Nikon AF Camera Lens
There are many different types of Nikon AF camera lenses for 35mm DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras. These lenses use Nikon's famous F-mount that was introduced in 1959. Nikon manufactures its lenses under the Nikkor brand, which was founded in 1932.
Does your Nikon camera have a built-in focus motor?
Some Nikon cameras have a focus motor that is built into the main body of the camera, others don't. In order to auto focus, cameras that don't have built-in focus motors require AF lenses that have built-in motors.
Lenses with built-in motors
If your camera doesn't have a built-in focus motor then you'll need a Nikon lens with a motor. There are two types of Nikon lens with a built-in motor, an AF-S or an AF-P lens.
AF-S stands for 'Auto Focus Silent'. Nikon has been producing AF-S lenses since 1996. AF-S lenses are accurate and quick to focus. They are also very quiet. They are powered by Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM).
Nikon has been producing AF-P lenses since 2015. They are smoother and quieter than AF-S lenses and great for shooting video with your DSLR camera. AF-P lenses use the Pulse or Stepping autofocus motor.
If your camera body has a built-in focus motor then you won't need to buy an AF-P or AF-S lens, as you won't need a lens with a motor too. This means you can choose a regular AF Nikkor lens.
There is a wide range of different Nikkor lenses available, including macro, zoom, fisheye and telephoto lenses.
You can choose to use a Nikkor lens on a camera without a built-in motor, however this means that you will have to focus the lens manually.