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    What a find!

    Roaming through an antiques mall the other day, I saw a beat up tan leather case with a Nikon logo on the front. The tag said "Vintage Nikon 35mm Camera, Case, Light meter." I'm thinking "cool! it's probably an old F or maybe F2." My heart about stopped when I opened the case and saw a Nikon SP in great condition. It has a W-Nikkor.C 2.8cm 1:3.5 lens attached.

    So now I'm the proud owner of a Nikon rangefinder. From what I can tell, everything works beautifully. The shutter speeds from 1s-1/30 all sound like they're properly timed. There are no odd sounds or anything. Film transport is all working. The rangefinder works. There's a black yarn-looking light seal along the top edge of the camera where the back slots in, but no seals I can see on the sides or bottom. I'm assuming this is normal.

    Anything else I should check out before I toss a roll in it and give it the ultimate test?

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    Boy some people have a tough life.

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    Nice find! I make it a point to have a look in the antique stores once in a while. I've gotten, on separate trips, a Pentax S2 Super with several Super-Takumar lenses ($75), a Novoflex 105mm bellows lens ($25), and a Mamiya 50mm f/3.5 macro lens ($25). I've also seen lots of obscure cameras that I have no reason to buy but enjoy seeing, nonetheless.

    None of that tops a Nikon SP with a lens, however. I'm jealous!

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    I'm curious. If you don't mind sharing, how much did you pay?

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    I'm almost afraid to admit this for fear of a gang of APUGers with torches and pitchforks, but I paid $100 for the camera, lens, leather case, and an old selenium cell light meter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajuncc View Post
    The shutter speeds from 1s-1/30 all sound like they're properly timed.
    I take it that there are faster speeds and that you haven't tested these because it is the slow speeds that are normally suspect? Just a thought

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    Great heavens! I've had some decent finds in antique stores, but nothing remotely close to this. Enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pentaxuser View Post
    I take it that there are faster speeds and that you haven't tested these because it is the slow speeds that are normally suspect? Just a thought

    pentaxuser
    No, I just "tested" the slower speeds by listening to the shutter sound. I've got a pretty good feel for what the slower speeds sound like. I won't be able to truly test any of the speeds until I run a roll through it though. The faster speeds there's no way I could tell "by ear."

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    Awesome find, that's why I keep going back to antique shops despite my 1-100 find ratio

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajuncc View Post
    I'm almost afraid to admit this for fear of a gang of APUGers with torches and pitchforks, but I paid $100 for the camera, lens, leather case, and an old selenium cell light meter.
    Nah, we aren't that bad... are we that bad?

    I'd say you got a fair deal.
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