Nikon S2

The Nikon S2 has been on my wish list almost since I started collecting. Thanks to Robert Rotoloni and Mike Eckman I now have the opportunity to own and use this wonderful rangefinder.

Much has been written about this camera but I have to reiterate just how good it feels in the hand. The controls, though very similar to my Kiev 4A, have precision that is on another level.

I was hoping this camera could become my goto street camera, a job which previously fell to my Leica IIIa. One unfortunate by-product of the sturdiness of this camera is that the shutter is far from quiet. On a recent trip to Mexico, I garnered more than a few looks while trying to shoot some streetscapes.

While the film from Mexico, E100, is not yet developed I have included shots from my first-ever roll through the camera.

MakeNikon
ModelS2
Year1955
Format35mm
ShutterNippon Kogaku
SpeedB, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500, 1000
LensNippon Kogaku Nikkor-S
 f1.4 50mm
Focus3ft – ∞
Aperturef1.4 – 16
Light MeterNo
RangefinderYes

Examples from the first roll shot through this camera (Ilford Delta 100, stand-developed HC-110)



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2 replies

  1. I am very pleased you are happy with this camera! Although I love my S2 very much, it’s not in as nearly nice of condition as yours! I am sure Robert is happy to know that his former camera is in the hands of someone who not only appreciates it, but also is using it!

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