The World’s Widest Fisheye Lens Cost $160,000

| April 24, 2012

By David Ponce

This is by no means a new item, but it’s pretty darn cool: it’s the world’s widest fisheye lens ever produced, the Nikon 6mm f/2.8.

The lens was credited as the world’s most extreme wideangle lens to cover the 24x36mm image area when it was unveiled at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany in 1970.

It weighs a whopping 5.2kg, is 171mm long and has a diameter of 236mm. The 12-elements-in-9-goups optic delivers a picture angle of 220º.

One Gray Levett, co-founder of Nikon dealer Grays of Westminster found it while going on a trip overseas. He believes it’s one of only a few hundred ever produced, and he has placed it on sale for the tidy sum of £100,000 or around $160,000.

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Update: Potential sample picture below.