'The Complete Nikon Rangefinder System' by Robert. I still can't figure out when cameras or lenses were made using their serial numbers as we can for Nikon SLR.
Product Information. If you're longing to take striking pictures, check out the Nikon S2 35mm Rangefinder. This 1955 classic lets you capture great shots without the need for an automated pixel machine. As the first Nikon using 35mm film, the S2 paved the way for later models while still taking stellar photos. The S2 is a vintage rangefinder camera that can handle all your basic photo-taking needs.The S2 camera offers multiple features that will put the user in charge of quality control. It comes with a 1:1 Life Size viewfinder with large pupils for easy control. Also included in the finder is a non-parallax corrected brightline to help capture shots clearly and beautifully.
The S2's chamber construction for lenses allows you to take eye-popping photos even when the background is highly lit. The f/1.4 aperture can fit NIKKOR lenses of 50mm as well as 35mm, so you have options.
Shots using either NIKKOR lens on this camera come out crisp and focused once developed. The perks don't stop at the lens.
On these Nikon cameras, levers advance the film when it's loaded and rewind it once the shot is exposed. Accessories like shutter and synchro dials, either in chrome or black, make it easy to time pictures to your liking. The dials rotate automatically during exposure, both for picture taking and for timing the right flashes. Depending on the conditions, the shutter speed can be adjusted at intervals from 1 second to 1/1000 of a second. The focusing wheel will help you get the clarity desired.
Simply wind the shutter up and set its speed on the dial before pointing the lens and shooting. The built-in film gate and tripod mount are upgrades for Nikon's 1950s cameras. This lightweight Nikon rangefinder is both convenient and portable for classic camera lovers.
Even with its almost completely metal body, the sturdy S2 weighs just 25 ounces. It works without the need for batteries, but you can nonetheless install and use Nikon flash bulbs without trouble. The removable back and manual image counter give users quick access to their device's status and shooting progress. Double exposure is available with this camera, too, in case there's a problem with the flash. Several of these features made their way onto later rangefinder cameras, making the S2 camera a trendsetter among rangefinders of this class.The right camera can make photography a joy for any professional or hobbyist, and the S2 works hard to deliver excellent performance during every photo shoot. These cameras have a tough body, high-class lenses, and accessible controls that make this a camera for amateurs and professionals alike to enjoy.
Its classic design combines with high-level picture-taking capabilities to ensure anyone can produce quality photos with little fuss. The Nikon S2 camera puts all the potential for good photographic results in your hands, making it easy to capture special moments.
You can get all sorts of crisp, clear shots with a few twists and button clicks. With this camera in your hands, you'll be snapping away in no time. Pretty Happy with my Nikon Rangefinder S2 with 50mm f1.4 lens The Nikon S2 Rangefinder camera with a 50mm Normal lens in good working condition is an example of the Japanese ability to make excellent cameras in the 1950's. The S2 was a big improvement over the earlier M, MS, and S versions. With a bigger brighter rangefinder/viewer, a rapid wind lever advance, a folding crank rewind and X flash synchronization this camera can be used easily today. Easily may be in the eye of the beholder.
I grew up using film so I remember what it was like to use a totally manual camera. To take a picture first you take a light reading with your exposure meter (I use a Sekonic L-28 c2).
Then set the shutter speed and f stop, compose, focus with split-image rangefinder, and press the shutter. Tamil full movie download hd. A picture has been exposed to the film in the camera.
I process my ow n black and white film and then digitally scan the negatives and use Adobe Photoshop and ink-jet printers for output. I bought the camera because I have always been a Nikon person but was too young to be using cameras in the 50's so I missed the Nikon Rangefinder heyday. Today I am a minor collector of Nikon Rangefinder cameras, lenses and accessories.
I am also a user so I want every camera I own to actually function as it should. I quit shooting film over 10 years ago, but now I like the return to a way of taking pictures that is slower and more thoughtful.
Maybe it's my age. Direktdave.
Wonderful camera which will also make you look cool. I am a basically a collector of Exakta SLRs and Zeiss Contax Rangefinder cameras, but I am the proud owner of a Nikon S2. The original Nikon S series rangefinder cameras were poor imitations of the Zeiss Contax IIa. Unfortunately the engineers at Nikon got the mounting measurements wrong and while the lenses from Contax and the Nikon S series rangefinders fit fine on it each other cameras the focus will be off.
