Nikkormat FS

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

This page is dedicated to the Nikkormat FS camera produced by Nikon between 1965 and 1971. The fame of the Nikon F camera had made the ownership of a Nikon desirable to many amateur photographers but the price was not so desirable, Nikon tried to meet this demand with the Mamiya built Nikon branded Nikkorex F, unfortunately the camera was only average at best.

Nikon designed and produced the Nikkormat to replace the Nikkorex F, it was produced in two variants, the Nikkormat FS without a built in light meter and a mirror lockup and the Nikkormat FT with a built in meter and mirror lockup. The combination of the Nikon name and a built in exposure meter made the Nikkormat FT highly successful commercially leaving the non metered Nikkormat FS virtually unsellable. Unlike it's illustrious cousin the Nikon F, the Nikkormat FS features a shutter speed control dial coaxially mounted around the lens mount, some people like this, some hate it, if you are considering purchasing one of these cameras try one first!


The relatively low production numbers of the Nikkormat FS has lead to their second hand value reaching considerably higher levels than the more practical Nikkormat FT as collectors tend to desire these cameras more as they are far less numerous.

It's quite unusual for the better camera to be worth less but this is a definite bonus for photographers intending to use a camera rather than just collect it.


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Basic specifications of the Nikkormat FS MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1965 to 1971
Lens meter coupling type N/A
Aperture coupling range N/A
ASA film speed range N/A
EV range at ASA 100 N/A
Meter sensor type if applicable None fitted
Shutter type and curtain material Vertical metal curtained focal-plane mechanical
Shutter speed range 1 to 1/1000 second + Bulb
Auto exposure modes available None
Flash exposure type and maximum sync speed Electronic flash PC socket 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 N/A
Body weight without lens attached 715g

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