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View Poll Results: Which Nikon Rangefinder camera is your favorite?
Nikon I 3 0.76%
Nikon M/ Nikon M synch 4 1.02%
Nikon S/ Nikon S 8 digit 14 3.55%
Nikon S2/ Nikon S2 in black 132 33.50%
Nikon S3/ Nikon S3 "Olympic"/ Nikon S3 in black 27 6.85%
Nikon S3M/ Nikon S3M in black 7 1.78%
Nikon S4 10 2.54%
Nikon SP/ Nikon SP in black 102 25.89%
Nikon S3 2000 37 9.39%
Nikon S3 2002 in black "Limited edition" 20 5.08%
Nikon SP 2005 in black "Limited edition" 54 13.71%
I like them all, one of each, may be two 34 8.63%
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Old 10-24-2016   #121
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I've been using the Nikon S2 with a 35mm f2.5 and is very happy with
this combo.

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Hey Range, I'm looking at this combo, and was hoping it would work w/o the external finder. Do you use the S2 and the 35mm w/o an external finder? Can you roughly frame 35mm in the stock S2 finder?

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Old 11-24-2016   #122
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my favorites are the Nikon One, Nikon S3M, and black Nikon SP.

my 1st choice to shoot with?
the black Nikon SP.

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Hey Range, I'm looking at this combo, and was hoping it would work w/o the external finder. Do you use the S2 and the 35mm w/o an external finder? Can you roughly frame 35mm in the stock S2 finder?

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Answered my own question, Yes, it works fine.
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Old 09-06-2017   #124
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I voted Nikon S but for sentimental reasons. In 1972 I bought a nice Nikon S, 50mm f2.0, case and four Nikon cassettes for $100 from Trendon photo in Libertyville Illinois. I was into the Nikon F then but the S was cute. Later in college I used the S in the theater because it was so quiet. It got loaned to a friend whose Petri had died and he came back amazed by the lens. In 1990 I got my first Leica, an M3 and now mostly use a Leica IIIc but I still have that S. It's been a wonderful camera, I also have a Nikon SP but that old Nikon S will always be a favorite. Joe
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Old 10-07-2017   #125
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I really love my S2 in original black paint. I use the camera with both the first Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 and the S Skopar 50mm f/2.5, a wonderful small lens with my favorite type of shade.

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Erik, I really enjoy this image, very creative juxtaposition
of those in the glass bubble & those outside it.
The motorcycle is bonus in this comp. Thanks for your efforts,
they are appreciated.
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With more experience I must say I would change my vote. I’ve decided I don’t like the twin viewfinder windows at the back of the camera for different focal length lenses, so I only use the SP with a 50mm lens. I use my S2 for the 35mm lens. The. S2 gets the most use.
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Old 05-29-2018   #128
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Erik, I really enjoy this image, very creative juxtaposition
of those in the glass bubble & those outside it.
The motorcycle is bonus in this comp. Thanks for your efforts,
they are appreciated.
Thank you, Mike! I've made a gelatin silver print of this one.

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Old 11-08-2018   #129
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Nikon S2, S Skopar 50mm f/2.5, 400-2TMY, gelatin silver print.

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Old 11-08-2018   #130
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The best 50mm lens for the Nikon S is the S Skopar 50mm f/2.5.

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Old 12-02-2018   #131
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Nikon S2, S Skopar 50mm f/2.5, 400-2TMY, printed on Adox MCC 110.

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A few years ago I had interest in using a Nikon 50/1.4 "Millenium" as it was getting great reviews and comparing it to a Summilux 50/1.4. I found a set of S3 2000 with lens for sale, and I got it. I have used the lens on my Leica cameras with an adapter, but I still have not used my S3 2000 which looks like new in the box. Maybe I should start using it.
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Old 12-02-2018   #133
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Yes, you should, Raid. Mount an S Skopar on it, they are very cheap and are excellent performers. They balance nicely on the cameras because of the light weight. Because of the small shade they do not obstruct the viewfinder. I paid for mine $75.


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I will look into it, Erik The cost is low for sure. Thanks for the tip.
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Only have one Nikon RF, but she's a lot of fun to use.



