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Old 05-21-2008   #81
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Cleaning out my Nikon drawer in the cabinet, I was surprised as to how many Nikon Rf's I have. It all started innocently with the replica black S that Shintaro gave me and over the last decade has "mushroomed" substantially. Fortunately, they are all users!
The front row is Nikon SP's, second row is S4's, third row is S3's and 4th row the S2's and last, but not least the Nikon S's. Obviously the black S4/black S are "fakes" and the SP is a replica, the S2 is potentially a real one, but I don't really care if it is or not. The black S3 is a 2003 version.
The "extra's are back-ups (SP.S3 and S2).
The interesting thing is that my total outlay for these is less than a new Leica MP would be today!
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Thirteen Nikon RF's is Unlucky. You need at least one more.
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Thirteen Nikon RF's is Unlucky. You need at least one more.
Or one less....
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Old 05-21-2008   #84
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I actually have 2 more - Nikon S's in pieces. One has a dud shutter and the other one has a jammed focusing mount and there is also my R2S. I would never keep 13 cameras of any kind. Logic is that you get rid of one, but it usually means finding one more!
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You are off the hook, then. I also have 15 of them. I stopped there. Would have stopped at 14, except for a $30 Nikon M (sync) with 5cm F1.4 lens at an "antique Store".
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Old 05-21-2008   #86
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Brian, I agree, 15 is a nice round number - all I have to do is get the two S working and they can be added to the nikon drawer.

Kiu, cant wait to see your stuff. You have more exiting lenses too. Mine are fairly mundane, no 50f1.1, no Micro Nikkor 50f3.5 and no 105f4. Why do I feel deprived?

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OK, as most know, here's my latest Nikon RF.
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Old 05-23-2008   #88
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Old 05-31-2008   #89
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Does anyone know what a 906xxxxx Nikon is???

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My new baby - a restored M/S. The first two photos show how beautiful it looks now. The third photo is the original condition and imagine the whole camera and back looking like that.

The story is that the prrior owner was a pro, and covered the leather with varnish to protect it. Well, it protected it from ever going onto the shelf of a collector.

I removed the varnish, and got the mechanicals all working again.

It's my only M, so it's my favourite M.


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Old 06-01-2008   #91
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I finished the mechanical CLA yesterday, and the rest of the cosmetics. It's a beautiful M now. The slow speeds are as smooth as butter, and the mis-firing is mostly gone.

Time to load up film and shoot.

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Old 06-02-2008   #93
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Hi Vick,
what about the chrome, it looks heavily oxidized, are you doing something to that?

Very late example, I see thee serial number is 6094xxx....close to Nikon S numbers.

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Old 06-02-2008   #94
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OK here goes:

Nikon SP and its siblings, Nikon S3 and Nikon S4

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Between this thread and Jonmanjiro's constant peppering of the classifieds with gorgeous cameras I'm starting to have Nikon dreams at night. Like the 'Borg' ... resistance appears to be futile.

I'm tentatively considering selling my IIIg and getting a Nikon rangefinder.
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Nice trio!
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Nice trio!

Ah, the elusive (for me) S4. Very nice group, Kiu-san.



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Nikon SP and its siblings, Nikon S3 and Nikon S4

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Keith,

Either way you will not go wrong. My S2 kit was a CV 25/4, Nikkor 50/1.4 and 105/2.5. It was as perfect a kit as I would ever need. When I moved up to an S3-2000 I added a CV 35/2.5 and am very happy with it. Only think I'm looking for now is an F to S lens adapter so I can get a F mount CV 15/4.5 to use on every system I have.

The S2 is a fine camera, black dials look very good. The S3 is like a Nikon F in rangefinder rather than SLR. I love the fact that my SLR system and RF system both move (focus and aperture) the same direction now.

It is a very different feel from my old Ms. I like it better because I can not give up having a long lens handy and have some great older Nikkor primes.

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Old 06-04-2008   #98
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Nikon S,S2,S3 and S4

In that order too

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Ok I'll take it back Nikon-Kiu-San!
These are Sexy pictures!

Please accept my deep apologies!
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Ah, the bar is being raised. Time to put the original 3.5 cm f1.8 lens with Abrahamsson hood on the SP and provide an image.

I like seeing the differences in rewind knobs-nice!
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No, I am leaving the chrome as-is on the M.

