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    Nikon SP Rangefinder?

    Hey guys,

    I was poking around and noticed that Nikon made a rangefinder camera, the SP. Can anyone tell me about it or have one to discribe? I would love to hear about it.Love the look of it.

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    Nikon made a few rangefinders. 10 or so... http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...angefinder.htm

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    It is great looking camera - for sure excellent shooter as well. Price - like Leica M bodies, even more
    If you find it too expensive for you budget - closest thing in look is nikon F slr with plain prism.

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    There is a lot of information about the Nikon rangefinders here: http://cameraquest.com/classics.htm

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    "closest thing in look is nikon F slr with plain prism"

    I did notice my FE looks very similar.. I'm sure there is something special with the optics on these camera in general?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddB View Post
    "closest thing in look is nikon F slr with plain prism"

    I did notice my FE looks very similar.. I'm sure there is something special with the optics on these camera in general?

    Todd
    Only as far as the cost goes.
    Actually, the wideangle lenses are a tad better than the coeval WA lenses made for SLRs; an SLR uses a retrofocus design so the lens' rear element will clear the mirror, a RF camera has no such constraint. All the lenses for the Nikon RF cameras are 50 plus year old designs, which is fine as far as standard and long lenses go, but there have been some improvements (especially in WA design) since these cameras were made.
    Did I mention they're expensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertratt View Post
    Analog uber alles.
    With the perfect graphic, that should be on a T-shirt.

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    I photograph things to see what things look like photographed.
    - Garry Winogrand

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    The earliest Nikon rangefinders borrow heavily from both the Zeiss Ikon Contax and Leica rangefinders. Sort of a curios combo of each. The early lenses are based on Zeiss designs.

    They're excellent cameras, although I find them to be unnecessarily heavy. The excellent lenses also have considerable weight. I think they weight is comparable to the pre-1945 Zeiss lenses for the Contax -- maybe even a bit heavier.

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    I would love an SP, but I think the S2 is a far more realistic option for most of us (including me).

    I also would love to have been able to snatch up some of the S-mount Cosina-Voigtlander lenses when they were still being made; now, I think some of them are as rare and sought-after as the original Nikkors!

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    Just been using a S2 for a while and love that 1:1 viewfinder. Picked up a couple of lenses (here) the 50mm 1.4 and 28mm 3.5, both of which are excellent. Also have the CV 50mm 2.5 which is really superb. The Nikon is not quite as sweet as a good Contax, but still a really solid camera, great to use, except that stupid finger wheel that they copied from the Contax.
    Unfortunately they are more expensive than even the Contaxes, which is a shame as they are still great users.

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