numbers are from Nikon Ai conversion lists, service manuals, catalogues and various books.

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    Nikon lens information: The first four pages here catalog most Nikon rangefinder and F-mount SLR lens that I know of

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I purchased my Nikon F2 Photomic and motor drive on July 29, 2011 in La Mesa, CA from an ad on Craigslist. The seller was a nice gentleman who I believe indicated he purchased the Nikon F2 new. He was also selling a Nikon F, and several lenses including a Nikkor 105mm f2.5 and a Nikkor 200mm. Being on a budget, I initially limited my purchase to the Nikon F2 Photomic and meters for a total of $100 ($70 for the camera and $30 for the drive). The camera, head and drive are all in very good cosmetic and working condition. The only cosmetic defect is some slight brassing around the bottom of the camera. Ebay prices vary widely depending on the working and cosmetic condition as well as the type of head and drive. While the cameras tend to be very reliable, heads without functioning meters can be common. Additionally, the later heads that can use the features of the AI lenses are more valuable. Finally, the MD-1 and MD-2 drives are more valuable than my MD-3 drive. I later returned to purchase the Nikkor 105mm f2.5 lens for $50.

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My 55mm f1.2 lens is the Ai series. According to the fabulous serial number chart at , my 55mm f1.2 Nikon lens was made between April 1977 and April 1978. According to that site, 25,518 were made. My 85mm f1.4 lens is the Ai-S series. According to the serial number chart at , it was made between March 1981 and 2005. The serial numbers range from 179114 - 245720 so mine, with serial no. 241994, is likely much closer to 2005. 66,630 were made over the course of 24 years. 24 years is an incredibily long time to make a particular model of a lens. states the 85mm f1.4 AI-S Nikkor is: "The fastest telephoto in the Nikon lineup and the first Nikkor telephoto with floating elements."

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Starting in 1977 Nikon started offering its Nikon AI or Automatic Indexing lenses. Prior to this Nikon had its non-AI lenses that required you to "turn the aperture ring all the way to the minimum aperture setting (largest f/number), then all the way in the opposite direction. This step automatically fits the coupling pin in the Photomic finder into the coupling prong on the lens and adjusts the meter to the maximum aperture of the lens." (Nikon F2 Photomic Instruction Manual at page 30 available online at .) With these new lenses, Nikon introduced the Nikon F2A and Nikon F2AS with new Photomic heads that did not require you to twist the lenses back and forth to adjust the meter to the maximum aperture of the lens. has a detailed discussion of the various viewfinder heads available over the years.

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Nikon also offered a Ai conversion for Nikon NON-Ai lenes in which a new aperture ring was installed with the Ai metering ridge,ADR and the new cutaway prong.

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