The golden goose of lenses, a real legend
I have been very very lucky this week to find this….the rarest of the rare…the absolutely amazing Nikkor 13mm f5.6. This is not your normal, run of the mill wide-angle lens, not at all, this is a much more special breed. You see this lens was never produced in anything close to what you could call capacity. Only 300 units were made in total. If we are to assume that Nikon kept some, collectors and museums also had a few, possibly government agencies and then damaged or destroyed items, there are probably only only a handful (1 0r 2) that are available on the market in the whole world. And now there is one less…..As I got it.
Just look at that…isn’t it stunning? A real thing of beauty. These lenses were all handmade, with hand produced front elements. It is said that the lenses were all blessed by Shinto priests, and as much as I would love to believe it, I think it is probably wishful thinking.
But there is no doubt these things are special, there are hardly any of them, they are handmade, and they have incredible performance. Hence the almost absurd amount of money that has been charged for these lenses over the years. I saw one online last year for $40,000 USD! And the thing was, it sold.
The specs on this thing are absolutely incredible…seriously. The angles of view alone are amazing 118˚ diagonal, 108˚ horizontal and 85˚ vertical. I mean, wow, that is a huge field of vision.
It has 16 elements in 12 groups, and runs up to f22 with a 7 blade diaphragm.
The lens is huge too, as you can see from the pictures. It weighs 1.3 kilos! Not something you want to have hanging around your neck for a great deal of time.
I think the main thing is the size of the front element, it is a constant worry that you are going to damage it as it sticks out so much. There is no possibility of a cover for this, so you would have to take care.
This lens was sourced for The legendary Grays of Westminster.I work as a supplier for Grays and we work closely together to make sure that Grays customers always have the very best. We have been looking for this lens for a very long time and now we managed to get it.
If you are looking for that special item, or just something that you have always wanted, get in touch and I can find it for you.