Nikon AF-P Lenses

Over the last few weeks I’ve heard and read a lot of confusing and incorrect statements over the compatibility of Nikon’s new AF-P lenses with the Nikon camera range.

Nikon’s AF-P lenses “use a pulse motor (utilizing stepping motors) for ultra-fast, near silent autofocus.” (Source:

At the time of writing Nikon have the following AF-P lenses available:

  • AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR
  • AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED DX
  • AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR DX
  • AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX
  • AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX
  • AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX

The confusion seems to arise from the lenses not having the AF-S designation and therefore a belief that they are not compatible with cameras in the D3000 and D5000 series. Well just to confuse the issue further, AF-P lenses can be used with some of these cameras, but not all of them!

At the time of writing, the following Nikon cameras are compatible with AF-P lenses although a firmware update may be required

DX Cameras

D3300, D3400, D5200*, D5300*, D5500, D7100*, D7200*, D7500, D500

FX Cameras

D750*, D810*, D810A*, D5*, DF*

*denotes a firmware update may be required from your regional Nikon website.

Cameras which are not listed above are not compatible with AF-P lenses.

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