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Nikon Rangefinder Equipment

Nikon Rangefinder Cameras

Nikon SP body, black c/w 3.5cm f/1.8 W-Nikkor, black, limited edition
NEW/UNUSED BOXED AND WITH THE 35MM F/1.4 LENS. The body has been carefully and lovingly re-crafted at great expense (and loss) to Nikon with a limited run of ONLY 2,500 examples. The "rights" to purchase a body (available only in Japan) were raffled as there was so much demand. Nikon also reproduced one of the sharpest (if not THE sharpest) wideangle rangefinder Nikkor of all time the 35mm f/1.4 and have supplied this with a hood. The whole outfit is carefully boxed (box within box) and packed with a special leather case and special paperwork. NIKON SP DETAILS: The Nikon SP emerged at the end of the 35 mm Rangefinder Era as arguably the most advanced rangefinder of its time. It competed directly with the other great rangefinder systems: the Leica M3, the Zeiss Contax IIA, and the Canon 7sZ. The SP Achieved Many Firsts: 1) The Nikon SP was the first 35mm Rangefinder with SIX built in framelines. The combined RF/VF window had projected parallax frames for the 50/85/105/135. To the left of the main window was the wide angle window, showing non parallax corrected views of the 28 and 35. This was in 1957! It took Leica 23 YEARS to equal this feat with the M4P in 1980. The SP has a unique look due to its very large RF/VF window. It stretches across half the camera's face. SP's are instantly recognizable. Many don't realize that the SP's viewfinder is in some ways superior to that of the M3. The 35mm and 28mm frames are largely useless in the M2/4/5/6 for glasses wearers. In contrast, the SP's 35mm and 28mm frames are easily seen wearing glasses. The photographer selects the 50, 85, 105 or 135 frameline by rotating the frameline dial which rotating around the rewind crank. Each frameline is color coded (unlike Leica), and each succeeding frameline coexists with larger framelines, creating kind of a tunnel effect which can quickly be followed. For example, if you are using the 50 frame, only the 50 frame will be visible. Switch to the 85, and it appears in addition to the 50..and so on. The selected frame is thus always the smallest frameline visible. While the framelines in the Leica M2 have an elegant simple three position finder with no frame overlap, the later M4-P and M6 finders are relatively cluttered and confusing with two noticeably different framelines being visible at all times (28/90, 35/135, 50/75). The SP's finder system appears to us to be more pleasing and less confusing. 2) The Nikon SP was the first Japanese camera to have a single, non-rotating shutter speed dial. 3) The Nikon SP had the first reliable professional quality motordrive. This was a really big achievement at the time, and one of the milestones of 35mm Photography. 4) The Nikon SP had the first and we understand the ONLY Brightline Illuminator (AA battery powered) which illuminated projected framelines in low light. 5) The Nikon SP was the first 35mm camera with Titanium shutter curtains(over the last half of its production). Though untried at the time, Titanium curtains proved themselves incredibly tough and durable. 6) During its production, SP boasted the longest lens range of any 35mm Rangefinder System, from 21/4 to a 1000/6.3! 7) Nikon was the first (and for many years the only) rangefinder system to offer a Macro lens in the 50/3.5 Micro-Nikkor. Other interesting and now rare lenses included the 21/4, the 25/4, the 50/1.1, the 85/1.5, the 85/2 Black, the 105/2.5, the "mountain" 105/4, the 180/2.5 for reflex housing, and the huge 500/5 and 1000/6.3. The earlier Nikon RF lenses were all chrome. They match up with the earlier Nikon I/M/S/S2 models. Towards the end of the S2 production, Nikon started switching to lighter weight black lenses. Some lenses were made in both chrome and black, a few were made in black only. For reference see: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/rangefinder/sp.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_SP also http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/htmls/models/htmls/s2_s4.htm. A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY!!
MINT £7000.00
Nikon S3 body, black c/w 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor, black, limited edition
NEW/UNUSED. RARE BLACK VERSION! WITH ORIGINAL PAPERWORK AND PRISTINE PACKAGING. At great expense (and loss) Nikon re-manufactured their S3 rangefinder masterpiece in limited numbers for the year 2000. We are delighted to offer one of these (now very scarce) with all original packaging (outer box & inner satin lined box) and documentation. Wikipedia notes as follows "In 2000, Nikon introduced an updated, hand-assembled S3 model to celebrate the new millennium. It was quite a production to produce S3s again, as all the original dies were long gone". The body comes with it's specially produced 50mm f/1.4 lens and hood.
MINT £4500.00
Nikon S body, chrome, chrome dial
Body numbered 6120317 with 5cm f/1.4 Nikkor S.C lens numbered 342691, instruction manual, guarantee card stamped May 6th 1954, original stitched cotton bag of silica gel with Nippon Kogaku Tokyo triangle logo, depth of field plastic card for 5cm lens, brown leather ever ready case, in original blue flecked maker's box.
