Nikkorex F

A brief outline of the Nikkorex F manual focus SLR film camera

This page is dedicated to the Nikkorex F camera produced for Nikon by Mamiya and the first ever production camera with the Copal metal curtain mechanical focal plane shutter. Following the success of the legendary Nikon F it was obvious a Nikon camera was seen as highly desirable by photographers of all types, however, the high quality of the Nikon F was reflected in the production and retail cost, only professional photographers could justify or afford the expense. Nikon realised it would need a far cheaper camera if it wanted to be able to sell it's dedicated lens system to a far winder client base. New camera designs do not occur over night but Mamiya had a new 35mm SLR camera ready to go into production, a deal was struck between the two companies to change the lens mount to Nikon's and sell it branded as the Nikkorex F.

It can not be said that the Nikkorex F was a great camera but it was affordable and increased the user base of Nikon's lenses considerably, it also gave Nikon a "foot hold" in the 35mm SLR camera consumer market before they had fully developed


their own, more consumer orientated, competitively priced Nikkormat FT and Nikkormat FS, the introduction of these "real Nikon" cameras marked the end of the Nikkorex F but not it's production as the rights to the design were sold to Ricoh who re-named the camera the Singlex and produced it for several more years. This might appear a bad thing from Nikon's perspective but as the Nikon lens mount was retained it increased the Nikkor lens consumer base still further and Nikon has always been primarily an optical company, the cameras create the lens market! 


Nikkorex F Copal Square Shutter

Basic specifications of the Nikkorex F MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1962 to 1965
Lens meter coupling type None
Aperture coupling range N/A
ASA film speed range N/A
EV range at ASA 100 N/A
Meter sensor type if applicable Optional externally coupled selenium meter
Shutter type and curtain material Vertical metal curtain mechanical focal plane
Shutter speed range 1 to 1/1000 second + Bulb
Auto exposure modes available None
Flash exposure type and maximum sync speed 1/125 sec
Interchangeable focusing screens No
Interchangeable viewfinder heads No
Interchangeable backs No
Film advance method Single stroke lever
Motor drive or Auto winder availability None
Film rewind method Manual folding crank
Self Timer Yes - 10 seconds
Battery type and number required None
Body weight without lens attached 454g

Nikkorex F ASA Reminder Dial


Nikkorex F with externally coupled exposure meter - rear view


Nikkorex F top view with coupled light meter


VFM Flash Memory Cards



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