I'd never seen an F2 Titan DE-1 finder for sale on its own before and thought this might interest my fellow prongsters at the MF forum. The photo was taken at my local used camera shop in Yokohama with the camera on my cell phone so the quality is not the best. The F2 Titan DE-1 finder is the black one second from the left marked at 157,500 yen (about USD$1,350). It's definitely the most expensive F2 finder I've ever seen for sale!
Very expensive waste of money if you're a shooter rather than a worshipper. I've got two DE-1's and two DP-12's and they're all run-of-the-mill brass finders, and for shooting, they do very well. Titanium finders were an expensive excess that was never really necessary based on the ruggedness of the old Nikon gear. Just bragging rights for the polish and worship crowd.
I don't treat my cameras with "tender loving care" because they don't require it. What I do treat them with is the sensible respect due any precision tools (which of course is what they are). They are kept clean and (mostly) dry, and given regular maintenence as required. Nothing more. They are scratched, dented, and brassy from the frequent and hard use they receive as picture-making devices, and I do not polish or worship them, or spend time sitting around fondling them while absent-mindedly tripping the shutter (as I understand some others do), because I bought them for picture-taking, and nothing else.
HI All, From the responses, I gather that no one actually owns a titanium Nikon.
I do. It's an F3T Champagne version, the first version of the F3T. I have also owned 5 other F3's in various states of wear and brassing. I'm now down to two: the F3T and the F3AF.
Of all the F3's I've owned, the F3T is my favorite. Brass cameras are good but they are somewhat fragile in that they dent and brass easily. My F3T, OTH, almost looks like new in spite of heavy use. It definitely works like new. Yet this camera is over 20 years old.
I'm not sure that I would have bought a new F3T because I'm not a pro photographer and they were expensive. Now that I have had a used one for about 10 years, I think they are worth the extra money. Truly, a beautiful, functional, and very rugged camera. It's not much lighter than a regular F3HP so don't get one for that reason.