EXC+ £1250.00
Nikon S body, chrome, chrome dial
Serial number 6127013 c/W 5cm f/1.4 Nikkor-SC, chrome
EXC £785.00
Nikon S2 camera, chrome, black dial c/w 5cm f/1.4 Nikkor-SC, black
body serial number 6182218. Lens serial number 387199
EXC+ £995.00
Nikon SP body, chrome
NICE EXAMPLE NUMBERED 6210145. The Nikon SP emerged at the end of the 35 mm Rangefinder Era as arguably the most advanced rangefinder of its time. It competed directly with the other great rangefinder systems: the Leica M3, the Zeiss Contax IIA, and the Canon 7sZ. The SP Achieved Many Firsts: 1) The Nikon SP was the first 35mm Rangefinder with SIX built in framelines. The combined RF/VF window had projected parallax frames for the 50/85/105/135. To the left of the main window was the wide angle window, showing non parallax corrected views of the 28 and 35. This was in 1957! It took Leica 23 YEARS to equal this feat with the M4P in 1980. The SP has a unique look due to its very large RF/VF window. It stretches across half the camera's face. SP's are instantly recognizable. Many don't realize that the SP's viewfinder is in some ways superior to that of the M3. The 35mm and 28mm frames are largely useless in the M2/4/5/6 for glasses wearers. In contrast, the SP's 35mm and 28mm frames are easily seen wearing glasses. The photographer selects the 50, 85, 105 or 135 frameline by rotating the frameline dial which rotating around the rewind crank. Each frameline is color coded (unlike Leica), and each succeeding frameline coexists with larger framelines, creating kind of a tunnel effect which can quickly be followed. For example, if you are using the 50 frame, only the 50 frame will be visible. Switch to the 85, and it appears in addition to the 50..and so on. The selected frame is thus always the smallest frameline visible. While the framelines in the Leica M2 have an elegant simple three position finder with no frame overlap, the later M4-P and M6 finders are relatively cluttered and confusing with two noticeably different framelines being visible at all times (28/90, 35/135, 50/75). The SP's finder system appears to us to be more pleasing and less confusing. 2) The Nikon SP was the first Japanese camera to have a single, non-rotating shutter speed dial. 3) The Nikon SP had the first reliable professional quality motordrive. This was a really big achievement at the time, and one of the milestones of 35mm Photography. 4) The Nikon SP had the first and we understand the ONLY Brightline Illuminator (AA battery powered) which illuminated projected framelines in low light. 5) The Nikon SP was the first 35mm camera with Titanium shutter curtains(over the last half of its production). Though untried at the time, Titanium curtains proved themselves incredibly tough and durable. 6) During its production, SP boasted the longest lens range of any 35mm Rangefinder System, from 21/4 to a 1000/6.3! 7) Nikon was the first (and for many years the only) rangefinder system to offer a Macro lens in the 50/3.5 Micro-Nikkor. Other interesting and now rare lenses included the 21/4, the 25/4, the 50/1.1, the 85/1.5, the 85/2 Black, the 105/2.5, the "mountain" 105/4, the 180/2.5 for reflex housing, and the huge 500/5 and 1000/6.3. The earlier Nikon RF lenses were all chrome. They match up with the earlier Nikon I/M/S/S2 models. Towards the end of the S2 production, Nikon started switching to lighter weight black lenses. Some lenses were made in both chrome and black, a few were made in black only. For reference see: www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/rangefinder/sp.htm and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_SP also www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/htmls/models/htmls/s2_s4.htm. OUR EXAMPLE IS FULLY GUARANTEED AND IS IN LOVELY CONDITION! (A 5cm Nikkor f/1.4 S.C if available may be addred for £ 400).
EXC £1485.00
Nikon S4 body, chrome + 5cm f/2 Nikkor-H lens, black
NEAR NEW (99%+) NUMBER 6505898. WITH ORIGINAL BOX, CASE AND MANUAL. The Nikon S4 was introduced in March 1959. It was essentially a stripped-down version of the S3. Nikon discarded the self-timer and installed a manually resetting frame counter similar to the S2, removed the 35mm frame line from the finder leaving only those for the 50mm and 105mm lenses, and left off the motor drive coupling lug under the take-up spool. The S3 was supplied with a cloth shutter instead of titanium. The shutter speeds are from 1 to 1/1000th sec., B and T. Weight: 520g. When Nikon announced the S4 they ran into a real problem: Joseph Ehrenreich the owner and CEO of Ehrenreich Photo-Optical Industries would not import the S4 into the United States and Canada. He reasoned that he already had the hot selling Nikon SP and the second level S3 as a lower priced alternative to the SP. He was awaiting the forthcoming shipment of the Nikon F and he felt that the S4 would deprive them of sales of the S3. Despite this set-back, Nikon decided to go ahead with production and sold them to the home market. The total number of S4s produced was 5,898, ranking it as the lowest production Nikon rangefinder since the Nikon M! It is important to bear in mind that with the exception of those few features that were removed, the Nikon S4 is of exactly the same quality as the SP/S3 models.
MINT- £6250.00

