Nikkormat ELW

A brief outline of the Nikkormat ELW manual focus SLR film camera

This page is dedicated to the Nikkormat ELW camera produced by Nikon from 1976 to 1977. The ELW is based on the earlier Nikkormat EL camera which had already been in production for four years, it is virtually identical apart from the cameras ability to accept Nikon's AW-1 auto-winder.

The Nikon AW-1 is a simple auto-winder which winds the camera has taken a picture, it has no release button relying on the normal shutter release to operate the shutter. Wind-on time is about half a second resulting in about 2 fps, it uses six 1.5 volt AA batteries which will last for approximately 125-160 film cassettes. The AW-1 winder will make the  Nikkormat ELW weigh about 50% more than normal.

The successor to the Nikkormat ELW, the Nikon EL2 was released a year later, it also utilised the AW-1 winder, the main improvements being the new AI aperture coupling system combined with a silicon Diode light sensor making it a more practical camera to use although perhaps less appealing to camera collectors.


The Nikon ELW like all the EL series cameras, has one rather annoying design feature, this is the location of it's six volt battery, as the battery is quite large the only available space was in the mirror box. To change batteries it is necessary to first remove the lens and then slide the battery cover/door (located midway between the shutter and lens mount) sideways. When the door hinges up the battery can be seen but is almost imposable to remove, however opening the door further, past the slight resistance, will eject the battery automatically.


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Basic specifications of the Nikkormat ELW MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1976 to 1977
Lens meter coupling type Nikon prong ("bunny ears")
Maximum aperture coupling range f/1.2 to f/5.6
ASA film speed range ISO 25 to 1600
EV range at ASA 100 EV 1 to 18
Meter sensor type if applicable TTL centre weighed CdS photo sensor
Shutter type and curtain material Vertical metal foil focal-plane electronic
Shutter speed range 4 to 1/1000 second + Bulb
Exposure modes available Aperture priority + manual
Flash exposure type and maximum sync speed Electronic flash hot-shoe 1/125 sec
Interchangeable focusing screens Fixed K2 type split-image microprism
Interchangeable viewfinder heads No
Interchangeable backs No
Film advance method Single stroke lever
Motor drive or Auto winder availability AW-1 auto-winder (approximately 1.7 fps)
Film rewind method Manual folding crank
Self Timer Yes - 10 seconds
Battery type and number required One PX-28 or 4SR44 6v silver oxide battery
Body weight without lens attached 790g

VFM Flash Memory Cards


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