The all seeing eye – Rare extreme wide-angle Nikkor lens goes on sale

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.

In 1970 Nikon stunned the world of photography by first introducing at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, the Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lens, which 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 24x36mm. Believed to be one of only a few hundred produced, the 6mm is for scientific and industrial applications and special effects when shooting portraits, architecture and interiors, etc. 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 and is is 171mm long and has a diameter of 236mm. It has a minimum focusing distance of 25cm and features a slip-on front lens cap and is delivered in a rugged metal case.

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Information: British Journal of Photography