Nikon eBay finds: rare and expensive

→ Rare Nikon museum collection of more than 75 special and rare Nikon cameras/items for $59,995.

Nikon 13mm f/5.6 AIS rectilinear ultra-wide angle lens for $44,999.99.

Nikon Stereo-Nikkor f:3.5 3.5cm lens attached to a Nikon S2 rangefinder camera
Nikon Stereo-Nikkor 1:3.5 3.5cm lens attached to a Nikon S2 rangefinder camera for $47,500.

Nikon Nippon Kogaku SP with Nikkor N.C 50mm f:1.1 black paint
Nikon Nippon Kogaku SP camera with Nikkor N.C 50mm f/1.1 black paint lens for $23,099.23.

Nikon S2 black paint early type black dial camera with Nikkor-H 50mm f:2
Nikon S2 black paint early type black dial camera with Nikkor-H 50mm f/2 for $14,361.14.

Nikon S2 black paint camera with 50:1.4 lens
Nikon S2 black paint camera with 50/1.4 lens for $12,800.

→ Nikon F3 NASA camera for €18,500 ($20,600). Another one is now available for $15,500.

Nikon 6mm F:2.8 Nikkor AI-s fisheye lens
Nikon 6mm F/2.8 Nikkor AI-s fisheye lens for $76,970.85.

Nikon 300mm f2 ED lens with Arriflex PL mount
Nikon 300mm f2 ED lens with Arriflex PL mount for $16,500.

Nikon Nikkor-C 2000mm f:11 super-tele-lens
Nikon Nikkor-C 2000mm f/11 super-tele-lens for $20,000.

Nikon APO-EL Nikkor 210mm f:5.6 rare macro lens enlarger
→ Nikon APO-EL Nikkor 210mm f/5.6 macro lens enlarger 3 for $2,499. Additional information on this lens:


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  • saywhatuwill

    My father had a Nikkorex that he gave me. Unfortunately I was young and stupid and disassembled it. He had the accessory lenses and everything too in mint condition. Argh!

  • T.I.M

    $45,000 for the 13mm f/5.6, that’s ridiculous.

    • I’ve seen references to mint copies selling for $6000 or so in the past, so it does seem a tad high, especially since the new $3000 Canon 11-24mm f4L more than replaces it for practical purposes.

      • Spy Black

        Never seen it for $6k, you may be confusing it with a mint Noct. I typically see them around $30k mint. Certainly overpriced for its typically overpriced listings.

        • I’m not confused but those reports are about 10y out of date. I think Rockwell agrees with your price and he’s pretty good on that stuff. Either way, if I wanted that focal length I’d buy the Canon lens and a body to go with it.

          • That is logic. But collectors don’t buy to use it. Or go by common sense.

    • James Donahue

      Collectors item

    • EnPassant

      For comparance the manual 600/4 lens in its day was a bit more expensive than the 13/5.6 and now can be found for $1-1.5k.
      Difference is that the Ai 600/4 was made in almost 5,000 copies while the 13/5.6 is one of the rarest Nikon SLR lenses with just 350+ ever made.

      There are however some lenses or versions of lenses (with same optics but different build) that are more rare but never got the cult status like 13mm f/5.6, 6mm f/2.8 fisheye (made in almost 1,000 copies) and the Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 (made in more than 11,400 copies, so not very rare at all).

      For some collectors these are the trophy lenses to have. But I am curious how many owning these lenses also have an extensive collection with Nikons other manual lenses. Are they serious about their collecting or just want the big trophies?

      One should also note that quite a few of these and other rare lenses, cameras and other items for sale are in the possession of sellers who are just waiting for a desperate fool paying the ridiculous price thay ask.

      • T.I.M

        to become a collector item, a Nikon lens have to be RARE+GOOD, my AF-i 400mm f/2.8 is still very expensive because only 1500 have been made but also because it’s AF is much faster than the AF-I 300mm f/2.8 & the AF-I 600mm f/4

        • EnPassant

          And UNIQUE, as in not available for the F-mount in modern shape. No 6mm AF-S lens on the horizon! That one is such extreme and unwieldy making its usefulness very limited.

          Lenses that are available in modern versions will never reach those inflated prices as it at some point makes more sense buying a new lens. Old AF super tele lenses can still be expensive because of the very high prices of new lenses.

          While the AF-I 400/2.8 may be rare newer AF-S 400/2.8 MKI and MKII sell for more money. For long tele lenses all is about performance. And I doubt there are many collectors of long AF-lenses. They are just to big and long for ordinary display cabinets!

          A beaten AF-I 400/2.8 sold here a few years ago for around $2k
          I have myself a few Nikon lenses or variation of lenses in my collection that are rarer, but I didn’t pay big money for them.

      • Ric Hammond

        Go look at at thread at Fred Miranda site called Manual Focus Nikon Glass. Lots of MF Nikkors being used, including Nocts. 5000+ pages and over 100K posts.

        • EnPassant

          I know, very interesting read. But who got the time to wade through all these pages? 🙂

          Naturally a lot of manual Nikkors being used today, especially those selling for $XXX prices.

          But this discussion started with the five figure 13mm f/5.6 lens. Not many who both own and use this lens very often.

          I did however read somebody telling he actually owned the 6mm f/2.8, claiming it was better cropped to 8mm than the 8mm f/2.8 fishey. Seems plausible, but I still never would use that 5kg monster instead of circular 180° fishey.

  • Spy Black

    Nikkorex auto35, the original J1…

  • James Donahue

    Found a very nice Nikon S 3 with 50mm f.2 lens for around a thousand bucks, it is in pristine condition, I want to find a 35mm lens for it and a camera manual

  • TheInfinityPoint

    So I’m guessing the lesson here is, if I preserve my D800 for 50 years it will be worth thousands?

    • true

      At least it has USB 3. I think none of the camera above have even USB 1

  • Glambike

    Something tells me that most of this stuff never left Japan. It is hardly the fare one would find at a local camera shop in the USA circa 1975.

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