April 24, 2012

Rare extreme wide-angle Nikkor lens goes on sale

Image © Tony Hurst.
A rare fisheye Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lens, which offers the "world's most extreme wide-angle"
and is worth £100,000, has gone on sale at Gray's of Westminster in London.

First introduced in 1970 at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, the
Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lens offers an angle of view of 220º making it, at the
time, the "world's most extreme wide-angle lens to cover an image area of
Lens production started in March 1972, and was only made available to special
order, says Gray Levett, a co-founder of Gray's of Westminster. He and Tony
Hurst spend "six month on the trail of this lens and finally located it overseas,
" he says. "We were fortunate in securing it and it is now on sale for £100,000."
The lens is in mint condition. It uses 12 glass elements in nine groups and
weighs 5.2kg. It has a minimum focussing distance of 25cm and features a
slip-on front lens cap and is delivered in a rugged metal case.

Image © Tony Hurst.

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