The fisheye Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lens was primarily developed by Nikon for scientific and industrial purposes. The lens was first showed in 1970 at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany. The 6mm f/2.8 lens has a 220 degree viewing angle which can cover an image area of 24x36mm. But the most intriguing thing about the lens is not its viewing angle or speed, it is the size instead. The lens is extremely large with a very unusual shape.
Production of the lens started in March 1972 and it was available only through special orders. Gray Levett, co-founder of Gray’s of Westminster said “We were fortunate in securing it and it is now on sale for £100,000.” He also added “six month on the trail of this lens and finally located it overseas.”
- serial no: 628024
- Lens construction: 12 elements in 9 groups
- Picture angle: 220º
- Diaphragm: Automatic
- Aperture scale: f/2.8-f/22
- Dimensions: 236mm dia. x 171mm long
- Distance scale: graduated in metres and feet from 0.25m (0.9ft) to infinity (∞)
- Filters: built-in skylight (L1BC)
- Weight: 5200g
It is on sale for £100,000, or roughly $161,210 on the Grays of Westminster website.