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Old 04-27-2016   #1
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Nikon S3 2000 prices April 2016

I was just watching a Black S3 2000 re-issue kit on the Bay
It was bid to $1825 and did not meet its reserve price

This appears to be from Japan an is also listed in non auction format for
$2800

Full kit including all original reissue components (lens case shade)

It's interesting that the prices have come down as much as this
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Black s3 reissue

You find an oddball going low sometimes .
An s3 black reissue with the reissue 50/1.4 went for $1615
Recently , no box , no case , no hood , no presentation kit .
Lowest I've seen .
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Old 04-27-2016   #4
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That's about what the Nikon S3 Limited Edition Black sets go for in Japan these days.

Lightly used Nikon S3 Year 2000 Limited Edition sets (i.e. the chrome/silver version) are now going for around the $1000 mark quite regularly, sometimes less.

http://page5.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/e182824854
http://page19.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/j...ion/x443174153
http://page17.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/j...ion/v455483184

The reissue Nikon RF that's retained its value the best is the Nikon SP Limited Edition set. Prices on those have rebounded in recent months.
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As a result, good old chrome Nikon S3 is selling for around $500-$600
The S4 doesn't do much better either. If you hunt long enough, authentic Chrome SP's can be had around the same price.

There are many Japanese sellers operating on ebay nowadays, at any time, there are at least 10-20 cameras offered from Japan. Normally, they offer the lowest prices.

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there must be something nikonians think that makes the sp so much more valued than the s3. what's the deal?
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Well, the SP has switchable frame lines, automatic parallax (though not for wides), "cool" factor, and just looks so damn beautiful. And of course it is the "pro" model. Pro is always more valuable.
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The low price tempted me enough to buy a chrome S3 2000 with 5cm f1.4 lens last week. I bought a kit from Japan for $1299 on Ebay. I know I could get it cheaper if I waited, but I remember these were much higher in price years ago; $1299 seemed like a good enough deal for me (please don't burst my bubble). To shoot on a solid, mechanical RF kit with a 50 that rivals the Summilux at this price range; I'm happy to dive into new waters and can't wait to start using it.
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there must be something nikonians think that makes the sp so much more valued than the s3. what's the deal?
1. S3 has fewer frame lines than the SP.
2. SP has etched in 28 and 35 frame lines (thus its distinctive look) which was a big breakthrough when it came out.
3. SP is "father", if you will, of the Nikon F based on so many shared design features.
4. SP saw significant professional use because of the previous reasons, and...
5. SP can be motorized
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I couldn't buy an S3 cuz I'd always wish I'd saved up more for the SP.
The S3's vf really is cost cutting compared to the SP. Which of course makes sense..

While I shoot Leia Ms, and Nikon Fs, there is just something so cool about the SP.
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The low price tempted me enough to buy a chrome S3 2000 with 5cm f1.4 lens last week. I bought a kit from Japan for $1299 on Ebay. I know I could get it cheaper if I waited, but I remember these were much higher in price years ago; $1299 seemed like a good enough deal for me (please don't burst my bubble). To shoot on a solid, mechanical RF kit with a 50 that rivals the Summilux at this price range; I'm happy to dive into new waters and can't wait to start using it.
Feel good about it, I paid just under $2k for mine and I had to get it out of UK, this was a few years back.
B&H was selling them at the time for $2300 and they were SELLING like hot-cakes!

For a look at the good old days, read this thread:
http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=38108

I am sure the Milenium S3 prices have bottomed out, they are certainly very attractive around $1000

The SP is always more desirable than the S3 because it's considered the flagship of the line, Nikon made 10,000 S3 re-issues but only 2500 SPs, The SP came with the 35mm too, that alone makes them more desirable.

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When the S3 Chrome 2000 set was first released,
before the black paint version about six months later,

the 1st Nikon S3 Chrome set on US Ebay sold for $5600.
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1. S3 has fewer frame lines than the SP.
2. SP has etched in 28 and 35 frame lines (thus its distinctive look) which was a big breakthrough when it came out.
3. SP is "father", if you will, of the Nikon F based on so many shared design features.
4. SP saw significant professional use because of the previous reasons, and...
5. SP can be motorized
S3 can be motorised as well.
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I forgot what I paid for a mint set. I was after the lens, and the camera came with it, so to speak.
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Hello,

recently, a complete, mint S3-2000 (chrome) set with case, boxes, papers, was for sale at a well-known camera shop in Milan, Italy, for 1.400,- Euro. It remained available on their webpage for some weeks, then it found a new owner.

