Ebay Watch: Apple’s Digital Camera, a White Nikon Lens and More!

Your weekly dose of outrageously rare and expensive photo gear.

Rare Nikon AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 lens IN WHITE- $1,749.98

Jealous of all your Canon-shooting friends with their “cool” white telephoto lenses? Well, now you can get in on the action by scooping up one of these rare white Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 lenses from Ebay seller MonteraryPark. However, you would be much better off accepting the fact that Nikon glass was never meant to be anything but black, and spend that $1,749.98 on a used Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRII (or a new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR)…just saying. Auction Link

LeCoultre Compass Camera with 35mm f/3.5 Lens- $5,020 or Best Offer

This antique Swiss-made camera is truly a tiny beauty. It is made from a solid piece of aluminum (yup, just like your Macbook Pro), and according to Ebay seller PowerSeller228, the original ad for the camera from 1938 read, “The Compass, the embodiment of scientific systems in miniature cameras. Built like a watch – as simple to use.” It was originally developed and patented by Noel Pemberton-Billing, a British aircraft builder, pilot, politician and businessman, who approached the Swiss watch-making company LeCoultre to physically manufacture it. According to our sources, there are no more than 4000 of these bad boys floating around. The camera takes 24x36mm film or glass plate negatives. It was well know for the massive amount of features it offered in such a tiny body, including built-in yellow, green and orange filters. Auction Link

Lot of 20 Sony Mavica MVC-FD200 Cameras- $1,111.00

Ebay seller Dans_Electronic’s lot of 20 Sony Mavica FD200’s apparently comes with, “Everything you need, just add floppies.” We would just like to point out that unfortunately floppy disks aren’t as readily available they once were. However, if you do happen to have 20 floppy disks laying around, or a computer with a floppy disk drive for that matter (we would be shocked if you did), than this lot may be right for you. The circa 2002 Sony Mavica MVC-FD200 features a 2MP sensor (that’s a total of 40MP if you buy the lot!), offers an adjustable ISO, white balance and exposure compensation. It also features the ability to shoot in b/w, sepia and even solarized mode. It should be noted that if you do not have easy access to floppy disks, you can also use a Sony memory stick with these cameras. That’s just not as funny. Auction Link

24K Gold Leica R4 with Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4 lens- $3,355.00

We managed to go the entirety of last week’s Ebay Watch without a single Leica making the list, but this time around, we just couldn’t help ourselves. According to Ebay seller Ihfoto, this 24-karat gold plated Leica R4 isn’t just gorgeous to look at, it’s rare too—part of a series of only 1000. Auction Link

Apple QuickTake 200 Digital Camera- $63.00

Did you know that Apple’s QuickTake line of cameras were some of the very first consumer digital cameras ever available? They first made their appearance in 1994 in the form of the QuickTake 100, followed by the 150 and ultimately the 200 in 1996. However, before you go off claiming that Apple invented the consumer digital camera you should know that the QuickTake 100 and 150 were both actually manufactured by Kodak and stamped with an Appple logo. The QuickTake 200 on the other hand was manufactured by Fujifilm. Offering a .3 megapixel sensor, the QuickTake 200 shoots 640×480 24-bit images. It is capable of saving files in both the Tiff and Jpg format, in addition to several antiquated file formats. Unlike the Quicktake 100 and 150, the 200 features a focusing mechanism as well as aperture controls. Also, unlike the previous models, the 200 features the ability to save images to a 5V SmartMedia card (good luck finding one of those). All in all, Ebay seller Detroit_Skate_Supply’s auction offers a very rare and definitely very cool piece of camera history for a measly 63 bucks (at the time of writing). Auction Link