MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 Strawberry Red
MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 Strawberry Red

Vintage but Modern Pieces
The MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3
For Scientific Photographers
LENS MADE IN JAPAN

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 and Nikon Z 6

Lens for scientists

The MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 was designed for use in super-microscopy world with L39 Leica thread. I think that the most fantastic lens in the MACRO Nikkor is a MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3. That is a lens, one of the most exciting lens in the Nikon MULTIPHOT system.

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 Strawberry Red

Red Line MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 Lens

Put this lens to the desk in a midnight. You may be able to hear the voice of the scientist of 1000 years ago. The MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 is able to shoot a far mountain and beautiful scenery. The MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 lenses are having an enjoyable dream on the desk. The engraving of 12cm F6.3 is the spirit of Nippon Kogaku.

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 Midnight Silence

Specifications

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3

Focal length :  120 mm
Line color of lens barrel :  Red
Max. aperture :  f/6.3
Aperture scale :  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Standard magnification :  1X
Range of magnification ratio :  1/3X - 4X
Filter size :  d=38 mm   p=0.5 mm
Mount :  Leica L39 screw mount
Actual weight :
  193.0 g    Serial No. in 12000s
  192.0 g    Serial No. in 14000s
  204.5 g    Serial No. in 15000s
Accessories :  Front and rear lens caps

Release date :  1968
Price :
  24,500 Japanese YEN (January 1973)
  32,000 Japanese YEN (December 1973)
  54,000 Japanese YEN (1979)
  64,000 Japanese YEN (1980)
  85,000 Japanese YEN (1993)
100,000 Japanese YEN (1997)

Left one is early model, Right one is later model

Nikon Bellows PB-4 and MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3

Macro Lens Made by the Microscope Division

Red Line MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 for MULTIPHOT

Snow Party with MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3

Snowstorm in Tokyo disrupts road, rail and Nikon enthusiasts. I took a beautiful lens on a snowy night and went out to the suburbs of Tokyo. The Macro Nikkor 12cm F6.3 lens is cold and beautiful.

Snow Flower Night and Red Line MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3

Snow Party with Red Line MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 Lens Gallery

I attached a 40.5mm e-line filter to the MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 lens. Lightbulb through an e-line filter made brilliant old gold coins.
Please refer to the Ultra Micro Nikkor Filter for the Nikon e-line filter.

Very Small Subject

Gold Nishu-Kin (1860 - 1869), Old Japanese gold coin
MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, Powered by Nikon e-line (546.074 nm) Filter

Manen Nishu-Kin, Old Japanese gold coin
MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, Powered by Nikon e-line (546.074 nm) Filter

Nikon Z Album

I mounted the MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 on my Nikon Z 6 and took the following pictures. The MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 lens produce very nice images at long distances.

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 on Nikon Z 6

The following adapters were connected to the MACRO Nikkor lens to get infinity.

Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter
Nikon M2 Ring
BORG M42 (F to L39)
MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3
38mm to 40.5mm Step Up Ring
Nikon 40.5mm Neutral Color NC Filter

Medium Range View

The MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 lens gives you very excellent performance not only for close-up photography but also for medium-range photography.

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 400 SCALE=1 1/1600 sec. -0 +0

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 400 SCALE=1 1/8000 sec. -0 +0

Reach Farther

The MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 delivers compact, lightweight telephoto capabilities for Z series cameras. You can cover just about any shooting situation by the MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 lens.

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 400 SCALE=2 1/5000 sec. -0 +0

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 800 SCALE=2 1/5000 sec. -0 +0

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 800 SCALE=2 1/5000 sec. -0 +0

Mount Adapter FTZ

With the optional Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ, your go-to F-Mount industrial Nikkor lenses work seamlessly with Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras. Keep shooting the lenses you love.

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 and Nikon Z 6

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 400 SCALE=1 1/1600 sec. -0 +0

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 400 SCALE=1 1/640 sec. -0.3

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 3200 SCALE=1 1/320 sec. -0 +0

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 1600 SCALE=1 1/640 sec. -0.3

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 and Nikon Z 6

Macro Nikkor in Late Autumn

I took pictures of ancient Japanese colors with the Macro Nikkor 12cm F6.3, which is a lens specially designed for magnified photography. All are lens open aperture. At full aperture, the F6.3 lens has extremely sharp and powerful colors.

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 and Nikon Z 6

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 800 SCALE=1 1/4000 sec. -1.0

The viewfinder seen through the lens showed heavy and dark colors. I got the calm and precise images like Kodachrome 25 film. This is right.

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 800 SCALE=1 1/1600 sec. -0.3

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 800 SCALE=1 1/500 sec. -1.0

I enjoyed a quiet afternoon in late autumn. If you use the old MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 lens for your new Nikon Z camera, you can get the new classic images.

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3, ASA 800 SCALE=1 1/640 sec. -0.3

MACRO Nikkor 12cm F6.3 and Nikon Z 6

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