Nikon DSLRs and Pre-AI + AI Lens Compatibility

Nikon DSLRs that Will Mount Almost All F-Mount Lenses

With the exception of the Df, these cameras are all Nikon’s entry level to enthusiast cameras.

  • D40
  • D40X
  • D60
  • D3000
  • D3100
  • D3200
  • D3300
  • D5000
  • D5100
  • D5200
  • D5300
  • D5500
  • Df

Nikon DSLRs that Will Only Mount and Meter AI or Newer Lenses

These are all Nikon’s prosumer to professional cameras.

  • D7000 series
  • D200, D300, D500
  • D600 series
  • D700 series
  • D800 series
  • D1, D2, D3, D4, D5
  • Df


Identifying Pre-AI Lenses

  • Metal construction.
  • Solid aperture tab.
  • May have a scalloped focus barrel.

Identifying AI Lenses (Auto-Indexing)

  • Metal construction.
  • Aperture tab has two holes.
  • Two rows of aperture stops on the lens barrel, near the mount.
  • As far as I know, all AI lenses will have a rubber grip on the focus barrel.

G Lenses

  • Identified by the lack of aperture stops on the lens barrel and sleek modern appearance. Also, G lenses are marked with a ‘G’ after the max aperture on the lens.
  • Nikon’s latest lens in the F-mount series.
  • These G lenses always have auto-focus motors built in, so they are compatible with all Nikon DSLRs. Since they have no aperture ring, they cannot be used with some older Nikon SLRs (digital or film).

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