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Pre-AI Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 ED Telephoto Lens

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600mm f/5.6 ED Nikkor (non-Ai)

The 600mm f/5.6 ED-Nikkor is a super-telephoto front lens group designed for use together with either of the two Nikon focusing unit models. Although this lens is similar in design and operation to the non-ED model, the use of ED glass for control of chromatic aberration ensures that this lens provides the highest performance for demanding professional applications. The "Extra-low Dispersion glass" employed in this unit enables an proximately 90% reduction of the secondary spectrum for outstanding chromatic aberration correction spanning through 7000nm wavelength range. Images obtained are exceptionally sharp and full contrast, even full aperture; also, infrared focus shift is eliminated for improved operation with infrared photography. The 600mm f/5.6 ED-Nikkor is not fitted with its own diaphragm, using instead the fully automatic diaphragm fitted on the focusing unit; with automatic diaphragm operation available, finder images remain bright for ease of focusing/viewing operation. NIC, too, helps to ensure top-quality results by providing full control of flare and ghost, while contributing to improved image contrast.

Additional features include the built-in lens hood, ease of tripod mounting via the focusing unit, and the high image magnification.

This 600mm Nikkor telephoto lens was generally believed to have been introduced around 1975 but this lens was eventually substituted by an updated Nikkor lens version with a radical change in lens design where two parts lenses was replaced with a single unit in April, 1976. Subsequently, when Nikon introduced the revised lens coupling system in March, 1977 the upgraded Nikkor lens with an Internal Focus design and ED glass configuration, Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 ED-IF, this lens was deleted in the Nikon Sales Manual but the older Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 remained in the product listings.

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Nikon guide to compatible focusing screen(s) selection, Depth of Field calculation chart and also tables of magnification achievable when used with various Nikon close-up attachment accessories with this 600mm telephoto lens.
Download a file (62k Gif) in a new browser window. Content is mainly extracted from Nikon Sales Manual(s) between 1974-1976.


Focal length:
Maximum aperture: 1:5.6; Lens construction: 5 elements in 4 groups
Aperture Scale: Provided on the Focusing Unit, usable range restricted from f/5.6~ f/
: Fully automatic via mechanism built into the Focusing Unit
Lens Coating: Multicoated with NIC; Picture Angle: 4
° 10'
Distance Scale: provided in the Focusing Unit Graduated in meters and feet from 11m (40ft.) to infinity (
OO); infrared index is not provided. Corrective focusing in infrared is NOT necessary
Exposure Measurement: via Stopped Down method; meter coupling prong NOT provided
Meter coupling prong: Not Provided on Focusing Unit; Tripod Mounting: Via tripod mounting collar on the Focusing Unit
Attachment size: 122mm (P=1mm)
; Filters: 122mm Screw-in and 52mm screw-in type built into the focusing unit
Lens Hoods: Slip out type built-in
Lens Mount: 88mm (P=1.5mm) screw-in for connection to front section of the Focusing Unit
Dimensions: 133mm dia. x 312mm long (lens head only); 133mm dia. x 515mm with Focusing Unit
Weight: 2,300g (Lens Head Only); 4,700g with Focusing Unit AU-1 attached; 3,500g with CU-1
Accessories Supplied: Rear protective cap LF-1(108-00-401); 72mm screw-in front lens cap (108-02-400); hard lens case CL-27A (108-04-305)
Optional Accessories: 72mm screw-in filters, Gelatin filter holder AF-2 (108-02-700). 86mm screw-in lens hood HN-13 (108-02-203), Pistol Grip Model 2 (100-00-941)

* Earliest version may caried with the following accessories: 133mm slip-on leather front cap (108-04-400), slip-on leather rear cap, focusing unit (108-04-600) wooden case (108-04-300); Nikon Product Code for this discontinued item is No. 108-04-141; No. 108-04-123 with AU-1 in meters; No. 108-04-132 with AU-1 in feet; No. 108-04-144 with Focusing unit Content appeared in this section is largely extracted from Nikon Sales Manual, 1974/1976; Note: Serial number for this lens could have been started from 650001.

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