Eye candy: Nikon FA limited edition gold film camera

Nikon FA limited edition gold film camera
Check out this Nikon FA limited edition gold film camera listed on eBay for $12,000. The camera has never been used, it's plated with 24K gold and decorated with lizard skin. Only 2000 pieces were produced. There are also several cheaper FA gold listings priced between $1000-$2000. Additional images and information:

From Nikon's website:

"In commemoration of winning the "Camera Grand Prix" prize, Nikon FA Gold was released in Japan (Nippon). This was based on the FA, and its silver color parts such as top and bottom covers are gold-plated and the lizard skin was used for leather cover.

It was a limited edition housed in the box of paulownia wood and priced at 500,000- Japanese Yen, even the coupling ring of the barrel of AI Nikkor 50 mmf/1.4 normal lens attached was gold-plated and Nikon logotype on its lens cap was also gold-plated ......such an elaborate work.

Nippon Kogaku had made so far gold-plated cameras in small quantity which were used for commemorative gifts to dealers, but the FA Gold was the first gold-plated model that was for sale.
It is a little-known episode that they asked jeweler's advice about the maintenance of the gold-plated part before the start of the sale."

More images of the Nikon FA limited edition gold film camera are available here:


Via PopPhoto

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  • broxibear

    I always wondered who bought these type of gold cameras, and do they actually walk around taking pictures with them ?
    Here’s a gold 500CM…


  • Korné Soldaat

    yuk, that’s ugly

    • skaarj

      I could see Flavor Flav to toating this proudly.

  • mooh

    Quite ironically the FA has a plastic top plate.

  • Art

    How come I get the feeling that this doesn’t come out of Japan but Abu Dhabi? That the owner drives around in a gold plated Rolls Royce with a jewel encrusted front grill?

    While I’m at it, what’s film? Where is the screen for Live View? (joke)

    • matching

      yes… they have gold plated Audi there as well. This will fit nicely with a hookah.

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      No video? For $12000! An abomination!

      • zoetmb

        Based on the 1984 exchange rate, it originally sold for $2145 USD, which is the equivalent of $4852 today if you include inflation. Based on today’s exchange rate, even though that’s not really relevant, 500,000 Yen would also translate to $4852 U.S., although if it were being sold today, it would probably be priced at far higher than 500,000 Yen.

  • Drazen B

    Eye candy?

    More like an eyesore, sorry.

    • away

      and announces… Rob Me!

      • BernhardAS

        No no you get that wrong ! Nobody will touch you when actually out on the street with this thing. Because it marks you as from the inner circle of the master pimp.

    • 103David

      Eyesore? ‘Ya want to see eyesore, go to Leica Rumors where you can see not only that, but abominations, grotesqueries, and pure evil wreaked otherwise innocent rangefinders and others of the mirrorless.
      So sad, really.

    • jb

      so true, this almost one ups a gold tooth.

  • banzaii

    More like commemorative fail !

  • Louis PhaNikon

    $12000 OMG

    • guest

      Or one Noctilux. 😉

    • Jorge

      And a partridge in a pear tree

  • Ronan

    I had a gold FA in my collection for awhile… why the heck is this one 12 grande???

  • Rodolfo Arechiga

    Why would anyone buy this? Ridiculous!

    • phil

      the same reason anyone would buy the stock version, when he/she can get the D800 for the same price

      • phil

        I really thought this was the Df – it just looks equally awful.

  • Global

    Someone should do this for the Df which is 30% luxury and 30% cheap parts — but cover it in “Dart Frog skin” to officially announce that “Pure Photography” is dead.

    Looking forward to a Df 2 with video, 51 AF points and better fps. They can skip the gold leaf…

  • Roger Botting

    It seems like a waste of a perfectly good camera. Hopefully Nikon gave a few regular versions to starving photo students.

    • Larrry

      Seems like a waste of perfectly good gold and exotic lizards

  • Neopulse

    I’d definitely buy this. Probably in a 5 years it’ll be worth double.

  • Arthur Tazo

    For golden light photography.

    • tertius_decimus

      For golden shower photography.

  • rt-photography


  • Aldo

    kayne west selling his nikon?

  • Horrified

    OMG, that is the butt-ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. You’d have to be the world’s most OCD Nikon fanboy to find a way to keep from gagging at the sight of it. Sheesh.

  • Arthur Tazo

    Should hold value much better than a D600 does.

  • Shane Laake

    Lizard skin? I’d expect whale penis?

  • decisivemoment

    That’s a little bit Vegas for me. Looks like a prop from the Liberace museum.

  • dclivejazz

    Are you naysayers kidding me?!! This thing is a jewel.

  • Ernesto Quintero


  • mikeswitz

    Should have made this a Df option

  • Robert N

    This will go nicely with my new red mac pro

  • Maxx Louie

    You’re all haters because like me, you cannot afford this toy. If you had money to burn, and love cameras then you would buy it, even just for the heck of it. It wouldn’t be a waste of money either because the value would not depreciate. Idiots.

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      It’s not true that it wouldn’t depreciate. Gold plating is pretty much worthless. Lizard skin isn’t exactly rare. If nobody wanted to buy it there would be no value.

      Just because it’s “listed” for $12000 or even appraised at $12000 doesn’t mean you will ever get anyone to pay that much for it.

      It would be a sucker investment and a total waste of money.

    • phil

      If I had money to burn, I would buy the camera to take it apart, and pretend it to be some kind of a puzzle game.

    • a4

      …or maybe just because it really is that ugly?

    • John M

      If I had money to burn I’d like to think I had more class than to buy anything this vulgar.

  • Genkakuzai

    Haha. I just knew there would be a shitstorm of whine when I read this article, et voila.

  • Genkakuzai

    And for the record it’s out for $4.8k now ^^

  • tengris

    I knew such a camera for some 20 years. It lay in the shop window like a cobblestome for about half of the original 80’s retail price. Now it’s gone. Somebody must have bought it for 2,000 to sell it for 12,000 as well.

    Maybe I should pick the Mamiya RB 67 GOLD Edition Kit for 1,100 to sell it for a million.


    Oh dear.
    A limited edition Df cometh!

  • justletmepostdammit

    Probably looks good with a golden AK

  • rafakoy

    This is not an uncommon camera. You can usually buy it for around $1200. I’ve seen many of these on eBay trough the years.

  • steven8217

    Unfortunately, I have the none gold version and mine is still working after 27 years 🙂

  • NoMeJodas

    I’ll get this as a backup for my orange Stellar 😉

  • MB
    • phil

      you think Nikon is as desperate as Hasselblad ?

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