The S2 was the first really popular Nikon rangefinder camera. Nikon sold well over 50,000 units.
There were many reasons it was popular. The S2 has a large life size viewfinder which can be focused with both eyes open.
In fact to me it seems easier with both eyes open. It is light and of course the Nikon optics are top notch. Unlike the Contax, it had a more modern lever fi lm advance and a rewind crank. To be fair though the center focusing patch on the Contax seems to have higher contrast.
While the Nikon S2 is nicely finished, the Contax has that almost jewel like Zeiss Ikon finish. The surprising thing though is that the Nikon S series is selling on Ebay for more than the Contax series.
The imitation is fetching a higher price than the original. While the Contaxes are certainly a wonderful user camera and will be a good investment, the Nikon S series seems to be a better investment. I think the reason for this is the interest in Japan in collecting the early Nikon products. That said, I love my S2 as a camera in use. As I indicated earlier, it is light, fast and easy to focus. Of course the best thing of all is that I found it all dirty and grimy at the bottom of box of camera at a flea market. It cleaned up beautifully.
So it is not an investment but a wonderful unexpected little treasure to use for its true purpose - taking pictures.
Contax-Nikon RF System Cameras: Nikon S2 by Karen Nakamura Overview and Personal Comments The Nikon S2 was the second in the S series. produced by the Nikon corporation between 1954 and 1958. The S2 was very well received and was the most popular of the Nikon rangefinders, with over 56,000 units manufactured. It can be considered a major revision of the S model, with a bigger, brighter viewfinder window, lever wind (instead of knob wind), a rewind crank (instead of rewind knob), the use of a standard PC sync terminal (instead of a custom one), electronic flash X sync abilities, totally redesigned shutter mechanism, and other minor changes. The S2 was followed by the Nikon SP and. Using the text or images on this website on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law. It is actually the fourth rangefinder Nikon produced.
There is the Nikon I, the Nikon M, and the Nikon S before it. Collectors did not know about the Nikon I and M because they were not issued export permits by the post-war Occupation Forces.
The Nikon I and M are essentially the same, the I (pronounced 'one') has a 24x32 mm film gate, the M has a 24x34 film gate but is basically an I with the gate expanded and the sprocket counter set to the larger size. The 'S' is the 'M' + flash synchronization.
So the S2 is the first real revision of the Nikon rangefinder, necessitated by the expansion of the film gate size to 24x36mm which required a redesign of the shutter. Within all of the Nikon rangefinders, the S2 is most probably both the easiest to use and the easiest to buy. The features are simple and the construction was solid. This coupled with the popularity of the camera at the time means that you should be able to pick one up for a fairly reasonable price. Unlike the other S series, which sometimes fetch over $2000-5000 in the used market (especially for the extra rare models or black painted units), the S2 usually goes for around $1000-2000, depending on the condition.
These Nikons were built very solidly and most units are in fine working condition, even 50 years after they were made. Using the text or images on this website without permission on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law. The viewfinder only has brightlines for 50mm lenses. If you want to use other lenses, you need to use an.
But because it isn't designed for multiple focal lengths, the finder is bright and uncluttered. The camera came standard with a 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor S-C coated lens. The coating on the Nikkors was very tough and unlike the Zeiss and Leica lenses of the period, most are still clean, clear, and free of scratching and fogging.
My camera came without a case, so I bought the bottom half of an everready case out of the junk bin of a used camera store. I think it's for a Nikon F series. It fit the S2 fairly well except that the viewfinder was partially obscured on the rear. Some delicate surgery and I created a very original looking indentation in the leather (above) for the viewfinder. The standard takes absolutely stellar photographs. I've shot a lot of the black and white photographs in my using it. On my return to the United States, I bought a lens for it and took some of the photographs in the series with it.
Click on the photo below to go to my. Japan Germany/Canada Date of Manufacture 19.5 19.5 19.6 1957.91965.6 19541968 Number Produced 87,875 56,000+ 22,348 (2800 / year) 225,000 (16,000 year) Focusing System Coupled rangefinder (41mm base length) 1.00x magnification factor Parallax compensation Framelines for 35/50/100mm. (non-selectable) Coupled rangefinder (xxmm base length) 1.00x magnification factor.
