The Nikon Offset Bracket may look unassuming, but over the years it has become quite a collectible piece. It first appeared in Nikon’s May 1, 1956 price list, and sold for $3.95. It is an accessory unique to the Nikon Rangefinder system, and was manufactured in Japan. Due to the age and limited availability of the piece, the Nikon Offset Bracket is a rather obscure accessory for the Nikon Rangefinder system.
The Nikon Offset Bracket is small, practical and made of metal and gray plastic. It allows the shooter to mount a BC-IV or BC-V flash unit and maintain cordless flash contact, which was a new feature of the Nikon S2 (manufactured between 1954-1958). This feature permitted the shooter to position the flash in a 45 degree angle and off to the left to reduce red eye and other undesirable results of a direct flash.
Instead of manufacturing the flash to tilt 45 degrees, Nikon designers believed users of the S2 might desire the ability to use the flash with something other than a normal lens. The Nikon S2 only had framelines for a 50mm lens built in, so the bracket allows the shooter to mount a proper finder for a different lens. The result was an accessory that could accommodate both a finder and the flash. A practical and unique accessory for Nikon Rangefinder collectors!
Click HERE to view the Nikon Offset Bracket on the KEH Camera website.