Nikon NIKKOR-H Auto 1:3.5 f=28mm Non-Ai Lens (f/3.5)

Review of the Nikon NIKKOR-H Auto 1:3.5 f=28mm Non-Ai Lens (f/3.5).

Overall Rating:

A deeper examination of the optics of this lens was done on the 1975 Pre-Ai "K" version, which is a lens with identical optics save for the multicoating.

In 1959, after the introduction of the Nikon F System, Nikon (Nippon Kogaku) needed a wide-angle lens for the new SLR camera. Understand that the camera market was dominated by the rangefinder, which do not have a mirror box between the lens and the film making it a much easier affair to create a wide angle lens for. Nikon needed a wide-angle lens for its new camera system.

Angenieux of France had earlier pioneered something called a retrofocus lens. This new technology was what was needed to overcome the 46mm distance between the F-mount flang and the focal plane and create a shorter f=28mm lens. Wakimoto at Nikon figured out how to adopt this technology to a wide angle lens and the Nikkor-H 2.8cm f/3.5 F-mount lens was born. Not only do retrofocus lenses overcome the flang distance, they also have less vignetting because the lens is farther from the focal plane.

The NIKKOR-H Auto 1:3.5 f=28mm lens was introduced to the market in March, 1960, or one year after the introduction of the Nikon F SLR camera. It was a huge success and many, many copies were made.

This is a Nikkor-H meaning it has six elements (H for Hex). It is a pre-Ai, or non-Ai, lens made in Japan. Actually, it was professionally modified by Nikon to be an Ai lens (using Ai kit #29). It has distance markers in feet and meters and an infrared focus index. It makes a great infrared lens with no hot spots and good contrast stopping down to f/16 using a five-bladed diaphragm. It is single-coated and the front element (52mm) does not turn making it easy to use with a polarizer. There are depth of field and focus scales.

On an DX/APS-C sized sensor, the 35mm/full frame equivalent focal length is around 42mm which is almost exactly normal.

Color fringing detail at 3-to-1.

corner at f/5.6

Diffraction has begun by f/11 which means the sweet spot of this lens is at f/8.

Distortion is well controlled given the age of the design. There is slight barrel distortion due to the early retrofocus design.

infrared at f/11

Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon
Nikon lens construction legend

Filter Lens Ratings

Related links:

©2024 base2photocontact privacy
This site uses cookies. Cookies are basic text files stored on the user's computer. They are used by this site to improve security. By using this site you agree to the cookie policy. Please read the privacy policy to learn more.