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135/4 Nikkor for bellows

In may 1958 Nippon Kogaku introduced the bellows for the reflex housing, and with it a special short mount lens for bellows use. Used in conjunction with the bellows and reflex unit, you could focus continuously from 1:1 to infinity.

There were some 1500 units sold, an exceedingly large number, considering less than 200 bellows units were made. Why? The lens was a hit on the reflex bellows, which could be mounted with the adapter BR-1. Early lenses can be distinguished by the bright chrome nose, as opposed to the later satin chrome ones.

The 135/4 Nikkor for bellows, with bubble.This is the later version with the satin chrome nose.