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Nikon S2, S Skopar 50mm f/2.5, 400-2TMY, gelatin silver print.

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Very good composition. The gray scale you like is low contrast and not my liking but composition is always interesting and meaningfull.
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Old 03-20-2019   #137
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Thank you colker.


You can get B+W prints in any contrast you like if you know how to do it. My scans here are from siver/gelatine split grade prints. These have more through-drawing in the light parts of the image than normal prints, but the darkest parts of the image are firmly black so there is enough force in the pictures.


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Finally I've found an early All black Nikkor 50mm f/1.4.

As you can read in the books by Bob Rotoloni, these are rather special lenses. The first series is from 1953, before the appearance of the black Nikon S2, about 400 pieces. At that time the Nikon S was produced. The black Nikon S is extremely rare, only a few were made, so why the early all black Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 was made? Nobody knows.


Perhaps Nikon intended to make a batch of black Nikon S cameras but this was cancelled because the S2 was already on its way.


It looks nice on the black Nikon S2 however.

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Erik,


another precious piece added to your wonderful collection.
meaning, a user collection and not just some gear collecting dust :-)


I still shooting my Ms but not uploading much and I am a bit tired of scanning.


You are still a great insipiration for me.



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Thank you, Giulio, I know you have a busy life, besides the photography (like me btw.)


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Old 06-18-2019   #141
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Could be that the early "All black Nikkors" were made for a series of black Nikon S cameras that was never made. Only three black painted Nikon S cameras are known.

A fine lens for the RF-Nikons is the uncoated prewar Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/1.5.

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Finally I've found an early All black Nikkor 50mm f/1.4.

As you can read in the books by Bob Rotoloni, these are rather special lenses. The first series is from 1953, before the appearance of the black Nikon S2, about 400 pieces. At that time the Nikon S was produced. The black Nikon S is extremely rare, only a few were made, so why the early all black Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 was made? Nobody knows.


Perhaps Nikon intended to make a batch of black Nikon S cameras but this was cancelled because the S2 was already on its way.


It looks nice on the black Nikon S2 however.

Erik.

What's very interesting about your black Nikon S2 is that the focus helical inner part is not black. Most black paint S2 I've seen have that part black too - akin to the silver Nikon S2 'Black Dial', a later model.

I wonder if yours was repaired or serviced at some point in its life or if it has always been like that. It looks completely legit otherwise.
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What's very interesting about your black Nikon S2 is that the focus helical inner part is not black. Most black paint S2 I've seen have that part black too - akin to the silver Nikon S2 'Black Dial', a later model.

I wonder if yours was repaired or serviced at some point in its life or if it has always been like that. It looks completely legit otherwise.
Hey Manuel, Erik's BP S2 is indeed 100% original including the focus helical. Just like the chrome S2s, the early BP S2s have an all chrome helical and the later BP S2s have the black inner helical.
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Hey Manuel, Erik's BP S2 is indeed 100% original including the focus helical. Just like the chrome S2s, the early BP S2s have an all chrome helical and the later BP S2s have the black inner helical.

That's very interesting. I did not know that the black paint S2s predated the 'Black Dial' models. Noted!
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OK, here is a Poll

Which Nikon RF do you like most? I left the extra box for nuts like me

Please note, this is a public Poll(your identity will be revealed),you can choose more than one answer...so get your votes in.

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How did Nikon 1 get in there?
I have one and just purchased a 70-300 VR. There hasn't been anything quite like it for a long time.
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Not to be confused with the "1" series of small but excellent mirrorless cameras.
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How did Nikon 1 get in there?
I have one and just purchased a 70-300 VR. There hasn't been anything quite like it for a long time.
just an example of my NIkon RF ignorance. Never had, used, or even fingered one. They are pretty though.
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I wonder if yours was repaired or serviced at some point in its life or if it has always been like that. It looks completely legit otherwise.
I think it was never repaired except that I've cleaned the finder and the rangefinder prism. I've also put an extremely little bit of oil on the gear train because it felt a bit dry.

These cameras are so extremely well made that they almost need no maintenance, just like the Nikon F and the early Nikkormats (before the EL).

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