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Nikon Historical Society Jason Schneider is perhaps the world's most famous expert on camera collecting.  Over the course of his long career he has been a photojournalist, a commercial photographer, and a camera test lab manager.  For 18 years he wrote his incredibly influential Camera Collector monthly column at the still deeply missed MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY magazine where Jason was also Editorial Director. Modern was followed by his 16 year stint as Editor-Chief of Popular Photography, then the world's largest imaging magazine. Along the way many of his Modern Camera collecting articles were republished in the wonderful 3 volume set JASON SCHNEIDER ON CAMERA COLLECTING.

Focusing on a wide range of interests, Jason has been an avid photography enthusiast, writer, and lecturer amazingly enough since his early teens.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington Square College of New York University, where he majored in English Literature, minored in Classics, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Schneiderís poetry and critical essays on poetry have been published in the NYU college literary magazine and in various collections.  He's currently working on a book on Emily Dickinson's poetry "Understanding Emily Dickinson. A Reader's Guide To The Enlightened Master."

Jason is an expert on most things photography:  no only camera collecting and analog photography, but also digital photography, the history of camera design and technology, the business of photography, what it is to be a photographer, and as he once proved to me, the best place to buy bratworst at Photokina in Cologne. If all of that was not enough, Jason is genuinely one of the nicest, most knowledgeable and interesting human beings you will ever likely have the good fortune to meet on the net.


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Slightly Used Black SP on Ebay
Old 07-26-2009   #1
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Slightly Used Black SP on Ebay

see Ebay Item 200366646454

hmm. I wonder how high it will go.

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I presumed the "slightly used" part was ironic (before looking at the camera), but, man, that thing has been through the wars, literally.

It's probably worth something, but $870 with eight bids (as I write this)? No, no, no...

Edit: Of course, at least the seller's being straight-up regarding the camera's condition, complete with decent photos...not exactly common practice on the 'Bay.


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I saw item 200366646454 before this thread was posted and wondered what could have happened to give that cam such "character". Has it gone through a fire? Spent the last ten years on the bottom of the ocean? Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the spectrum, look at eBay item 270423395990. Can some of the experts in the house please tell me what makes this unit worth its asking price? No serial numbers are provided, but what, apart from its "character", makes it so "super rare"?
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This is a relist. don't know what happened to the previous auction.
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I saw item 200366646454 before this thread was posted and wondered what could have happened to give that cam such "character". Has it gone through a fire? Spent the last ten years on the bottom of the ocean?
Merely a really hard life on the front lines of PJ work, most likely. I've seen Leica Ms (not to mention plenty of Nikon Fs, Canon F-1s et al) that looked that bad and worse.

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Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the spectrum, look at eBay item 270423395990. Can some of the experts in the house please tell me what makes this unit worth its asking price? No serial numbers are provided, but what, apart from its "character", makes it so "super rare"?
Other than it being a really nice example of an original SP, beats me. (Over to you, Fred, and the Bartender, on this one.)


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Bit hard to call it "black" really. I've seen Nikon rangefinders on ebay go upto $24,000 so anythings possible.
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This is a relist. don't know what happened to the previous auction.
No bidders @ $1999 starting bid.

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RE: Ebay item 270423395990 referred to in my above post; Fred, from the Nikon HS, you are saying this item is an "obvious repaint," right? What do you see that makes this repaint job so "obvious"? I looked at this listing this a.m. and it is still there at the original price. So, if it is a fake job and you, of the Nikon HS, have notified of them this, your "opinion" has apparently had no impact. But as you say of yourself, "I've been told my opinions are rubbish". Regards, CF
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This supposedly original black SP, in almost the same condition as the one on Ebay, just showed up on the Yahoo Japan auctions here (link). The seller has listed it at 850,000 yen. Probably would have been a hard sell at this price even back in the days of irrational exuberance. He's got buckleys of getting that much for it now. What say you, Fred? Is it original?



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Sold for over $1500

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