A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, August 31, 2009

Overbided Pentaprism

A plain old Nikon F pentaprism for $219.50?!!!
Nuts! You can buy the entire Nikon F in good working condition for that!

In fact, this black Nikon F body with the Nippon/Kogak/Tokyo emblem went for $158. Somebody in Holland is dancing for joy........



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I'm pretty sure the Nikon body shown on the ebay site is a vintage 1967 mdl TN, not an FTN. Well, the body is an F, the meter prism is a TN which makes the package a TN rather than the later FTN which if I recall correctly came out about 1970...

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So does that justify paying over $200 for a viewfinder?

8:03 PM  
Anonymous TJP said...

What a lot of the garage dealers do is get cameras and strip off the prisms, then overcharge for the prism.

People pay ungodly prices for certain stuff, and no, I can't figure it out either. For example, they're practically killing each other over the Minolta 58 1.2, yet the 1.4s regularly go for less than $40. What gives? I can push my exposures by a half-stop in the tank in a couple of minutes.

I don't think they're buying the stuff to use it; I think it's a status symbol, and when you've got the time to waste worrying about that sort of thing, you probably have the money to waste as well.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finding a plain, non-metering eye-level prism in excellent shape for anything less than what this one sold for is like finding a Colt 1911 pistol in superb shape for $250. Many pros in the '60s and '70s, especially newspaper photographers who had two or three bodies banging around in their camera bag, used hand-held meters and liked the DE-1 eye-level finders because they were much lighter than the FTN Photomic prisms(or the DP-1 and later series for the F2). Consequently, most of these prisms one is likely to find these days are dented, scratched or worse. For purists and/or collectors, these are highly desirable items.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An item is worth whatever someone will pay for it.

Of course if I remember correctly the buyer was overseas so perhaps $200 is worth much less to them than it is to us - I'd have to check the exchange rate.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had good luck with KEH camera brokers in Atlanta, fyi.

I really need to buy some 120 film, thanks for the inspiration.


5:24 PM  
Anonymous FatWhiteMan said...

Wow, I have got to clean out the closet and get some cameras on eBay. I'm sure I have an E Finder Screen for an F that I would part with for $150.

I've got some Fs and F2s I would gladly convert to an M1A or something.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Ed Rasimus said...

I think I need to get to eBay. I've been dragging a Nikkormat EL around for twenty years without running any film through it. F-1.4 55mm lens, Nikkor 135mm, Vivitar 20mm fisheye, Nikkor 35mm wide-angle, Vivitar 55-200 zoom. All in low mileage condition. Someone is gonna want this stuff.

Hell with eBay. Anybody here interested? Make an offer. Happy to see the stuff go to an appreciative home.

Gotta a new Nikon D3000 this weekend and am overwhelmed by the technology of this "entry level" SLR.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Don't sell those lenses too fast. Chances are, they will work on your D3000 with the CPU data input.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous FatWhiteMan said...

I doubt mine would work on a new camera body. They would work but wouldn't meter with an F3. I can't imagine them working on one of the new gizmos.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Ed Rasimus said...

I looked at the grid on the Nikon web site and although the later series F lenses will "work" you don't get much else but a glass portal. With the 18-55 and 55-200 zooms, I think I'll be able to do anything I need. I'm pretty much beyond the haul-a-bag-full-of-lenses stage of my photography. I'm into convenient, lightweight and easy now.

Drop me a line at thunder.rolled@gmail.com and if you want the stuff, I'll let you have the whole kit/kaboodle for shipping costs. Better it sees a good appreciative home than sits on a shelf at Goodwill.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Ken Molinkiewicz said...

he pentaprism in the leading photograph had no meter and the Nikon F had no battery or electronics.

3:37 AM  

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