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Old 12-09-2016   #41
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Crazy price for an S3 2000 reissue.
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Old 12-09-2016   #42
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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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Ok price for body only, but not bargain priced. I have seen 'em that cheap locally several times with a Millennium lens attached.

Lemonsha used camera shop in Ginza has a body only in stock for 80,000 yen ($693).

http://j-camera.net/itemp.php?id=52482941&1481328580
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I bought my S3 Milllenium (inc. 50mm lens) from Japan for $1250, but it came without the box. I love it even more than my M3 (which had a complete overhaul). As someone earlier said - it is the long focus throw which makes it easier to focus. The lens is superb.

The knurled knob for focusing is rough on the fingers, so I usually turn the whole lens with my left hand.
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Old 01-11-2017   #44
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I was bitten by the Nikon Rf bug when I went to Japan last year.
Came home with a chrome SP/50mm f1.4 and a S3 2000/50mm f1.4.

Ended up selling the SP and lens and the S3 2000 body only as I manage to purchase a black SP 2005 in a trade + $$.

So now I have a black SP 2005 and its 35mm f1.8 lens and also the millennium nikkor 50mm f1.4. Such a beautiful kit if I may say so myself!

Having said all that.....i am still having some trouble getting used to it though. Changing the aperture is tricky as the lens/focus spins with it. Definitely more comfortable shooting with my Leica M's

Now i don't know whether to keep the nikon and continue to persist with trying to use it or sell it........ as beautiful as the camera is, I am finding hard to justify keeping it as a trophy

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I paid £825 for my S3 2000 in 2014. It came with a non-kit Nikkor-S. Seems a lot now but back in 2014 it seemed reasonable.
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Old 02-06-2017   #46
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I was bitten by the Nikon Rf bug when I went to Japan last year.
Came home with a chrome SP/50mm f1.4 and a S3 2000/50mm f1.4.

Ended up selling the SP and lens and the S3 2000 body only as I manage to purchase a black SP 2005 in a trade + $$.

So now I have a black SP 2005 and its 35mm f1.8 lens and also the millennium nikkor 50mm f1.4. Such a beautiful kit if I may say so myself!

Having said all that.....i am still having some trouble getting used to it though. Changing the aperture is tricky as the lens/focus spins with it. Definitely more comfortable shooting with my Leica M's

Now i don't know whether to keep the nikon and continue to persist with trying to use it or sell it........ as beautiful as the camera is, I am finding hard to justify keeping it as a trophy

First world problem.... I know
Change the aperture by holding the focus wheel with your right index finger and changing the aperture with you left hand.
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Old 02-06-2017   #47
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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?
The S3 finder is not really acceptable compared to the SP or s2?
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Old 02-08-2017   #48
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The S3 finder is not really acceptable compared to the SP or s2?
I wouldn't say no to the Sp but I'm quite happy with my s3 as I shoot mostly with a 35mm.
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Old 06-25-2017   #49
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A mint S3 2000 with lens and boxes just went by auction on Ebay for $1125 US. I was watching the seconds tick off the auction, with my finger on the bid button, but I couldn't will myself to bid, already having too much gear. Hope it is used. Prices have gone down indeed.
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Old 06-25-2017   #50
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Thats insane Steve - used or not in any way or form this is an absolute steal.

Just thinking about for how much really trashed Leica M6 bodies go these days (shaking my head) and seeing a kit that was made new in the early 2000's with the quality of the 50/1.4 millennium …

It is almost like getting a free S3 body at that price. Thinking about how really ratty 50/1.4 pre ASPH Summiluxes are selling and how the lens of this kit + an Amedeo adapter is at lower cost makes me shake my head.
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Old 06-25-2017   #51
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I love the way the black S3 and SP re-issues look. But after handling one, I could not stand the rangefinder patch compared to the defined rectangle of a Leica, Bessa R3a, Zeiss Ikon ZM or Minolta CLE. Killed it for me.
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just sent a 2000 S3 to Britain for a friend, got it for ¥62,000
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Old 07-11-2017   #53
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There is one on ebay with an aftermarket lens:


http://www.ebay.com/itm/152612327937

I am wondering about today's price...

