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One of only 350 Uber-Rare 13mm Nikon Lenses Being Auctioned On Ebay

By Anthony Thurston on October 13th 2014

The widest lens, with little to no distortion ever made for an SLR, the Nikon 13mm F/5.6, has found its way onto eBay. Unsurprisingly, the bidding is up to $18,000 and is rising with days left to bid.


This 13mm lens isn’t expensive just because it’s ultrawide with no distortion, it is also uber-rare. According to recent estimates, only about 350 of these lenses ever made it off the production line. So, not only does it provide an extremely unique shooting experience, but it is also incredibly hard to come by after all these years.

Adding to the value of this particular unit, the fact that its previous owner, one John Dykstra, was a special effects pioneer. Dykstra is known for his participation in huge sci-fi hits like Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. So, not only is this lens unique and rare on its own merit, but it has a place in Hollywood’s sci-fi history, which adds to the tab even more.

As mentioned above, currently bidding is at $18,000 and with the reserve not yet being met, that price is sure to rise here over the next few days until the auction closes. This is a pretty rare opportunity to get your hands on both an amazing piece of photographic ability, as well as Hollywood history.

Now, where did I put that spare $20,000…


What do you think, if you had the money, would you be willing to drop 20K+ on this lens? Does its Hollywood history add value to you at all? Leave a comment below!

[via Nikon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Loretta Nichole

    Closed at 24,500.. Darn I just missed it with the 24,499 bid ;)

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  2. Matthew Saville

    Anybody who doesn’t understand the excitement about this lens, well, you’re simply not a true Nikon aficionado. (I hate the term “fan”, because I feel it has been over-used to describe those who are blindly and annoyingly supportive of a brand name, with no regard to the historical significance or the simple beauty, of camera equipment.)

    Some people appreciate vintage cars. Some people appreciate motorcycles, or airplanes, or this or that.

    Usually, it’s the type of stuff you buy to put on a shelf for display, and use in the field just often enough to enjoy ownership and appreciate its amazingness, but without any wear-and-tear…

    Us, we appreciate cameras and lenses. Sure, I don’t have an extra $20K, and I probably never will. But there’s plenty of folks out there who do, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t envy them… ;-)

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  3. Mircea Blanaru

    The price is very high but if I would have the money, like inheriting a billionaire why not?

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  4. Connor Katz

    Yikes, for that price you could buy a 14-24 and pay someone to stitch a couple shots together and cover even wider! :)

    Or you know just do it yourself ;) Digital compositing makes this lens largely pointless.

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  5. Barry Cunningham

    Does it come with a Canon adaptor?

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  6. Edward Wileczek

    Yes i would spend 20k on that lens.

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  7. John Cavan

    Grab the Canon 5200mm lens along with this one and you’ve got the long and the short of the crazy expensive lenses…

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  8. Nick Viton

    I’m bidding on it now… No one snipe it from me, ok?

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  9. Clare Havill

    Now where did I misplace that spare $20,000?

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  10. Kim Farrelly

    Snap,! I was just looking at this. Hubba Hubba…

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