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500mm f/8.0 Reflex-Nikkor Lens

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500mm f/8.0 Reflex-Nikkor.C Lens

First shown during Photokina, 1968 - This remarkably compact and lightweight 500mm Reflex-Nikkor, which was also based on a ingenious catadioptric design, and for the first time, enable a reflex-Nikkor lense to be able to use for handheld shooting. It measures only 142mm long, less than one-third its focal length, and weighs 1kg. It may be easily carried anywhere for sports, wildlife or photojournalism picture shooting.

The 500mm f/8.0 excels its predecessor, the high speed
Reflex Nikkor 500mm f/5.0, in many ways - by giving greater depth of field and reduction of the size of the blurred rings in the out-of-focus areas, while slightly sacrificing lens speed. Anyway, such decision also has made the lens more appealing in ensuring better mobility and affordable to general users. This lens may be focused as close as 4 meters (magnification ratio of about 1:7). Used on a tripod, the camera may be changed to either a vertical or horizontal format by pushing on the knurled spring catch at the rear of the lens.

<<< --- Comparing sizes of three early versions of Reflex-Nikkor lenses from the front, with the high speed 500mm f/5.0's diameter is even larger than the 1000mm f/11.

The extended length of the focusing grip has also being designed with a diamond-shapes texture for easy grip. Only finished in matte-black, where a crew-in lens hood was supplied in a leather case. Early version of this lens may not have been multicoated with NIC (those with serial number from 501001) where those version which carried with a "Reflex-Nikkor-C" produced after 1974 (those with serial number from 530001) was believed to have been treated with improved lens coating process.

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However, subsequent production units (after 1975/6) have omitted the extra "C" in the lens data imprinting as most would assume all Nikkor lenses are multicoated optic.

<<< --- Another comparing view on both early versions of 500 and 1000mm Reflex Nikkor lenses. Image scanned from a late '60 Nikkor lense sales leaflet.


Focal length: 500mm
Maximum aperture: 1:8; Lens construction: 5 elements in 3 groups
Picture angle: 5°; Aperture scale: f/8

Distance scale: Graduated both in meters and feet up to 4m and 13 ft
Attachment size: 88mm (P=0.75)
Filter: 39mm screw-in
Dimensions: 93mm dia. X 142mm length (3-21/32 in. X 5-19/32 in.)
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Weight:1kg (2.2 Ib); Accessories: 91mm slip-on leather front cap ( 109 - 05 - 026), rear cap type F (108 - 00 - 401), 88mm screw - in lens hood (109 - 05 - 030), leather lens case (109 - 05 - 028) Product Code No. for this lens: 108-04-106

| Comparison: Click on thumbnails below to see enlarged views of the older version of the high speed Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/5.0 |
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