Ultra-Rare 2000mm f/11 Nikkor Lens Up On eBay for $25K… Broken


The last time we wrote about the Nikkor 2000mm f/11 C Reflex lens was in 2010 when a working version of the behemoth was up on eBay for the not-so-affordable price of $19,950. Given that information, how much would you pay for a broken, beat-up version of the same lens 3 years later? Well, someone on eBay thinks it’s worth $25K.

Sure, this puppy offers a compelling 40x magnification, and less than 300 of these were ever produced, but given that the only description on the eBay page is the warning: “This unit is not working it is mainly for part or repair, what you see in the pictures is exactly what you going to receive” you’d think it would at least go for less than the working version from a few years ago.

Here’s a look at a few more pictures of the lens in question:







This model first appeared at Photokina back in 1968 as a prototype, doubling the reach of the next longest lens Nikon produced at the time. It went into production in 1970, at a time when Nikon was eager to introduce more high-end professional glass.

Another notable lens introduced during this time period was the Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 fisheye that occasionally makes a debut on eBay and gets the photography world atwitter.

To learn more about the lens head over to this webpage. Or, alternatively, check out the eBay page and click Buy It Now if you’re bold (and rich) enough.

(via PopPhoto)

  • Leonardo Abreu

    I hate broken things!

  • Stan B.


  • sheckie

    Hmm… Do I really need a third one?

  • No

    Why is this news?

  • Alan Klughammer

    Maybe the guy who bought the first one mentioned needs parts…

  • Steve Grob

    Maybe the buyer will reverse-engineer it and produce a knock-off under a different brand.

  • NancyP

    So? You can get a dam’ good 2000mm “Cat” for under $2K. It’s called a “Telescope”, and all you need is a T2 to your-favorite-mount adapter.

  • Kevin

    Improper use of “debut”.

  • Gaetan Cormier

    Buy a Celestron 8″ Edge HD Optical Tube Assembly, it’s going to cost a whole lot less and probably be better optically.

  • Spongebob Nopants

    He’s going to use it to make the most kick ass contact lenses in history.

  • Jake

    For parts or repair, eh? I could probably stick some of those parts onto my nifty fifty and get a nice big Frankenlens.

  • James

    Maybe he’ll just reverse it, and make the best macro lens ever?