Nikon S3 Year 2000 Millennium Edition, black finish with 50mm f/1.4 lens


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TIn June 2002, the Nikon S3 Limited Edition black was introduced in a limited quantity of 2000. It is supplied with a fine leather ever ready case, instructions and is double boxed.

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The Nikon S3 2000 Millennium is a near duplicate of the rangefinder camera Nikon S3 released in March 1958. It was produced in limited quantity to commemorate the year 2000 millennium. The S3 2000 was made identical as possible to the original Nikon S3 except for very minor details to accommodate the present camera operating practices, including the change in the exposure indication from “20” to “24,” and the film sensitivity indication calibrated in “ISO” instead of “ASA.”

Nikon started their 35mm rangefinder camera product line with Nikon I launched in 1948, which evolved into M and S later, and the rangefinder series was valued highly as a line of main cameras until the single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras became widespread. The S series was the precursor of Nikon F and was highly regarded as a classic camera, and there was a growing call for its revival from many enthusiasts. Nikon S3 was a relatively later model in the S series, featuring a rangefinder with the world’s first life-size 1:1 viewfinder for 35mm focal length lens. The Nikon S3 2000 precisely reproduced not only the 35mm life-size viewfinder but also the focal length adjusting gear unit arranged in the upper right of the body, and the quiet and soft shutter releasing sound called “whispering shutter” which in those days was achieved by the cloth focal-plane shutter curtains. The S3 2000 model was produced based on orders, and the orders were accepted from 6th April, 2000 to 30th June, 2000. It was first shipped in October 2000 and approx. 8,000 units were sold. The standard equipment 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor-S lens is a reproduction of the lens incorporated in the Olympic version, known as the all-black type.


In June 2002, the Nikon S3 Limited Edition black was introduced in a limited quantity of 2000. It is supplied with a fine leather ever ready case, instructions and is double boxed.


Major Specifications

Nikon S3 Year 2000 Millennium Model
Camera type 35mm coupled rangefinder focal-plane shutter camera
Film format 35mm
Picture size 24mm x 36mm
Lens mount Nikon S mount (Bayonet mount)
Shutter Horizontal-travel rubberized silk cloth focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds T, B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 sec. equally spaced marks
Focusing scales Marked in metres (∞ to 0.9)
Self-timer Variable duration type (with 3, 6, and 10 sec. marks)
Flash sync. contact Variable according to time, with sync. socket, Speedlight unit synchronized at 1/60 sec. or less
Finder (with field frame) Light figure type life-size viewfinder, 35mm, 50mm, 105mm with light figure frame
Film sensitivity Marked in ISO sensitivity
Film advance One action lever, 136-degrees rotation, Available inch-by-inch film advance, Preparatory film feeding angle 15 degrees
Film rewind Crank
Frame counter Automatic reset and additive type
Camera back Removable design (Not compatible with motor drive)
Body dimensions (Approx.) 136 mm (width) × 81 mm (height) × 43 mm (depth)
Weight (Approx.) 590 g (body), 765 g (with 50mm f/1.4)

Nikkor S 50 mm f/1.4

Lens configuration 7 elements in 5 groups
Focal length 50mm
F-number f/1.4
Aperture scales f/1.4 to f/16
Focusing scales None, Focusing scales on the camera to be used
Angle of view 46° diagonal
Shortest object distance 0.9m
Attachment size 43mm (P=0.75)
Hood 43mm, Spring-loaded type
Cap 43mm, Spring-loaded type
Dimensions 51mm (Diameter) × 49 mm (Length)
Weight (Approx.) 175 g

Additional information

Second-hand grade


Serial Number

302558 + 203262

Second-hand Grading Description

  • NEWAn item that has not been removed from the box or protective wrapping.
  • UNUSEDAn item that may have been removed from the original packaging, but has never been used.
  • MINT100% as new
  • MINT-98%-99% as new
  • EXC++95%-97% as new
  • EXC+90%-94% as new
  • EXCOriginal finish may have slight scratches or rubbed. No dents or deep scratches.
  • VGMay be slightly scratched, scuffed or worn, but in good mechanical order with clean optics
  • VG-An item that falls below our regular level of gradings. Items in VG- condition will have excessive signs of use.

Please note that the following important points when you see our grading description. When applied to lenses it means that the optics are in perfect condition. What we are describing is the cosmetic condition of the lens barrel. When it applies to cameras, motor drives, speedlights etc. the understanding is that the item is in perfect working order and the description would mean the exterior appearance. In other words we are judging cosmetic appearance.

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