The oldest surviving Nikon camera is now also the most expensive. We reported back in October that the third Nikon 1 rangefinder ever made would be hitting the auction block at Westlicht with an estimated max value of $200,000. Well, that camera just sold for roughly $406,000, more than double the original estimate.
The final hammer price of the auction, including fees paid by the buyer, was €384,000, or about $406,000. It seems that some collector really wanted this piece of history from one of the top camera brands in the industry.
In case you missed hearing about this camera the first time around, here’s what the auction’s description stated:
The earliest known surviving production Nikon in the world! Nikon started in March 1948 to assemble cameras (with serial number 60922). The offered camera is one of two cameras made in April 1948 and the 3rd of all Nikon production cameras. It comes with the original early Nikkor-H 2/5cm no.70811 (this is the 11th lens made, with matching Nikon cap) and is still in fantastic original condition.
Still containing the original shutter, the camera was from the collection of the famous Japanese camera collector Tad Sato, who we’re guessing is very pleased at how the auction went.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft started orbiting Jupiter today after a 5 year journey from Earth. During its approach, the spacecraft captured a series of photos over the span of multiple weeks, showing the planet’s moons in orbit. NASA then turned the images into the epic time-lapse seen in the 3-minute video above.
It’s the first time-lapse of its kind showing the moons orbiting Jupiter.
The first photo was captured in June 12th, when Juno was 10 million miles away from the gas giant. The last photo in the series was shot on June 29th from “just” 3 million miles away.
We see the moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto in the frame, the same moons that were observed by Galileo, sparking a revolution in how we see our universe.
“Galileo observed these moons to change position with respect to Jupiter over the course of a few nights,” writes NASA. “From this observation he realized that the moons were orbiting mighty Jupiter, a truth that forever changed humanity’s understanding of our place in the cosmos. Earth was not the center of the Universe.”
When you hear the name “Epson” you probably think of printers, but if you’ve been around cameras long enough, you may just remember the Epson R-D1: the world’s first digital rangefinder and one of the coolest cameras that never got its due.
The folks at TheCameraStoreTV have been dying to get their hands on this camera for ages, and they finally found someone who would let them borrow his. Released in March 2004 before Leica debuted their digital M8, it’s an M-mount camera with Cosina Voigtlander roots, a 6MP APS-C CCD sensor and, as you get to see in the video, a lot to recommend it.
For film enthusiasts, the R-D1 is probably the closest you can get to a film experience on a digital camera. Center-weighted metering that’s easily fooled, no live view, and a shutter you have to physically cock between shots are just a few of the features that will force an R-D1 user to slow way down.
And if that’s not enough, there are the dials (or gauges or whatever you want to call them). They are, in a word, spectacular. Retro in a way that modern takes on “retro” haven’t yet touched:
Now this might all sound a bit too much like hipsterlike adoration for a camera that is literally and unapologetically “vintage”, but the R-D1 deserves all the praise and admiration it gets in this video. And despite the fact that it never really sold well, TCS’s Chris Niccolls isn’t wrong when he says “modern manufacturers could learn heaps from this camera.”
Check out the full video up top and let us know what you think of the R-D1 in the comments down below.