Gargantuan Wide-Angle Lens with a GBP100,000 Price Tag Goes on Sale at Grays of Westminster
LONDON, April 24, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
The rare Nikon fisheye lens is said to be able to 'see behind itself', it
weighs5.2kg and measures 171mm in length with a diameter of 236mm
One of the few 220 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 220
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: 220
- 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
- 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: GBP100,000
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:
About Grays of Westminster
The legendary award-winning Grays of Westminster is a charming period shop,
specialising exclusively in Nikon. Grays of Westminster offers knowledgeable advice and
information on Nikon equipment, whether new, second-hand or vintage. They can provide a
fast and reliable mail-order service on any Nikon item which is available to all
From their very beginning over a quarter of a century ago, they aimed at offering
their customers the very best service and the finest in Nikon equipment. This tradition
Grays of Westminster also provides a vast range of photographic training sessions for
its customers including subjects such as Mike Maloney's Photographic Workshop at the House
of Lords; Heather Angel's Wildlife & Natural History Workshops; Simon Stafford's
Definitive Flash, Portraiture, Landscape and Macro Training Sessions; Michael
Eleftheriades' panoramic and colour-calibration seminars.
Grays of Westminster is situated in a quiet location in central London yet within
walking distance of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.
For more information, please contact:
Grays of Westminster Exclusively...Nikon
40 Churton Street