Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 Far Eastern Traditional Weekend
Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 Far Eastern Traditional Weekend

De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium
Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8

Nicolaus Copernicus and Lens

I put the Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens on top of the old Copernicus book which was published in 1543.
De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium is the excellent work on the heliocentric theory of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. This book was first printed in 1543 in Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire,

I just wanted to put the lens on top of the very old book.

Far Eastern Traditional Weekend

A Weekend Like the Old Showa Era Japanese Movie

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8, Fujiya Hotel, Miyanoshita Hakone

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8
Far Eastern Traditional Weekend

I stayed in Fujiya Hotel for three days with my family for taking a picture of Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens.
The Fujiya Hotel, which was established in 1878, has been renowned globally as one of the most classical resort hotels in Japan.
Also the Fujiya is the grandest, most majestic hotel in Japan.
I believe it is one of the loveliest historic hotel in Japan. I love this hotel for its comfortably old-fashioned atmosphere, including a Japanese-style roof.

Miyanoshita Station Hakone

The Fujiya Hotel, Miyanoshita Hakone

Greenhouse

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8, Oriental Sunroom

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8

A Scene Like the Old Showa Era Japanese Movie

In 1968 Tokyo, Nippon Kogaku released four kinds of Printing Nikkor lenses to the professional and critical market.
They were Printing Nikkor 75mm F2.8, 95mm F2.8, 105mm F2.8 and 150mm F2.8.
I had already collected the Printing Nikkor 150mm F2.8 lens.
Recently I obtained her younger sister, the Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens.
As you know, Printing Nikkor Lenses are designed for precision optical printing where extremely high resolution, zero distortion and minimal aberations are required.

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8, Japanese Old Shade

Outstanding Performance

Printing Nikkor lenses virtually eliminate all optical, especially chromatic, aberations.
All Printing Nikkor lenses provide outstanding performance at the specified standard magnification, as well as the entire usable magnification range.

Traditional Gold Leaf Folding Screen

Specifications

The first generation lens and the second generation lens exist in Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens. The Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens introduced in this article is the first generation lens.

(1) First Generation Lens

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8

Focal length :  105 mm
Maximum aperture ratio :  f/2.8 ( ∞ )
Minimum f/stop :  f/11
Lens construction :  12 elements in 4 groups
Standard magnification :  1X
Usable magnification range :  1/1.5X - 1.5
Picture angle :  14° 40′
Wavelength range :  400 nm - 800 nm
Vignettings :  0% ( at f/4 )
Distortion :  0% (at 1X)
Resolution :  Not listed
Image size :  54 mm⌀ (at 1X)
Original size :  54 mm⌀ (at 1X)
Working distance :  405 mm (at 1X)
Mount :  Screw 45 mm⌀ P=0.75 mm
Filter size :  43 mm⌀ P=0.5 mm
Weight :  360 g
Price :  280,000 Japanese YEN (1974)
Price :  280,000 Japanese YEN (1976)
Price :  280,000 Japanese YEN (1977)

(2) Second Generation Lens

I will explain the second generation lens for your reference. The Japanese brochure "Nikon Printing-Nikkor" and price list issued by Nikon in Tokyo is explained as Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8A. The English brochure "Nikon Optics THE EYES OF INDUSTRY" issued by Nikon in New York is explained as Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8N. The lens body is not engraved with A or N.

