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I can't get over how gorgeous this hunk of metal is. :eek:
oh man..........i'm drooling over my keyboard............
If I could spell heavy breathing I would.
ooooooooh..... so you did it. Good for you. That looks exceptionally cool. I think I am developing RF envy. Hope you have fun with your new 'friend'
Is it the new one or the original one?
That is sweet looking. I'm really glad the SP-2005 came out - it's driven the prices on the S3-2000 down to a semi-sensible level :D
Nice camera especially in black. My father gave me his and that is what I used in high school in the 70's. This was before it was a collectable. I won't mention that I had the 50mm Olympic all black lens that I traded away for not much :bang: . Anyway it is a great camera and I like the shutter sound better than my leica stuff. Since it has a lot of sentimental value, it is in semi retirement and only goes out for walks on sunny days. At the last photo show, I saw a couple both in black and chrome with motors. It was the 50 F1.1's that caught my lust.
Enjoy the camera
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This is the SP-2005, a beautiful camera which I am glad that Nikon bring out. The serial numbers of the original start with a "62". They are fantastic cameras, and the 35mm F1.8 lens that you have is exceptional. If you are going to use this camera, and I believe you are, the lenses for it are comparitively cheap. Figure $250~$350 for the more common lenses and the 13.5cm F3.5 at $100. I would suggest a chrome 8.5cm F2; a 10.5cm F2.5; and the black/chrome 13.5cm F3.5. And of course the 5cm F1.4.
The price of the S3-2000 has come down with the SP out. This is the camera that Nikon should have come out with for the new Millenium. Better late than never, but too few produced. The price of user SP's has come down below the $1,000 mark for the first time in 10 years.
Of note is Nikon's decision to return to a silk-cloth shutter rather than the Titanium Foil that it has used since 1959. Why? The Titanium is "invulnerable" to burn marks and lasts just about forever. It is also louder. If you sit a Titanium Foil shutter SP next to a cloth shutter SP, the difference in noise level is apparent. The Titanium Shutter is about as loud as an F with the mirror locked up.
Its a lovely camera Macy, a beautiful photographic tool, if there ever was one, Bring back some great images with it. You made a very nice choice.
Wow!!! Where'd you get it? Gandy? Direct from Japan? The auction site? Would like to see some images with that lens.
Did you find the copy of the S4 manual on www.pacificrimcamera.com?
I have the original manual in English. Let me know if there is anything you need answered from the manual.
sure is purty!
Yeah! When is Canon going to re-issue the Black Canon P?
i could lick the paint off that camera. *drool*
Yeah! When is Canon going to re-issue the Black Canon P?
wouldn't that be sweet!?
Thanks guys! I must say I'm quite smitten myself!
Brian, thanks so much for your lens recommendations. I'll be looking out for those at that auction site.
I bought this from popflash.com, but as I mentioned in a previous post, I would've bought it from Gandy had I not already have a relationship with Tony Rose (popflash) (that is, I have bought several cameras off him in the past).
It does make my heart race. The Nikon SP is every bit the equal of a meterless Leica M camera. I bought a user SP for about $850 back in 1990, and for close to 10 years I used it pretty roughly as a professional camera, taking it all over the world and even shattering the big glass front window on assignment in Macedonia (replaced it with some photographic-grade filter plastic). Once you get used to their quirks, these cameras really are among the best ever made.
Since it comes with the excellent 35 1.8 lens, I'd be on the lookout for an 85mm f/2 next. It's a powerful pair of lenses and among Nikon's best ever. It does take a few weeks to get used to the unique finder -- with the 35mm, you focus on the right side, then frame using the built-in mini finder for wides.
It's such a joy to shoot longer lenses with the SP that you might want to get a dirt-cheap 135mm f/3.5. Make sure it's got the black barrel -- much less weight than the chrome. And on any Nikkor RF telephoto, ask the seller to double-check that it's not a 'C' lens with the slightly different Contax mount.
Remember that the SP had a built-in 28mm finder something like a decade and a half before Leica. The 28mms are among the pricier of the user Nikon RF lenses -- in the $300 to 400 range for a chrome one -- and the cheaper chrome version is noticeably heavier. Stephen Gandy's CV 28/3.5 is probably the most lightweight and cost-effective solution, though I do like using 50-year-old glass. There's just something magic about it. I was always puzzled as to why CV didn't offer any glass that would be unique for Nikon RF shooters ... like a 28mm f/1.9 or the 35mm f/1.2 in Nikon S mount. The Nikon can focus fast and long lenses more accurately than a Leica because of the long base-length and 1:1 finder.
Because the camera is so flexible, I tend to shoot it with different combinations of lenses. I particularly like using the 28mm f/3.5 because it's so compact and unobtrusive. True, the focal length seems close to the 35mm, but that SP's finder shows you the significant difference between the two. I tend to carry both the 35 and the 28 ... the 35mm is two stops faster and ideal for low-light shooting while the 28mm gets a bit more use and has nabbed a larger portion of my "keeper" photos. The camera's heft makes slow-speed handholding easy, so I'm often shooting the 28 wide open at 1/15th or 1/30th of a second, and 1/8th isn't impossible either.
FYI, my camera bag usually has either the SP or S3, plus a 28, 35, 50 and either the 105mm as a sole telephoto or else a combo of the 85 and 135. On the other hand, on vacations and traveling light, I've found that a 35 and 135 can be extremely flexible. When weight matters, I'll use those two plus a former-Soviet 50mm and 28mm just to keep those bases covered (the former Soviet Orion 28mm is f/6 and scale focuses with no RF coupling, plus mine fits a bit too snuggly, scratching the front plate of the SP, so it's not recommended at all for an SP-2005).
By all means let us know how you like shooting photos with this gem!
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