Nikkormat FT2

A brief outline of the Nikkormat FT2 manual focus SLR film camera

This page is dedicated to the Nikkormat FT2 35mm SLR camera produced between 1975 to 1978. Although the FT2 was based on the older Nikkormat FTN it now boasted a fixed flash hot shoe on top of the prism housing, the viewfinder was fitted with Nikon's new "K" screen. The ASA setting was made lockable and easier to set. Plastic "furniture" was added to the self timer and re-wind lever for increased ergonomics in line with Nikon's flagship F2 professional camera. The viewfinder exposure meter had + and - indicators added to it's display to reduce any confusion when less experienced photographers first used the camera.

These changes were based on feedback received from customers who had been using the preceding Nikkormat FTN camera, as always Nikon took seriously their customers opinions and acted accordingly wherever practical. Being a very environmentally responsible company, Nikon also considered the performance and toxicity of the 1.3 volt mercury battery which was in widespread use at the time, replacing it with a new "eco-friendly" 1.5 volt silver oxide "button" battery.

 

The Nikkormat FT2 was highly regarded by both amateur and professional photographers for it's performance and reliability but by 1977 notably lacked Nikon's latest AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing). The Nikkormat FT2's intended replacement, the Nikon FM, was still not fully developed and at least six months away from production, as a stop gap measure the FT2 design was modified to accept AI coupling lenses and produced as the Nikkormat FT3, this camera was only produced for a few months but stocks lasted until after the FM's release.

 

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Basic specifications of the Nikkormat FT2 MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1975 o 1977
Lens meter coupling type Nikon prong ("bunny ears")
Maximum aperture coupling range f/1.2 to f/5.6
ASA film speed range ASA 12 to1600
EV range at ASA 100 EV 3 to 17
Meter sensor type if applicable TTL 60/40 centre weighed CdS photo sensor
Shutter type and curtain material Vertical metal curtained focal-plane mechanical
Shutter speed range 1 to 1/1000 second + Bulb
Exposure modes available Manual only
Flash exposure type and sync speed Electronic flash PC socket + hot-shoe 1/125 sec
Interchangeable focusing screens Fixed K type split-image microprism
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 Single S76 1.5v silver oxide battery
Body weight without lens attached 780g
 

VFM Flash Memory Cards

 

VFM Flash Memory Cards

 
 

VFM Flash Memory Cards

 

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