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21/4 Nikkor for Rangefinder

In June of 1959 Nippon Kogaku introduced the widest rangefinder lens they ever produced. This was just months before they sounded the death knell of the rangefinder era with the introduction of the Nikon F. Production in rangefinder mount was limited to about 600, although it is reasonably common in reflex mount. Serial numbers start at 621001 (reflex mount serial numbers start at 220101). The lens was provided with a finder that slipped into a shoe on the end of the rear lens cap. A shade was also available, but it is extremely rare.

The 21/4 Nikkor for rangefinder

With rear cap removed.

With finder stowed on rear cap.