Coupled rangefinder focusing 1.00x magnification 60mm optical baselength (60mm effective baselength) Combined rangefinder/viewfinder with 50mm brightframe (no parallax compensation) Coupled rangefinder (58mm base length) x.xx magnification factor. 28+35mm separate viewfinder Combined viewfinder/rangefinder with 50/85/105/135 selectable framelines w/ parallax correction Coupled rangefinder (69.25mm base length) 0.92 x magnification factor; 63.731 effective baselength.
Separate viewfinder / rangefinder. Parallax compensation Projected framelines for 50/90/135 mm. (auto-selected; manually selectable on later M3s) Lens Mount Leica M39 screw mount compatib le Contax RF Bayonet Mount.
Nikon RF Bayonet Mount (modified Contax RF mount) Leica M bayonet mount Shutter Horizontal focal plane shutter (stainless steel) 1 sec - 1/1000 sec + B & X (1/55sec) Vertical focal plane shutter (stainless steel) 1/2 sec - 1/1250 sec + B & X (1/xxsec) Horizontal travel cloth plane shutter 1 sec 1/1000 + B + T + X Horizontal travel cloth plane shutter. 1 sec 1/1000 + B + T + X.After 1959, a titanium shutter was used.
Horizontal focal plane shutter (rubberized cloth) 1 sec - 1/1000 sec + B & X (1/50sec) Flash External cold shoe PC cable connector on left side 1/55 sec X flash sync Luke-warm shoe PC cable connector on left side 1/55 sec X flash sync Cold shoe, PC connection X sync and FP sync Cold shoe, PC connection X sync and FP sync Cold shoe Proprietary connector on rear 1/50 sec X flash sync Dimensions and weight Body: 144 x x mm, 650g Body: xxxxxxxx mm, xxg 136 x 79 x 43.5mm 700 g (with 5cm f/1.4) Body: xxxxxxxx mm, xxg Body: 138mm x 77mm x 36mm; 595g. Original Retail price ¥ 52,700 yen (w/50mm f/1.4) in 1958 (US$146) ¥37,700 yen (w/50mm f/2.8) in 1958 (US$105) ¥ 52,700 yen (w/50mm f/1.4) in 1958 (US$146) ¥37,700 yen (w/50mm f/2.8) in 1958 (US$105) w/ 50 f/1.4 = ¥83,000 (1954.12) w/ 50 f/2.0 = ¥68,500 (1954.12) w/ 50 f/1.1 = ¥124,500 (1956.7) ¥98,000 (in 1957) Current Street price $3060 + shipping from Russia ($20) $400$500 w/o lens $1000-2000 $2000-4000 street $9001200 w/o lens. Copyright © 2005 Karen Nakamura / Photoethnography.com.
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Interesting quirks Slightly ahead of its time, the Nikon S2 featured a standard PC sync socket with both X (electronic flash) and Focal Point (FP) bulb synchronization. While electronic flashes could only sync up to 1/55, with a FP bulb you could sync up to maximum speed of 1/1000 sec. On the left side of the camera, surrounding the rewind crank, the S2 provides for +1/0/-1 adjustment of the FP synchronization to match the characteristics of the bulb used.
As I'm one of those weirdos who actually has and uses bulb flashes, this is a happy feature for me. One quirk of the camera is that at the 1/1000 second setting, the shutter speed dial doesn't 'settle' all the way down. At first, I thought my camera was broken but all S2 units seem to do this.
I finally obtained a copy of the original user's manual and it says that this is a feature, so I guess it is. After using the S2 while in Japan, I have to say that I like this camera very much.
The focusing is very easy with either the lens barrel or the focusing gear. The shutter wind lever is buttery smooth like all Nikons. I like the 'CLACK-kle' sound of the shutter (the shutter curtain brake uses a counterweight system that adds a slight rattle to the end of the clack-sound, thus CLACK-kle).
All in all, it's a flexible and user friendly camera. One of the things that irritates me about the Nikon rangefinder system is that accessories are incredibly expensive. The original Nikon lens hood for the S2's 50mm f/1.4 (43mm filter diameter) retails for about $80 used in Japan.
