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Nikon SLR Camera and Lens Compatibility

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on November 6, 2012


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From time to time you find yourself reading great reviews on some lenses or see a bargain and the temptation of a compulsive purchase is there. NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome) kicks in and hits you hard. But how to tell for sure if that object of your desire will work, and how, on your current Nikon Digital or Film SLR camera body? Below, hopefully an easy to use chart that should provide an answer for most Nikon SLR cameras currently in use.

 

You may also want to read our very active Nikkor AF lenses forum, check out the various Nikon camera articles and lens reviews. Also make sure you take a look at LetsGoDigital's Nikon review and news section and that you did a search on Nikon SLR at NikoScope.

 

Assortment of AI, AI-S lenses and manual film bodies

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NIKON SLR CAMERA TO LENS COMPATIBILITY*

  MANUAL FOCUS
NIKKOR LENSES
  AUTOFOCUS
NIKOR LENSES
NIKON FILM SLR
Pre-AI
AI, AI-S, E
AI-P
 
F3AF
AF
AF-D
AF-I, AF-S
G
VR
DX
N/F50
NO!
MF4
MF
 
NO!
AF
AF
MF3
AF
AF5 vg
N/F55
NO!
MF4
MF
 
NO!
AF
AF
AF
AF AF5 vg
N/F60
NO!
MF4
MF
 
NO!
AF
AF
MF3
AF

AF5

vg
N/F65
NO!
MF4
MF
 
NO!
AF
AF
AF
AF VR vg
N/F70
NO!
MF1,2
MF
 
MF1,2
AF
AF
AF

AF6

AF5

vg
N/F75
NO!
MF4
MF
 
NO!
AF
AF
AF

AF

VR

vg
N/F80
NO!
MF4
MF
 
NO!
AF
AF
AF
AF
VR
vg
N90s/F90x
NO!
MF1,2
MF
 
MF1,2
AF
AF
AF

AF6

AF5

vg
F100
NO!
MF1,2
MF
 
NO!
AF
AF
AF
AF
VR
vg
FM2n
NO!
MF
MF
 
MF
MF
MF3
MF
NO

MF 5

vg
FM3A
NO!
MF
MF
 
MF
MF
MF3
MF3
NO

MF3,5

vg
F3
MF7
MF1
MF
 
MF
MF
MF3
MF3
NO

MF3,5

vg
N8008s/F801s
NO!
MF1,2,3
MF
 
MF1, 2
AF
AF3
AF3
AF6
AF3,5
vg
F4
MF1, 2, 7
MF1
MF
 
AF1
AF
AF3
AF3
AF
AF3,5
vg
F5
NO!
MF1,2
MF
 
MF 1,2
AF3
AF
AF
AF
VR
vg
F6 MF1,7,8 MF1 MF   NO! AF2,3 AF AF AF VR vg
 
NIKKOR MANUAL FOCUS   AUTOFOCUS
NIKON DSLR
Pre-AI
AI, AI-S, E
AI-P
 
F3AF
AF
AF-D
AF-I, AF-S
G
VR
DX
D1
NO!
MF1,2
MF
 
NO
AF3
AF
AF
AF
VR DX
D1H/D1X
NO!
MF1,2
MF2
 
NO
AF3
AF
AF
AF
VR DX
D2H/D2Hs NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF AF AF VR DX
D2X/D2Xs NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF AF AF VR DX
D3 NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF2 AF AF2 VR DXvg
D3X NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF2 AF AF2 VR DXvg
D3S NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF2 AF AF2 VR DXvg
D4/D4S NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF AF AF VR DXvg
D100 NO! MF4 MF   NO AF3 AF AF AF VR DX
D200 NO! MF1 MF   NO AF3 AF AF AF VR DX
D300/D300s NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF3 AF AF AF VR DX
D700 NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF AF AF VR DXvg
D800/D800E NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF AF AF VR DXvg
D600/D6100 NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF AF AF VR DXvg
Df MF1,2 MF MF   NO AF AF AF AF VR DXvg
D70/D70s NO! MF4 MF   NO AF3 AF AF AF VR DX
D50 NO! MF4 MF   NO AF3 AF AF AF VR DX
D40/D40x NO! MF4 MF2   NO MF3 MF AF AF10 VR DX
D80 NO! MF4 MF2   NO AF3 AF AF AF VR DX
D60 NO! MF4 MF2   NO MF2,3 MF AF MF10 VR DX
D90 NO! MF4 MF2   NO AF2,3 AF AF AF VR DX
 D5000 NO! MF4 MF2   NO MF2,3 MF AF MF10 VR DX
 D5100 NO! MF4 MF2   NO AF2,3 MF AF MF10 VR9 DX
 D5200 NO! MF4 MF2   NO MF2,3 MF AF MF10 VR DX
 D3000 NO! MF4 MF2   NO MF2,3 MF AF MF10 VR DX
 D3100 NO! MF4 MF2   NO MF2,3 MF AF MF10 VR DX
 D3200 NNO!O! MMF4F4 MF2   NO MF2,3 MF AF MF10 VR DX
D3300 NO! MF4 MF2   NO MF2,3 MF AF MF10 VR DX
 D7000 NO! MF1 MF2   NO AF2 MF AF AF VR DX
 D7100 NO! MF1 MF1   NO AF2 MF AF AF VR DX
                       
