Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 AI MF Lens


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Condition: Excellent

Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 AI MF Lens

Excellent cosmetic condition, fully working with very clean optics

Supplied with Nikon front lens cap

General Nikon 43-86mm f3.5 Information

Introduced in 1963 - it was Nikon third zoom lense and a work of genius from Japanese optical designer, HIGUCHI, Takashi who also has a hand in designing other zoom lenses such as Zoom-Nikkor 85-25cm f/4~4.5 Auto and Zoom-Nikkor 20-60cm f/9.5~10.5 Auto. Although many Nikon followers thought the lens used on the Nikkorex should ranked earlier but since the Vario-Nikkor is a fixed (non-interchangeable) lens type specifically designed on the Nikkorex Zoom 35, we have to exclude it from the interchangeable Nikkor lens series. Anyway, for quite a long spell, the Nikkor 43-86mm zoom used to be Nikon's best seller and has gone through a few rounds of upgrades, both physically and optically. It was also one of the longest serving Nikkor lense which stretched almost 18 years in its entire product cycle which ended in 1981.

This relatively compact lens, comprised of a 9 elements in 7 groups design in the original version, is capable of zooming continuously from semi-wideangle (43mm) through normal to semi telephoto (86mm). Focusing, though possible at any focal length, can be easily accomplished at the longest lens extension because of the large image size and small depth-of-field. A good feature of this lens was its aperture remains constant throughout the zooming range. Within its zooming range of 43mm to 86mm, the sharpest image is obtained at the focal length of 60mm and focused distance of about 3 meters or 10 feet. In the design of this lens, special emphasis has been given to compactness and lightness for utmost mobility and ease of handling. Hence, this Zoom-Nikkor is suitable for general photography, including candids, landscapes, portraits and sports coverage, where the photographer wishes to change the focal lengths in quick succession without having to change his lens.

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Many camera batteries are now alkaline or lithium formats. If you keep your camera with the batteries inside of it in a moist area, then the batteries can get corrosive. So if you’re thinking about just putting your camera on the shelf for several months, do yourself a favor and remove them.

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Before you do anything to your camera, always keep in mind that it should be turned off first. No matter what it is—swapping lenses, changing memory cards or disconnecting or attaching cables—your camera should be turned off.

Cold and Wet Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Camera Body
Take your camera out only in a waterproof bag. If the weather’s unusually cold, just wrap your camera in a plastic bag that has silica desiccant packets for the reduction of moisture. It’s also a smart idea to have a soft towel with you to wipe off any moisture, just in case it should get on your camera.

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The lens of your camera is naturally fragile. As such, it’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents…you name it. A UV filter will not only will you give your lens a fighting chance, but you’ll also enhance the quality of your pictures.

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Allow your camera a chance to naturally get used to the hotter environment. Don’t place it inside a closed plastic bag when transporting it between different temperatures! Just let the camera sit in the humid temperature for a while, until condensation disappears.
If this still doesn’t get rid of all of it, you can utilize a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture and marks left behind from the condensation.