Information on Nikon 1000mm f11 Reflex Nikkor Lens


RefIex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11

The first reflex Nikkor was not designed for the SLRs. Instead, a Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f6.3 was Nikon first catadioptric (Mirror) lens designed for the Nikon S series of rangefinder cameras. The same lens was replicated and supplied with a Nikon F Bayonet mount to be used for the reflex Nikon F in 1959 (Nikon rangefinder camera to the Nikon F-mount SLRs with an accessory by mounting the N-F tube.). The bulky Mirror-Nikkor 100cm f/6.3 weighs a massive 10kg and has a 5 elements in 3 groups design. It focuses down to 98.4 ft (30m) and has a filter attachment size of 224mm. However, there was an additional 52mm revolving filter with L39, Y52, O56, R60 and three ND filters for stepping apertures down to f/11, f/16 and f/22.

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100cm f/6.3 Reflex Nikkor

It has a built-in bellows focusing mechanism operated by a thumb-wheel which allowed for very smooth, and light focusing. It came with a gray metal carrying case and the entire outfit weighs nearly 30 pounds! 

Reference for this 1000mm f6.3 lens: Robert Rotoloni, author of the "Nikon Rangefinder Camera" by Hove collector's Book.

This lens was Nikon first optic that has a gray colour outfit. With popular belief that the light gray colour may reduced chances of shifting precise alignment of the catadioptric lens elements. The gigantical Reflex Nikkor 2000mm f/11 - the longest commercial production focal length of Mirror lens for 35mm SLR photography carries similar concept and thus also has a light gray exterior. The Mirror-Nikkor 10cm f/6.3 has a two carrying handles on top of the lens for easy carrying. The lens data of 10cm was believed to have been changed to 1000mm in 1964. A year later in October, 1965, Nikon replaced the lens with a new version which has a slower maximum aperture of f/11.

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Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.0s | Non-AI Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.0 (post-77) | Non-AI Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.0 (Pre-AI)
Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11s | Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 (Post 77) | Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 (pre-AI)
Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11s | Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11 (Post 77) | Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11 (Pre-AI)
EARLY Reflex Nikkor 50cm f/5.0, Reflex-Nikkor 10cm f/6.3

Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm | Standard Lenses - 45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm | Super-Telephoto Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm | Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm

Special Application lenses
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85-105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm
Dedicated Lenses for F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm
MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

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