This thread is over a year old, may be time for a new one?
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WOW. Just WOW

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I always wanted an sp reissue, but at these prices, I'll grab an s3. Hoping they do an f reissue, but I'm not sure that'd be that popular (maybe f titanium?)
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Why buy an F reissue, when excellent original Fs are dirt cheap and last forever!

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Old 08-01-2017   #57
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I always wanted an sp reissue, but at these prices, I'll grab an s3. Hoping they do an f reissue, but I'm not sure that'd be that popular (maybe f titanium?)
If you really want an SP there is nothing speaking against finding a nice original SP, have it serviced and use it for the rest of your life.

If you do not really need the SP finder frames and can live without parallax correction an S3 is every bit as good as the SP and at current prices for silver chrome S3 re-issue kits it is a no-brainer to pick one of these up (especially as they come with one of the nicest 50mm lenses ever made).

I much prefer to use the S3 over the SP as of the 35mm frame in the main finder - if a 35mm is your mainly used lens, the S3 is a better choice.
If a 50mm is your most used lens the SP is much nicer.
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You know, we always make note of the bargain priced units, it's not really fair.
One has to look at the whole market, it's true that there was a black one with a ding the other day, it sold for under $1200 including the case but there is also this chrome example that sold for $1700 plus shipping:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/182655942996

UNUSED Nikon S3 2000 Limited Edition with Nikkor-S 50mm f/1.4 from japan

Just thought we need to be fair.

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Eight years ago a forum member bought a re-issue S3, then 11 days later sold it to another forum member, who sold it to me for $2000. Neither of these guys could get comfortable with its ergonomics, and eventually I agreed, though a handsome camera. I had it for 2.5 years and then sold it to yet another RFF member for the same amount, as a credit on his $6000 M9... ...which I sold on eBay for $4800, shortly before the sensor corrosion issue became well-known.
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If you really want an SP there is nothing speaking against finding a nice original SP, have it serviced and use it for the rest of your life.

If you do not really need the SP finder frames and can live without parallax correction an S3 is every bit as good as the SP and at current prices for silver chrome S3 re-issue kits it is a no-brainer to pick one of these up (especially as they come with one of the nicest 50mm lenses ever made).

I much prefer to use the S3 over the SP as of the 35mm frame in the main finder - if a 35mm is your mainly used lens, the S3 is a better choice.
If a 50mm is your most used lens the SP is much nicer.
I know, but the idea of a "newly" made one is nice, and proof that Nikon's still got the chops

Who services these, btw?
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Yes, the "buying new" vs old does something to the brain I suppose ;-)

Surely complicated assemblies like cemented and silvered optics in the rangefinder do have a certain life span but apart from that these cameras are really build to outlast their owners.

I do have a S3 and a SP reissue kit and love those cameras. I just received a beautiful vintage SP kit which has been serviced in Japan and let me tell you: that freshly serviced SP is smoother and better in almost every possible way than the "bought new" SP and S3 kits

While the re-issue focus helicoids are squeaky and feel rough (one hardly can focus with the focussing wheel), the vintage, serviced SP is perfectly smooth and light to the touch.
Even the film advance is different: no slop and no play in the serviced vintage SP while both the S3 + SP reissue have a bit of a "thrown together" feel to them.

The film backs on the reissues have a bit slop here and there and make the camera feel a bit tinny in your hand (as they give a little as to the slop and won't fit perfectly).

The film back on the serviced SP fits PERFECT - no slop, no give, just solid.
They all work just fine, it is just the little details you can see and feel when comparing them.
All of these will surely outlast any current electronic camera, creaking or not.

I would go with what camera has the features you really want.

Want an SP but can't justify the still pricier SP re-issue kits?
Get a nice vintage SP, have it serviced if it needs it and enjoy it until you hand it down to your grand kids ;-)

I am sure the issues described above could be easily adjusted if having those reissue kits serviced by the same gifted and dedicated technicians who serviced the vintage SP, but then again it will add to the higher prices of a "new" reissue kit to start with.

Also: I have seen many reissue kits described as "new" or "unopened" or "NOS" that really were not - careful who you buy from there!
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