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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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Old 04-20-2019   #241
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I’ve got a few of them in my strap bin. Flaky and short. Kinda like the strap attached to the full cases.

Not sure why I put “original” but I did assume there were earlier Nikon straps that are not sewn? Now that i think about it I’ve never really looked into original straps.

Your a wealth of knowledge buddy!
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Old 04-20-2019   #242
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As far as I know, Nikon only had leather straps in the S2 times. Later they were always stiched and such.

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Old 04-20-2019   #243
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Teardrop split rings and double rivets! Sweet!

I need to find me one. Yours looks new.
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Old 04-20-2019   #244
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They are not so difficult to find as they were not used much. Most people used an ever-ready case. I think you got them for free with your camera.

I have one like this on my black S2, but it looks now quite different. Used a lot.

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Old 04-20-2019   #245
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Searching and can’t seem to find any available at the moment.

I’ll have to keep it on my radar.
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Old 04-23-2019   #247
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Old 05-29-2019   #248
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Finally I've found an early All black Nikkor 50mm f/1.4.

As you can read in the books by Bob Rotoloni, these are rather special lenses. The first series is from 1953, before the appearance of the black Nikon S2, about 400 pieces. At that time the Nikon S was produced. The black Nikon S is extremely rare, only a few were made, so why the early all black Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 was made? Nobody knows. Maybe Nippon Kogaku had plans for a black paint Nikon S, a very heavy camera. This all black lens is very light, made from aluminium, only 113 grams.

It looks nice on the black Nikon S2 however.

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Old 05-29-2019   #249
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I bought, both the body, and lens in 2009. The Ais 1.2/50 lens is great and new copies are still available today.
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With the Ais 3.5/20mm lens. https://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/2035.htm
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Old 05-29-2019   #251
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Finally I've found an early All black Nikkor 50mm f/1.4.

As you can read in the books by Bob Rotoloni, these are rather special lenses. The first series is from 1953, before the appearance of the black Nikon S2, about 400 pieces. At that time the Nikon S was produced. The black Nikon S is extremely rare, only a few were made, so why the early all black Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 was made? Nobody knows.

It looks nice on the black Nikon S2 however.

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Erik,
Very nice looking kit. Thanks for the photo & info...
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Out to Lunch, on Flickr. I bought this F3HP and the 2.5/105 in 2010.
Both have been stored in a shipping container for three years now but I'll liberate
them this summer. On the lens: https://www.casualphotophile.com/201...5mm-%c6%922-5/
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Well used Black Apollo "hybrid" - bought "as-is for parts" but works just fine
Nikon-F black, slight usage!
Did you CLR? Doubt it! Always work.
I recently bought an early 'F' Nippon logo..
So smooth and as fast as my Leica M3 for street snaps.
Mine slight rust on rewind crank, oiled.
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Nikon-F black, slight usage!
Did you CLR? Doubt it! Always work.
I recently bought an early 'F' Nippon logo..
So smooth and as fast as my Leica M3 for street snaps.
Mine slight rust on rewind crank, oiled.
Enjoy!
No - only thing I did was add new seals. I find Nikon F shutters to require little maintenance
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Sorry this is so small, still struggling to load photos on RFF........





Ah, thats more like it.....nearly....

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And folks brag about their FM's and FE's F's and F2's... Ha
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Experimental combo, Nikon S3 2002 Limited BP+W-Nikkor-C 35/1.8+Nikon AW-1 Winder.
Tell us more about the winder.
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Ha, basically it's no function with S3 but just better hand holding.
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I think the AW1 goes with the ELW...and maybe one other.
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original s2 strap
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original s2 strap

please be careful if find one of these -
the metal swivels and clasps can dent and scratch a nice camera
you can wrap them with tape to protect .





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please be careful if find one of these -
the metal swivels and clasps can dent and scratch a nice camera
you can wrap them with tape to protect .

It is better to remove the swivels and clasps completely and replace them with rings.


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As far as I know, Nikon only had leather straps in the S2 times. Later they were always stiched and such.

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I have a thin leather strap that was original to my SP. It is not in as nice of condition as this one is.
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