Nikon FM/FE Series Special Ediiton camera model - Part III
Nikon FM Gold, 1977
The gold plated Nikon FM was never officially for sale - commemorating the 60th anniversary of Nippon Kogaku KK (Nikon) as well as birth of Nikon compact 35mm SLR camera (NIkon FM). There were only approx. 300 of these were being produced, it comes with a matching gold finish MF Nikkor 1.4/50mm which came with a special production number 60094, the camera was supplied with case with maker's box, original Nikon certificate in glass stand. Approx. Year: 1977. Serial no. FM 046LX
Relative: Gold cameras (SLRs) oufit
Nikon F Gold outfit | Canon F1 GOLD | Nikon F2 GOLD | Nikon FA Limited Edition GOLD | Pentax LX Limited Edition GOLD
Olympus OM2N Limited Edition GOLD | Leica M3 Gold | Leica M4-2 Gold + others
NIKON FM Gold w/matching MF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4, King of Sweden Special Edition
Note: This is a Nikon FM Gold, with a serial No.032LX gold plated, coming with Nikkor 1.4/50mm No.60032 (matched to the body number). Provenance: With the cypher for the king of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustav. - Frank Chen, Shanghai, PRC.
Nikon FM2N is often referred as New FM2 in Japan. The camera is only intended to market within the domestic Japan market. It has brown leather covering. and instead of the usual FM2 engraved at the front, itis replcaed with "LAPITA". Approx. Year: 1999
From an earlier section; there was a user who wrote: .." Subject: Nikon Lapita Japanese Domestic version From: "Peter" <email@example.com>
Hello Sir In the course of researching this variation, I encountered an entry in your message board. It appears that the Lapita was made by Nikon specifically for the readers of a Japanese magazine, in quantities of perhaps 200 or less. FM2n and F3 exist, perhaps there are others. As far as I know, the difference is purely cosmetic. Feel free to make use of the attached picture.
Kind regards, Peter Blake, Camera Direct
NOTE: there are some differences in the number of producrtion presented by two contributors; please furnish the correct answer. Tks. Next, what is the meaning of this "LAPITA" ?
Two fabulous Xplosive views of this model.
" ... This camera is one of the rarest Nikon's with a production of only 300. Its box proudly states that fact, probably the first Nikon with production figures on the box. Serial #'s T 9400001 to T 94000300. Note the serial number corresponds to the Chinese Year of the Dog, 1994! Only 300 sets ever made. To put this in perspective, this camera is twice as rare as a Nikon I!! In terms of rarity, this camera should be selling in the tens of thousands of dollars. With all the original accessories and warranty card....".
There are many online references available:
Stephan Gandy's http://www.cameraquest.com/nikonfm2.htm
Errr .. mine comment may not be too eye pleasant to read, just a personal thought back in 1998. It has invited some responses from Stephan though.. hehe ..
NOTE:- It was unclear if the camera was an official production model or produced based on request. Further, as in 1978 AI-S lens was not made available yet with the Nikkor 28mm f/2.8S* ; thus, unlikely the lens was a matching lens for the camera. *The 28/2.8 wideangle Nikkor lens has S/N 437xxxx, which is within the Ai-S S/N range.
Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.
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