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Nikon F601s/N6006, 09.1990

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A very well done effort to create the Instruction Manual for Nikon F601/N6006 (External link) HTML

Alternative source:- Download a free instruction manual in PDF (12MB), courtesy of Mr. Jim/ lensinc.ltd. pls send a thank you note on my behalf.
Another source for Manual PDF Download

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Mini Showcase

F-601 was the only Nikon SLR model announced in 1990 & it was also the first Nikon to use 6v Lithium and the second Nikon that employed with a predictive type of focus system. Metering systems deployed was getting a little serious primarily because between the Nikon F801/N8008 and F401/N4004, the performance gap was quite far apart where filled the gap with this middle-of-the-road model. In fact, Nikon was smart enough to utilize this opportunity to split the camera into two models to fit various market demand. Thus, the F601 has a basic model and a F601M (read below) as alternate option. The F601 basic configuration includes: - An F801-type of AM200 AF Module powered autofocus system that work from EV -1 to 19: Single-servo (focus lock/shoot) and continuous focus AF is offered but the F601 has a better & more accurate in handling focus prediction in C mode than, even the F801, focus-priority can be disabled. Metering systems include a 5-segment Matrix, center weighted and spot meter Metering range: EV 0-19 at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens) but spot meter was less sensitive. Exposure modes available are: Program (P and Pm), aperture priority, shutter priority, manual (but no metering indication when used in this mode but it allows 1/3 stop setting increment for shutter speeds. Exposure lock possible along with exposure compensation, the latter was generously extended with ±5 stops in 1/3 stop increments. Flash modes: automatic balanced fill flash with compatible flash such as Nikon SB-24 speedlight, SB-23 etc. The built-in speedlight (GN 42 (ISO 100/feet) that has a rough coverage for 28mm wideangle, a limited working range but good enough to use it for grab or shadow-fill shots. Film speed was auto DX coded (ISO 25-5000) with manual override capability ( 6-6400) . Viewfinder has a 0.75x magnification and, approx. 92% frame coverage. Additional useful features are auto exposure bracketing, rear curtain, slow sync etc. The shutter speed range was an equally extensively offered from 30 sec - 1/2000 sec, while top sync speed was 1/125 sec. The model has a Quartz date data back as F-601QD as option. The F-601 was an interesting alternative with its wide arrays of camera features. The automatic film advance is the weaker link that can be found, it has only 2 fps speed rate, besides, the TC-AF-16A is not usable for converting manual focus Nikkor into an AF lense with this camera. Battery type is a DL-223A/CR-P2 lithium battery. The camera weighs approx. 650g (without battery).

A few useful internal/external web links for this Nikon SLR model:
Nikkor lens compatibility chart with F601/F601M/N6006/N6000
Technical Specification for F601/F601M/N6006/N6000 by Mr. Liang Wu-Cai
Reading reference as well as Flash photography with F601 by Mr. Dan Knight
Nikon F601 OR N6006 Keyword Search via Ebay

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Nikon F601M/N6000, 09.1990

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The F-601 M was a manual focus version of the F-601. On top of this, the built-in speedlight on the prism and the spot metering function have been removed from its basic configuration. Other critically important features for tasking pictures were the same with autofocus version. Well, why would anyone by a manual focus Nikon FE10 introduced later ion 1995/6 while one can get a used Nikon F601M/N6000 which offers so much better value in performance ? it focuses manually too.... The US version is called N6000 and not N6006 as one would expect it to be (click the above thumbnail to see an enlarged view).

Download a free instruction manual in PDF (8MB), courtesy of Mr. Jim/ lensinc.ltd. pls send a thank you note on my behalf. NOTE:- Another source for Manual PDF Download


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Nikon F-801s/N8008s, 03.1991