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My new S3-2000 and 50/1.4 arrived from Japan as new. I've run two rolls through it. Wow, what a camera. Coming from years of M4 and CLE use, I expected it to be quirky according to what I've read, but it's very smooth in operation and is the perfect weight. The RF is easy to focus and seems more precise to me than the M because of the long focus throw. I added a 35/2.5 for just $195 (ad on RFF). It's amazing how small and light the entire kit can be. I feel this is the best bargain RF camera kit made in this new century. Better stop gushing. Now onto getting the pictures developed...
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S3 is a great camera for 35mm
S2 is a great camera for 50mm

Sp is clearly a loser camera for 35mm and 50mm lenses
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Sp is clearly a loser camera for 35mm and 50mm lenses
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I like my new S3 2000 so much I've been thinking of getting another one. I have no idea why.
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So you could have one loaded with B&W and one Color, or 400 and 100 :-)

If you don't have an SP classic or SP 2005, it's a nice addition, the prices of these have dropped as well and you would get the 35/1,8 with the kit

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I want one of these so bad, but the technicians always recommend avoiding purchasing one due to the lack of replacement part. I would love to have one though.
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My new S3-2000 and 50/1.4 arrived from Japan as new. I've run two rolls through it. Wow, what a camera. Coming from years of M4 and CLE use, I expected it to be quirky according to what I've read, but it's very smooth in operation and is the perfect weight. The RF is easy to focus and seems more precise to me than the M because of the long focus throw. I added a 35/2.5 for just $195 (ad on RFF). It's amazing how small and light the entire kit can be. I feel this is the best bargain RF camera kit made in this new century. Better stop gushing. Now onto getting the pictures developed...
Great lenses too as you may have noticed with the 50 and soon to notice with the 35.
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My only affectation with respect to camera gear is my affection for black bodies.
I had two very nice chrome shooter/beater S3s and a chrome shooter/beater SP (which I don't like as much as the S3s), and I sold the earlier S3 (the 757th one built, from the serial number as I recall) and spent quite a bit of money ($3,000.00) to get one of the re-issued S3 black bodies, complete with the 50 1.4 (a lens I never use and keep in a drawer).
Really and truly, while I know it is stupid to spend a pile of money just to get a black body, if I could find a reasonably priced beater black SP, I'd likely grab it.
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I want one of these so bad, but the technicians always recommend avoiding purchasing one due to the lack of replacement part. I would love to have one though.


Who says they can't be fixed?
There are plenty of places that can fix them, that's if they break, they normally don't.

Better find a new technician.
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I want one of these so bad, but the technicians always recommend avoiding purchasing one due to the lack of replacement part. I would love to have one though.
The Nikon rangefinders from the SP onward are basically a Nikon F without the mirror and SLR viewfinder prism, so just like the Nikon F they rarely break. If they do, anyone who can fix a Nikon F should be able to fix it.

In Japan at least, Nikon Japan still services the reissue rangefinders and lenses, and Kiitos Camera Repair still has plenty of parts for them and the vintage rangefinders.

I agree with Kiu, better find a new technician.
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I trust Jon as the most qualified person when talking the Re-issue S3 or SP
If anyone doubts me, just read his translations:

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June 18 2016 - 3 kits, Black S3 2002 , available on that big auction site from $2099, $2548, $2899

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I have one, body, lens, case that I bought a year ago thinking I wanted it. The set is in new condition cosmetically. I found the lube has hardened from dissuse and have had a very trying year after the loss of my wife. I bought from Japan Camera. I was thinking of selling it to KEH. I am not sure if want to deal with a private buyer due to worry about payment. I would also trade for a M6 ttl body in good condition.

I just saw this thread and am taking a flyer here.
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You should list it here in the classifieds. KEH will be rock bottom wholesale.
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I also think you will do better listing it here vs selling to KEH - not that KEH is bad, but they have to mark it up, it's their business

I'm surprised to hear about "lube hardening", my 50 your old SP works fine. Lube technology would seem pretty well studied.

Did you resolve this issue ?

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I have one, body, lens, case that I bought a year ago thinking I wanted it. The set is in new condition cosmetically. I found the lube has hardened from dissuse and have had a very trying year after the loss of my wife. I bought from Japan Camera. I was thinking of selling it to KEH. I am not sure if want to deal with a private buyer due to worry about payment. I would also trade for a M6 ttl body in good condition.

I just saw this thread and am taking a flyer here.
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No, I did not want to put anymore money into it. Somewhere in this forum is a post about it from me with replies. I have just had no interest in photography for the past year. I think Tom A said to run 50 rolls through it.
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I found the lube has hardened from dissuse
Do you mean the focus helical? If so its meant to run dry so there is no lube in there. The reissue Nikon RFs are built to tighter tolerances than the originals, so the focus helical can get squeaky if any dust or dirt gets in there. Its a common problem with the reissues, and an easy fix too.
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Great time to be a film user (buyer, not seller).
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Yes, the focus on the body, it hurts the thumb moving it. I bought it because of the lens reputation and the idea of having a new Nikon Rangefinder
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It's a world class camera, needs a bit of TLC. Send it to an expert, she deserves it.

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By the way, I just noticed the original post was a black body, mine is chrome, sorry.
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An S3 (chrome)2000 complete set, boxes etc. sold for 1680,- at Westlicht
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Great Price!
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Great Price!

I just saw this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/332054279247

$748.00 from Japan, plus shipping.

How about that?

Price keeps going lower.

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I sold a perfect, unblemished S3 2000 with a Leicatime half case here around a year ago for $650, so there are deals out there.
Somebody here sold a complete S3 2000 kit with the millennium nikkor 50 for around $1200 or so, which was an even better deal. I think I will go drink a bottle of Southern Comfort now to help me forget the fact I didn't buy that when I had the chance.
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