Rare fisheye lens comes up for sale in London for £100,000

The extremely rare fisheye lens from Nikon is said to have the ability to see behind itself. It also weighs 5.2kg, is 171mm long and has a 236mm diameter. One of the very few 220º fisheye lenses that Nikon ever made has been made available to buy and is now looking for a buyer at the only authorised re-seller of Nikon products in London; Grays of Westminster.

Nikon first stunned the world of photography back in 1970 at Photokina when they introduced the 220º fisheye Nikkor that came with a mind blowing speed of f/28. It was also the most extreme wide angle lens in the world able to cover a 24 x 36mm area and carried a huge glass dome that dwarfed the camera that was attached to it.

The 6mm was intended for industrial and scientific applications as well as for the special effects needed when shooting the likes of architecture, interior, portraits etc. The production of the lens started in March 1972, and it was strictly made to 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

– Diaphragm: Automatic

– Aperture scale: f/2.8-f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales

– Weight: 5200g

– 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.

– Condition: MINT

– Price: £100,000

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: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk