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    Sometimes things just fall in your lap -- like a Noct-Nikkor

    So I'm looking through some websites where cameras are bought and sold, and came across an ad that at first I could not believe, and then quickly decided to take the plunge as GAS hit again: a black Nikon F#6422XXX with an F2 DE-1 prism and (hard to believe) a 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor -- for $299.

    Of course, until the camera arrived I imagined the worst: scratched lens, haze and fungus, inoperative body, etc. In fact, the lens is very clean, thanks in part to a Nikon filter on the front. And the body works OK, could use a CLA given that it's about 50 years old now. You'll see that I don't have a Nikon nameplate on the camera, as someone must have removed the original black one long ago. I do have the chrome one for the F2, but removed it because the prism really doesn't fit with it attached (despite what others have found the case to be). And you'll note that the back is actually a chrome-trim back, not black, but I really don't mind as what with the chrome back and prism I get sort of a panda look.

    If anyone has a black Nikon F nameplate they'd like to sell onwards, or a black back, let me know. I actually wouldn't mind getting a true black Nikon F prism if one floated by, but I know those are not common.

    Just by way of cost vs. resale value, this isn't the best deal I ever found -- once I bought a Polaroid 195 for $2 at a "brocante" in Belgium. But a $3000 lens for under $300, not bad.
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    I hate you.
    Nice lens.
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    I hate you more than he hates you.
    Really nice lens.



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    Incredible! You lucky,lucky ******* said in a Monty Python style. Good going.

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    WTF and OMG! Congrats.

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    Making a forum post just to gloat in front of other people "haha look how much money I made from this item I bought and sold" is of such a pathetic taste. I wouldn't even think for a second to make a post as such. Some people man...

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    I don't see a problem with it. The seller got his asking price. The buyer got a good deal. And we all get to share a bit in the buyer's staggeringly good fortune. Everybody wins here.

    I only hate him because I'm so happy for him.

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    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    Well done - enjoy your lens. I hope you make some amazing photos with it.

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    Sometimes things just fall in your lap -- like a Noct-Nikkor

    Wow nice find. I kinda like the sterile looking prism cover. If you can fill in the holes with something it would be even cooler.

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    Just to respond to Morituri -- I thought quite a while before posting this. The main reason I did it is because, in my present circumstances, there is not one person around me who would appreciate the lens or even understand why I was so pleased to come across it. There's no one I can talk to about cameras here, anymore than there is anyone to discuss single-ended amplifiers or the merits of 6SN7s. That's one great benefit to me of the Internet -- that I can communicate with people who understand my hobbies. I didn't post to gloat, anymore than the guy who found a Nikon SP in an antique store did it to gloat IMHO. I just wanted to reach out to some folks who might (A) understand my pleasure and (B) be encouraged by the fact that this sort of thing can happen to anyone. And that $2 Polaroid camera? That was over a decade ago, and I didn't post about that, so it's not as if I'm filling your inbox with my gloating. I'm sorry that you took such a negative view of what Lady Luck sent my way.

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