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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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Old 11-23-2008   #3
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Old 11-23-2008   #4
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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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Old 11-24-2008   #5
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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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Old 01-16-2009   #8
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How could it be unsued? The seller fired the shutter to see if it was ok!
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Old 01-16-2009   #9
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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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Old 01-26-2009   #16
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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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