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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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Old 12-06-2007   #1
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Wrong Title: Why We Missed This One

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...8329%26fvi%3D1

OK, how could someone selling this
NOT put "Nikon Rangefinder" in the Auction title?

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You need multiple book marked searches. I have separate searches for the Vintage section for Leica and Canon and then I filter from them if I am looking for something specific. No filter if I am just browsing.
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Okay so tell me why this was worth $16,000.00...
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About 6 years ago there was a guy at the 57th Street camera show on Sunday who had a mint Hong Qi Red Flag Chinese Leica M4 with all the lenses. I wanted one of those all my life and had never seen one in the flesh, I handled it and everything there.

He wanted $6000. I only had a couple of grand on me, so he agreed to wait while I took a cab home to get the money. I lived downtown.

I got back in exactly 50 minutes and he was GONE. I was horribly upset. I never saw him again or found out who got the Red Flag.

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I think a 'buying price' of $16,000.00 is great for the seller. I've seen this in collectible fishing tackle. Fishing reels and plugs, wow!!
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Those prices are nothing. People pay anything for what they want.
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I'll readily admit to being a bit of a dope when it comes to serial numbers, but am i correct in thinking that this S-36 is very early? And doesn't the fact that it has a serial number at all make it kind of a big deal?

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$16,000 is way out of my league for any camera.
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almost looks like a camera that never worked.
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Winning bid: US $16,037.15

At this price it seems it did OK...

Black Nikon SP $6000
S36 motor with sardine pack and Jacobson $10,000.00

To get a Battery cable for $37.15

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The winning bidder must have had a much higher bid as it seems he went over his last bid twice.


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Here's another one that seems to have suffered from UDS (Unfortunate Description Syndrome)..

3.5cm/f1.8 ALL BLACK w/hood

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Cale, how much do you think that one would have gone for with a correct title? Fred, Kiu?
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Cale, how much do you think that one would have gone for with a correct title? Fred, Kiu?
I honestly haven't a clue, Mike... i'm certainly fascinated my the 'rarity vs. price' scenario, but am underinformed about most of the finer points. That said, i'd have thought quite a bit more, considering the relative rarity of this lens. I can't help but think that a little research and some better pics would have given it the requisite boost..

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With S3 2000 and the SP2005 you would think Nikon would have made a few new S36 motors with cordless packs. The motors today are far better than what was available in 1957.

Designed corretly, they could also be used with vintage S3 & SP cameras.

Why didn't Nikon re-issue an improved S36 motor drive?
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There's what appears to be another SP on the auction site now. Search for "Nikon RF".
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no prob.
it takes all kinds of collectors.
some people even collect Canons .... just kidding Peter.

I can't afford one
but I drooled all over myself a few days ago
when I parked next to the
new "repro" Ford GT40.
hot damn.

Stephen

Stephen, I saw one twice just a block away in Prospect Heights Brooklyn, and also a Bentley 2-door on Eastern Parkway. No kidding.
But I'd rather have the S3, cause car insurance in NYC is just too high!
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OK, how could someone selling this
NOT put "Nikon Rangefinder" in the Auction title?
And the blunders continue.. More brass here than at a policeman's ball! (LINK)

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$250 and still got four days to go? That ain't brass, it must be gold!

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