In general, cheap Nikkor lenses mount is in plastic (like the 18-55 provided in some bundles) and many others are in metal.

I tried to find the documentation of some lense but on the Nikon page it does not look mentionned anywhere if the mount is plastic or metal.

Is there any other web-resources where they notice this differences or if they enumerates all lenses with plastic mount?

I know the Kenrockwell site but how I can be sure all the lenses he tested are listed?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Probably a good idea to start with all of the Nikon review sites listed here: Where can I find reviews of lenses? \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 22:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ Does it matter if the mount is metal or plastic? Presumably Nikon knows if a lens can use a plastic mount without any adverse effects. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 23:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd ask both you and Rockwell: Why does it matter? Plastic can be lighter, cheaper and adequately strong. I think the "plastic is bad" phenomenon is similar to the "digital is bad" known from digital/film photography or vinyl/CD music: Based more on emotions ("when I was young we used to...") than on any measurable fact. (I remember one guy complaining about early CDs that they didn't have the vinyl scratches before the music started, which he had grown accustomed to as a sort of Pavlovian anticipatory trigger.) If you still want metal, Rockwell's site is the best that I know of. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 0:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ One other thing to consider is that plastic does not expand or contract as much as metal, so in extreme weather locations, metal isn't always so nice. Couple that with weight... \$\endgroup\$
    – Joanne C
    Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 1:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ What does it even matter why the OP wants to know? It's a reasonable thing to want to know when you're buying a multi-hundred (even multi-thousand) dollar piece of equipment that someone's livelihood may partially depend on. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tortilla
    Commented Jul 20, 2013 at 8:18

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I think these are the only Nikon lenses that use plastic mounts:

18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (II, VR, and G)

18-105mm f/3.5-5.6

18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

55-200mm f/4-5.6

  • \$\begingroup\$ For the current generation of lenses, this may be a complete list, but there are obviously older lenses with a plastic mount. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 20, 2013 at 10:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the list but it looks to be the DX lenses only. See my answer for a more complete list. \$\endgroup\$
    – рüффп
    Commented Jul 20, 2013 at 14:14

As an avid collector of Nikon equipment I used that link quite often to check if the mount if really compatible with my cameras (especially the D300) according to the serial numbers.

I never notice before but this site contains as well some other useful pages about Nikon lenses and their features:

On the first page (Specifications), the feature for "Plastic Mount" is PM and then all lenses in the list with PM feature have a plastic mount, all the others have a metal one.

I hope this links can interest others collector people.


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