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A Pictorial History...
The Rangefinder || The Nikonos || Compact Cameras
SLRs -
1959/1979 | 1980/1990 | 1991/1999 | y2k/2003 | 2004 ~

Nikonos 1, 1963

Nikonos 1, 1963

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Jointly developed with French film, La Piro technique and sold under the name of Calypso. The name Nikonos 1 was actually used after Nippon Kogaku acquired from the French. Some early models may bear with Calypso/Nikkor in the European market.

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Nikonos II, 1968

Nikonos II, 1968
Instruction Manual for Nikonos II in PDF (External Link @ CLICK HERE

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A slight improved version from the original Nikonos 1. most significant is the direct flash connection underwater or used with an adapter out of water. Some interchangeable UW-Nikkor introduced during this era came with improved DOF scales. Some models sold in European market may still bear the name Calypso. The camera adopted the modular design of the early Nikon SLR type where you can removed the entire external shell from inside. But similar to the Nikonos 1, model II was still a meter less camera. This model was eventually discontinued in 1975.

By the way, have you seen a NIKONOS II DUMMY display camera unit before ? NO ? Click here.

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<<<--- Credit: Images of the Nikonos II model shown here courtesy of Mr. Andrew Hanington | Ebay Contact| . Image copyright © 2005 All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Nikonos III, 1975

Nikonos III, 1975
Instruction Manual for Nikonos III in PDF (External Link @ CLICK HERE

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The last of the meterless Nikonos model but widely acknowledged as the best among the early batches of the Nikonos. The shutter speed range retained from 1/30 sec to 1/500 with Bulb setting and sync at 1/60 sec. Slightly heavier (790g) due to enlarged dimension. Improvement includes a revised multifunction film advance lever, rewind crank, shutter speed selector and added frame lines for 35/80mm inside the finder. Serial number may have been started from 310xxx and discontinued in 1980.


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Homepage / Ebay) Images © 2005. All rights reserved. The image at the right hand side was contributed by Mr. Jeft from Reef Images, Australia Image copyright © 2005 All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the respective contributing photographers.

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The Eyes of Nikon:-
Rangefinder RF-Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page | Nikon Auto Focus Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page

Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:-
Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm |
Lenses -
45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm |
Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm |
35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm |
100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E


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