This Crazy 1970s Fisheye Lens Could Be Yours For $160,000

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If you have a taste for wild fisheye shots, here's the ultimate lens. It's claimed that it can "see behind itself", was made as a proof-of-concept for a trade show in 1970, and can be yours. If you have $160,000 lying around, that is.


Officially called the Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8, the lens was unveiled at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany in 1970. It's 7 inches long, has a diameter of 10 inches, and weighs over 11 pounds. Most crazy of all is the fact that it offers a picture angle of 220º.

Very few of the things were ever made, and they largely ended up being used for extremely technical applications such as architectural shots. The result is a price tag of $160,000. If you want to own perhaps the most ridiculous lens ever made, it's on sale through Grays of Westminster in London, UK. [Amateur Photographer]

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I think I'd rather have the Canon 1200mm f/5.6. At 36lbs, 33" long and 9" wide at the front element, it's a cool $40,000 cheaper. ;-)