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Nikon S3 Millennium Limited Edition Black Paint 2000/Y2K rangefinder camera Model

Nikon rangefinder S3 2000 ("Y2K") Limited Edition Black Paint model

The black paint S3 Y2K model was announced barely a few months after the February S3 Y2K Chrome. IF I can recall it correctly, it was in June, 2000 but actual shipment was very much later. Somehow I thought the black paint S3 Y2K has a more appealing appearance than the comparing chrome model. Possibly black finishing provides more contrasty visual and brought out the full metal jacket of the Nikon rangefinder camera. Although I doubt many would use either of these for actual / frequent photography as most people would treat them as collectible piece in appreciation of sheer mechanical engineering in pure oriental form presented during old time photographic period rather than from the perspective of a top class imaging tool used during those era.

One way or another, although essentially it is still a S3 remake. But overall, it gave an impression it was a separate model (esp. with an over-sized red lens mounting index dot) and even mistakenly thought it was a Black SP remake from a far (I was fooled by the larger red lens mounting index red dot .. hehe...). The Black Paint S3 during the old days was best represented by the combination of a matching black Olympic 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor-S.C. Nikon has cleverly supplied with a matching black Nikkor-S 1.4/50mm as well. Actually the same goes for the chrome, as Nikon has only issued two remakes of Nikkor rangefinder lenses so far (the other was a better effort, W-Nikkor 3.5cm F1.8 as companion lens for the SP Black 2005).

Comparing both the Chrome and Black Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition rangefinder camera Comparing both the Chrome and Black Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition rangefinder camera

Top camera plate,  Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera
Base plate, Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera
Rear view/Film back Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera


Photo Gallery on top views comparison on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black / Chrome rangefinder camera Photo Gallery on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera Photo Gallery on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera
Photo Gallery on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera Photo Gallery on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera Photo Gallery on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera with matching Black Nikkor-S 50mm f/1.4

Features on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera - ASA film Speed Disc Features on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera - Camera back lock/opening lever Features on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera - lens mount and distance indexes Features on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera - Rangefinder and Brightlines frames Features on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera -  lens mount
Features on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera - serial number Features on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera -  film counter and shutter release button Features on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera -  eyepiece and brightlines Features on Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera - instruction booklet

various camera features
and perspective views. Click for enlarged view(s).

As explained at the S3 chrome Millennium Limited Edition earlier, The Nikon S3 viewfinder has etched brightline frames for three basic focal length of 35mm, 50mm and 105 mm. For other Nikkor lenses in S-mount in different focal lengths, an external optical finder is required for rough guide on composition. The brightline frames of the mentioned focal lengths do not adjust parallax. One of the more important feature of the Nikon S3 Limited Edition Models here is, they can still share and use with many of the system accessories designed for the Nikon SP, which includes the film advance devices such as S36 etc. The lens for both chrome and black S3 Y2K uses the re-issued Nikkor-S 1.4/50mm as illustrated earlier at the chrome version page. The basic spec of this standard lens are as followed:-

Nikkor-S 50mmF1.4 for Millennium Limited Edition Black

Focal Length: 50 mm
Maximum/Minimum Apertures: 1 : 1.4/1:16
Optical Construction: 7 elements in 5 groups
Picture Angle: 46
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.9 m
Aperture range: f1.4, 2.0, 2.8, 4.0, 5.6, 8.0, 11 & f16
Focusing: rangefinder
Filter Attachment Size: 43 mm (P= 0.7mm)
Dimension/Weight: 51mm x 49 mm; 175 g
Note: S/N started from 20xxxxx. NIC Multi-coated. Lens cap and optional lens hood are spring loaded type.

Nikon S3 Millennium 2000 Limited Edition Black rangefinder camera with matching NIKKOR-S 50mm f/1.4 Special Edition

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Recommended Links (external):-
Nikon S3 basic data sheet at Nikon site | Cameraquest on S3 2000 | Another artilce on S3 2000
Nikon S3 Black Original by Bjørn Rørslett | A very well written article by Karen Nakamura on original/new Nikon S3
HOW the S3 2000 was in production from Nikon Japan / Original Article in Japanese | Original Press Release of Nikon S3 Y2k (Japanese)
Some very
well taken shots of S3 2000 as wall paper | EBAY Search on Nikon S3 related stuffs |

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Credit: A special thanks to my buddy, Tony Leong® <work place> in sharing his private collection of various Nikon/Nikkor lenses.