This $13.5K Nikon F3 was custom made for NASA to take to space

Jan 19, 2016

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This $13.5K Nikon F3 was custom made for NASA to take to space

Jan 19, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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It’s only Tuesday and this week is already looking good for eBay browsers—especially if you’re a Nikon fan.

Yesterday, we shared with you a super rare Nikon lens being sold on eBay for $33K. Today, we’ve come across an even more exclusive Nikon F3 camera modified for NASA to use during shuttle missions.

According to seller classicantiques110, no information is given about the camera’s past, thus we can neither confirm nor deny it was ever sent to space. What we do know is that it is in absolute pristine condition, with the exception of the mounting plate, which does show some wear (who knows, maybe it was used in space).

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Designed specifically for NASA, this Nikon F3 features a custom battery pack and film winder for more easy control and use by astronauts when wearing gloves.

On the side of the camera you might notice two unusual pieces of Velcro—don’t mind those, they’re only there in the event you need to attach the thermal shield for blocking radiation.

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The camera is said to be just one of 50 custom made for NASA in the 1980’s, making it very much a rarity.

On the camera itself, there’s a label, which says it sold for $2,019 at some point. While that’s a good chunk of dough, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the $13,500 currently being asked for it.

Head on over to the product page to make your offer. Let us know how it goes.

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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