Dr. Zyun Koana Special Exhibition, The University of Tokyo

Dr. Zyun Koana Special Exhibition, The University of Tokyo

Dr. Zyun Koana Special Exhibition, The University of Tokyo

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Dr. Koana and Ultra Micro Nikkor

Dr. Koana is father of Ultra Micro Nikkor. This great lens was not born if he was not.
This exhibition showed the relation between Dr. Koana and Ultra Micro Nikkor.

Development of the Ultra Micro Nikkor

Development of the Ultra Micro Nikkor

Micro dot, Showa 36(1961), Dr. Zyun Koana and Kazue Ishikawa

Micro dot, Showa 36(1961)
Made by Dr. Zyun Koana and Kazue Ishikawa

The First Ultra Micro Nikkor

The first Ultra Micro Nikkor, Micro Nikkor 105mm F2.8 was born in August 1962.
As you know, Ultra Micro Nikkor is super high resolution lens made by Nippon Kogaku.
The new lens was called Micro Nikkor first.
Afterwards, a word "Ultra" was added. Yes, Ultra Micro Nikkor was born.

Ultra Micro Nikkor 105mm F2.8 No. 182532, Showa 37(1962)

Ultra Micro Nikkor 105mm F2.8 No. 182532
Showa 37(1962)

Afterwards, a red painted

Afterwards, a red painted "Ultra" word was added

There is no word of Ultra on a wooden box

There is no word of "Ultra" on a wooden box

Legend of the Ultra Micro Nikkor

Dr. Koana requested the lens which has over 1,000 lines/mm resolution as for the super-micro photographs to Nippon Kougaku.
So Nippon Kougaku tries to make the super high resolution lens, which is based on the 40X object lens (may be the APO PLAN base) of a microscope.
The Nippon Kougaku developed this lens as standard magnification is 1/25X under e-line monochromatic lighting (wavelength 546.1 nm).
This lens was the first lens which has multi coating.

August, 1964.
And finally, a legendary super high-end lens, Ultra-Micro-Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 was developed successfully.
The MONSTER LENS which has 1,260 lines/mm resolution was born.
This lens has nine elements in six groups. Distortion is -1.3%. It weighs only 800g.
Of course this lens was designed by Nippon Kogaku's genius engineer Mr. Zenji Wakimoto.

Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 No. 5403, Showa 39(1964)

Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 No. 5403
Showa 39(1964)

Dr. Koana tried to make the reduction copy of all the English novel pages into a small postage stamp size using Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 lens.
It has 330 pages in the text. However all pages have been reduced to a very small 12.5mm square photograph.
Furthermore, he enlarged from this small size pictures to the original size by using a same lens.
Dr. Koana enjoyed this lens well.

The English novel book he try to make it small was "Lady Chatterley's Lover".
He has the humor sense, because if he choose Shakespeare, the story is not cool.
He made this super micro photograph and read it under a microscope.
This is a great hobby. Will you think so?

Super-Microphotograph of Lady Chatterley's Lover 
was made by this camera equipment, Showa 39(1964)

Super-Microphotograph of Lady Chatterley's Lover
was made by this camera equipment, Showa 39(1964)

Super-Microphotograph of Lady Chatterley's Lover 
and Small Stamp, Showa 39(1964)

Super-Microphotograph of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Small Stamp
Showa 39(1964)

Super-Microphotograph of Lady Chatterley's Lover, 
By Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2, Showa 39(1964)

Super-Microphotograph of Lady Chatterley's Lover
By Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2, Showa 39(1964)

Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2

In the exhibition, this beautiful lens was brilliant like the god.
The brilliant lens, Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 was exhibited with a beautiful wooden box.

Legend of the Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 No. 5403, Showa 39(1964)

Legend of the Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 No. 5403
Showa 39(1964)

The most beautiful lens, Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 No. 5403

The Most Beautiful Lens
Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 No. 5403

Specifications

Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2

- Focal length:  29.5mm
- Min. aperture:  F1.2
- Max. aperture:  F8
- Lens construction:  9 elements, 6 groups
- Standard magnification:  1/25X
- Standard wavelength:  546.1nm (e-line)
- Distortion:  -1.3%
- Resolving power:  1250 lines/mm
- Image area:  2mm circle
- Subject area:  50mm circle
- Overall working distance:  810mm
- Weight:  800g

Lens Structure of Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2

Lens Structure of Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2

This lens is well known to the lens enthusiast by using fluorite.
The lens element of an L8 is fluorite.
Ultra-Micro-Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 has fluorite legend.

How was Ultra Micro Nikkor lens born

How was Ultra Micro Nikkor lens born

Instructions of the Ultra Micro Nikkor, March 10 Showa 40(1965)

Instructions of the Ultra Micro Nikkor
March 10 Showa 40(1965)

Photomask for IC

Photomask for IC

Prize of the Best Ten New Products in 1964

Ultra-Micro-Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2 was elected as the best ten new products in 1964 prize of Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun-sya (Nikkan Industrial newspaper) selection.
This beautiful big commendation plaque was exhibited in this exhibition for the first time.

Prize of the Best Ten New Products in 1964, 
Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun-sya, Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2

Prize of the Best Ten New Products in 1964
Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun-sya, Ultra Micro Nikkor 29.5mm F1.2

Beautiful Big Commendation Plaque, Nikon Corporation

Beautiful Big Commendation Plaque
Nikon Corporation

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