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Nikkor-S 50/1.4 Millennium Serial Number Registry
Old 02-17-2008   #1
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Jon's latest sale had prompted me to check my lens' serial number and thought about starting a registry.

My Millennium is 202585.
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Zen-Shooter,

Who is Jon and why has his sale prompted you and others to list the serial numbers of this lens? I have one and maybe I should follow suit. Just want to know why.

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Jon is a wonderful friend who just happened to set me up with my S3 2000...and I am lovin' it!
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Thanks for the kind words, Dave

Akira, my lens is 203332 and the one I just sold in the RFF classifieds is 207412. The highest s/n I've seen in person is 211236.

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Old 02-17-2008   #7
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OK. Mine is 208290. It will probably go in the classifieds in the next couple of weeks.

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Mine is 203219. I had a second one with a# in the #208 something that I traded off.I thought I did only need one of these!
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Zen-Shooter,

Who is Jon and why has his sale prompted you and others to list the serial numbers of this lens? I have one and maybe I should follow suit. Just want to know why.

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Old 02-18-2008   #12
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Thanks guys! If you could PM me your bank details, I'll get those checks sent out pronto OK, just kidding
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Jon's recent Millennium sales showed S/N in the upper range of the 5,000 or so units produced. In fact in Robert Rotoloni's latest Nikon book, the number appears to be over 5,000 (see page 272).
Bob's book does not mention serial numbers other than the fact that first one seen in the literature in late 1999 was numbered 150031 but quickly changed over to 20xxxx

I have a feeling those 150xxx lenses were pre-production numbers---> Prototypes

The "At least over 5000" number means just that---> at least.
We know there are around 8000 Chrome S3 and another 2000 Black cameras re-issued, all came with lenses, so the number must be 10,000

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I'll also confirm Jon's all-around great-guy-ness.
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Unusual serial number and lens
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Unusual serial number and lens

Can anyone throw some light on this lens Nikkor-s 50mm f1.4 46mm filter thread SERIAL NUMBER 444063 . The serial number does not seem to fit any new or old series plus its 46mm and not 43mm filter thread.
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Old 02-19-2008   #16
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Am I the one to beat

Mine here is 211361, from a S3 black set. Comparing it to another early serial number I couldn't see any difference in the coatings. These lenses like the cameras they came with are sure beautifully finished, and the aperture is smooth with positive defined stops. just as I like.
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205004. Thank you Jon. Lens is almost in daily use with S2 or R2S.

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Old 02-19-2008   #18
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Can anyone throw some light on this lens Nikkor-s 50mm f1.4 46mm filter thread SERIAL NUMBER 444063 . The serial number does not seem to fit any new or old series plus its 46mm and not 43mm filter thread.
This does not make sense, the Nikkor-S 5cm f=1.4 did not have a 46mm filter thread.
444063 is way out of range of the last of the 5cm f1.4s too, the last of them produced were 41xxxx

Even the "Olympic" version did not have a 46mm diameter and those started from 140001

Is the lens marked as 50mm or 5cm?

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This does not make sense, the Nikkor-S 5cm f=1.4 did not have a 46mm filter thread.
444063 is way out of range of the last of the 5cm f1.4s too, the last of them produced were 41xxxx

Even the "Olympic" version did not have a 46mm diameter and those started from 140001

Is the lens marked as 50mm or 5cm?

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Thanks for your interest in this lens Kiu. I have been trying to research it for some time now and it always ends up in a dead end. The lens is most definetley 46mm filter thread and is marked 50mm not 5cm and there is no red "c" after the Nikkor-S inscription.

Maybe an oddball contract lens. ???
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>>Maybe an oddball contract lens. ???<<

Is it Nikon S-mount? Black or chrome? Just curious.
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>>Maybe an oddball contract lens. ???<<

Is it Nikon S-mount? Black or chrome? Just curious.
The lens is Nikon S mount (internal) and what makes it even more interesting is that it is chrome! All reports handed to me from my Nikon sources say that it should be black going by the serial number , there is much confusion over the 46mm thread.
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Old 02-28-2008   #22
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The lens is Nikon S mount (internal) and what makes it even more interesting is that it is chrome! All reports handed to me from my Nikon sources say that it should be black going by the serial number , there is much confusion over the 46mm thread.
If you post a picture or email me one, I'll get to the bottom of this!
I got access to Mr. Nikon

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PS, I have 208838

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Old 03-01-2008   #23
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> Can anyone throw some light on this lens Nikkor-s 50mm f1.4 46mm filter
> thread SERIAL NUMBER 444063 . The serial number does not seem to fit any
> new or old series plus its 46mm and not 43mm filter thread

Serial number is in the Nikon F 50mm F1.4 range. I wonder if this was a custom job, moving the optics from a Nikon F 50mm lens to an Internal Mount. Nikon SP-X Prototype lens???

Looking at the optics block of the Nikkor-H 50mm F2, I wonder if it would fit into a helios-103 internal mount...

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Unusual Lens
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If you post a picture or email me one, I'll get to the bottom of this!
I got access to Mr. Nikon

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PS, I have 208838
Still on vacation ,I will post some pictures of the lens on my return.
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Old 03-03-2008   #25
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OK,
while we wait in agony, I thought we should get back to subject!
Here is one I use to own, bought it from a fellow RFF'er(where is Dan?), and sold it to another RFF'er in Korea:


What do you think Jon?
204141 is got two 4's in it!!

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What do you think Jon?
204141 is got two 4's in it!![/color]
What so special with 4's? Mine has three 0's. It's on Jon's list.
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What so special with 4's?
It's just a Chinese (and to a lesser extent Japanese) lucky number thing In Chinese, the number "4" is pronounced the same way as "death" (the intonation is different) so its considered unlucky when there is a "4" in a number, especially so when its at the end of the number. The flipside is the number "8" which has the same pronounciation as "prosper". When you get a few 8's in a row .... WOW But of course, if you're not Chinese, it doesn't matter

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204141 is got two 4's in it!!
You think that's bad .... a vintage SP at the local camera store is 6214444
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The list so far is ....



Still no 200*** lenses?
You're being awfully impatient!


We haven't seen any early body numbers yet, have we?

I believe there are lenses with 200 prefix,we shall see.

Kiu

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How about a 35/1.8 (SP 2005) registry?
LOL Well, I know where No. 0001 is. It's in the JCII Camera Museum in Tokyo (link).
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You're being awfully impatience!

We haven't seen any early body numbers yet, have we?

I believe there are lenses with 200 prefix,we shall see.

Kiu
S3 2000 numbers go as high as 213***, but there's only 8,000 of them. Nikon trashed most of the early top plates!

Maybe we should start an S3 2000 body s/n registry?!

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I'll kick things off:

S3 2000 (black): 302151
35/1.8: 2117

(probl. need a new thread)
You call this kicking off??



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That would be after the double secret probation is over!

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204103 from a Chrome Millennium S3
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The flipside is the number "8" which has the same pronounciation as "prosper". When you get a few 8's in a row .... WOW But of course, if you're not Chinese, it doesn't matter
Can you Imagine lots of buildings without a 4th floor...

Soooo, I go from death(204141) to prosperous (208838)

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The list so far is ....

200...

201287
201312
201453

202585
202761

203045
203185
203219
203332
203565
203714
203723
203750

204103
204141
204351
204388
204573
204624
204807

205004
205040
205357
205971

206226
206532
206411

207242
207412

208290
208594
208838

209237
209413
209449

210042
210412
210539
210540
210543
210893
210907

211236
211361

How many more do we need to prove there are no 200*** lenses, Kiu???
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