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What does 'IF' stand for on Nikon lenses?

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January 2, 2005 4:47:30 PM

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What does 'IF' stand for on Nikon lenses?

Mine just says ED but I don't see that described elsewhere.

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January 2, 2005 9:00:51 PM

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"paul" <paul@not.net> wrote in message
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> What does 'IF' stand for on Nikon lenses?
>
> Mine just says ED but I don't see that described elsewhere.

IF=Internal Focus, not all lenses are IF. IF lenses barrells don't rotate
nor do the lenses get longer as you focus closer.
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January 3, 2005 1:11:05 AM

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On Sun, 02 Jan 2005 13:47:30 -0800, paul <paul@not.net> wrote:

>What does 'IF' stand for on Nikon lenses?
>
>Mine just says ED but I don't see that described elsewhere.

Internal Focus. With IF lenses, the front element does not change
position while focusing. (The focal length does change, but that's
another story).

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January 3, 2005 1:11:06 AM

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Michael Benveniste wrote:

> On Sun, 02 Jan 2005 13:47:30 -0800, paul <paul@not.net> wrote:
>
>>What does 'IF' stand for on Nikon lenses?
>>Mine just says ED but I don't see that described elsewhere.
>
>
> Internal Focus. With IF lenses, the front element does not change
> position while focusing. (The focal length does change, but that's
> another story).


Hmm so what difference does this make in the real world?

I got a Nikon AF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED but when I google that all I see
is the same thing with IF added. I didn't get a lense hood is the only
difference I noticed. The lense does not rotate when I focus, did they
just forget to print IF on it?
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January 3, 2005 1:11:07 AM

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paul wrote:

> Hmm so what difference does this make in the real world?

Non-rotating front elements make it much easier to use such filters as
polarizers and rectangular split NDs.
Anonymous
January 3, 2005 2:08:05 AM

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On 2005-01-02, paul <paul@not.net> wrote:
> What does 'IF' stand for on Nikon lenses?

"Internal focus for fast AF operation" (first google hit, then clicked
on an IF lense
http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?cat=1&grp=5&produc...).


/Allan
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January 3, 2005 3:12:24 PM

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paul <paul@not.net> writes:

> Michael Benveniste wrote:
>
> > On Sun, 02 Jan 2005 13:47:30 -0800, paul <paul@not.net> wrote:
> >
> >>What does 'IF' stand for on Nikon lenses?
> >>Mine just says ED but I don't see that described elsewhere.
> > Internal Focus. With IF lenses, the front element does not change
> > position while focusing. (The focal length does change, but that's
> > another story).
>
>
> Hmm so what difference does this make in the real world?
>
> I got a Nikon AF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED but when I google that all I
> see is the same thing with IF added. I didn't get a lense hood is the
> only difference I noticed. The lense does not rotate when I focus, did
> they just forget to print IF on it?

The non rotating while focussing is a complete red herring. It is
solely about whether the lens assembly changes length.

B>
January 3, 2005 3:12:25 PM

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Bruce Murphy wrote:

> paul <paul@not.net> writes:
>
> The non rotating while focussing is a complete red herring. It is
> solely about whether the lens assembly changes length.

It does not change length when focusing, only when zooming.
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January 3, 2005 3:12:25 PM

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Bruce Murphy wrote:

> The non rotating while focussing is a complete red herring. It is
> solely about whether the lens assembly changes length.

If you use pol-filters or 'Cokin' filter holders, a non rotating front element
is a blessing, neigh, a neccesity.

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January 3, 2005 10:26:08 PM

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Michael Benveniste wrote:
>
> On Sun, 02 Jan 2005 13:47:30 -0800, paul <paul@not.net> wrote:
>
> >What does 'IF' stand for on Nikon lenses?
> >
> >Mine just says ED but I don't see that described elsewhere.
>
> Internal Focus. With IF lenses, the front element does not change
> position while focusing. (The focal length does change, but that's
> another story).

does that mean that the lens does not have to pump air in and out
as it is zoomed and focused?

>
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January 4, 2005 3:38:27 AM

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Alan Browne <alan.browne@freelunchVideotron.ca> writes:

> Bruce Murphy wrote:
>
> > The non rotating while focussing is a complete red herring. It is
> > solely about whether the lens assembly changes length.
>
> If you use pol-filters or 'Cokin' filter holders, a non rotating front
> element is a blessing, neigh, a neccesity.

While this is true, really doesn't have much to do with the IF being
discussed.

B>
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January 5, 2005 12:12:45 AM

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"paul" <paul@not.net> wrote in message
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> What does 'IF' stand for on Nikon lenses?
>

It means IF you're lucky you might get a worthwhile picture.
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January 5, 2005 12:40:07 PM

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"Crownfield" <Crownfield@cox.net> wrote in message
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> does that mean that the lens does not have to pump air in and out
> as it is zoomed and focused?

The lens still has to move air around as it repositions element
groups. I would guess that IF lenses pump _less_ air in and out,
but I doubt that they are truly isolated from outside air.

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