$356,000 Nikon L prototype headlines Wetzlar Camera Auction

$357,000 Nikon L prototype headlines Wetzlar Camera Auction
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An ultra rare prototype of the Nikon L is the headline item of the next Wetzlar Camera Auctions, with an estimated top selling price of €356,687 ($357,000 / £268,715 / AU$487,871). 

Considered "historically significant", this experimental Nikon L 35mm body may be the earliest example of a Nikon prototype featuring a Leica screw thread (before the manufacturer settled on using the Zeiss Contax mount). 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.