Nikon L35AF

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The L35AF was Nikon's first compact camera with autofocus. It was released in 1983, a few years after Nikon's competitors had opened up the point and shoot market. It was therefore also the first in the L series. It was an immediate hit thanks to its robust design and excellent specification. It has subsequently become a cult classic among collectors.

A version with an "autodate" function was called the L35AD.

The L35AF was given the nickname 'Pikaichi' ("top notch") in Japan.[1]The lens was designed by Koichi Wakamiya as an update to the Sonnar formula.[2]


  • 35mm film camera
  • Lens: 35mm f/2.8 with autofocus from 0.8m to infinity. It had 5 elements in 4 groups. 46mm filter thread.
  • Exposure: Fully automatic, range EV 6 (f/2.8 at 1/8 sec.) to EV 17 (f/17.5 at 1/430 sec.) with ASA/ISO 100 film
  • Film Speed Range: ASA/ISO 50-1000.
  • Features: Integral flash.
  • Power: two AA alkaline batteries.


  1. Article about L35AF lens design (archived) at
  2. Article about L35AF lens design (archived) at