Nikon N55 QD / F55 QD Brief Introduction/Technical Specification

 

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Specifications

Type of camera: Integral-motor autofocus 35mm single-lens reflex with electronically controlled focal-plane shutter and built-in Speedlight
Exposure modes: Auto
AUTO mode:-Vari-Program Portrait: Portrait, landscape.gif Landscape, macro.gif: close-ups, sport.gif: Sports Continuous, night.gif: Night Portrait mode)
P: Auto-Multi Program (Flexible Program possible)
S: Shutter-Priority Auto
A: Aperture-Priority Auto
M: Manual

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Picture format: 24 x 36mm (standard 35mm film format)
Lens mount: Nikon F mount (with AF coupling, AF contacts) Lens D-type AF Nikkor (except IX-Nikkor): Autofocus and all functions possible; PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D: Usable in Manual exposure mode; AF Nikkor other than D-type (except AF Nikkor for
F3AF): All functions except 3D Matrix Metering possible; AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Matrix Metering and autofocus possible; IX-Nikkor: Cannot be used; Non-CPU: Usable in Manual exposure mode (exposure meter cannot be used); Electronic Rangefinder usable with lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

Viewfinder : Fixed eye-level pentaprism, built-in deportee adjustment (-1.5 to +0.8 DP) Eyepoint 17mm (at -1.0 DP)
Focusing screen:
B-type Clear Matte Screen V with focus brackets
Viewfinder frame coverage: Approx. 89%
Finder magnification
(with illuminator) : Approx. 0.71x - 0.75x with 50mm lens set to infinity
Viewfinder information:
Focus indications, focus area, shutter speed, aperture, electronic analogue exposure display/Exposure Compensation value display, Exposure Compensation, flash ready-light/flash recommended/full flash output Three sets of focus brackets (area)
Reflex mirror: Automatic, instant-retum type
Lens aperture: Instant-return. type
TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM 530 autofocus module with AF-Assist Illuminator (approx. 0.5m-3m)
Detection range: EV -1 to EV 19 (ISO 100, at normal temperature)
Lens servo:- AF
: Auto-Servo AF: camera automatically chooses Single Servo AF or Continuous Servo AF operation according to the subject status, i.e. stationary or moving. * Single Servo AF (focus is locked when the subject is in-focus) * Continuous Servo AF (camera continues to focus on a moving subject) Focus Tracking with Lock-On™ automatically activated by subjects status
M: Manual focus

Focus Area mode:- 1. Dynamic AF Mode with Closest-Subject Priority 2. Dynamic AF Mode 3. Single Area with M focus mode
Metering system: TTL full-aperture exposure metering system. Three metering systems selectable (limitations with lens used) * 3D five-segment Matrix Metering: with G- or D-type AF Nikkor * Five-segment Matrix Metering: with AF Nikkor other than G- or D-type (except AF Nikkor for F3AF and IX-Nikkor), AI-P Nikkor * Centre Partial Metering: automatically selected with Manual exposure mode
Metering range:
3D Matrix Metering: EV 1-20 Centre Partial Metering: EV 1-20 (at normal temperature, ISO 100, f/1.4 lens)
Exposure meter: coupling CPU
Exposure compensation:
Exposure compensated in ±2 EV range, in 1/2 steps (except in M, Auto or Programmed Flash)
Auto Exposure Bracketing :
Bracketing range: ±2 EV; number of shots: three; bracketing steps: 0.5, 1, 1.5 or 2 EV (except in Auto or Vari-Program)
Film speed setting:
• Automatically set to ISO film speed of DX-coded film in use (manual not selectable)
Film speed range: DX: ISO 25-5000, automatically set to ISO 100 with non-DX-coded film

Shutter:- Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds:
• In Auto, Portrait, landscape.gif, macro.gif, sport.gif, night.gif, P, A: Automatically set between 30 and 1/2000 sec.
• In S: 30 to 1/2000 sec. (in 1/2 steps)
• In M: 30 to 1/2000 sec. (in 1/2 steps), Time

