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Bellows-Nikkor-Q 135 mm f/4.0 Preset

The first bellow lens designed for Nikon SLRs can traced back to 1959. It was not entirely a lens specifically designed for reflex Nikon cameras but rather for rangefinder series of Nikon bodies. It was used along with the Nikon Reflex housing and the original Nikon Bellow model 1 where other Nikon accessories such as copy stands for duplicating works were often used for documentary duplication works. Technically, the lens may reach 1:1 Life Size reproduction when used in conjunction with a reflex housing and Bellow. However, when Nikon F was finally released, Nikon designed a N-F tube and a BR-1 that followed to enable this lens to be used on the reflex camera. The lens was also widely believed to be still available until late sixties where a similar version with same technical specification was introduced that has a reflex mount to enable such device to be directly mounted onto a Bellow unit without the need of adapting via a BR-1 or N-F tube. Information for this lens is scarce. However, Roland Wink listed the lens has a serial number that may have been started from 578801 and according to some source, only less than a thousand piece of this lense have been produced thus far, making it a collectible piece of Nikkor optic.

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Credit: A clearer images of this rare Bellows-Nikkor 135mm f/4.0 and BR-1 Reverse Ring Adapter were downloaded from from Roland Vink's website. Images have been scaled slightly for broadcasting. The original image can be accessed from here. If you have any versions differ from Roland Website, please mail me or Roland.


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The Bellows-Nikkor-Q 135mm f/4.0 has a very simple optical construction in 4 elements in 3 group design but it is hallmarked by its exceptional flatness of field. It has a preset diaphragm and finished in black with a chrome front rim which also acts as a aperture diaphragm scale. It may not have been multicoated but the reflex mount version could have treated with multi-layers lens coating and there is NO focusing mechanism on the lens either, so focusing MUST be via the Bellow mechanism. The filter size is 43mm instead of 52mm.

<<< ----- Credit: Image of this Bellows-Nikkor-Q 105mm f/4.0 with BR-1 tube was downloaded from from Roland Vink's website.

Technical Specification of Bellow-Nikkor 135mm f/4.0

Focal length: 135mm
Maximum aperture: 1 :4; Lens construction: 4 elements in 3 groups
Picture angle: 18°; Distance scale: Not integrated,; Focusing: By means of Bellows Focusing Attachment

Aperture scale: f/4 - f/22; black dots between f-numbers indicate intermediate settings.
Aperture diaphragm: Manual preset; Magnification: 00 - 1.1X (w/PB-1 or PB-2 attachment)
Attachment size: 43mm; Weight: 11.5 oz

<<< ----- Credit: Image of this later version of the Bellows-Nikkor-Q 135mm f/4.0 was downloaded from from Roland Vink's website.

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