Reflex-Nikkor lenses at 500mm, 1000mm and 2000mm

 

RefIex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.0

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This version of the Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.0 retained the original design from the 1968 version. The Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8 actually measures just 14cm (5.5") in length - less than one-third its focal length! Weighing 1 kg (35.0 oz.), it is easily portable and may even be handheld at high shutter speeds. Exceptionally close focusing to 4m (15.7') makes possible beautifully natural photographs of birds, animals and other small, hard-to-approach subjects. The rear-end of the lens accepts 39mm filters.

The focusing ring has the similar texture commonly found on older Nikkor lenses during the Pre-Ai era. The lens has never been revised with such design (even optically, the 5 elements in 3 groups was not altered) until Nikon eventually introduced another update with close focusing capability which involved radical change in its optical design in 1983/4. The version has also being applied with Nikon NIC lens coating process. Combining advantages of a relatively compact lens design and superior optical performance with its super-telephoto picture coverage of 5°, this popular Reflex-Nikkor lens used to be a very popular choice and can be find in most every photojournalist's and wildlife photographer's camera bag.

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It focuses down to a close 13 feet (4m) and supplied with a screw-in lens hood and rotatable tripod socket. Further, the lens was supplied with a set of five 39mm rear screw-in filters (ultraviolet, yellow, orange, red, and 4X neutral density), screw-in front lens cap, and hard lens case. On a practical note, although the lens performs reasonably good in most situation, but slight level of vignetting is still evidenced especially when you shoot against plain background. | More info, Pictures and Illustration relating to its usage |

Credit: YL Camera Services, KL for lending me this lense for a few quick shots. Copyright-Free images collection © 2001 

Specifications

Focal length/Aperture: 500mm f/8
Lens construction:
5 elements in 3 groups
Picture angle:
5 degree; Exposure measurement:
Via stop-down method
Distance scale:
Graduated in meters and feet from 4m (13 ft) to infinity (OO); Weight: 1kg
Dimensions: 93mm dia. x 142mm long (overall); 135mm extension extension from flange

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Filters: Screw-in; Front lens cap: Screw-in
Lens hood:
Screw-in (Supplied as standard accessory)
Lens case:
CL-23 (provided as standard accessory)

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Usable teleconverter(s): TC-200*, TC-201, TC-300**, TC-301**,or TC-14A** / TC-14B***; * Usable, but there are occational vignetting ** NOT Usable. *** if the rear 39mm screw-in filter is removed.
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Note: Serial Number for this version of the Reflex-Nikkor lens may have been followed from the C-mount lens version i.e. 530001 onwards.

<<< -- The Reflex-Nikkor lens mounted onto two generations of Nikon professional SLR cameras.


Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 & 2000mm f/11 Reflex-Nikkor

Both of these lenses have a very long focal length in 1000mm and 2000mm. The powerful 1000mm f/11is distinguished by its excellent ultra-telephoto effects and relatively compact length - measuring only 24cm (9.4"). With a close focusing distance down to 8m (25'), the 1000mm Nikkor becomes an extremely mobile ultra-telephoto for outdoor sports, wildlife, and solar photography. 39mm filters can also be attached to its rear end. On the other hand, the longest of all the Nikkor telephoto lenses, the 2000mm f/11 Reflex-Nikkor offers magnification 40 times that of the normal lens. It can produce close-up coverage of subjects that are so far away that they are invisible or barely visible to the naked eye. The lens comes with four built-in filters on a rotating turret. The carrying handle incorporates a peepsight to help the photographer pre-spot his subject. The Nikon AY-1 Mounting Platform is expressly designed for use with the 2000mm f/11 Reflex-Nikkor and is recommended to facilitate field operation of this lens.

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A combination of mirrors and lens elements is used in Reflex-Nikkor lenses. Incoming light is reflected twice on mirror surfaces, making the lenses compact and lightweight in comparison with long telephoto lenses of equivalent focal lengths. Excellent image sharpness is obtained - due to the advantages of the reflective light path in suppressing chromatic aberration. Out-of-focus subjects appear as blurred rings or as separated blurred lines.

The Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 was a diect continuation of the revised designed that was introduced a year prior to the Ai coupling system and remained similarly to the current version. The main difference from the version that first adopted the rear screw-in filter system was the set of filters which came in as L37c, A2, B2, O56 and ND4 as opposed to L39, Y48, O56 and R60 that found on earlier revised version. The facelift which other than using the rear screw-in filter system from that of the built-in filter turnet system found on earliest versionof the Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 lense, similarly, the lens also has a narrower focusing grip, a built-in rotating tripod mount and a removable screw-in focusing lever (see picture below) which is identical to the current lens type.