Yes, it is a very late serial number - almost the last of the M's.

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And I don't think that is an original "notch" on the film advance. It is well oxidized, though.
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Old 06-05-2008   #103
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Old 06-06-2008   #104
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Keith - I'd go with the S2. For $1000, if you found an S3 or SP you may be disappointed in the brightness of the finder and clarity of the RF patch after moving from a Leica system. The S2 is perfect for a 50/1.4 Nikkor, which is a great lens, and has a nice bright finder. KEH has a black dial S2, I think with lens, for about $650 last I checked.
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I don't have a 5cm 3.5, no stereo either!!

I got you to post before me though.

I wonder if Stephen ever gonna post here???

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Old 06-06-2008   #106
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How about a fuzzy one??
1.1 and 135 f4


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Old 06-06-2008   #107
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I used to have a 50f3.5 (not the macro - Nikon 1 lens). Good lens, but not better than a Red Dial Elmar on a Leica. Never aspired to a stereo - I get a head ache when my brain tries to convert to 3D!!!!
Ok, a S3M would be nice and cut down on filmcost. On the hand I can buy a lot of film instead!
My latest toy in the Nikon RF is the SC mount 50mm f1.5 Sonnar. Small and nicely made. Still have to process my first film taken with it. Now, if Zeiss really want to rock the apple cart - make the new 21mm 4.5 Biogon in SC mount!
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If they did I would hope they'd do it in an Internal mount! Wouldn't that be less expensive (read very relative)?

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Considering how few of the SC mount 50f1,4 that they sold. I suspect that this is purely academical anyway and my old 1957 Biogon 21 is still a great lens (though you cant see the f stops on that chrome barrel).
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I used to have a 50f3.5 (not the macro - Nikon 1 lens). Good lens, but not better than a Red Dial Elmar on a Leica. Never aspired to a stereo - I get a head ache when my brain tries to convert to 3D!!!!
Ok, a S3M would be nice and cut down on filmcost. On the hand I can buy a lot of film instead!
My latest toy in the Nikon RF is the SC mount 50mm f1.5 Sonnar. Small and nicely made. Still have to process my first film taken with it. Now, if Zeiss really want to rock the apple cart - make the new 21mm 4.5 Biogon in SC mount!
SHHHHHH, Mr. K. may be reading....

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I kind of think if the sell out of the SC 50/1.5 there might be a reason to keep the workers busy with a 21 internal mount. Keep the number of parts low and see if they can improve upon performance. I never really understood why Pres. K. did not utilize the internal mounts for the SC wides he came out with.

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So here goes, for my S2 cents, I can stick with my S2, especially since I can use some great ol' F glass, too!
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OK OK I did go on...

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Focusing only as accurate as the alternate system. The Voigtlander rangefinder works well enough, OR, since I'm cheating by using another camera for metering, I check focusing distance from the metering camera. FRAMING is another issue, the varifocal only helps to 135mm.
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Hi phi47
I think you are crazy and enterprising enough to accept my advice .... tries to buy a viewfinder "Tewe" it is not impossible to find and the focal reaches 200 mm.
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Think it will be far easier to make my own framing viewfinder, similar to the Sports Finders for Nikonos, if I were really to ever use this combo for some SERIOUS pictures. Before I found some other RF lenses, I went to the trouble of trying to find out which of my F lens would fit so I wouldn't be stuck in the 50f1.4 mode. I will try to find information about the Tewes finder.
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That's a perfect setup.
I like it a lot. My normal lens is a 35mm, rarely use a 50. The 85mm is useful for about 10% of shots. Except for the shutter release being in the "wrong" place, the SP is a great shooting machine. One could also ask for parallax correction in the 35mm framelines, but that would be quibbling.
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I'm Waiting.........................even if I don't have a 50f1.2 for OM
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Less trouble would be to slap a Rangefinder super telephoto onto a Nikon F2


Easier to focus -----------------------------------------------Excuse the laundry basket.

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I wanted to get a Nikon RF for a while but high prices kept me away for so long. At a camera fair a few months ago I looked at an S but was disappointed by its relatively small viewfinder. I went to lunch and when I came back this S2 was sitting in a display case. It was cheaper than the S I looked at previous. It has its share of scratches and brassing but the viewfinder is very clear and it's proven to be a wonderful camera.

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