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View Poll Results: Which Nikon Rangefinder camera is your favorite?
Nikon I 3 0.85%
Nikon M/ Nikon M synch 3 0.85%
Nikon S/ Nikon S 8 digit 13 3.70%
Nikon S2/ Nikon S2 in black 122 34.76%
Nikon S3/ Nikon S3 "Olympic"/ Nikon S3 in black 24 6.84%
Nikon S3M/ Nikon S3M in black 7 1.99%
Nikon S4 8 2.28%
Nikon SP/ Nikon SP in black 85 24.22%
Nikon S3 2000 34 9.69%
Nikon S3 2002 in black "Limited edition" 17 4.84%
Nikon SP 2005 in black "Limited edition" 48 13.68%
I like them all, one of each, may be two 31 8.83%
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Another Chicago S2 vote
Old 11-29-2008   #81
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Another Chicago S2 vote

But, I'd vote for the SP 2005 L.E. if I had one :-)
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Old 09-05-2009   #82
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It's a shame Nikon didn't make more of the SP 2005. Couldn't they have made more, still made some money on them, and given us little guys a crack at them? Instead they obviously were intent on creating a collectible rather .... what does it matter?
They lost money on the whole re-issue run, almost 10,000 S3 cameras and the mentioned 2500 SP cameras. It wasn't a sound financial move at all, they did it to reclaim some of their old glory. Had they made more, they would have lost even more money!

You'll be surprised at the actual number of people using these things, in addition to this message board, I know of at least 10 other message boards in different languages, full of Nut-sos that use these things, posting pictures and messages... True that there are people that keep them in the box too.

What does it matter?
You can grab a nice S3 and lens for under $1500....BUT NO, the little man has to have the SP with the 1.8

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Old 07-21-2012   #83
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I prefer the S2 for actual use. For this camera I have diopters for the eyepiece, +0,5. Maybe diopters for the SP or S3 exist, but I've never seen them. Without diopters, I cannot use M-Leicas or Nikon Rfs.

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Old 07-21-2012   #84
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I prefer the S2 for actual use. For this camera I have diopters for the eyepiece, +0,5. Maybe diopters exists for the SP or S3, but I've never seen them. Without diopters, I cannot use M-Leicas or Nikon Rfs.

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Original diopters exist for the SP, but they are extremely rare and priced accordingly. It is, however, possible to easily modify diopters for the Nikon EM to fit on an SP. Not sure about the S3.
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Old 07-21-2012   #85
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Original diopters exist for the SP, but they are extremely rare and priced accordingly.
Strange that there is no literature about the diopters. Bob R. does not mention them in his books.

The diopters of the S2 are clicked on the oculair, not screwed in as on M-Leicas. I am always afraid to loose them. I've added some soft glue, but they can come off easily.

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Old 07-21-2012   #86
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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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Strange that there is no literature about the diopters. Bob R. does not mention them in his books.
Is there any mention of the S2 diopters in Bob R.'s book?
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Nikon s2
Old 07-22-2012   #88
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Nikon s2

The s2 is the one I use .
Mostly the 2.8 cm with a Leitz bright line finder .

I have had quite a few sp and s3 over the last 30 years , there wasn't
The bond like with the s2 , it is a simple camera that is second nature now .
The other Nikon's were just cameras .
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Old 07-22-2012   #89
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...here is a link to an adapter for the S2 that allows the use of Leica M diopters on the S2.
http://www.japanexposures.com/shop/p...roducts_id=480

Also, I have an Nikon EM diopter that I filed down to fit my SP, cost was $5-10 @ KEH dependent on grade of EM diopter you choose.
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Is there any mention of the S2 diopters in Bob R.'s book?
No. I have two original S2 diopters wich I bought from Bob R. about ten years ago. He was working on his big book by then. I remember he said not to cover the diopters, the flash units and the cassettes in his book. About the diopters and the cassettes I think it is a pity that he didn't, because they are very interesting items.
I have two early Nikon cassettes. They are different from each other and are very different from the later F-cassettes.

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I had a SP for awhile an liked having all the viewfinders but, since I mostly shoot with a 35mm lens the S3 is better for me. I have had the vintage model but now I shoot with a Limited Edition Black. I love the large 1:1 viewfinder for the 35mm lens. - Jim
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Nikon S3M/ Nikon S3M in black so stylish and modern one !
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They lost money on the whole re-issue run, almost 10,000 S3 cameras and the mentioned 2500 SP cameras. It wasn't a sound financial move at all, they did it to reclaim some of their old glory. Had they made more, they would have lost even more money!

You'll be surprised at the actual number of people using these things, in addition to this message board, I know of at least 10 other message boards in different languages, full of Nut-sos that use these things, posting pictures and messages... True that there are people that keep them in the box too.

What does it matter?
You can grab a nice S3 and lens for under $1500....BUT NO, the little man has to have the SP with the 1.8

Kiu
The minute my black re-issued S3 arrived, I slapped a lens on it and started using it. I never considered even for a second, hiding it away for a rainy day.
And if I can find a black SP (vintage or re-issue) at a price I can afford, I'll use it as well.
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I prefer the S2 for actual use. For this camera I have diopters for the eyepiece, +0,5. Maybe diopters exists for the SP or S3, but I've never seen them. Without diopters, I cannot use M-Leicas or Nikon Rfs.

Erik.
With just a little bit of filing, the cheap and available eyepiece diopters for the Nikon EM, and a few other SLR's, fit and work perfectly with the SP, including the wide angle window.

