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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. Schneider’s 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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S3 Olympic with a (alleged) special provenance
Old 06-23-2011   #1
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S3 Olympic with a (alleged) special provenance

Has anyone noticed this? Any thoughts? http://cgi.ebay.com/Nikon-S3-Olympic...item2c5af6a491
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PS For anyone who doesn't know Tomatsu's work, he took some astounding pictures in Nagasaki in the late 40s and early 50s capturing the lingering devastation and wounds. There was a show, much praised, at the SF Museum of Modern Art a few years ago called, I think, Skin of a Nation. A great photographer. I don't know if he's still living.
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Can not speak to the provenance but the price is way out of line for an Olympic S3 without the Olympic 50/1.4 lens. That lens is the "allure factor" of the Olympic S3 Kit. Without it you have a metal curtained black paint S3 with a vanilla 50/1.4 & an undocumented provenance...definitely not a 5 grand kit IMHO.
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Tomatsu is one of Japan's most famous and inspirational photographers of all time, still alive I believe (born in 1930).

Regardless of the camera price, if this was actually his camera I imagine it would be worth more than the asking price on the collectors market. But as you said, it's just an allegation with no proof whatsoever.
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