This is for auction on ebaY... http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=410367239
I guess all you need is money!
Chris Maltese, firstname.lastname@example.org, Boynton Beach, FL
#1. "RE: Gold F2" | In response to Reply # 0f5fstop Basic MemberTue 15-Aug-00 10:00 PM
"who owns it." Now that is one strange statement. Evidently it is not for sale, the guy or girl is trying to find out where it was made and who owns it.
Interesting though. I wonder if it is really gold plated.
"Take only photographs, leave only footprints"
#2. "RE: Gold F2" | In response to Reply # 1NikF2AS Basic MemberWed 16-Aug-00 02:36 AM
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Wow! One ugly camera.I think the model will be half blind if one use it under bright sunlight.If one walk down the street of Harare with one around the neck,i am sure Mr.Mugabe's ex army veterans will rob it in seconds unless it belongs to Mr.Mugabe of Zimbabwe of course.Hmm !
#3. "RE: Gold F2" | In response to Reply # 2Merlin Basic MemberThu 17-Aug-00 06:31 AM
Agreed, it looks nice, doesn't it? Would I want one? No way!
I have a problem with this kind of excessive customising and gelding. What you see here is an example of perhaps the finest 35mm SLR ever made, that has now become so rare and valuable that it will languish forever on a shelf. Without two sumo wrestlers as bodyguards, it can never safely be carried outside. I'd bet that other than a few test firings of the shutter, it will never again feel a roll of film against its pressure plate. Very sad. I can see maybe putting different leather on the camera, to make it smarter, but GOLD PLATING? As the monkey said, biting into the soap, it's all a matter of taste!
Equally sad is the idea that somebody considers themselves so utterly brilliant, so uniquely talented, and of such importance that only a gold-plated Nikon is good enough for them!
A similarly unhappy camera is the Rolleiflex 2.8 GX, in its various "Special Edition" forms. Gold and threatened-species leather guaranteed that these, the last examples of a professional TLR ever to be built, will never take a photograph. As a long-time TLR fan and Rolleiflex user, I hate the idea of this camera being built only for wealthy collectors.
The F2, like the Rolleiflex, was designed to give busy professional photographers an utterly dependable workhorse that would run 20 years or more without seeing a screwdriver.
#4. "RE: Gold F2" | In response to Reply # 3nikonfan Basic MemberFri 18-Aug-00 08:21 AM
I am the current owner of this gold F2 which I recently acquired. It was actually used by some (rich guy or gal) after the gold plating was done. Hence the condition is only exc++. This is the second gold F2 I know, but I'm sure more will surface because anyone with the knowledge to strip the F2 & lens and gold plate can make one. Who ever made this camera knew the F2 well, as even the depth of field preview, and lens release buttons are gold plated. I don't think I will use this camera, but I will forward it to a fellow collector, at cost price.