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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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$12,100 for a Calypso!
Old 11-23-2008   #1
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$12,100 for a Calypso!

Unused in Box!

See http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ies%26_fvi%3D1

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Old 11-23-2008   #2
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Jeez, this means we probably should have kept that original "Aqua Lung" that Jacques Cousteau shipped from France to my dad back in the early '50's.
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The seller is a thrift store -- What were the bidders thinking?
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Old 11-30-2008   #6
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Now I feel really bad about having dragged one of mine behind a car for 1/2 mile. It got caught on a "bumper" horn of a station wagon. Not to much damage - the protective glass over the Berthiot 35f2.5 got bashed and the advance lever broke. It did get repaired and about a month later it slipped out of my hand and rolled down four flights of stairs in a highrise buildings emergency exit. Broke another protective glass, broke the advance again and the viewfinder never really got back to "normal". Still worked though!!
Gave it away and later got a Nikonos II - sold that one after a couple of years and now, particularly with the weather being what it is here in Vancouver, I miss it! $12000+ is a bit steep though for one!
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I borrowed a lens off of a non-working one at Campus Camera, then swapped it back when my lens came back from repair. I think the Calypso was going for $100 with lens, and non working shutter.

Then there was the pair of Exactas in a fitted case, complete with sets of French Leitz glass--- same price.

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How could it be unsued? The seller fired the shutter to see if it was ok!
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I spent many years doing U/W photography. These used to be 200 bucks in prime shape.

Being a diver, I wonder if spare light seals are available. Also the prices of the Nikonos Camera are VERY low. I guess it's a digital world now.
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I think the Nikonos was like $169.95 brand new!
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Is the Calypso a first class camera that it ultra rare in this condition? Something is not right here. Can people be that silly?
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It's the box! Not many people save the box. Also it wasn't on the market very long as the Calypso before Nikon took over, made a Nikkor lens for it, and called it a Nikonos.
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How about $75 as a price?
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I bought my first Nikonos II (used) w/35 lens, for $75, back about 25 years ago. Yes O-rings are still available. Had lots of U.S. Divers scuba equipment, too. Their double-hose regulator was my favorite, so my scuba bubbles would not cloud the front of my cameras, when shooting. The original Calypso had a reputation for being a dog, which improved when Nikon took over. Don't know about the value of the U.S. Diver's Calypso box, though
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Well, this one sold for over $3000!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...lenotsupported

Box is only worth $9000

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The bidding history is very strange too; one bidder raises his own bid repeatedly with no counter-bids.
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I have a Calypso II, I'll take 1/3 the price:

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I think the Nikonos was like $169.95 brand new!
Al: my Nikonos III is engraved "Tim Chapman - Miami Herald - 350-2657" When I got the camera several years ago, I dialed area code 305 and that number. The guy answered "photo department". And Tim Chapman was still working there. We had a nice chat about that camera and his long career at the Herald.
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i guess the bad economic times haven't reached some people out there.
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