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55mm f/4.0-32 UV-Nikkor Auto

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Information on the UV Nikkor 55mm f/4.0 is scarce and hard to find except from what I have mentioned at the UV-Nikkor 105mm Section where our friend, Michael Liu reported in his early Nikon F site that, Popular Photography , June, 1965 issue has stated a prototype of this lens with the following specification: 55mm f/4.0-32 UV-Nikkor Auto: 43 degrees angle of view; 5 elements in 4 groups focusses down to 0.36m Note: had an automatically compensating diaphragm and focussed from infinity to 1:2, so it was probably based on the Micro-Nikkor-P, just as the present-day 105mmf/4.5 UV-Nikkor seems to be based on the 105f/4 Micro-Nikkor Source: Popular Photography, June 1965; while in Nikon Hand Book, Peter Brazcko reported THREE possible versions of UV-Nikkor may have been existed thus far - A shorter focal length at 50mm as well as a subsequent followed up model, 55mm UV Nikkor lens which was introduced in September, 1988 where the Ai-S 55mm f/4.0 UV Nikkor uses a 6 elements in 6 group design, weighs at 250g, close focus at 9" (24cm) and its spectral range is from 220nm to 900nm at 70% spectral transmission. Lastly, a special version that was made for NASA space exploration in UV-Nikkor 55mm f/2.0 lense. Lastly, you can use special filters for invisible radiation photography (Kodak has a 18A filter for this application).

With a stroke of luck, Mr. Andrew E. Kalman, Ph.D. saw my request for help to furnish more information on the 55mm UV lense and took all the trouble to source the information for me. According to him, he has managed to get some information from his photographic book collection, the Nikon F / Nikkormat Handbook of Photography (published by Cooper & Abbot., 1968) that the 55mm f/4.0-32 UV-Nikkor Auto was not just a prototype as guessed (as evidenced by ("disc." ~ discontinued). Well, Andrew was also kind enough to scan two images of the spec sheets for all of us to share:



Technical Specification for Nikon UV-Nikkor 55mm f/4.0 non Ai lens:-

Specification for Nikon UV-Nikkor 55mm f/4.0 no Ai lens

Depth of Field table for UV-Nikkor 55mm f/4.0: Click for Xplosive View (108k Gif)


The optical construction of this lense couldn't be more simpler. It consists of only a very straight forward design in 3 elements in 3 groups design as compared to the 1984's bigger brother, 105mm UV-Nikkor's 6 elements in 5 groups design (come to think of it, even the pancake 45mm GN-Nikkor has a 4 elements in 3 groups design ...).

Anyway, these are the only information we can gathered thus far for this lense. Minus all the explanations, I still don't know how to make good use of such a specialized optic, so, if you are very good at UV photography, perhaps you can tell us more... Once again, my sincere thanks to Andrew for his help.

Update: Instruction Manual (PDF) for download, courtesy of Klaus D Schmitt <> from
Calling for HELP
It will be lovely to have some contributing good images comparing differences between UV and IR. Appropriate credit will be given. Thanks.

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