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8A
Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8N

Focal length :  103.9 mm
Maximum aperture ratio :  f/2.8 ( ∞ )
Minimum f/stop :  f/11
Lens construction :  14 elements in 6 groups ( + 2 protective glasses )
Standard magnification :  1X
Picture angle :  16° 25′
Wavelength range :  400 nm - 800 nm
Vignettings :  0% ( at f/4 )
Distortion :  0.0%
Resotution (at f/2.8, e-line) :  240 lines/mm (center, 1X)
Resotution (at f/2.8, e-line) :  180 lines/mm (60mm⌀, 1X)
Image size :  60 mm⌀
Original size :  60 mm⌀
Working distance :  388 mm (at 1X)
Mount :  Screw 45 mm⌀ P=0.75 mm
Filter size :  43mm⌀ P=0. 5mm
Weight :  375 g
Price :  427,000 Japanese YEN (1987)
Price :  550,000 Japanese YEN (1994)

Collector's Note

Original Gold Box and Certification Card

This lens is stored in the famous Nikon gold box.
Of course, important certification card is also included.

Lens and Certification Card

Certification Card

The name of the chief inspector is signed on the certification card with "M. Kotaki".
The family name is Kotaki-san.
At that time, he was a manager of the inspection team of Nippon Kogaku K.K.

LENS DATA

Historic Place

There is a historical museum in the hotel.
Many photos and items from founding of the hotel are displayed.
Library collections are interesting.

Japanese Garden

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8, M=1 Power Engine

Backyard of Tea Lounge

Collection of Vintage Books

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8, Old Guide of Airplane Travel

Dinner in the Summer Retreat

Summer Evening Like the Old Showa Era Japanese Movie

You can touch the wooden windows and long wooden corridors with photographs of famous guests. Many famous people including Albert Einstein, Hellen Keller, Margaret Thatcher, and Japan's emperors have visited the Fujiya.
John Lennon, Yoko Ono and their little son stayed long in the summer of 1978.

Dinner Time

The Fujiya (French Cuisine)

I have put the Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens on the table at main dining room where Mr. John Lennon enjoyed Japanese summer dinner someday.
Hakone, wind cool from mountain high.
E=mc²

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 Meets Mount Fuji

Cold Appetizer

Main Dinner with the LENS

Cold Dessert

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Photos taken place: Fujiya Hotel, Hakone Japan
Special Thanks to the Fujiya Hotel, Miyanoshita Hakone, Japan.
I enjoyed the hospitality that has come from over 140 years of history.

These all photos were taken at the Fujiya Hotel, Miyanoshita.
I have obtained the Web publishing permission in the photos from the Fujiya Hotel.

How to use the Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8

I custom made the Nikon F mount adapter (Adjusting Ring) to use the Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens.

Nikon F Mount Adapter for Printing Nikkor

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 Photography

I would like to show you the some photographs taken by the Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 Lens.
You can get the large size image by clicking on the following some photographs.

Cosmos Shining in the Fluorescent

Flower of a Wild Cosmos

Leaf at Midsummer

Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8

Flower in Japanese Autumn

Cluster Amaryllis

Sakura at Early Spring

Brilliant Fine Sakura

Cool Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8

The pictures taken with the Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 lens are wonderful. The Printing Nikkor 105mm F2.8 is a high-performance lens that is compatible with use for duplicating movie film. Therefore, colors without chromatic aberration are extremely neutral and precise.

Gold Leaf Folding Screen and Gold Box

Nicolaus Copernicus and Lens

From the Nikon Museum 2018 Special Exhibition

Printing Nikkor prototype lens and other very rare prototype lenses were exhibited in "Ultra Micro Nikkor Exhibition" so I would like to introduce to you.
You can get the large size image by clicking on the following some photographs.

Special Exhibition Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR at Nikon Museum

Printing NIKKOR Exhibition

Printing NIKKOR

Printing NIKKOR Collection

LEFT: Printing NIKKOR 105mm F2.8 Prototype 1971
RIGHT: Printing NIKKOR 105mm F2.8 1968

LEFT: Printing NIKKOR 95mm F2.8 Prototype 1971
RIGHT: Printing NIKKOR 105mm F2.8 1971

These photo images were introduced from the Nikon Museum Special Exhibition "Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR". The special exhibition was held from April 3, 2018 to June 30, 2018.
Please brose to the report for detailed explanation.
Nikon Museum Special Exhibition Report

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