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Passing Up The SM-3 for a Nishika N8000 Makes the Gnome Dance!

Well, ok, do you guys remember this post a couple of months ago, where I passed up an overpriced Nishika 3D camera in the glass case and was rewarded with a cheap Royal Model O typewriter in the electronics aisle? Well, the exact reverse happened to me at that same Goodwill today: I passed up an overpriced Olympia SM3 in the glass display case and was rewarded with a cheap Nishika ($9) in the Electronics aisle. Temptation eluded, and patient frugality rewarded by the Thrift Store Gods. This makes the garden gnome dance!

The Dancing Gnome says: "All Good Things Come To Those That Wait."

The Dancing Gnome says: “All Good Things Come To Those That Wait.”

1989 Nishika N8000 Quad-Lens 3D 35mm Camera

1989 Nishika N8000 Quad-Lens 3D 35mm Camera

The N8000 takes 4 half-frame photos from the row of 30mm lenses that are spaced horizontally across the face of the camera. For each exposure, the Nishika uses 2 full 35mm frames for it's 4-half-frame images.

The N8000 takes 4 half-frame photos from the row of 30mm lenses that are spaced horizontally across the face of the camera. For each exposure, the Nishika uses 2 full 35mm frames for it’s 4-half-frame images. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s you could get these processed into lenticular 3d photos, a service which stopped around 2006. However, through the magic of caffenol-c processing, a film scanner and Photoshop – you can convert the quad-frame image into a “squiggly” animated GIF.

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What did I pass up to get the Nishika?

What did I pass up to get the Nishika?

Ayup, an Olympia SM3 in really nice condition, complete will tool packet and paperwork. This time it's the Typewriter that's overpriced at $99.99

Ayup, an Olympia SM3 in really nice condition, complete will tool packet and paperwork. This time it’s the Typewriter that’s overpriced at $99.99

Also have walked past this oak typewriter desk at Deseret all this week. $50 is a steal, but again, I have no room, and nothing to transport a desk in.

Also have walked past this oak typewriter desk at Deseret all this week. $50 is a steal, but again, I have no room, and nothing to transport a desk in.

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Yeah, includes the key.

Yeah, includes the key.

Haven't seen the likes of this before.

Haven’t seen the likes of this before.

Updated: July 29, 2015 — 11:42 am

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  1. Those GIFs make my head hurt a bit, but they are really neat combinations of analog and digital tech.

  2. That Olympia SM3 was definitely overpriced. Rather sad to see thrift stores charging so much for typewriters these days — although it was a nice perk having all that paperwork. You made the right decision passing on it!

  3. ~ Shake shakeshake, shake shakeshake, shake your b**ty!

    This makes gnome very happy! What a great find. It sometimes can be so hard to pass on something, whenever you find it later for an even better price or in better condition it makes it a lot easier the next time.

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