I've come across an S3 in apparent good operating condition along with an f/1.4 50mm Nikkor. Although I have Ds 700 and 300, I did many years ago own the S3 with the f/2 Nikkor and a bizarre attack of nostalgia is nudging me to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear where I had to do more of the work, including straightforward rangefinder focusing with a body lighter than my DSLRs (but I've not retired my DSLRs).
I "sort of" remember that the filter size for this lens may be the good old 52mm, but I'm not sure and also not sure if the screw threads are the same pitch as the modern filters. Can anybody here clarify the filtet situation? Would the best place to look for a sunshade be eBay and/or are there classic-camera accessories suppliers? Finally, I'd appreciate suggestions for a good, used exposure meter (Weston, Sekonic, etc) up to, say, $75?
Thanks for the tips. I'll check out the Gossen meter. I'd forgotten that brand that I now remember has an excellent reputation. That's what's happened when I had not the need to think about hand-held meters. As to the filter size, my lens is the f/1.4 and I think its filter size would be a larger diameter. Next I'll click on the sunshade link and see where that yakes me.
I'll check out Pacific Rim. I don't have the f/1.4 and thr f/2 Nikkors to compare, but it may be that the f/2 is inset within a rim (with the threads) the same size as the f/1.4 so a 40.x filter and perhaps even lens may have been designed to fit both.
Pacific Rim was unable to help with the lens hood, but I found one locally for a whopping $110 plus tax, but maybe that"s fair for a rarity like a 50+ year old Nikon hood. Now I'll look to replace the missing lens cap. I suspect it will be just as rare, difficult snd costly as the lens hood. I'll check in with Camera Clinic in Seattle and Pacific Rim.
Here's the reply I got from the folks at Pacific Rim:
"We need to have a stock number to be sure of a correct answer for you. A 48mm slip on cap does not fit the f/1.4 rangefinder Nikkor lens that we have in stock. It is a little too large.
PR seems like a very good source for classic accessories and eas very quick in getting back to me with that answer. Now all I have to do is identify the parts number for the lens cap. I tried what seemed to be the relevant Nikonians lens reference sites but none seemed to contain minutae as obscure as lens cap part numbers.
By the way, the dealer with the $110 lens hood was Jim's Cameras which for many years had a brick and mortar stote in Seattle's University District and specialized(es) in used and classic used equipment. The store itself is closed but maintains a website for online sales.
I did purchase a Retina IIIc there that I used happily on a trip to Europe. I'vecsince scanned those images and added them to my Lightroom catalog and they look pretty decent as touring photos.
I have a copy of Robert Rotoloni's very nice guide "Nikon Rangefinder Camera" (copyright 2nd Edition, 1983, Hove Foto Books). All of the S series f/1.4 lens are shown with a 43mm filter size, including the last 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor-S (Olympic) lens
Well, after a long weekend of introspection about nostalgia, consultation with a fellow Nikonian, web-searching for the minimum accessories I'd need to make the S3 functional (handheld meter ' sunshade and lens cap ) and bargaining with the seller ( a minor language barrier and his genuine lack of knowledge about the camera and some nomenclature terms, e.g., confusion between the "lens hood" and the nice Nikon neverrrady case included with the S3. Finally, the first significant breakdown of this 50 plus year old camera might be its ending with the retirement of any living camera technicians who could fix the S3. So I will not purchase the S3.
However, I think I can easily demonstrate my Nikon bona fides with my past and current ownership of a Nikon Ftn, a Nikkormat and three Nikon DSLRs.
I hope this will not be considered a betrayal of the brand, but my first "nostalgia" purchase is likely to be a nice Leica M2 with the f/2 Summicron. I know there are still plenty of repair technicians for that camera.