Nikon MF Film Cameras

Nikon - The First producer of a widely accepted professional 35mm manual focus SLR film camera!

Until Nikon introduced the Nikon F camera in 1959 most professional photo journalists were firmly attached to their 35mm rangefinder cameras, and in particular their Leica M4's or Nikon SP's, The Nikon F soon replaced these for several reasons, if you have the chance to look through and focus a rangefinder camera of this period and a Nikon SLR you will immediately see the attraction of a SLR camera, add to this the ability to build a customised camera for the task in hand from Nikon's ever expanding F system, and there was little to recommend the rangefinder cameras other than size and weight.

The SLR did have few disadvantages, it was larger, heavier and relatively noisy, so the change did not happen immediately, some photographers needed to be unobtrusive and travel light. Nikon's main interest was in lenses and they soon realised they were missing a major part of amateur market who could not afford a Nikon F, their solution was to do a deal with another Japanese manufacturer who

 
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had a cheap and simple camera ready to go into production, a Nikon lens mount was grafted on to the design and the 1962 Nikkorex F was born! The Nikkorex F proved to be something of a weak link in the Nikon range and so in 1965 Nikon launched it's own superior amateur camera bodies, the Nikkormat FT and FS.

A similar arrangement happened again in 1995 when the Nikon FM10 and Nikon FE10  were introduced in 1996 using Cosina built bodies and the Nikon lens mount.

 

Nikon F

Nikon manual focus SLR film camera timeline

Introduction

Camera Model

Metering

Motor Drive

1959

Nikon FNoneExternal

1962

Nikkorex FNoneNone
1962Nikon F PhotomicNon TTL CdSExternal
1965Nikon F Photomic TTTL CdSExternal
1965Nikkormat FTTTL CdSNone
 

Nikkormat EL

1965

Nikkormat FSNoneNone

1967

Nikon F Photomic TN

TTL CdS

External
1967Nikkormat FTnTTL CdSNone
1968Nikon F Photomic FTnTTL CdSExternal
1970Nikon F2NoneExternal
1971Nikon F2 PhotomicTTL CdSExternal
1972Nikon F Apollo FTnTTL CdSExternal
1972Nikkormat ELTTL CdSNone
 

Nikon FE

1973

Nikon F2S PhotomicTTL CdSExternal

1975

Nikkormat FT2TTL CdS 

1975

Nikon F2SB Photomic

TTL Photo DiodeExternal
1976Nikkormat ELWTTL CdSExternal
1977Nikkormat FT3TTL CdS 
1977Nikon EL2TTL Photo DiodeExternal
1977Nikon F2A PhotomicTTL Photo DiodeExternal
1977Nikon FMTTL Photo DiodeExternal
 

Nikon FM2n

1977Nikon F2AS PhotomicTTL Photo DiodeExternal
1978Nikon FETTL Photo DiodeExternal

1979

Nikon EMTTL Photo DiodeExternal

1980

Nikon F3

TTL Photo DiodeExternal
1982Nikon F3hpTTL Photo DiodeExternal
1982Nikon FM2TTL Photo DiodeExternal
1982Nikon FGTTL Photo DiodeExternal
1983Nikon FM2nTTL Photo DiodeExternal
 

Nikon FM10

1983Nikon FE2TTL Photo DiodeExternal
1983Nikon FATTL MatrixExternal
1984Nikon FG20TTL Photo DiodeExternal

1985

Nikon F301 (N2000)TTL Photo DiodeInternal

1990

Nikon F-601M (N6000)TTL MatrixInternal

1995

Nikon FM10

TTL Photo DiodeNone
1996Nikon FE10TTL Photo DiodeNone
2001Nikon FM3aTTL Photo DiodeExternal
 

Nikon SLR MF
Film Cameras

 

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