Nikon Rangefinder Lenses

2.8cm f/3.5 W-Nikkor
VIRTUALLY NEW! (Black Barrel version with chrome filter rim). Only the second wide angle lens to be designed for the Nikon Rangefinder system the 28mm came out in late 1952 and was listed until 1964 making it the longest running optic in the Nikon R/F lens system. Some 10,500 lenses were produced over the period. The lens comprised of 6 elements with a rear element unusually larger than the front as part of an arrangement designed to yield exceptional sharpness. See Robert Rotoloni - "The Complete Nikon Rangefinder System" page 170. Our exceptional example is numbered 717300 (making it a late production lens) and comes complete with front (triangle Nippon Kogaku logo) cap and rear cap.
MINT- £750.00
2.8cm f/3.5 W-Nikkor
VIRTUALLY NEW! (Black Barrel version with chrome filter rim). Only the second wide angle lens to be designed for the Nikon Rangefinder system the 28mm came out in late 1952 and was listed until 1964 making it the longest running optic in the Nikon R/F lens system. Some 10,500 lenses were produced over the period. The lens comprised of 6 elements with a rear element unusually larger than the front as part of an arrangement designed to yield exceptional sharpness. See Robert Rotoloni - "The Complete Nikon Rangefinder System" page 170. Our exceptional example is numbered 717828 (making it a late production lens) and comes complete with front (triangle Nippon Kogaku logo) cap and rear cap.
MINT- £750.00
3.5cm f/1.8 W-Nikkor, black, chrome aperture ring version.
A near new 99.5% example of this exceptional lens. Chrome aperture ring variant serial no. 354648. All together only 6,901 lenses were made in Nikon Mount (Robert Rotoloni, the Complete Nikon Rangefinder System Page 188). Introduced 1956 and discontinued mid 1964 with only some 1000 lenses being produced each year. According to Rotoloni "...it is apparent that the f/1.8 is not a common lens, nor is it easy to locate...professionals...quickly embraced it and many saw heavy use.".
MINT- £1850.00
3.5cm f/2.5 W-Nikkor, black or chrome
NEAR NEW NUMBER 258418. Relatively fast rangefinder lens of high definition launched in 1952. Rare early version with knurled f/stop collar (instead of the "difficult" aperture ring on the inside of the front of the lens). "Very highly rated among collectors", according to Braczko.
MINT- £775.00
3.5cm f/3.5 W-Nikkor
NEAR NEW (BETTER THAN 99.5%). Black Barrel Numbered 441855
MINT- £750.00
3.5cm f/3.5 W-Nikkor
REMARKABLE BOXED EXAMPLE WITH ORIGINAL INSPECTION CARD, DESSICANT BAG AND DEPTH OF FIELD CARD AND FRONT AND REAR CAPS. NUMBER 441732.
MINT- £2500.00
5cm f/1.1 Nikkor N (External Mount)
The very impressive 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N lens was announced in February 1956 and was exhibited in Tokyo. The 5cm f/1.1 was a very radical lens for its time, consisting of nine pieces of glass, some of which were very thin split elements and others containing rare earth components. This stunning f/1.1 lens would reign supreme as the fastest lens made by the big four 35mm rangefinder camera makers, until the Canon 50mm f/0.95 lens was introduced in the early 1960s. The 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N weighed 12.25 ounces (355gm) and it could be stopped down to f/22 with click stops. It used a 12-blade diaphragm and had an angle of view of 46 degrees and a focusing range of 3ft (0.9m) to infinity. The first version of this lens had an internal mount the same as that found on their normal slower range of lenses, and is known as the ‘Internal Mount f/1.1’. However, this lens was so heavy, that its weight could distort the camera mount and cause rangefinder error. This engineering problem was overcome in June 1959, when a 5cm f/1.1 lens was released with a redesigned barrel with an external mount, such as those found on the wide-angle and telephoto Nikkor lenses. The optical formula is identical to the internal mount version and both lenses used the same 62mm accessories and only the rear cap differed. Factory records state that 1,046 internal mount lenses were made (835 in Nikon bayonet mount and 211 in Leica screw mount) and 1,547 of the external mount version. The 5cm f/1.1 stands as one of the most impressive looking lenses made by Nikon and is certainly one of the most sought-after by collectors. This example is an external mount version,
