Nikkormat FTn

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

This page is dedicated to the Nikkormat FTn camera produced by Nikon the camera is not really a new camera but rather a Nikkormat FT with one new attribute (n for new?). The change is so small it is hard to tell the difference by looking at the specifications of the two cameras. The modification added 20g to the cameras body weight and to allow the two cameras to be visually identifiable a engraved "N" was placed above the exposure meter on the top plate.

The small difference between the cameras improves correct exposure considerably as Nikon had just changed the cameras metering from whole frame average on to what was destined to become standard 60/40 centre weighed metering.

The Nikkormat FTn's centre weighed metering was an instant successes, Nikon's current flagship professional 35mm SLR camera of the time, the Nikon F Photomic T, was similarly modified by the introduction of the new Photomic TN viewfinder in the same year (1967).


If you wish to by one of the classic co-axial style of Nikkormat cameras then the Nikkormat FT3 is by far the most practical to use of any of the range and is worth paying a little extra for as it had the "Apollo" type facelift and the lens aperture coupling was changed from the distinctive "bunny ears" to the more convenient AI system as still used today on AF lenses. The battery used in the Nikkormat FTN was a mercury one which is now unavailable as are all batteries containing toxic mercury for ecology reasons, the FT3 has no such problem, it uses silver oxide.


The Nikkormat FTn can be identified by the N abone the meter

Basic specifications of the Nikkormat FTn MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1967 to 1975
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 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
Auto exposure modes available None - 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 765g

VFM Flash Memory Cards


Nikkormat FTn top view


Nikkormat FTn back




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