NIKON DSLR
Pre-AI
AI, AI-S, E
AI-P
 
F3AF
AF
AF-D
AF-I, AF-S
G
VR
DX
NIKKOR MANUAL FOCUS   AUTOFOCUS
*Always Consult your Camera Manual

 

NIKKOR LENS NOMENCLATURE
TYPE CHARACTERISTICS
Pre-AI Non-AI Manual Focus Nikon lenses made from 1959 and prior to 1977. Don't have a CPU. All Non-AI lenses have a letter after the word Nikkor, to tell the number of elements in the optical formula. For example, in the Nikkor-P 105mm f/2.5, the P stands for Penta, i.e. five elements.
Types: A (chrome filter ring), C (black filter ring) and K (rubber coating)
AI Manual Focus Nikon lenses, produced from 1977 until mid 80's, introduced Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing. A mechanism for meter coupling, that is, to inform the meter in the body what is the maximum aperture of the mounted lens. With all black barrel, rubber focusing ring and multicoated elements. Don't have a CPU chip.
AI-S Manual Focus Nikon lenses, introduced in 1982, with Aperture Indexing Shutter system for meter coupling. Smallest aperture is orange (if not, then the lens is either AI or pre-AI). Most of these lenses have extraordinary optics, like the legendary 105mm f/2.5, available in AI-S version. Don't have a CPU. It can be added through 3rd party services. 
E Manual AI-S Nikon Series E lenses, made for the compact Nikon EM introduced in 1979, starting the use of plastics. The 75-150mm f/3.5 Series E reached mythical stature. Don't have a CPU.
AI-P Manual AI-S Nikon lenses with a CPU that sends the lens information to the camera body. The latest is the ultracompact Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P "pancake", made to celebrate the FM3A and proving Nikon's loyalty not only to film enthusiasts but also to manual body users.
F3AF Auto focus pioneering Nikon lenses introduced in 1983, exclusively for the F3AF camera.
AF Auto focus Nikon lenses introduced in 1986. When on Auto bodies, there is no need to use the aperture ring in auto modes. AI-S lenses with a built-in CPU and screw motor for AF operation.
AF-D Introduced in 1992. AF Nikon lenses with a CPU that also relays Distance information to the camera, most useful for ultra-precise TTL flash. Among the first were the 35-70mm f/2.8D AF and 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor.
AF-I Introduced in 1992. Nikon lenses with a coreless Integrated motor for faster AF in high-end telephoto lenses. The first were the 300mm f/2.8 and the 600mm f/4, both D ED IF AF-I.
AF-S Introduced in 1996, Nikon AF-D lenses with a "Silent Wave" ultrasonic motor of their own, for fastest AF operation. The first were the 300mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4 and 600mm f/4, all D ED IF AF-S Nikkor.
G Introduced in 2000. Nikon AF-D lenses without aperture ring. Need to be controlled through the body dials of latest cameras. The first was the 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF.
VR Introduced in 2000. Nikon lenses with a Vibration Reduction system allowing for crisp images handheld at very slow shutter speeds. The first was the 80-400mm f/4-5.6D ED VR Zoom Nikkor.
DX Introduced in 2003. Nikon G lenses designed to just fill the frame of the DX format APS-C sensor size used in Nikon D-Series SLR cameras. The first was the AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED Nikkor.
NOTES
 
