The Nikkor 6mm f/5.6 Fisheye Nikkor aka The Holy Grail
There are rare lenses and then there are the rarest of lenses. Some of you might remember the other Nikon 6mm lens that I acquired a couple of months ago, well if you thought that one was rare then this one is the icing on the cake. Come and see the mighty Nikon 6mm f/5.6…
This is why I do what I do
There are a lot of people who ask me why I do what I do, and the answer is simple…I completely love what I do. Some people want to be an accountant, some people are born to be nurses, but for me I love cameras. But what I love even more than cameras are people. You see, for me this job the main thing is the people. I love going out to the stores and meeting people, I love meeting my customers, I love hearing from all of you. I have been told by a few people that I should have an automated e-mail reply, but I really like taking the time to reply to everyone, it is that personal touch that makes it for me.
But, after all is said and done, I love the gear and I love taking pictures.
Japan is a pretty amazing place when it comes to cameras, and this is one of the reasons why I am here. Where else in the world can you go and visit a store that is completely dedicated to Polaroid cameras? Well, you can here. I visited the wonderful SX70Forever store today and saw something that you are not going to see anywhere else in the world, a store with a massive selection of polaroid cameras and memorabilia. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with old class cabinets and jazz playing on the stereo. It was busy too, with a lot of people coming from all over Tokyo to buy cameras. They have a fantastic selection of used and sometimes unused stock on their shelves.
But this is just one place out of very many. You see there is nowhere quite like Tokyo when it comes to finding cameras. There are more stores than I can possible count. Some of them are huge and very well known, but others are tiny little places tucked into a back alley or side street. I have spent several years trying to find them and build relationships with the owners of these stores. And this is what has given me the chance to do what I do. I can find the things that people want, because I know where to look.
This is just a tiny portion of what is on the shelves in one of the more famous stores in Ginza. The prices are high, but so is the quality. And that is the thing people sometimes don’t understand. Tokyo is not the place to come and find a cheap camera. Aside from the yen being strong, the quality and selection is so high that the stores can charge high prices, as they know that they have the best gear in the world. On this shelf alone you can see lenses that are basically so rare that you cannot find them almost anywhere, especially not in mint condition. But these are all mint.
So really, this is it…this is why I do what I do. I get to go and find all of these items. I get to see the stores, meet the people and most importantly to me, I get to find people something that will make them happy. Because that is what it is all about, you going out and taking pictures. If something that I find you helps you to take more pictures then I have achieved my goal.
I always love to hear from you and love to see your comments. Drop me a line or leave an comment and help me to make what I do even better.
Lenses don’t come much more special than this
There are lenses, and there are lenses. This is one of those lenses that comes around once in a while. Angenieux lenses are a bit different from the norm. The Angenieux lens company was founded in France in the 1930′s. The founder, Pierre Angenieux was not eve out of his thirties when he founded the company! How many people can say that they founded an optics company in their twenties?
Now I am not going to give you a history lesson, but suffice to say the Angenieux name became renowned for extremely high quality optics which found application in the movie industry and various military departments.
During the 1980′s Angenieux made a foray into the film camera lens market, producing lenses for a number of different mounts. As with many decisions made by European camera companies made during the 80′s, this was ill-advised. The lenses were of very high quality, too high in fact and this made the pricing of the manufacture too high to make them competitive. A shame really, as they were outstanding lenses. This particular lens was the last consumer lens to be manufactured by Angenieux before they sold their designs to Tokina (doh!).
This lens in a mammoth beast, and heavy, tipping the scales at over 700g. The build quality is evident from the moment you handle the lens, it is nothing like a regular camera lens.
And just look at that front element, isn’t it pretty? It look like a cine lens, because it basically is a cine lens, except you can put it on your D700 and go wild.
I would add some technical details about this lens, but I cannot find a great deal of information about the make up of this lens. The 2.6 aperture is rather unusual and is said to be prone to vignetting, but I cannot find any info about that either.
This is a rare lens and it is not often you actually see one on the market. This one is available for a discerning collector. If you are interested and would like to know a bit more about this very special piece then you can drop me a line here Angenieux lens.