EXC++ £5850.00
5cm f/1.1 Nikkor N (Internal Mount)
The very impressive 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N lens was announced in February 1956 and was exhibited in Tokyo. The 5cm f/1.1 was a very radical lens for its time, consisting of nine pieces of glass, some of which were very thin split elements and others containing rare earth components. This stunning f/1.1 lens would reign supreme as the fastest lens made by the big four 35mm rangefinder camera makers, until the Canon 50mm f/0.95 lens was introduced in the early 1960s. The 5cm f/1.1 Nikkor-N weighed 12.25 ounces (355gm) and it could be stopped down to f/22 with click stops. It used a 12-blade diaphragm and had an angle of view of 46 degrees and a focusing range of 3ft (0.9m) to infinity. The first version of this lens had an internal mount the same as that found on their normal slower range of lenses, and is known as the ‘Internal Mount f/1.1’. However, this lens was so heavy, that its weight could distort the camera mount and cause rangefinder error. This engineering problem was overcome in June 1959, when a 5cm f/1.1 lens was released with a redesigned barrel with an external mount, such as those found on the wide-angle and telephoto Nikkor lenses. The optical formula is identical to the internal mount version and both lenses used the same 62mm accessories and only the rear cap differed. Factory records state that 1,046 internal mount lenses were made (835 in Nikon bayonet mount and 211 in Leica screw mount) and 1,547 of the external mount version. The 5cm f/1.1 stands as one of the most impressive looking lenses made by Nikon and is certainly one of the most sought-after by collectors.
EXC++ £5750.00
5cm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor for Nikon Rangefinder
The 5cm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor lens for the Nikon rangefinder camera was introduced in May 1956. It has an aperture range of f/3.5 – f/22, an angle of view of 46°, 5 elements in four groups and a focusing range of 3ft (0.9m) to infinity (extended) or 1.5ft (0.45m) – 3ft (collapsed), however,it is not used for general photography in the collapsed mode; the filter size is 34.5mm and it weighs 4.8 ounces (145gm). The total production was 1,188 comprising of 901 in a bayonet mount and 287 in a Leica screw mount. Nikon used the same optical formula four years later for the reflex version of the Micro-Nikkor which is one of Nikon’s finest and most popular lenses, leading to a whole series of lenses right on up to the 200mm f/4 version. The 5cm /3.5 Micro-Nikkor is available only in a chrome collapsible mount. Being an apochromatic lens it also has a high degree of colour correction, assuring precise focus of all prime colours on the film plane. When mounted on one of the Nikon copy stands, such as the SA or PA, with the lens in its extended position it can be used from 1/20 reduction to life-size. When the lens is collapsed it offers reduction ratios from 1/6 to 1/20.
MINT- £4995.00
8.5cm f/2 Nikkor-P.C, chrome
NEAR NEW condition body. With original two-part hood and original rear cap. Number 401988. A rare and most sought after Nikon rangefinder lens with EP (Export Permitted) engraving.
MINT- £750.00
10.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor-P, black
A rare and sought after rangefinder lens (only some 21000 manufactured for world wide sale), the first Nikkor to feature the 52mm filter mount. Serial Number 922650.
EXC++ £750.00
13.5cm f/3.5 Nikkor-Q Black (new style).
Superlative condition Numbered 279962. Complete with hood and caps. Late model.
MINT- £600.00

