Nikon S4 body + 5cm f/2 Nikkor-HC

£895.00

The item photographed may not be the actual model but is used for illustrative purposes only.

The Nikon S4 was introduced in March 1959. It was essentially a stripped-down version of the S3. Nikon discarded the self-timer and installed a manually resetting frame counter similar to the S2, removed the 35mm frame line from the finder leaving only those for the 50mm and 105mm lenses, and left off the motor drive coupling lug under the take-up spool. The S3 was supplied with a cloth shutter instead of titanium. The shutter speeds are from 1 to 1/1000th sec., B and T. Weight: 520g. When Nikon announced the S4 they ran into a real problem: Joseph Ehrenreich the owner and CEO of Ehrenreich Photo-Optical Industries would not import the S4 into the United States and Canada. He reasoned that he already had the hot selling Nikon SP and the second level S3 as a lower priced alternative to the SP. He was awaiting the forthcoming shipment of the Nikon F and he felt that the S4 would deprive them of sales of the S3.

Despite this set-back, Nikon decided to go ahead with production and sold them to the home market. The total number of S4s produced was 5,898, ranking it as the lowest production Nikon rangefinder since the Nikon M! It is important to bear in mind that with the exception of those few features that were removed, the Nikon S4 is of exactly the same quality as the SP/S3 models.

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Description

The Nikon S4 was introduced in March 1959. It was essentially a stripped-down version of the S3. Nikon discarded the self-timer and installed a manually resetting frame counter similar to the S2, removed the 35mm frame line from the finder leaving only those for the 50mm and 105mm lenses, and left off the motor drive coupling lug under the take-up spool. The S3 was supplied with a cloth shutter instead of titanium. The shutter speeds are from 1 to 1/1000th sec., B and T. Weight: 520g. When Nikon announced the S4 they ran into a real problem: Joseph Ehrenreich the owner and CEO of Ehrenreich Photo-Optical Industries would not import the S4 into the United States and Canada. He reasoned that he already had the hot selling Nikon SP and the second level S3 as a lower priced alternative to the SP. He was awaiting the forthcoming shipment of the Nikon F and he felt that the S4 would deprive them of sales of the S3.

Despite this set-back, Nikon decided to go ahead with production and sold them to the home market. The total number of S4s produced was 5,898, ranking it as the lowest production Nikon rangefinder since the Nikon M! It is important to bear in mind that with the exception of those few features that were removed, the Nikon S4 is of exactly the same quality as the SP/S3 models.

Additional information

Second-hand grade

VG

Serial number

Body 6504316 + Lens 655977

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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