3.5cm f/1.8 W-Nikkor-C, black


The item photographed may not be the actual model but is used for illustrative purposes only.

Aperture range: f/1.8 –f/22

Angle of view: 62°

Elements: 7

Focusing range: 3ft to infinity

Filter size: 43mm

Weight: 160g

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Aperture range: f/1.8 –f/22

Angle of view: 62°

Elements: 7

Focusing range: 3ft to infinity

Filter size: 43mm

Weight: 160g

As with any lens system as extensive as Nikon’s, there are some models that simply stand out above the rest, either for because of speed, features, rarity or uniqueness. One such lens is the 35mm f/1 .8 W-Nikkor C which overshadows the slower 35mm and the 28mm and is nearly as sought-after and as the 25mm and the 21mm Nikkors. It was one of the fastest wide angles available from any manufacturer during the 1950s. Its development was completed in January 1956 and was ready for market by June. A truly modern lens, both optically and mechanically. It benefits from the use of rare earth lanthanum1 glass which allowed for an unusually flat field and excellent correction despite its fast speed. All of these features considerably decreased vignetting over other wide-angle formulas of the period the 35mm f/1.8 W-Nikkor was the fastest production wide angle lens ever made for the Nikon rangefinder system.

All together only 6,901 lenses were made in Nikon Mount (Robert Rotoloni, The Complete Nikon Rangefinder System, Page 188). Introduced 1956 and discontinued mid 1964 with only some 1000 lenses being produced each year.

According to Rotoloni “…it is apparent that the f/1.8 is not a common lens, nor is it easy to locate…professionals…quickly embraced it and many saw heavy use.”

1 Lanthanum is a ductile and malleable silvery white metal that is soft enough to be cut with a knife. It is the second most reactive of the rare-earth metals after europium.

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Second-hand Grading Description

  • NEWAn item that has not been removed from the box or protective wrapping.
  • UNUSEDAn item that may have been removed from the original packaging, but has never been used.
  • MINT100% as new
  • MINT-98%-99% as new
  • EXC++95%-97% as new
  • EXC+90%-94% as new
  • EXCOriginal finish may have slight scratches or rubbed. No dents or deep scratches.
  • VGMay be slightly scratched, scuffed or worn, but in good mechanical order with clean optics
  • VG-An item that falls below our regular level of gradings. Items in VG- condition will have excessive signs of use.

Please note that the following important points when you see our grading description. When applied to lenses it means that the optics are in perfect condition. What we are describing is the cosmetic condition of the lens barrel. When it applies to cameras, motor drives, speedlights etc. the understanding is that the item is in perfect working order and the description would mean the exterior appearance. In other words we are judging cosmetic appearance.

“Grays of Westminster, where mint is also a highly prized English adjective.”

– Professional Photographer magazine

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All second hand equipment comes with a 14-day Sale or Return period and a 6-month warranty. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with a second hand item you have received from us you may return it for a full refund within 14 days of purchase, the only stipulation being that the item is in the same condition as it was purchased.

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