Fortunately, there is a great abundance of classic camera nerds in Japan too, and there's a couple of cameras that cater to that market. So I bought an off-brand 43mm hood that looks just as good as the original for $15. The hood wasn't designed for rangefinders so it partially obscures the viewfinder. I think I'm going to make cut-outs for the viewfinder. I haven't decided whether to go for circles (which are easily made with my drill press) or oblong shapes which will take some more intense Dremeling. I later found a Walz brand hood designed specfically for the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, so use that these days. The Nikon S2 features what I call a 'luke-warm' acccessory shoe.
The standard hot-shoe with the flash synchronization contact in the center of the shoe had not yet been standardized. The S2 had its synchronization contact built into the stop-post at the end of the shoe.
Unfortunately, this proprietary system did not catch on with other manufacturers who went with the middle-of-the- road. Shoe standard. So for most purposes, the Nikon S2's shoe is 'cold' even though it purportedly has 'hot' capabilities. Thus its 'luke-warm' status. The Nikon rangefinder line is semi-compatible with Contax rangefinder lenses. The bayonet mount is the same, but the focusing cam is adjusted slightly differently (for historical reasons). For wide-angle lenses, this does not matter, but you can't use Zeiss telephoto lenses on the Nikon (and vice versa).
When using the 35mm lens, you have to use an auxiliary finder. I use the, which works quite nicely. Here's my Nikon S2 with my favorite and the Soviet (a clone of the Zeiss Biogon): Technical Details.
(35mm, 50mm, 52mm, 105mm, 135mm) About Nikon / Nippon Kogaku Nippon Kogaku K.K. (Japan Optics Corporation) started out in 1917 as the optics affiliate of the Mitsubishi conglomerate (who also made the Zero fighter plane). Nippon Kogaku originally made military optics such as gun sights and rangefinders; as well as scientific microscopes and telescope optics. In the 1930s, they made various optics for view cameras and also were an OEM supplier to Seiki Kogaku (now Canon Camera), making lenses for the early Canon rangefinder cameras. Nippon Kogaku actually produced all of the lenses for Canon (Seiki Kogaku) until 1947. After the war, Nippon Kogaku needed a non-military market and they started making Leica and Contax-compatible lenses. They realized that they needed to produce a camera system of their own to meet the post-War demand, both commercial as well as for the U.S.
After waffling on a TLR system (tentatively called the Nikoflex), they made the big jump of making their own rangefinder system, the Nikon I in 1948, which was loosely based around the horizontal shutter design of a Leica and the lens/rangefinder/body of a Zeiss Contax. American photojournalists covering the Korean and then Vietnam War discovered Nikon's Leica/Contax compatible lenses as being the equal or better of their Leica/Zeiss lenses; and the Nikon camera bodies proved themselves in the Korean conflict. Life magazine was instrumental in promoting the new camera system and lenses 'back home.' Nikon S, and SP cameras are now in hot-demand as both collectibles and great user-cameras. The, released in 1959 (well after all of the other Japanese manufacturers had released their own SLRs), launched a new era in Nikon's history.
The F was acclaimed as an extremely rugged camera and for four decades through its various iterations (F, F2, F3, F4, F5), ruled supreme as the photojournalist's camera of choice for photography in harsh conditions - from the Antartic to the Sahara. In terms of body construction, Nikon uses the same simple-strong philosophy of Leica. Nikon cameras are not crammed with features, but because of this, they are simple to use and very reliable. Nikon is also a conservative company, staying a generation behind in terms of technological innovation in cameras (auto-focus; ultrasonic lenses; vibration reduction; and currently, full-frame digital). However, pros who prefer reliability over feature-cramming prefer Leica and Nikons, while people who want the latest tend to buy Canon. This has proven to be Nikon's achilles heel in the digital photography revolution and it has limped behind Canon.
Optically Nikon also follows the Leica philosophy of resolution over contrast. Canon and Contax have traditionally valued contrast over resolution, which makes for sharp and crisp photographs. Leica/Nikon photos are more muted, but there is more fine detail in the shadows and highlights. For more information, see. On the Net. Nikon Camera Corporation:.
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(horizontal travel focal plane curtain: Nikon I, M, S, S2, SP/3/4/3M, F, F2, F3). (Vertical-travel sectional-blade: Nikkorex F, Nikon F4, F5).