Nikon Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart
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(The Camera to Lens Compatibility Chart has been updated 12-JAN-2016 with the latest additions to the Nikon lineup, the D5 Pro FX DSLR and the long awaited D500, the DX successor of the beloved D300/D300s.)
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.
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NIKON SLR CAMERA TO NIKKOR LENS COMPATIBILITY*
|* Always consult your camera manual|
|NIKKOR LENS NOMENCLATURE|
|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 Manual Focus 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 in the film era. 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 Nikon 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. AF 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. AF 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.|
|E-type||Nikon lenses with an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism for highly accurate aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting. These new E-type lenses are CPU controlled, AF-S, and not to be confused with 1980's MF Series-E lenses. They are fully compatible with the TC14E series of TCs in cameras that have AF support at f/8 aperture. The first one was the 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR AF-S VR Nikkor announced on July, 2012|
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.
|It may not damage the camera body but it will not support any function.|
Only in A (Aperture Priority) or M (Manual) modes.
P (Program) or S (Shutter priority) exposure modes will not function.
|No 3D Matrix Exposure Metering.|
|No distance information through the lens for TTL flash; Nikon speedlights will use their own sensor.|
|M (Manual) exposure mode only. The meter will not operate. Use "Sunny 16 Rule" or external meter.|
|The VR system will not function. Will MF or AF depending on whether the body is MF or AF|
|Opposite of 1. Will only work in P and S modes, not on A or M.|
|Care must be exercised to flip up the coupling tab on prior to mounting the lens to prevent damage.|
|Requires factory modification of meter coupling lever.|
|Auto Focus is possible with G lenses only if they are also AF-S; G AF lenses will MF only|
|The VR system will function and all other available functions.|
|Will function in DX format bodies without vignetting.|
|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/Auto DX format function.|
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Originally written on November 6, 2012
Last updated on January 3, 2021
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User on February 16, 2021
(Edited by bgs Tuesday, 16 February 2021 )
SCOTT HAMM (ScottHammImagine) on September 9, 2020
Thanks for this compatibility list!!! It is a HUGE help. Can you also include the latest 'AF-P' to the list? It is geared for DX cameras. Thanks!
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Hi, Najme. I am not sure I know enough to help you well. Please post your query in the Infrared and Ultraviolet forum here: https://www.nikonians.org/forum/214/infrared-ultraviolet
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Mark, the manual states that autofocus with the D60 camera is supported only by AF-S and AF-I lenses. AF-S and AF-I lenses are equipped with an autofocus motor. Autofocus is not possible when any other type of lens is mounted, regardless of the autofocus capabilities of the lens itself.
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I have an older Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-70MM 1:3.5-4.5G ED Lens. According to the table, a G lens should be manual focus EXCEPT if it is an AF-S with a D-60 (I recently acquired the D-60 as a second body). However I am unable to confirm with the equipment. Is the table accurate? Manual focus is OK.
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J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on November 30, 2017
(Edited by jrp Thursday, 30 November 2017 ) Wolfgang, the answer to your question about E-Type lenses compatibility with F6, N60-N90 is unfortunately no. Those cameras have a mechanical shutter. Nikon D2-series, D1-series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70-series, D60, D50, D40-series, D3000, and film SLR cameras will not communicate aperture information electronically, therefore cannot be used to control aperture of E-Type lenses.
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What do you call soon? Will the E lenses work with F5 or F90/N90?
Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on September 29, 2016
Table will be updated with the (E) lenses, soon!
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