800mm f/8.0 ED Nikkor (non-Ai)
The 800mm f/8 ED-Nikkor is a super-telephoto front lens group with a lens construction of 5 elements in 4 groups. As with other Nikkor lenses bearing the "ED" mark, this lens is fitted with special "Extra-low Dispersion glass" lens elements for control of aberrations, particularly chromatic aberration, across the full 400 to 1000nnn wavelength range. The outstanding performance obtained with ED glass, and complemented by the application of NIC an air-to-glass surfaces, ensures that the 800mm f/8 ED-Nikkor lens renders a high contrast, sharp image to fully meet the highest performance expectations of advanced and professional photographers.
This lens offers a choice of aperture selection via either the focusing unit's automatic diaphragm (settings to f/22) or its own built-in manual diaphragm (with settings to f/64). As the lens is normally used with a tripod, it is designed to operate using the focusing unit's built-in tripod mounting collar. Other conveniences include the slip-out type lens hood on the front of the lens barrel, as well as the capability for focusing compensation of thermal focus shift via the focusing unit in use.
Additional features include the built-in lens hood, ease of tripod mounting via the focusing unit, and the high image magnification.
This 800mm Nikkor telephoto lens with ED glass lens configuration was generally believed to have been introduced in May, 1975 but when Nikon announced another new lens with similar spec and ED glass during Photokina, 1976 that does not require the aid of Focusing Unit anymore, many kept their reservation continued to buy it. Eventually, the "prototype" showcased in 1976 was only being marketed late 1978 as an true AI telephoto lens where a radical change in lens design saw the debut of the Nikkor 800mm f/8.0 ED in an entirely different lens configuration in a single optical unit.
Download an Optical Construction file in new browser window: 15k Gif
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 800mm super-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: 800mm
Maximum aperture: 1:8.0; Lens construction: 5 elements in 4 groups
Aperture Scale: f/8.0-f/64 for built-in diaphragm mechanism; Provided on the Focusing Unit, usable range restricted from f/8.0~ f/32
Diaphragm: Manual type built into the lens; Fully automatic via mechanism built into the Focusing Unit; However, diaphragm not in use must be set for maximum opening
Lens Coating: Multicoated with NIC; Picture Angle: 4° 10'
Distance Scale: Provided in the Focusing Unit graduated in meters and feet from 19m or 61 ft (20m with Focusing unit AU-1) 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 on Focuing Unit
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 AU-1
Lens Hoods: Slip out type built-into front of the lens, lens hood is turned to lock in place.
Lens Mount: 88mm (P=1.5mm) screw-in for connection to front section of the Focusing Unit
Dimensions: Dimension: 133mm dia. x 498 mm length (5-1/4 in. x 19-19/32 in.); 133mm dia. x 693 mm length (5-1/4 in. x 27-9/32 in.) with focusing unit; 133mm dia. x 693 mm length (5-1/4 in. x 27-9/32 in) with AU-1; Weight: 2,900g (102.4 oz); 4.1 kg (144.9 oz) with focusing unit; 5.3 kg (187.3 oz) with focusing unit AU-1
Accessories Supplied: Rear protective cap LF-1(108-00-401); 122mm screw-in front lens cap (108-04-401); hard lens case CE-6 with strap(108-04-307)
* Earliest version may caried with the following accessories: 133mm slip-on leather front cap (108-04-400), slip-on leather rear cap, focusing unit (108-00-401) wooden case (108-04-301)
Nikon Product Code for this discontinued item is No. 108-04-142; No. 108-04-124 with AU-1 in meters; No. 108-04-133 with AU-1 in feet; No. 108-04-145 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 850001.
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