Gargantuan £100,000 Wide-Angle Lens Goes On Sale at Grays of Westminster
One of the few 220º Nikkor fisheye lenses ever made is now available for purchase and is looking for a buyer at London’s Nikon-only reseller, Grays of Westminster.
Nikon stunned the photographic world at Photokina in 1970 by introducing the 220º fisheye Nikkor with an astonishing speed of f/2.8. It is the world’s most extreme wide-angle lens to cover the 24 x 36mm image area (at the time) with a massive glass dome which dwarfs the camera attached. The 6mm is for scientific and industrial applications and special effects when shooting portraits, architecture and interiors, etc.
Lens production began in March 1972 and it was only made available to special order. This lens’s technical specifications are:
6mm f/2.8 Fisheye-Nikkor lens
Serial no: 628024
Lens construction: 12 elements in 9 groups
Picture angle: 220º
Aperture scale: f/2.8-f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Dimensions: 236mm dia. x 171mm long (overall); 160mm extension from lens flange
Distance scale: graduated in metres and feet from 0.25m (0.9ft) to infinity (∞)
Filters: built-in skylight (L1BC), medium yellow (Y48), deep yellow (Y52), orange (O56), and red (R60)
Front lens cap: Slip-on, delivered in a rugged metal case.
Founder Gray Levett said, "The background of this immense lens is that our vintage camera buyer Toni Kowal spent six months tracking it down from overseas, and we were fortunate to be able to find this example in such pristine condition. The lens was photographed by master photographer Tony Hurst. It is a stunning example of the optical expertise of the engineers and designers at Nikon."
Grays of Westminster can be reached by telephone on +44 (0)20 7828 4925 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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