Rare- Though Not Desireable- Nikon EM Cased Kit

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by eric friedemann, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. After selling and shooting Nikon gear for more than 30 years, there isn't much in the way of Nikon I haven't seen before. Though I sold Nikon EM cameras new way back when, I've never laid eyes on a kit like this that came into the store I work at over the weekend: Nikon EM with a 50mm f/1.8 E lens, 35mm f/2.5 E lens, 100mm f/2.8 E lens, SB-E flash and fitted case. The yellow-gold color of the plastic case brings back memories of the late 1970s.
  2. the extra lenses ...
  3. and the case ...
  4. Three good lenses with an oddly shaped rear lens cap that also stores film and holds your nifty retro-chic neckstrap.
  5. I thought that was a horrible idea for a camera. I knew some folks with them. I got way better results with my all-manual all-mechanical Pentax MX (which is long gone...)
  6. If only it were an FG....
  7. In the mid-1980s, after the EM was discontinued, I bought some mint-in-box EM pieces dirt cheap through the store and gave my dad an EM with the 50mm, the 35mm and the SB-E flash. The auto-shutter EM was perfect for him, as he took much better photos than he had with his Kodak 126 Instamatic.
  8. I liked the idea of the EM, but couldn't find a functional used body when I began looking during the late 1990s. Finally gave up after a dozen or so tries. It was comparable to the Canon T50, although it was fairly easy to find a reliable used T50.
    On the other hand, the T50 was never available in a beer cooler with room for the camera, flash and a couple of cold ones. It's that sort of classy presentation that lured me away from the Canonite camp and into the Nikonista tribe.
  9. Wasn't this marketed as a safari kit?
  10. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Eric, you and I did the same thing. Back in 1979, I suggested to my dad to buy a new EM with a 50mm/f1.8 Series E lens. I was in college back then. My parents still own that camera today.
  11. I've never seen that kit, although I did pick up one of those 35mm 2.5 plastic lenses boxed very cheap years ago, and it was quite good. I actually used it about 1992 to make a shot of a new design tilting tank truck for a national trucking industry ad campaign, they didn't know the lens was $15.
  12. I never realised that Nikon made lunchboxes. Impressive that they even included insulated drinks holders.
  13. The EM is so undesirable that a while back when I wanted to buy a 100/2.8 E, it was cheaper to buy an EM with that
    lens on it than the lens by itself. The EM I received was fully working and seemed like it would have been a nice
    camera if I wanted very small and very simple. But I took the lens mount ring off it to repair an FE2 and still have the
    lens, which is quite good.
  14. Neat! I'm very surprised that the expanded polystyrene hasn't reacted with the other plastics though. Wish Nikon did something like that for the D700 - with space for a flask and sandwiches.
  15. In case you weren't aware, "EM" stands for "Every Mother's." As in "Every Mother's Nikon." Sort of a running gag at work.

    The cameras weren't bad though, nor was the T50. And for the price, the lenses were/are excellent. My first camera was an FG ("Freaking Garbage"), which came with the same lenses. I managed to smash the 100mm to bits before too long, but 22 years later I still have, and occassionally use, the FG. Never even been serviced.
  16. Great! This is why I like Nikon. Collectors items in presentation box made of molded plastic, not rare wood with endangered species leather.
  17. My first 'real' SLR camera back in 1982 was an EM with the standard 50mm lens. I cut my teeth on that outfit and captured some of my favorite images using it. When I upgraded in 1992, I kept the EM loaded with Kodachrome 200 and didn't 'retire' it fully until 2008. If KL was still around, I'd probably load a roll in the EM every now and then just for old time's sake. Good times.
  18. Well, a little walk down memory lane, to the time the Nikon rep would visit our studio to show off the latest must-haves. My studio partner ignored the Nikon stuff,shooting an Exakta at that time,but did a double-take when he glommed the flesh colored plastic case with the goodies.
    Down in New Zealand,I recall that no flash was included,but,in its place,was the MD-E motor drive.
    The S.P. used that outfit for thousands of product shots,until he retired.
    I bought the FE2 instead,which I still have,and use. In those days,you could request three copies of a lens you wanted,test them,and send back the two you didn't want -but,I have to add,the differences were marginal.
    You can experience the EM sensation for pin money,but,like the Yashica GSN, two outta three won't work properly.

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