Skip to main content

Interesting finds on eBay; Nikon 2000mm f/11 Reflex Nikkor

Further to our NASA specced 'blad story for sale by exotic camera specialist and retailer Photo-Arsenal, I happened on this rarity while perusing their site on eBay. I've never seen one for sale before (it's on for a reasonable $20K), but I did get a chance to play with one once, courtesy of Nikon back in '79 or '80. As a visitor to the annual Olympia (or was it the Islington Design Centre?) photo event in London*, I wasn't the only one able to peer through the Nikon EM they had attached to it.

As incongruous as that sounds, Nikon had just introduced the auto-only Nikon EM (a starter model that Nikon was heavily criticised for introducing at the time - they only made "pro" cameras, the F3, FM and the FE) and were trying to promote the camera's versatility - it could be used with any of the seventy-plus Nikkor lenses available. Of course, the 2000mm f/11 was one of Nikon's most exotic Nikkors, hand assembled and available to purchase by special order only.


The picture above shows the rear filter selector (you literally dialed in the filter, which was housed in rotating holder), and focused using the dial to the right. The knurled knob in the centre allowed you to rotate the mount, for vertical compositions. Neat. It wasn't Nikon's most esoteric lens, nor was it the most expensive (though, it was pricey at around £6,200 if memory serves), I guess the two go hand-in-hand.

At the other end of the enormous stand (Nikon had centre stage then) there was the equally sublime (or ridiculous, perhaps) Ai 6mm f/2.8. A circular fisheye lens with 220-degree angle of view (that is not a typo). A lens that can see behind itself! I looked through that too, an amazingly distorted view but actually it was hard to discern detail in the centre (not to mention the edges), as anything a few feet away was rendered very small. This time, though, there was an F3 attached. But there was a spot-light placed so close too it, the metal-bodied camera (and lens) had become heated to near skin-burning temperatures!

You may be wondering who would buy these lenses? Well, the answer can be seen above in the type of mount. The 2000mm f/11 would of been bought by the military, and in particular the Navy. As for the 6mm f/2.8, a friend of mine at Nikon said the MoD bought some for installation in the turret of the Challenger tank - it was perfect for close quarter surveillance.

* The show eventually moved to Birmingham (there was limited parking in London) and became Focus on Imaging.


All images (c) copyright Photo-Arsenal.


  1. Found it at half price :

  2. Houston Camera Exchange (Houston, Texas USA) had a fellow today trying to sell his copy for USD $9,100.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Hasselblad H4D-60 review

UPDATE 18 May, 2012: Hasseblad is set to reduce the price on the H4D cameras by as much as $11,000 / 6,200 Euros on the H4D-60, bringing the price to 23,900 euros ($30,995 / £21,995). Please see here for more details.

The last couple of decades have been turbulent for medium format camera manufacturers, but now after several well-known names have withdrawn, the market looks healthy. Two new unexpected entrants, Leica and Pentax have added to the dynamic at opposing ends of the pricing scale, forcing the two established system players to compete fiercely in their traditional rarefied role as well as the entry-level.

Partnering with both Leaf and Mamiya, Phase One has developed a trio of entry-level Mamiya DM models starting at under $14k/ £9k while continuing to offer a wide range of Phase One and Leaf backs, up to 80-megapixels. Through various offers and incentives these backs, are most likely to be partnered with the 645DF body but they are in fact compatible with a wide range of …

Fujifilm IS Pro UV-IR DSLR review

Fuji’s IS Pro is the up-date to maker’s earlier S3 UV-IR camera, and like that particular camera, the IS Pro adopts a modified image sensor that’s not shielded from UV or IR light. Consequently, with various filtration methods, the IS Pro is designed for Ultraviolet (UVA), visible and near Infrared photography.

Although there is a healthy demand for DSLRs with IR capability especially, and there are number of independent vendors (mainly in the US, but the UK also) that offer IR dedicated and full-spectrum conversion of current Nikon and Canon bodies, it’s anticipated the IS Pro will appeal largely to the scientific and forensic communities. With the departure of the S3 UV-IR, Fuji’s IS Pro continues to be the only dedicated full-spectrum interchangeable lens based DSLR that has professional-level support from a camera maker. As well as official product support and 12-month warranty, for government agencies and the like, the OEM status of the IS Pro will be particularly reassuring an…

Mitsubishi CP-D70DW dye-sublimation printer review

Roll-fed dye-sublimation transfer printers are often used in photo-kiosks but with their fast operation and touch dry photos, they’re also the printer of choice for event photographers.

Mitsubishi Electric CP-D70DW


£1214 (£999 ex VAT) $1,399.95
Mitsubishi Electric;
Mac OS X 10.5 or Windows XP later
Print quality, job times, low media costs, durability, build, noise levels
Noise levels, paper handling niggles, colour profile on request

Buy at Adorama Camera (US) at $1,279.95, plus mail-in rebate available. Buy at Amazon US (sold by Adorama).

Buy the Dual deck CP-D70DW at Adorama now at $1,939.95, plus mail-in rebate (was $2,950).


Unlike the process of dithering liquid ink in an inkjet, dye-sublimation printers produce authentic continuous tone images with an analogous look like that of a conventional lab-produced print. They achieve this using thin c…