Nikon Rangefinder Accessories

Nikon 2.1cm finder for 2.1cm Nikkor rangefinder lens
Very rare - about 500 of these were made for the 2.1cm
EXC £745.00
Nikon 13.5cm finder, chrome for Nikon Rangefinder cameras
With leather Nippon Kogaku (triangle logo) case
EXC+ £145.00
Nikon Varifocal finder for Nikon rangefinder models EXC+ £375.00
Nikon Varifocal finder for Nikon rangefinder models
NEAR NEW EXAMPLE IN ORIGINAL BLUE "VELVETINE" BOX WITH LEATHER NIPPON KOGAKU CASE AND EXCEPTIONALLY.... THE LITTLE SIGNED INSPECTION CARD. EXTRAORDINARY FIND!
MINT- £1250.00
Nikon ever ready case for Nikon S2 rangefinder, brown leather
missing strap & front flap as a slight tear along part of the flap that attaches to the base
VG- £15.00
Nikon ever ready case for Nikon SP/S3 rangefinder, brown leather MINT £150.00
Nikon ever ready case (brown leather) for SP/S3/S4 rangefinder cameras
boxed
MINT- £75.00
Nikon 34.5mm R60 Red filter, chrome rim MINT £30.00
Nikon 34.5mm XO Green filter, chrome rim MINT £30.00
Nikon 34.5mm snap-on Nikon lens caps
Boxed
NEW £25.00
Nikon BC IV Flash Unit for Nikon Rangefinder cameras
Pocket-Type Reflector Flash Unit (uses flash bulbs), brown leather case, Nippon Kogaku Tokyo triangle logo, maker's box
MINT £500.00
Nikon BC-V Flash Unit
Nippon Kogaku triangle logo, JCII PASSED sticker, grey finish, for rangefinder, black leather zipper case with NK triangle logo
MINT- £95.00
Nikon Offset Bracket
Introduce circa 1956 for the Nikon Rangefinder system. This little grey finish adapter allowed you to mount your BC-IV and the later BC-V flash unit and maintain cordless flash contact while positioning your flash at a 45 degree angle and off to the left to reduce 'red-eye' There is an additional accessory shoe to accept optical finders.
MINT- £200.00

E&OE

We offer a 14 day money-back approval on all second-hand equipment purchased from Grays of Westminster. This means that if the item fails to live up to your expectations for any reason whatsoever, you may return it within 14 days of purchase for a full refund (this does not include postage charges). If, however, you are happy with your purchase it will be covered by a full one-year warranty. Or, if you are a standard subscriber to Nikon Owner magazine the warranty period is extended to 18 months or 24 months if your are a Gold subscriber. For full details go to: www.nikonownermagazine.com

*Definition: Nikon digital SLRs have either an FX or a DX sensor. The FX sensor, measuring 24x36mm, is roughly equivalent to the size of the 35mm film frame. The DX sensor is smaller, measuring 15.8x23.6mm.

DX-NIKKOR lenses are engineered and optimized for use on Nikon DX-format D-SLRs and are designed to cover the smaller image area of the DX sensor. When a DX lens is mounted on an FX-format Nikon D-SLR, the cameras DX-Crop Mode is automatically engaged, introducing a 1.5x magnification (cropping) factor.

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