Information on Nikon 1000mm f11 Reflex Nikkor Lense

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RefIex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 Mirror lens

The first reflex Nikkor was not designed for the SLRs. Instead, a
Reflex-Nikkor 100cm f/6.3 lens 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! 
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Reference for this rare Relex-Nikkor 1000mm f/6.3 lens: Robert Rotoloni, author of the "Nikon Rangefinder Camera" by Hove collector's Book.
This lens was Nikon's 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 gigantic-size
Reflex Nikkor 2000mm f/11 - the longest commercial production optical lens for 35mm SLR photography carries similar concept and thus also has a light gray exterior finishing. 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 the version introduced after 1964. A year later in October, 1965, Nikon replaced the bulky f/6.3 lens with a version in a more compact dimension but it has a slower maximum aperture at f/11.

Only furnished in black colour. The Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 has greatly improved portability of Reflex Nikkor lenses at this focal length. Shown at left is a current version which has altered in its physical appearance from those of the early versions of the Reflex-Nikkor lenses.

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The first version of the Relex-Nikkor lense was introduced back in 1965 has an optical design of 5 elements in 5 groups lens construction but it has greatly improved in its closest focusing distance which stands at 26 ft (8m) (compared to that of the f/6.3 lens which focuses at 30m !) and the lens has a compact size of only 9.5" in its body length. Those earliest version of the Relex-Nikkor 1000mm lense was believed to have a revolving filter turret design and such feature was replaced with a rear screw-in filter design in those series introduced after 1974.The current version of the Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 lens was actually being first debuted in 1976; there is an overall improvement in its handling and NIC lens coating process was treated to its lens elements for more even light transmission and faithful reproduction in color fidelity. The lens has a rotating tripod mounting collar design which locates at the back section (between the focusing /lens mounting section). An interesting improvement in the update of this reflex lens was a removable fast focusing lever that supplied with the lens for rapid lens focusing. A set of five filters in L37c, A2, B2, O56 and a ND4 filters is supplied as a standard accessory.

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Although The Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11lens here may not be a everyday lens for any average amateur photographers, but just like any of the other Reflex lenses, the lens possess some very distinctive optical characteristic on its own which is not find in any other super telephoto lenses. It offers to fulfill certain photographic objectives such as achieving specific visual effect and/or its superb portability and handling for such a long focal length in such a compact dimension may be a good solution serving those who are always on the move. Naturally, its main weakness still centers around the fixed aperture of f/11 which leaves little control other than manipulating around shutter speed(s) and used in combination with right choice of film types at various speed rating. In terms of handling, without mentioned - clever and careful control of camera/lens movement during shooting is essential for successful photography as its 20X magnification of the subject (when compared with a normal lens) also signifies it will magnify movement in such a similar ratio.

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The extremely narrow 2°30' picture angle and limited depth of field of this lens can be of a good usage to isolate certain scenes and/or capturing dramatic images in sports, wildlife, travel and astrophotography but its restrictive view may also post some problems in situation such as action based kind of photography. It would require a good sense and anticipation of events or happening. Overall, Reflex Lenses are not a very easy lens to deal with and would require good, sound photographic experience of the photographer to ensure higher success rate of photograpy rather than depending on its optical characteristic and bahavior.

Technical Highlights: * Extremely narrow 2°30' picture angle produces spectacular 20X magnification of the subject (when compared with a normal lens). * Dramatic images are possible in sports, wildlife, travel and astrophotography. * Catadioptric (mirror) design eliminates chromatic aberration for outstanding picture quality. * Very compact and light for its long focal length. * Detachable focusing handle with two screw-in positions allows rapid focusing down to a close 8m (25 ft.). * Telescopic lens hood. * Built-in tripod socket collar rotates 360°, allowing quick change from horizontal- to vertical-format shooting without tripod adjustment. * Supplied with a set of five 39mm rear screw-in filters (ultraviolet, light amber, light blue, orange, and 4X neutral density).


Focal length/Aperture: 1000mm f/11
Lens construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
Picture angle: 2°30'
Diaphragm: None
Aperture scale: None
Exposure measurement: Via stop-down method
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 8m (25ft.) to infinity (
Weight: 1,900g

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Dimensions: 119mm dia. x 241 mm long (overall); 233.5mm extension from lens flange
Filters (Supplied): 39mm rear screw-in; ultraviolet (L37C), light amber (A2), light blue (B2), orange (056), and neutral density (ND4)

Maximum Reproduction ratio: 1:7.1
Front lens cap: Screw-in; Lens hood: Built-in telescopic type; Lens case: CL-29 hard leatherette; Usable teleconverter: TC-200 (TC-201)*, TC-300 (TC-301)** or TC-14A*** TC-14B**** Note: Serial Number may have been continued from 142361 as this lens was not been updated since 1976/77.
* Usable, but there is occasional vigneting ** There is occasional vigneting, with higher shutter speed, there may be sometime be uneven exposures. *** Not Usable **** Usable, if the rear screw-in filter is removed. Supplement: If you cannot locate the specific information you require, Stephen Gandy has some other information relating to the Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11.

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