Apparently, a seller on eBay thinks you would. The lens in question is a very rare Nikon lens, the Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f11. It’s the longest lens Nikon ever made in terms of focal length, and also the biggest in terms of diameter. It’s also one of the rarest, with reportedly only some 300 copies ever built, by hand. The designation ‘Reflex’ gives away that the lens uses reflex mirrors in order to achieve its high degree of magnification while at the same time being relatively ‘compact’. This also accounts for the fact that the aperture is limited to f11, so no stopping down to increase sharpness.
The copy currently for sale on eBay looks pretty beat up, and is clearly designated as ‘for parts or not working’. So when you decide to put your savings into it, don’t expect it to be working right out of the box. We have no idea whether it can be repaired, or whether it’s best used to source repair parts for other lenses of this type. Either way, $25k for a beat up lens sounds like a steal to us. The stealing-your-hard-earned-cash kind of steal, that is.
Wide-angle photography is one of the master disciplines of photography. It’s not something you just do, it’s something that needs a lot of thought, as proper composition is crucial in wide-angle photography. And just like mastering the artistical aspect of it, the construction of a great wide-angle lens is anything but a routine job for a lens designer. In order to honor some of the greatest achievements in the history of wide-angle lens design, here’s The Phoblographer’s list of the top five most extreme wide-angle lenses ever built.
Nikon today announced the D610, their latest entry-level full-frame (FX-format) DSLR, which succeeds the popular but flawed D600. With the D610, Nikon apparently tries to make up for the spotty sensor issue that befell many D600 models. We reported about the issue a while back, and it seems as though the shutter mechanism of the D600 was the culprit. The D610 comes with a new shutter that (hopefully) doesn’t exhibit the issue and is also a bit faster, providing 6 fps continuous shooting vs. the D600′s 5.5 fps. In addition, Nikon added a quiet continuous shooting mode as well as the D800′s weather sealing. Head past the break for the full specs.
What? $100k for a fisheye lens? Well, yeah. But not just some fisheye lens. The fisheye lens. Because when it comes to fisheye lenses, there’s nothing that’ll top this beast. What we’re talking about is the exceedingly rare Nikon 6mm f2.8 Ai lens. What makes this lens so special is no so much its scarcity, but the fact that its angle of view is 220°. Yes, 220°. This lens actually sees what’s behind it. At the same time, the aperture is moderately fast at f2.8. Of course, that means a lot of glass, especially for the front element–which is really, really huge on this lens. Who would ever use a lens like that? We have no idea. But if you’ve got money to spend and are into collecting rare stuff, here’s your chance: there’s currently one for sale on eBay, for the above-mentioned bargain price of US-$ 100k.
If you want more info on the Nikon 6mm f2.8 Ai, here’s an article about the lens over at Japan Camera Hunter. Also, past the break, you can find an unboxing video from a guy who bought one. [click to continue…]
Nikon just announced the world’s firts water-, shock-, and freeze-proof mirrorless camera, the 1 AW1. Together with the camera, the company also introduces two equally rugged 1-series lenses to go with it: the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f2.8 and the 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6. The camera and lenses are aimed at outdoor junkies such as snorklers and hikers, as they can sustain depths of up to 49 ft (15 m), drops from up to 6.6 ft (2 m) and temperatures as low as 14° F (-10° C). In addition to all that ruggedness, the 1 AW1 comes with a new 14.2 megapixel sensor, a dual-AF system as well as an altimeter and depth gauge for those taking it to new heights and depths both above and below sea-level. Details after the break.
It seems that there was no official announcement of this firmware update for Nikon’s F-to-1-mount adapter, so we need to thank Sans Mirror for making us aware of it. With the new firmware 1.10, the adapter that allows you to use F-mount lenses on your Nikon 1 camera now supports continuous AF for Nikon AF-S lenses–but for AF-S lenses only it appears, and not for third-party lenses.