Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 non-AI

Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 non-AI (1963-1972)

Filter size: 52mm
Close focus: 4 feet/1.2 meters (marked)
Aperture range: f/3.5 - f/22
Aperture blades: 6
Depth of field scale for f/3.5, f/8 - f/22, IR index.
Design: 9 elements in 7 groups

I was surprised at how much I like this lens.  Ken Rockwell calls this Nikon's worst lens and there certainly are some reasons to label it as such.  It is not especially sharp, it likes to bend straight lines, and it barely replaces two primes with its short zoom range.  The close focus, or more accurately the least-far-focus, is a problem for me.  On the positive side, the fixed f/3.5 aperture is pretty fast and makes meterless exposure easier than variable zooms.  I actually like the heavy flare and ghosts.  Note that this is different than the later 43-86mm f/3.5 AI/AI-S lens with 11 elements in 9 groups which is mediocre.

Sample photographs:

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