eBay Watch: All-Black 1950s Nikon S2 Camera Was For Pro Photographers Only

You don't have to buy this vintage nikon, but you do need $16,000

Nikon S2 Camera Auction

One of the interesting things about photography is that any amateur or enthusiast can get the same gear as the top-end pros if they’re willing to spend the money. That wasn’t always the case, though. This all-black Nikon S2 rangefinder camera had to be special ordered and could only be obtained by credentialed professional photographers.

The S2 is a fairly iconic camera in terms of Nikon’s history, and (if I recall correctly) is actually the first Nikon camera to use the standard 35mm image format, rather than the slightly smaller image size they used before that.

Nikon S2 Camera Auction

The S2 itself is a pretty sweet little rangefinder camera with a 50mm F/1.4 lens and no built-in meter. When looking from a collector’s standpoint, however, you have to take note of the color of the dial, with the black dial being much harder to come by than the chrome dials.

This auction currently sits at $16,000 or so, making it the most expensive S2 on the site currently, with the black and chrome version hovering around $1,000 for a complete or less depending on condition. So, if you’re a collector of very spendy old rangefinders and you’re sick of Leicas, this could be a nice change of pace.