Type - Lens version or model; Lens - Lens focal length and designation Serial No - Known serial numbers. See serial no page for more details Date - Production Dates. I cannot remember if this was used on other bodies. This gives an indication of where it was made. In a few cases, Nikon has used digits outside a region when production exceeds 9.
Its said the 105vr that was made in japan is better built than the one from china, for instance. Typically, a serial number will have 6 digits, but when production of the lens goes beyond 999,999 the length of the number will vary. You don't want someone who wants to create problems to identify your serial number and, for example, report it to some stolen lens registry. The Canon lens date code chart is shown below. Here's a with info and a few links on F3 serial numbers. Its also good to verify if the lens was a specific make. Links in this page may be to our affiliates.
The location of the serial number on Nikon cameras can vary, however generally they are located on the bottom of the camera. Production also slowed down in the last years of manufacture, so the rule-of-thumb guide is not as accurate for later models. Does anyone have data about the serials used by Nikkor? Yeah I have found out what I could break on one of the newer lenses when disassembling it. This is a place to politely discuss the tools, technique and culture of the craft. Instead, we identify serial numbers as e.
Sometime around the 785xxxx serial and 7538xxx serial block, Nikon switched to the N8008 style aluminum shutter curtains from the honeycomb pattern titanium curtains. Nikon F100 serial number 2222xxx Date estimated 2002 based on known dates and serial numbers from other posters Nikon F3hp serial 173xxxx Jul 1985 Just for reference on the F3 bodies, if you remove the back and look on the body where the back hinges, you'll see a 4-place alpha-numeric code. Nikon must have detailed records too, but there is no way to find out what they are. Lil, I think the whole point is to make the serial number harder to see so that other people cannot pick it up easily. It has since been changed again. This latter report is unsubstantiated, but there is good evidence that Nikon's production of the F4 ran into the 26xxxxx range.
You'll see 1:2, which means half life-size; 1:4 and 1:6 and so on. As I noted two decades ago, Nikon really just needs to abandon this serialization practice. It's starting to look that Nikon serial numbers might be as jumbled as those from Darlot and Wollensak are. You don't often get purchase dates for older items but at least you have a good source if other information. On this lens there are two numbers—3. So where we stand is this: older gear clearly follows the original numbering practice. I thought it would be very simple to find a Nikon guide to serial numbers, but it seems it's not that simple.
. That way, we have one central 'location' for Nikon serial number info, which won't be as comprehensive as your website, but is 'better than nothing' :wink:. It has since been changed again. Have a look around and you will eventually find the serial number. I'm so pleased that you are a member here at The Cafe I didn't know that either and have posted here in this thread. Please be sure to read before posting. In part, the numbers might be shifted by a month or so.
Its also good to verify if the lens was a specific make. When seeking purchase recommendations, please be specific about how much you can spend. The black one is essy to date because it is one of the 2005 limited production models. Special thanks go out to friend-of-the-site Norbert for his role in the development of this chart. If you have a Photrio account, please log in and select 'stay logged in' to prevent recurrence of this notice. This is just a guide of what you can expect from looking at the serial number on your Nikon lens. Please send any discrepancies you find.
We loved the date code because it made aging a lens easy. Your black S3 is what is known as an 'Olympic' version, released just before the summer Olympics held in Japan in 1964. Serial numbers can be found in different places on your lens. I've seen older and modern af lenses both disassembled and its amazing what they pack into a modern lens. Obviously that can't be true as production ended in 1975! With either the lens' serial number or date code, that question can be answered.
Is there an expiration date on glass? More in-depth than you might expect! For regular F3 bodies, serial numbers up through 189xxxx are from between 1980 and 1989. Nikon started using the 2. If you want to share some film photos you've taken or are looking for some solid film-related discussion, check out. Anybody got one where they can locate the number and tell me where they found it? This is the best list of Nikkor serial number listings I have found and if you are lucky you can narrow it down to year with most lenses. It's never going to be to the day, but if you can narrow it down to Q1 2009 for example, that's pretty useful when buying second hand equipment. Looking to bounce some ideas off of other people for things you want to try? Do you have the lens that came with the camera? The real difficulty is that equipment can be sat on a shelf for a month before it sells.
This code is also present on some other Canon products including camera bodies. And for those who haven't seen it yet, with lens serial numbers. I suspect the camera serial numbers might be a simpler. So many would even know because not many would notice the d marking. Sometimes you can date cameras that way.