50 years of the Nikon F-Mount

Nikon’s F-mount SLR lens system celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

  • The F-mount features a three lug bayonet mount with a 44 mm throat and a flange to focal plane distance of 46.5 mm. The large variety of F-mount lenses on the market means that Nikon cameras have the largest range of interchangeable photographic lenses in history.

  • This specialty lens is a PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5 ED, featuring a tilt/shift mechanism that allows photographers to manipulate perspective, focus and distortion by altering the lens’s orientation to the camera sensor.

  • The F-mount first debuted on the Nikon F 35mm film camera in 1959 and has stayed the same despite constant evolutions of lens technology including automatic aperture adjustment, autofocus compatibility and continuing compatibility with newer features from Nikon’s digital SLR cameras.

  • An AF-S lens, this super-telephoto AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR features optical lens stabilisation to counteract camera shake and offer a shutter speed of up to four aperture stops faster.

  • This AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED zoom lens is in the DX format, suited to the APS-C size sensor of consumer-level digital SLR cameras.

  • The Nikon F-mount is still used on current digital SLR cameras, including the Nikon D70 pictured here. Functionality evolutions include a mechanical AF linkage, aperture lever and CPU contacts for electronic metering.

  • Nikon’s F-mount SLR lens system celebrates its 50th birthday this year. The F-Mount system, employed on Nikon’s interchangeable-lens SLR cameras, is the longest-running original lens mount of any camera maker.

  • This Nikkor AF 20mm f/2.8D is a wide-angle lens using the Nikon F-mount.

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