Additional Information on
8mm f8 Fisheye-Nikkor Lens

 

Fisheye-Nikkor 1:8 f=8mm

This is the first Fisheye lens designed by Nikkor for the Nikon F way back in 1962 and thus, you can also safely quoted this lens as the world's first normal production fisheye lens for 35mm photography. The lens speed of f/8.0 was considered 'slow' but it actually has attributed to its extreme compactness as compared with other Fisheyes such as the high speed Nikkor Fisheye at the fast
f/2.8 version introduced later in 1970. The design of this version of the fisheye lens also requires to ensure the main reflex mirror of the camera lock out of the viewing path and so, viewing and photo composing can only be done with an auxiliary accessory optical viewing finder that attached to the flash coupling shoe at the side of the camera.

Nikon Fisheye Nikkor 8mm f/8.0 with converter
Well, due to that fact, image will not be exactly as the one you are viewing via the accessory finder (something like rangefinder camera). However, this lens has such a wide angle of view and its depth of field is equally adequate to cover everything from here to far, and so it does not really matter too much, unless you are constantly working at its closest distance where the lens permits.

Relative: A fixed focus, preset 16.3mm f/8.0 Nikon Fisheye camera, 1960.

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Credit: Image courtesy of camera$@EBAY®. He also operates a popular EBAY STORE where he often lists many used RARE pieces of Nikon, Leica and other old classic photo equipment, Images are also well taken for visual confirmation for buyers - he is also one of my favorite bookmark Ebay dealer. Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

The nature of the lens design is tricky enough. So if you don't owned a professional F-series models or the older Nikkormat SLR cameras where all these bodies have a mirror lock up feature, please don't attempt to mount this lens onto your camera. This lens has a similar operational method and physical appearance like some of the early Nikkor fisheye lenses e.g. Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f5.6, Fisheye Nikkor 7.5mm f/5.6 and the OP Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm, the back portion of the lens extends so far into the camera body that the camera mirror must be raised and locked it upward in order the lens can be mounted onto the camera body. Further, it requires the use of an external optical finder for picture composing (it is a fixed focus lens). The early version may has a simple finder while later ones uses the DF-1 finder which was used on the flash mounting shoe at the side of the camera body. If the mirror has been raised and locked upward, how would a photographer sees anything through the camera's viewfinder eyepiece ? Yes, once the reflex mirror has been locked upward, It will be totally blackout inside the viewfinder and that is why these lenses have a companion attachment finder which comes as a standard package. The Fisheye Nikkor lenses introduced in later stages have a different optical design which patched this drawback and viewing is reverting back to normal when they are attached to any Nikon reflex camera without any interference to viewing through the lens (TTL).

Nikon Fisheye Nikkor 8mm f/8.0 with converter
Anyway, as it has a very short life cycle (discontinued, replaced with the 7.5mm f/5.6) in 1966 and some may term it as a classic piece and essentially it was treated as a collector item now (If you can spare and digest the inconveniences it may caused you..). A friend of Michael Liu, Mr Robert Johnson, has this lens along with some very impressive collection of Nikon lens and cameras. He mailed me these pictures which I retouched and reproduced here to share with you.

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* Also see his some real fabulous views on his Nikon F2 High Speed camera.

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<<< ---Credit: Images of this deeply recessed rear lens cap for 7.5mm, 8mm and 21mm Nikkor fisheye/Ultrawide courtesy of Mr. Shelton <sothebycanada@netscape.net> . Shelton operates a pupular Ebay Store called "shelton-classics-co", selling many interesting used Photo equipment of various brands. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Nikkor Circular Fisheye Lenses: 6mm - f/2.8 | f/5.6 | 7.5mm f/5.6 | 8mm - f/2.8 | f/8.0 | 10mm OP f5.6 | 16mm Full frame Nikkor-Fisheye Lenses - f/3.5 Non-AI - f/3.5/f/2.8 AI - f/2.8 Ai-S - f/2.8 AF-D

NOTE: Production Serial Number(s) was believed to have started from 88010 for this non-AI Nikkor lens. Source: Nikon Hand Book.

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" .. Here is a Nippon Kogaku 8mm/8 Fish-Eye with view finder-Leica M mount! Fits the dedicated Nikon F's, where mirror can be locked up gorgeous extreme wide-angle lens Nippon Kogaku 8mm f:8 Fish-Eye Nikkor with a rare Leica M mount adapter, a Leica M39 screw mount, and Canon FD mount, this lens will clearly fit also the Nikon SLR system very rare and special purpose optic the glass is of high grade quality, producing beautiful images, this optic is ideal for, hobby/ professional & avid Nikon Collector/ photographers, a Beauty, The Nikon view finder is included... ".

Credit: Image courtesy of camera$@EBAY®. He also operates a popular EBAY STORE where he often lists many used RARE pieces of Nikon, Leica and other old classic photo equipment, Images are also well taken for visual confirmation for buyers - he is also one of my favorite bookmark Ebay dealer. Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.


Nikon Fisheye Nikkor 1:8 f=8mm with converter Nikon Fisheye Nikkor 1:8 f=8mm side view with filter
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Nikon Fisheye Nikkor 1:8 f=8mm with various converter rings to fit Leica, Canon etc.
Credit: Image courtesy of camera$@EBAY®. He also operates a popular EBAY STORE where he often lists many used RARE pieces of Nikon, Leica and other old classic photo equipment, Images are also well taken for visual confirmation for buyers - he is also one of my favorite bookmark Ebay dealer. Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

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