Nikkor 13mm f/5.6

Nikkor 13mm f/5.6[1]
Maker Nikon
Technical data
Focal length 13.3mm
Crop factor 135 film format
Aperture (max/min) f/5.6 - f/22
Close focus distance 0.30 m (1.0 ft)
Diaphragm blades 7
Construction 16 elements / 12 groups
Ultrasonic motor  No
Lens-based stabilization  No
Macro capable  No
Application Ultra-wide angle prime
Max. length 100 mm (88.5 mm from flange)
Diameter 115 mm
Weight 1240 g (AI version)
Filter diameter rear bayonet type
Lens hood None
Case CL-14
Angle of view
Horizontal 108°
Vertical 85°
Diagonal 118° (with 135 film format)
Introduction March 1976
Retail info
MSRP 8,229.00 (1979 price) USD

The Nikkor 13mm f/5.6 is an ultra-wide angle rectilinear lens which was manufactured by Nikon for use on Nikon 135 film format SLR cameras until 1998, at which time it was discontinued.[1] It has been dubbed 'The Holy Grail', for its low-distortion ultra-wide capabilities. The lens was produced by Nikon only upon receipt of an order, thus making it one of the Nikon lenses with the least number manufactured.


As a highly perfected rectilinear lens, straight lines are rendered perfectly straight (while a similar focal length Fish-Eye lens will distort such lines). This photograph was taken at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, CA with the 13mm Nikkor.

The lens was prototyped in 1973 and released on an 'order only' basis from March 1976. It was designed by Mr Ikuo Mori, First Optical Section, Optical Designing Department (now retired) and built in Japan.[1]




See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 Haruo Sato (2009). "The world's widest angle of field Tale 9 : Nikkor 13 mm f/5.6". NIKKOR - The Thousand and One Nights. Nikon Corporation. Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  2. Foo, Lee (2001). "Additional Information on Nikkor 13mm Ultrawideangle lenses". Retrieved 2009-02-23.
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