This is the first time I am seeing this actual lens for sale on eBay. Not thinking of buying one, of course, just thought I'd bring it to everyone's attention. I wonder what was it selling for when it first came out? Leonard, you know this stuff, usually .
According to the book "Nikon: A Celebration" by Brian Long published in 2006, the 2000mm f11 had a price of 990,000 Yen in 1972. The exchange rate at the time was about 302:1 which would put it at about $3,278 in 1972 US dollars.
This was the only reference I could find on the original price of this lens.
Leonard, you didn't disappoint, as usual. Thank you!
This Reflex lens is on my drool list of Nikkor lenses that I'd love to have for only one day just to take a few shots and see what they feel like. Other two older Nikon lenses on this list are Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 and, of course, 13mm f/5.6... One can dream.
I use an 8 inch 2032mm f10 schmidt cassegrain astronomical scope for terrestrial photos (wildlife). Used for small birds and mammals at relatively close range the results can be surprisingly good (except for those doughnuts if you keep detailed background in the shot). Admitting that there is a rarity value of the Nikon lens, it would be interesting to see if there was around $22000 difference in quality of the result. Anybody actually used the Nikon lens and even more unlikely anybody compared it with a similar focal length telescope? Actually the one on Ebay is only for parts as it is not working so what would they charge for one that was?!!
> Other two older Nikon lenses on this >list are Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 and, of course, 13mm f/5.6... One >can dream.
Expensive dreams, Captain. I too would love to try the 13mm f5.6. My list is a little more attainable though. I'd like the 58mm f1.2 Noct-Nikkor and the 8mm f2.8 fisheye. I was fortunate to try the 8mm a few weeks ago. It was like new in the box but my dealer wanted to keep it for his collection. I was lucky enough to get a like new AF 28mm f1.4 which I'm very happy with.
I know they are, Len. Dreams usually are like that.
I do own a decent copy of the Noct-Nikkor. The opportunity presented itself and I pulled the trigger.
As for the 8mm 2.8. - I know it is a great lens and I spent a long time thinking about it but decided against it. It is just too darn big and bulky to be useful. Just like the Reflex 500mm f/5, in a sense - it sits there on my shelf unused most of the time because of its hugeness. I ended up with two versions of Sigma 8mm fisheye - the older manual f/4 version and the newer AF f/3.5 version. Both are excellent lenses optically and much more practical. I always have one of them in the pocket when I go shooting. (Wouldn't mind selling one, actually, as I certainly don't really need both of them).