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).

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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. 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 a 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.

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corner at f/5.6

Diffraction has begun by f/11 which means the sweet spot of this lens is at f/8-f/5.6.

Distortion is well controlled given the age of the design. There is slight barrel distortion.

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infrared at f/11
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