Nikkormat FT

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

This page is dedicated to the superb 35mm SLR Nikkormat FT camera produced by Nikon from 1965 to 1967 to replace the Nikkorex F. The  Nikkormat FT was released at the same time as the Nikkormat FS but had a built in exposure meter!

A built in exposure meter may not seem such a big deal today but in 1965 it was state of the art, after-all TTL metering had only been introduced by Topcon earlier the same year. Combining the Nikon brand which was the 35mm SLR choice of so many Professional photo journalists with a built in TTL exposure meter at a price many amateur photographers could afford meant it sold almost as fast as they could be made.

The Nikkormatt FS with out a built in meter was a relative failure, the only reason it remained on sale for an additional four years longer than the Nikkormat FT was that in 1967 Nikon modified the Nikkormat FT's metering system from average weighed to centre weighed, designating the resultant camera the Nikkormat FTn.


The  Nikkormat FT uses a shutter speed control dial coaxially mounted around the lens mount, if you have never used a camera with this type of layout try it before you buy, some people like this design some hate it, it is also worth trying to change the meters ASA setting a few times as you may find this awkward, this was improved greatly with the introduction of the later Nikkormat FT2 and it's AI aperture system enabled successor the excellent Nikkormat FT3.


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Basic specifications of the Nikkormat FT MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1965 to 1967
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 average 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 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 No
Film rewind method Manual folding crank
Self Timer Yes - 10 seconds
Battery type and number required Single 1.3 volt mercury battery
Body weight without lens attached 745g

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