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 specifications. 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. The lens was designed by Koichi Wakamiya as an update to the Sonnar formula.[1]


  • 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: early version ASA/ISO 50-400; later version ASA/ISO 50-1000.
  • Features: integral flash.
  • Power: two AA alkaline batteries.


  1. Article about L35AF lens design (archived) at