1963 35mm f/3.5 PC Nikkor Owners Manual

The pages below are scanned from the 1963 Nikon manual for the world's first perspective-control (PC) lens in the 35mm format (seen above), the 1961 35mm f/3.5 PC-Nikkor.

Nikon states, The unique feature of the lens is that its optical axis can be shifted eccentrically around the picture frame axis up to 11mm, a provision that could be accomplished only in large view cameras and never before has been possible in the 35mm camera.

Because Nikon's first PC lens did not work on later Nikon SLR cameras with metered prisms, Nikon brought out a newer version in 1968, a 35mm f/2.8 PC-Nikkor, seen below left, that extended beyond the meter housing.

In 1981, Nikon introduced the 28mm f/3.5 PC-Nikkor, seen below right, which proved better for most architectural photos because of its wider angle.


The latest examples of these lenses are shown below. On the left, below, introduced in 2008 by Nikon, is its PC-E Nikkor 24mm f3.5D ED lens, which shifts up to 11.5 millimeters and tilts up to 8.5 degrees. On the right, below, is the PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED Tilt-Shift Lens, introduced in 2016.

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