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Latest Arrivals In Stock Now

We are excited to share our latest arrivals that are in stock and ready to ship.  As new items arrive, we will update our online store in order to bring you the most recent additions to our selection of bodies, lenses and accessories.  Check back often because you won't want to miss the latest and greatest in our inventory!  Click on the name of the item underneath the image to go straight to the listing.








KEH's Most Wanted

Featured below is a selection of KEH Camera's "most wanted" items of the month.  We are currently seeking digital & film bodies, lenses, flashes and major accessories in all formats, but the featured items below are at the top of our "most wanted" list this month.









Canon EOS 6D Body w/ Battery & Charger


Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body w/ Battery & Charger


Canon EOS 85mm f1.8 USM Lens


Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash


Nikon AF-S 85mm f1.8 G Lens


Contax Manual Focus Lenses (all focal lengths)

In addition to the photographic equipment featured above, we are actively seeking the following items:

* Angenieux 180mm f2.3 Lens (Canon FD, Leica R and Nikon F mounts)
* Angenieux 35-70mm f2.5-3.3 Lens (Canon FD, Leica R and Nikon F mounts)
* Angenieux 70-210mm f3.5 Lens (Canon FD, Leica R and Nikon F mounts)
* Widelux F8 Panoramic Camera
* Leica Screw Mount 50mm f1.1 Zunow Lens
* Contax G2 Body
* Contax 35mm f2 G Planar Lens
* Canon Rebel T4i Body w/ Battery & Charger
* Canon 100mm f2 USM Lens
* Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM Lens
* Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II Lens
* Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 G Lens

To sell any of the above featured items (or if you have other gear you'd like to sell), please contact us via email at purchasing@keh.com, or give us a call at (770) 333-4220 or (800) 342-5534.  If you are unsure about an item, just ask! Your used camera equipment may be worth more than you think.

Nikon S2 and Rare Aluminum Lens

The Nikon S2 is a 35mm rangefinder camera that was introduced in 1955.  The S2 was one of Nikon's best selling rangefinder cameras with a production run of approximately 56,000 units.  It was an improvement over the Nikon S, as users found the Nikon S2 to be a faster and more user friendly camera.  The S2 was one of Nikon's most popular rangefinder cameras, and it still enjoys a collectible status today. 


Earlier versions of the Nikon S2 are known as "Chrome Dial S2s" because they feature a chrome shutter speed dial.  The S2 was the first Nikon camera to use a standard 24x36mm format.  Previous models such as the Nikon S used a slightly smaller 24x34mm format.  Upgrades to the S2 also included an improved viewfinder, which was brighter with a 1x magnification.  The S2 adopted an aluminum alloy frame, so it was lighter than previous models without compromising durability.  It was also easier to change film with the S2 with a single bottom opening key.      


The Nikon S2 introduced a film advance lever and rewind lever, which was easier to use compared to the film advance and rewind knobs on previous models.  The S2 also featured a top shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second as compared to 1/500th on other Nikon rangefinders.  In addition to using the lens to focus, the toothed wheel on the top of the camera was used to focus.  The helical focusing is useful for one handed camera operation as the lens in rotated to focus via the camera body instead of requiring the lens elements to rotate in order to focus.     


The Nikon S2 also has a unique lens associated with it, which is the 50mm f1.4 Nikkor-S constructed of aluminum.  The aluminum 50mm lens was introduced in 1955, and it had a very small production run of about 300 units.  It is believed to have been an experimental design for Nikon, perhaps in an effort to produce a lighter weight lens.  The entire outer barrel including the filter ring is made of aluminum, as well as many of the internal components.  Another noteworthy issue to mention in regards to this experimental lens is that many of the serials numbers of the aluminum version are the same was the chrome version.


The aluminum 50mm lens is lighter than the chrome version with an approximate weight of 4.1 ounces.  All of the other specifications of the aluminum version are the same as the standard 50mm f1.4 lenses.  The chrome version is very similar to the aluminum lens, but upon closer inspection the finish of the aluminum has less sheen and a different texture.  An interesting thing to note about the aluminum lens is that it was sold without documentation of its special feature, so whomever purchased it at the time would have been unaware of its rare status.         

Click HERE to view the Nikon S2 with the rare 50mm f1.4 Nikkor-S aluminum lens on the KEH Camera Outlet on eBay.
~L.M.

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