Identifying a Nikon Rangefinder

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  1. ericdan

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    Can someone help me identify this camera?
    I got this for free from a friend who found it in his grandparents’ house.

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    That's a Nikon S4 and it's worth a substantial amount of money. I'd like to have a friend like that.

    Edit: Only 5900 unit were made.
     
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    Oh OK cool. It’s not a 100% free. I have to take a photo with this camera of him and his kids and make a print. Then it’s mine.
     
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    Such a fine camera, it would be worth to pay for a restoration.
    I heard the name Kanto Camera a few times, here and there.
     
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    Kanto quoted me 50,000 yen to get it overhauled. About 450 USD.
     
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    Something is wrong with the finder. Can’t focus right now using the finder but I can use zone focus obviously.
     
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    Oh well, the zone focusing will do just fine. I hope you'll share some photographs with us :D
     
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    You might want to avoid the old DIY Qtips and naptha routine on this one. Spring for the CLA when you can save the scratch...
     
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    +1 A very complex RF, according to all accounts.
     
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    Considering the price you paid and the quality of the piece, I would say it's definitely worth shelling out for a CLA. Maybe not from Kanto if that's out of your budget, but from a reputable tech, for sure.
    I paid quite a lot to Nippon Photo Clinic here in NYC to CLA my S3 (the much more common older brother to your S4) and it was well worth it. Nikon rangefinders are a joy to use and that 50mm f/2 will not disappoint.
     
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