“2001”-HAL 9000 was Built Using a Nikkor 8mm f/8 Lens
This made me kind of happy in a geeky way this morning. The full scale mockup of HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey” was built using a Nikon Nikkor 8mm f/8 fisheye lens as it’s glowing red “eye”.
The article from petapixel.com goes on to say that interestingly enough, The 8mm lens wasn’t used to shoot HAL’s POV shots. Instead, a Fairchild-Curtis 160 degree f/12 wide angle lens was used as it would fit on the Super Panavision 70 shooting camera.
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