NIKON RANGEFINDER LENSES

compiled from "The NIKON Manual" by George B. Wright, 1957      

copyright Frank Mechelhoff                                                          NEW 24. August 2007



The lens program for the Nikon Rangefinder camera was small when compared to Leica, Contax or Canon, but nevertheless was of excellent optical quality - at least on their level, some of them superior. Nippon Kogaku had a history of photography lens making and even 35mm camera lenses starting long before World War II, their program includes some "world firsts" and "world fastest" lenses of certain focal lengths and - last but not least - were known for their 100% quality control. It was been said that not a single lens left the factory without critical examination - different to many other manufacturers of their time... All of them together, plus the price level lower than ZEISS, created the excellent reputation of the NIKKOR lenses for professional use in the very beginning of the 1950's...


WIDEANGLE Lenses  


Nikkor-O 1:4 f=2.1cm
Launched first as a Rangefinder lens (1959),
later on produced as SLR lens (Nikon F mount/ Mirror  Lock-up) 
Story by Nikon about this rare lens

W-Nikkor 1:4 f=2.5cm  
Nikkor
Story by Nikon about this lens


W-Nikkor 1:3.5 f=2.8cm  
Nikkor

W-Nikkor 1:3.5 f=3.5cm  
Nikkor

W-Nikkor 1:2.5 f=3.5cm  
Nikkor

W-Nikkor 1:1.8 f=3.5cm  
Nikkor
The fast wideangle lens in the world when introduced - together with the Canon RF 35/1.8
About 8000 made
Story by Nikon about this lens



STANDARD Lenses  

Nikkor-H.C. 1:2 f=5cm  
Nikkor


Nikkor-S.C. 1:1.5 f=5cm  
Nikkor
Based on the prewar Carl Zeiss Sonnar design, very soon replaced by the 50/1.4 (similar design-wise)
40.5mm Filter, about 1100 lenses made (Nikon RF and Leica screw mount)
Article about this lens by Robert J. Rotoloni
Nikkor picture by Rotoloni


Nikkor-S.C. 1:1.4 f=5cm  
Nikkor
This lens made Nikon's name as a choice for professional photographer. Most common standard lens for Nikon S, S2, SP and S3.


Nikkor-N 1:1.1 f=5cm 
Nikkor
This lens was the world's fast 35mm lens when introduced in 1956 (Link: Story by NIKON)
Che Guevara used this lens as photo reporter. The fact that it's development (directed by Saburo Murakami) based on a German pre-war patent of A.W.Tronnier and Schneider Kreuznach of 1930 is quite unknown among Nikonians. First version with inner bayonet mount (~1500 made), second version with outer mount (~1800), Leica M39 mount (~200)


TELEPHOTO Lenses  

Nikkor-P.C. 1:2 f=8.5cm  
Nikkor
Probably the best short telephoto lens of the early 1950's, based on a Carl Zeiss Sonnar prewar design. The later, black version is rare.


Nikkor-S.C. 1:1.5 f=8.5cm  
Nikkor
The first Nikon lens available in black. About 2000 made. Nikon article about this lens


Nikkor-P.C. 1:2.5 f=10.5cm  
Nikkor
Heavyweight lens with an excellent reputation, common, a true classic. Produced in Nikon-F mount as well until 1971
Article by Nikon about this lens


Nikkor-Q.C. 1:4 f=13.5cm  
Nikkor

Nikkor-Q.C. 1:3.5 f=13.5cm  
Nikkor




LONG TELEPHOTO Lenses to use with the Reflex Housing  

Nikkor-H.C. 1:2.5 f=18cm  
Nikkor


Nikkor-Q.C. 1:4 f=25cm  
Nikkor


Nikkor-T.C. 1:5 f=50cm
Nikkor


Nikon Prism Reflex Housing for Long Telephoto Lenses
Reflex housing




Lenses for Special Use  

Micro-Nikkor-P.C. 1:3.5 f=5cm
Micro  


EL-Nikkor-H.C. 1:2.8 f=5cm (Enlarging Lens)
Nikkor


Bellows-Nikkor f=13.5cm
Bellows


nikkor

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