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Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 lens

 

Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8

The Nikkor Fisheye 6mm f/2.8 lenses between now and before 1977 was quite confusing. Many literature and web resources provide contradicting references which sometimes create more confusion. By chance, I managed to get a few Nikon publication distributed between 1976, 1978 and also a Sales Guide of 1979 provided by our local distributors, Shriro Malaysia (now Nikon has its own network called Nikon Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. I managed to scanned some of them for your visual reference. The early version in a prototype unit first debuted at Photokina 1970 has an external focusing lever on the distance ring. The projection of a circular image onto film is 23mm diameter and a massive 220 degree picture angle with an incredible lens speed of f/2.8 which very much contributes to its bulkiness. The first regular production unit was believed to be first marketed back in 1972 sold with a non-AI specification lens and followed with an upgrade in 1977 as AI lens. The lens remains as a special request production lens throughout its life span and it is still available via Nikon Sales Division while current version carries an Ai-S spec, which was introduced back in 1982, while optically and cosmetically remains unchanged until today.

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<<<<<<<<--------- Scanned and retouched from a 1979's Nikon Sales Guide. The 6mm was mounted onto an Ai-Spec Nikon F2A SLR camera.

<<< --- Bottom Left: A non-AI Fisheye Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 as compared side by side with a fixed focus Fisheye Nikkor 6mm f/5.6 lens.

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Dual lenses AI-mount.jpgAbove: An early version of the non-Ai-Spec and Ai-Spec Fisheye Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 as compared side by side with a fixed focus Fisheye Nikkor 6mm f/5.6 lens. ---- >>>

Note: Production serial number started from 628801; AI-with ADR lens design began from 629001.

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

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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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