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Nikon’s auction for Japan

Recently Japan has gone through what has been one of the most tragic disasters in its recent history and our thoughts are with the troubled region at this incredibly difficult time.

Keen to help out in any way we can, we called upon the specialist photographic auction house Werstlicht in Vienna to auction some rare Nikon cameras and lenses (some of it dating back to the 1950s) to help raise money for the victims of the Japanese disaster. All the profits will go to the Dutch office of the Red Cross who are doing such fantastic work out there at the moment. The auction takes place on the 28th May, and you can place bids online, by phone or in person. The Westlicht auction website has a full list of everything going under the hammer and how to bid for it.

We’ll be donating some really fantastic collector’s items such as LOT 336 a very rare Reflex-NIKKOR 2000mm f/11 lens with an estimate of between €18,000 and €20,000.

Reflex-NIKKOR 2000mm f/11 (image courtesy of WestLicht Photographica Auction – Vienna)

First shown at Photokina 1970, it’s the longest NIKKOR ever made for the 35mm system, and weighs in at a massive 25kg. And yes, it still works, even with today’s F-mount Digital SLR cameras! Another one of these beasts was in use last week (April 29th), attached to a Nikon D3S to get up close and personal to the happy couple at the Royal Wedding in London.

Another special item is Lot 322, an extremely rare Nikon F3H High Speed developed for the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. This specially modified F3 with fixed pellicle mirror and high Speed motordrive combo make it the fastest Nikon SLR ever made, with a blistering 13.5 fps (frames per second). At those speeds the camera would blaze through a 36 exposure roll of film in just over 2 seconds! Estimate price is €3500.

Nikon F3H (image courtesy of WestLicht Photographica Auction – Vienna)

Not all of the items are donated by Nikon Europe, and some start at just a few hundred Euros so take a look at the Westlicht auction site and see if there’s anything that catches your eye. Alternatively the Japanese Red Cross appeal continues to welcome all personal donations directly.

Image courtesy of WestLicht Photographica Auction – Vienna

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