If you enjoy crazy effects on your picture through your camera then a Nikkor 6mm F/2.8 Lens from a 1970 trade show described as see behind itself, is up for grabs. The monster fisheye lens was credited as the world’s most extreme wideangle lens to cover the 24x36mm image area when it was unveiled at the Photokina trade show at Cologne, Germany in 1970.
The lens officially went into production in 1972 and sold only as individual special orders. The massive glass dome on the front of the lens is a quarter of a metre wide, sticks out 6 inches, and weighs over 11 pounds, dwarfing your camera as you fire insane fisheye angles. Most crazy of all is the fact that the 12-elements-in-9-goups optic delivers a picture angle of 220º..
The 6mm lens was designed for an expedition to Antarctica, and was pointed straight up to capture a photo of the entire sky. It’s now used to shoot photos wide enough to use in virtual reality panoramas.
£100,000 ($160,000) price includes a built-in skylight filter, as well as medium yellow, deep yellow, orange and red filters. You’ll be glad to know your hundred grand buys you a lens cap too. We’re guessing that whoever buys this will most probably want to keep it on display rather than take it out for a shooting session, unless that particular photographer is willing to take a 40 plus year old lens with them on photoshoots, putting it at risk to potential scratches and drops.
The Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lens is on sale at London Nikon specialist Grays of Westminster, which is selling the near-mint condition and ultra-rare lens.