Sync contact:
X-contact only; flash synchronization up to 1/90 sec.
Built-in Speedlight:
In Auto, Vari-Program (except in landscape.gif or sport.gif,) Automatically activated. In P, S, A, M: activated by pressing flash lock-release button

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Guide number: 12 (at ISO 100, m); flash coverage: 28mm or longer
Flash control
:
Controlled by TTL Sensor * Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash: built-in Speedlight and CPU Nikkor lens (except in Manual exposure mode) * Standard TTL: in Manual exposure mode * Programmed Flash (Non-TTL Auto Flash): optional Speedlight and CPU Nikkor lens (except in A or M exposure mode) * Film speed range in TTL auto flash: ISO 25 to 800
Standard TTL: With built-in Speedlight, SB-28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22s, 22, 20 (See
various Nikon AF Speedlights Models) and non-CPU Nikkor lens; or with built-in . Speedlight, SB-29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22s, 22, 20 and exposure mode set to manual or metering system to Spot Flash sync mode
Flash Sync Mode :
Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), Slow Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Flash Cancel
Ready-light
:
* Flash fully charged: ready-light lights * Full output warning: ready-light blinks
Flash recommended indication:- Blinks when the subject is dark or backlit and Speedlight is recommended in P, S, A and M
Accessory shoe:
Standard ISO-type hot-shoe contact (sync contact, ready-light contact, GND), safety lock provided
Self-timer:
Electronically controlled; timer duration: 10 sec.
Film loading:
Easy loading, automatic prewind with built-in motor; film automatically advances to first frame (frame of the maximum number of available exposure) when camera back is closed
Film advance :
Automatic advance with built-in motor. Continuous shooting possible insport.gif Sports Continuous mode Film advance speed: approx. 1.5 fps (fresh batteries)
Film rewind:
Automatic rewind with built-in motor. Mid-roll rewind available
LCD panel information (illumination built-in):
Shutter speed, aperture, Exposure Compensation, Exposure
Compensation value, Auto Exposure Bracketing, Multiple Exposure, flash sync mode, focus area, battery power, frame counter, self-timer

Multiple exposure:
Selectable in P, S, A, M
Date/time imprint function (QD model only):
Built-in clock: 24-hour type with timing accuracy within ±90 seconds a month; leap year adjustment until December 31, 2049. Usable film: ISO 32 to 3200 DX-coded film Display mode: Year/Month/Day, Day/Hour/Minute, No Imprint, Month/Day/Year and Day/Month/Year Power source: one 3V CR2025 lithium battery, battery life; approx. three years (depending upon use of data imprint function and other operating conditions)
Camera back:
Hinged back with film confirmation window F55D: data imprint LCD panel/buttons

Nikon F55 Viewfinder information

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Power source : Two 3V CR2 lithium batteries
Power switch:
Power ON and OFF position
Exposure meter:
Auto meter shutoff 5 sec. after power turned on if no operations are
performed; activated by lightly pressing shutter release button after
power is turned on

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Battery power confirmation: In LCD panel, with exposure meter on; : for sufficient power; : indicates batteries are nearing exhaustion; : Blinking indicates batteries are just about exhausted

Usable number of 36-exposure film rolls
per set of two 3V lithium batteries

At 20°C/68°F

at -10°C/14°F

Without flash

Approx. 45

Approx. 27

With flash for half of all exposures

Approx. 11

Approx. 7

* For autofocus operation using an AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D lens, covering the full range from infinity (oo) to the closest distance and back to infinity (OO) before each shot, with a shutter speed of 1/125 sec. or faster  

Tripod socket: 1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D): F55
: Approx. 129 x 92 x 65mm; F55D: Approx. 129 x 92 x 67.5mm
Weight (without batteries):
F55: Approx. 350g , F55D: Approx. 360g
Optional exclusive accessories:
Soft case CF-62

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* Caution: Infrared film cannot be used with this camera, because the F55(d) detects the film perforation with an infrared ray. The viewfinder image will become slightly darker when batteries are not installed. All specifications apply when fresh batteries are used at normal temperature (20 degrees Celcius). Specifications and design are subject to change without any notice

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