Ebay Watch: Linhof’s Gigantic Aerial Camera, the World’s 1st Digital Camera to Shoot Video and more!

The wildest and rarest photography gear up for auction this week

Nikon I (third Nikon camera ever produced/oldest surviving): Between $202,000 and $230,000 (expected)

While this auction is not actually on Ebay (its being sold by the Austrian auction house, WestLicht), we couldn’t resist including it in this week’s Ebay Watch. According to the listing, this is the oldest surviving Nikon is existence. Nikon began producing the Nikon I camera, its very first, in March of 1948. This camera was made in April of 1948 and was the companies third unit ever produced. It sports the serial number 60922 (why the third camera Nikon ever produced would have such a high serial number is beyond us). The camera also comes with a matching Nikkor 2/5cm lens, serial number 70811. Now, before you get too giddy about this one of a kind Nikon, do know that the auction starts at the equivalent of of $101,059 and is expected to fetch between $202,118 and $230,992. The auction is set to take place on May 28th in Vienna. Click to view the auction

Casio QV-10 (1st LCD digital camera): Starting bid is $25

Another first in the digital camera world, the Casio QV-10 was the original camera to feature a color LCD on the back for the purpose of reviewing images. While there were a few cameras that came before the QV-10 that offered LCD’s, those displays were not color and only showed text (kind of like the LCD’s on higher end DSLR’s located next to the shutter). The QVC-10’s LCD came in at 1.8 inches, not bad for 1995. It featured a 250K pixel CCD sensor and saved pictures in the jpg format. Included with Ebayer ubspecs77’s auction is the camera, all of the original cables, a soft case for the camera and and installation CD. The camera is powered by 4 AA batteries. With only two days left in the auction as of the time of this writing, and a no bids made yet, someone is bound to walk away with a real bargain. Click to view the auction

Ricoh RDC-1 Kit (1st digital camera to record video): $99.99 Buy It Now

Ebayer SrNarch1993 is offering a pretty neat piece of photographic history for a fairly reasonable price. Judging from the pictures, it seems that this circa 1995 camera is in spectacular shape (he even has the original plastic bags most of the equipment came in). Years ahead of it times, the Ricoh RDC-1 was the first consumer digital camera to record both stills and video. It was capable of capturing 5 second long videos at 768×480 with 30 frames per second. It was even able to record sound with the video clips. Clips were saved in the MPEG format and could be played back on the camera’s large-for-its-time, 2.5 inch LCD. Click to view the auction

Linhof Aerial Technika Aero 45 Camera with 135mm Lens: Buy it Now $7,989 or Best Offer

The body on this big boy is made from an aluminum cast “since under flying conditions, the camera is not always treated with care.” It offers shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec (we would have assumed faster) and features a magnetic release system that helps cut down on vibration. The camera features two very large grips, to help prevent it from, um, falling out of a moving airplane. It comes with two backs, allowing for the use of multiple kinds of film including Polaroids, roll film and cut film. It also offers a special motorized “rollfilm vacuum holder” that gives users the ability to shoot sequences up to 150 exposures. The back of the rollfilm holder even features a housing to store a notepad and pencil. Ebayer Spiritandtruth is selling the camera for a client who first purchased it back in 1980, brand new, for a reported $35,000. The client apparently was know to shoot with the rig from helicopters. And while the camera is in working order, it will need to have the batteries replaced. Regardless of whether or not you plan to use this camera for aerial photography or not, you are sure to get attention when out shooting with it. Click to view the auction

Lens Coating Machine and Oven- Buy It Now: $32,000

Lenses can be pretty darn pricey, so instead of buying them, why not just make them (or at least coat them) yourself? Thanks to Ebayer Hirschku39’s lens coating machine, you too can produce your own glass. You’ll also need materials and a factory full of other machines, but you have to start somewhere. This “like new” contraption is capable of treating between 20 and 30 lenses an hour. Users control the coating “recipe” via a 3 1/2 inch touchscreen. By the way, shipping costs a cool $1,500. Click to view the auction