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Old 10-19-2012   #95
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I had two SP`s with Titanium shutters, traded them for a leica original MP # 302.
When that MP started to reach astroniomical values, I traded that for a racing car. (Renault 5 Turbo 2- middle engine pocket rocket) I totalled that racing car on a track, so Now I just stick to leica M4-p rapidwinder and a tuned M3 double stroke "full metal jacket"
No Nikon rangefinders...
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Old 10-21-2012   #96
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Odd way to structure a poll. Early cameras have black editions combined, but they are broken out in limited editions. DO you work for Gallup?
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Old 10-26-2012   #97
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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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I have now added a Nikon S3 and a 25mmf4 Voigtlander lens
and I really love the combo!

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NIKON S2: for a half-century service
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Nikon S3M/ Nikon S3M in black so stylish and modern one !
Plus 1 and IMO there will be regrets about not buying these at the current prices. Esp since the lens is sooooo good.
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Old 12-30-2012   #100
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Use & like the S2 cause for the 1:1 finder.
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Old 03-01-2013   #101
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S2 over SP for the brighter rangefinder patch.
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Old 06-13-2013   #102
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S2 for me - but, not by much over the S3, SP, and S4.
On a good day they are all my favorite. It's a fresh experience interchanging between them and their finders.
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I simplified my life. Rather than having to choose - I just accumulated a lot of Nikon Rf's over the years. Only missing ones are the S3M and the SP 2005 (though I do have the 35f1.8 re-issue). No, this was not a "bulk buy" - it has taken 10/12 years to accumulate these. No "collators" item, straight users all of them. Favorite, maybe the Olympic S3 and a black S3 Millennium as that one is the smoothest release and advance of any camera that I won.
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I now use the S3, the finder of the S2 is a bit better more contrast, but when that
light is right the S3 is great.

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Old 10-12-2013   #105
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Do you realize this poll is now over 6 years old?

I would say it's safe to assume Nikon S2 and Nikon SP are by far the most popular Nikon Rangefinder Cameras.
The S3 came in 3rd thanks to it's reproduction, otherwise, it would have been down there along with the S!

The other thing I noticed is that there are 23 other Nikon idiots around here like me!


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Late vote

However far down the S3 came I voted for it because I have an "Olympic" in the post. Against anything by Leica (disclaimer: I have 5 Leica bodies, well last time I looked 4 as one is off being painted) that has a whiff of rare or collectible the Nikons are affordable and shootable (is that even a verb )
TomA is responsible for getting me, however late, to this party.
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I have a S3 as well and it's great!

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I really love the feel of the S2; it's about the only film camera I use these days. I even prefer it to my film SLRs, which consist of a stable of various Olympus OMs and the oddball FTL.
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I just picked-up a nearly mint S-2 outfit, and it is REALLY nice....

But for sentimental reasons, my favorite Nikon RF would be the knob-wind S - my Dad had one ( now mine) and it is the first "real camera" I ever handled and shot - under Dad's direct supervision !

Dad always swore by Tri-X and Kodachrome.

Can't wait to run some film through the "new" S-2 though...

That said, I would mind having a nice SP...
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Enjoy your Nikon their really great cameras.

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This one is my favorite.

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Nice Eric!
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I prefer the S2 for actual use. For this camera I have diopters for the eyepiece, +0,5. Maybe diopters exists for the SP or S3, but I've never seen them. Without diopters, I cannot use M-Leicas or Nikon Rfs.

Erik.
It is very easy to make a good, effective diopter for the Nikon SP from the dirt-cheap diopter used for the Nikon EM. Takes about 15 minutes with a small file.

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Have a S2 & a SP.
They are easier to load than a Leica.
Can be used with one hand while holding your drink in the other hand.
Look better than a Leica.
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and meanwhile, nearly everybody will have a Leica.
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I picked up an S3 2000 with the limited edition Zeiss. I shot a roll with it and found it hard to focus. It is ok focusing when there are straight lines but when I tried focusing on a face for a portrait I would not do it. Is there a solution?
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Do you mean the Zeiss C-Sonnar in S-mount?

I don't know what the issue is (I don't have that problem myself) but if you end up selling, I'd be interested in the Sonnar.
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I picked up an S3 2000 with the limited edition Zeiss. I shot a roll with it and found it hard to focus. It is ok focusing when there are straight lines but when I tried focusing on a face for a portrait I would not do it. Is there a solution?
You need to expand on "I would not do it". I know language can be a limitation in understanding but: could you not find an area to focus on with the patch (the eyes are always good) did you focus but the result was not what you wanted (the Sonnar, and I have one, and no it's NOT for sale, does have some focus shift if you are shooting with restricted DOF?
If it is just you and you are having trouble try, as I say the eyes, and practice. If you are shooting portraits with the 50mm that is probably not the best choice the 105mm f2.5 was and is highly praised for that genre and will give a more pleasing perspective to the facial features, the 85mm isn't half bad either.
Some Nikon patches are better than others as well, have you had this issue with more than one Nikon body, have you shot well with a Leica rangefinder for these subjects?
Personally I find straight lines easier on the Leica, like a split image SLR, but seek out an area of contrast with the Nikons as the patch edge is less well defined.
Perhaps you need to move away from straight lines for general work to gain more confidence in the system?
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My vote goes for S2. It's the only Nikon rf I have (and never nad any before) and after few weeks of using I'm totally in love.
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I'm the opposite - I'll choose a chrome camera over a black one every time.
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Every time I pull out the old F2, I think: "What if Nikon had used this as the basis of an M-Mount rangefinder..."
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