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Ideal for wildlife photography of shy or dangerous subjects

Technical Highlight:

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Extremely narrow 2°30' picture angle produces spectacular 20X magnification of the subject (when compared with a normal lens). Dramatic images are possible in sports, wildlife, travel and astrophotography. * Catadioptric (mirror) design eliminates chromatic aberration for outstanding picture quality.

Very compact and light for its long focal length. Detachable focusing handle with two screw-in positions allows rapid focusing down to a close 8m (25 ft.). Telescopic lens hood. Built-in tripod socket collar rotates 360°, allowing quick change from horizontal- to vertical-format shooting without tripod adjustment. Supplied with a set of five 39mm rear screw-in filters (ultraviolet, light amber, light blue, orange, and 4X neutral density).

Specifications of Reflex 1000mm f/11

Focal length/Aperture: 1000mm f/11
Lens construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
Picture angle: 2° 30'; Diaphragm: None; Aperture scale: None

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Exposure measurement: Via stop-down method
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 8m (26ft ) to infinity (
OO); Weight: 1,900g
Dimensions: 119mm dia. x 241 mm long (overall) 233.5mm extension from lens flange

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Filters: 39mm rear screw-in: ultraviolet (L37C) light amber (A2), light blue (B2) orange (066), and neutral density (ND4)
Front lens cap: Screw-in; Lens hood: Built-in telescopic type
Lens case: CL-29 hard leatherette (Provided);
Usable teleconverter: TC-200 (TC-201)*, TC-300 (TC-301)** or TC-14A*** TC-14B****
Note: Serial Number may have been continued from 142361 as this lens was not been updated since 1976/77. * Usable, but there is occasional vigneting ** There is occasional vigneting, with higher shutter speed, there may be sometime be uneven exposures. *** Not Usable **** Usable, if the rear screw-in filter is removed.


RefIex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11 The longest of all the Nikkor telephoto lenses, the 2000mm f/11 Reflex-Nikkor offers magnification 40 times that of the normal lens. It can produce close-up coverage of subjects that are so far away that they are invisible or barely visible to the naked eye. The lens comes with four built-in filters on a rotating turret. The carrying handle incorporates a peepsight to help the photographer pre-spot his subject. The Nikon AY-1 Mounting Platform is expressly designed for use with the 2000mm f/11 Reflex-Nikkor and is recommended to facilitate field operation of this lens.
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It took two years after the initial effort of displaying Nikon's might in lens development to design a lens that has the longest focal length in 35mm photography. Eventually, during photokina 1970, Nikon finally announced availability of the lens to photographers. It is the longest Mirror Lens produced by any camera manufacturers.
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<<< --- The early batch of production units of this Mirror-Nikkor lens was supplied in gray with the dedicated AY-1 mount which was different from the prototype lens which displayed in white. However, after the short run, the lens was eventually reverted back to white colour in its exterior finishing. <See an image of the version that finishes in white body lens with AY-1 mount>

Interesting enough, the lens coincided almost at the same period of time with another remarkable Nikkor lenses which has the widest angle of view of 35mm photography, the 6mm f2.8 Fisheye-Nikkor in 1971/2.

Technical highlight of this lens remains virtually similar with earlier featured section:
* Extremely narrow picture coverage of only 1°10'. * Catadioptric (mirror) design eliminates chromatic aberration for outstanding picture quality.

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* Two-knobs - one for focusing and the other for filter selection - built into the back of the lens. * Combination peep sight and carrying handle built into the top of the lens. * Two built-in tripod sockets, plus an optional yoke mount, for secure mounting on a tripod, clock drive, or other support. *Supplied with 4 filters (ultraviolet, yellow, orange, and red) on a built-in revolving turret, and slip-on front lens cap.

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Specifications of Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11

Focal length/Aperture: 2000mm f/11
Lens construction:
5 elements in 5 groups
Picture angle:
1°10'; Exposure measurement: Via stop-down method
Distance scale:
Graduated in meters and feet from 18m (60 ft) to infinity (oo)
Weight: 17.5 kg; Dimensions: 262mm dia. x 598mm long (overall); 593.5mm extension from flange
Filters:
Built-in; Front lens cap: Slip-on; Lens hood: Not provided; Lens case: Metal case (provided)

Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.0s | Non-AI Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.0 (post-77) | Non-AI Reflex-Nikkor 500mm f/8.0 (Pre-AI)
Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11s | Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 (Post 77)) | Non-AI Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11 (Pre-AI)
Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11s | Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11 (Post 77) | Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11 (Pre-AI)
EARLY Reflex Nikkor 50cm f/5.0, Reflex-Nikkor 10cm f/6.3

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
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http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
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