6mm f/2.8 Fisheye-Nikkor on a Nikon D800 – First Time Ever?

The very rare Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 has caused an internet sensation since its acquisition and subsequent sale by Grays of Westminster was first reported by Amateur Photographer magazine. In this exclusive footage shot recently in the vintage department at Grays of Westminster, the 6mm can be seen fitted to a black finish Nikon F Apollo camera in its special case. Later in the film the 6mm is shot fitted to a Nikon D800, possibly for the first time ever and footage shot taken with this combination.

Nikon stunned the photographic world at Photokina in 1970 by introducing the 220º 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: 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 SOLD

Directed by Mark Gibson



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  1. […] look like. Well it sounds like auctioneers Grays of Westminster were listening, and put together this incredible little video, showing some footage shot with the lens strapped to a Nikon […]