NO!
Definitely do not use, for it may damage the camera body. Also, warranty will be void.
However, the F5 body can be modified to accept pre-AI lenses.
NO
It may not damage the camera body but will not function.
MF
Manual Focus
AF
Auto Focus
1
Only in A (Aperture Priority) or M (Manual) modes.
P (Program) or S (Shutter priority) exposure modes will not function.
2
No 3D Matrix Exposure Metering.
3
No distance information through the lens for TTL flash; Nikon speedlights will use their own sensor.
4
M (Manual) exposure mode only. The meter will not operate. Use "Sunny 16 Rule" or external meter.
5
The VR system will not function. Will MF or AF depending on whether the body is MF or AF
6
Opposite of 1. Will only work in P and S modes, not on A or M.
7
Care must be exercised to flip up the coupling tab on prior to mounting the lens to prevent damage.
8
Requires factory modification of meter coupling lever.
9
The VR system will only function with G VR and D VR lenses
10
Auto Focus is possible with G lenses only if they are also AF-S; G AF lenses will MF only
VR
The VR system will function and all other available functions.
DX
Will function in DX format without vignetting.
vg
Will seriously vignette on a 35mm film or full frame digital camera with FX format, more so at the shortest focal length when a zoom and wide open; all of the G lenses restrictions apply. Will work in cameras offering High Speed Crop function.

 

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J. Ramon Palacios J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

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18 comments

ian robert cope (ianrobertcope) on April 7, 2014

Hi , just new to the site , would like to confirm that my Nikon manual Focus 50mm 1.2 (Ai) because there is no CPU cannot use the light meter on a DF. When I put this lens on the DF there is some info on the LCD in A/M mode but the Fstop range is restricted ?? So I have to expose as if no light meter is that correct ?? regards ian

Donald E. Zimmerman (DonZim) on January 1, 2014

I have D200 and a Novoflex 400 mm f 5.6 with Nikon lens mount that I used with F2 for several years. Can I use the Novoflex on the D200 without damaging the D200. I would use manual light meter to determine exposure, then the manual focus and f/stop on the Novoflex, and shutter adjustment on the D200. I've read the setup guidelines for non-CPU lenses on D200 for using the metering system. In reviewing Youtube posts, I found one warning not to install earlier non-cpu lenses that would jam the lens onto the body. Suggestions?

Donna Read (DonnaRead54) on September 25, 2013

Will this work on a D40? Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor? Thanks

David Glass (glassy) on September 2, 2013

My daughter has a Nikon D80 body and a friend offered her a Nikkor 55-200 1.4-5.6G ED lens that he no longer users due to his camera upgrade to a full frame body. I was checking in to see if this 55-200 lens would fit her D80? Thanks

Jose R. Burset (jburset) on August 16, 2013

Good info...

Petre Manolache (petrem08) on July 5, 2013

This chart and explanations are for me a good reference.

Jerry Hanes (jhanes55) on June 19, 2013

second question? I have a 500 mm reflex NIKKOR C f8 will it be ok on my D600?

Jerry Hanes (jhanes55) on June 19, 2013

??? older lens w/ prong for indexing are they Pre -ai or ai?

Jack Carter (jcsocalphoto) on June 6, 2013

Thanks for this information - easy to read, easy to understand and most valuable when looking around for older lenses at a bargin! Nice chart.

Mohamed Elsayyed (MohamedElsayyed) on May 7, 2013

These charts are very useful. Thanks for sharing them.

Bennett Fletcher (BWFletcher) on March 22, 2013

Many pre-AI lenses were retrofitted with AI rings when auto indexing was introduced. I have 3 such (a 105/2.5 Nikkor-P, a 35/2.8, and a 24/2.8), and they work fine with D3, D4, D700, D800. Worth checking if you're looking at old lenses.

Zita Margit Kemeny (zkemeny) on March 5, 2013

This chart is for me a good reference.

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on March 3, 2013

Geoffrey, Please post your question at the Nikon AF lenses forum. Thank you.

Geoffrey Hawson (geoffrey_hawson) on March 2, 2013

I am thinking of an upgrade. Have a D80 and have been waiting for the D300s replacement. Considering the D7100, but also wondering about a D609 if I can get my old SLR lenses to fit (or be modified in Australia) the list is below if someone is able to decipher it. I think they are all nom AI. LENS Serial Focal Length Designation Fstop Minimum Stop Nikkor-Q.C 606380 200 Auto 4 32 Zoom-Nokkor 2070782 35~70 3.3 ~4.5 22 Nikkor S.C 1502768 50 Auto 1.4 16 Nikkor-N.C 321016 28 Auto 2 22 Nikkor-P.C 559128 105 Auto 2.5 32

Rick Jobson (Rickjobson) on January 23, 2013

Great chart! Tried an old AI 28mm, 70-210mm E, AF-S 17-35,24-120VR, and 105mmVR on my D800 all work perfectly as the chart : ) for D600. Thanks

Ariel Encarnacion (archer4219) on January 13, 2013

Thanks for this quick and informative summary.

Kurt Pedersen (KurtP) on January 11, 2013

Thanks the information on this site is awesome

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on December 20, 2012

JRPs compatibility list is always helpful, thanks!

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