Detailed Technical Specification
with Nomenclature for Nikon F801s/N8008s

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Beginning from the 1990, Canon which has finally settled down with their successful migration from FD to EF-mount EOS system has turned very aggressive Within a year in 1990, they were a total of 4 EOS SLR models (EOS10s QD, EOS700, EOS1000QD and a manual focus EF-M) where each came with a different configuration to spread its EOS-effect to larger mass consumable market. Canon was not alone, Minolta also debut a series of models, Dynax 7xi, SPxi and 3xi hoping to regained some ground conceded to others. Amidst all these developments, Nikon revealed an upgrade based on the aging spec of F801, in March, 1991 and renamed the model as Nikon F801s/N8008s. The update was essential, as the neither the F601 nor the F801 were able to match the rivalries in AF performance, so the main enhancement of a predictive AF tracking system along with inclusion of a spot metering has elevated Nikon's line of defense for its midrange products from external aggression. Main features of the Nikon F801s/N8008s include, improved performance in autofocusing, focus tracking for moving subjects, versatile Matrix Metering with Centre-Weighted and spot metering overrides, Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash and retaining the fast metal shutter with 1/8000 second top speed with 1/250 sec. sync. in a sleek, ergonomically designed body. On the other hand, by maintaining the integrity of its lens mount, thus enabling new users to tab into whole new field of Nikon autofocusing while supporting longtime Nikon users an opportunity to upgrade to try out various advanced photographic technology available was easily one of the worth mentioned feature in this camera during the time of its introduction. Note: the F801s doesn't support autofocusing with Nikkor AF-I or AF-S lenses, you have to use manual focus instead

A few useful internal/external web links for this Nikon SLR model:
One-page Technical Specification for Nikon F801s/N8008s
Nikon MF-21 Multi Function Data Back prepared by N8008 Headquarters
Nikon F801s OR N8008s Keyword Search via Ebay
Instruction Manual for Nikon N8008s/F801s (External link) 3.0MB
Alternate source:- another free instruction manual in PDF (12MB), courtesy of Mr. Jim/ lensinc.ltd. pls send a thank you note on my behalf.
Another source for Manual PDF Download

Quality of the User Manual is is less desirable, but still - it is a Manual in PDF format.

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Nikon F-401x/N5005, 1991

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This is the 3rd model of the F-401 series and has the best of specification among all F401, so just be careful when you intend to acquire for a used F-401 as each carried with a different spec.. This upgrade shared many of the F601's specification except it has a distinctive F-401 look. One of the main difference was, the shutter speed range has been improved to operate from 30 sec to 1/2000 sec (on Programmed and Aperture-Priority auto exposure modes; 1/2000 to 1 sec. on Shutter-Priority auto and Manual exposure modes: T setting for long time exposure provided) the extended shutter speed range was similar to the F-601 and the metering uses a three zones Matrix system (EV 0 to EV 19) (for ensuring correct automatic operation in Programmed, Shutter-Priority and Aperture-Priority auto exposure modes); Centre-Weighted Metering (for Manual exposure mode or when using the AE-L button in auto exposure mode); Film speed range EV 0 to EV 19 at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens. Besides, the AF sensor is more responsive and sensitive where its detection range was also improved from approx. EV -1 to 19 (at ISO 100). The autofocus system was a TTL phase detection system using Nikon Advanced AM200 sensor module. Film speed range was also extensive as it works from ISO 25 to 5000 for DX-coded film, automatically set by DX-coded film (ISO 100 is automatically set for all non-DX-coded films) but Manual override was not possible. The Built-in TTL flash has a guide number: of 12 (Metres, at ISO 100 and 20°C) with angle of coverage for 28mm lens. The QD (Quartz Date) version, permits imprinting of Year/Month/Day, Day/Hour/Minute, No imprint, Month/Day/Year and Day/Month/Year are selectable; 24-hour built-in clock with timing accuracy within +90 seconds a month at normal temperatures and uses power source of a 3V lithium (CR2025) battery. Below are three views from the top to help you distinguish the various F401 models. If these are not enough, you can refer to the previous page for another three views from the front of the three models.


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Nikon F401 / N4004

Nikon F401s / N4004s

Nikon F401x / N5005

Download a free instruction manual in PDF (8MB), courtesy of Mr. Jim/ lensinc.ltd. pls send a thank you note on my behalf.
A few useful internal/external web links for this Nikon SLR model:
My one-page Technical Specification Nikon F401x/N5005
Nikon F401x OR N5005 Keyword Search via Ebay
Another source for Manual PDF Download

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Nikon TW 20 1989

This was a budget alternative Nikon compact with a rather odd selection of a 35-55mm f/3.8~f/5.7 Nikon lens. The zoom lens can also perform close focusing but one of the main highlight of this model was - red eye Reduction feature was incorporated in a Nikon compact camera for the first time. Few of the control buttons at the bottom of the lense was so small that they were very difficult to operate. Heavy use of plastic was another weak point in this model. In some regions, this camera was also called Zoom Touch 300 and this Nikon TW20 QD was the only model introduced in 1989.

Nikon TW Zoom 3570 1990

The fist Nikon compact model introduced for 1990 was this Nikon TW Zoom 35-70. It has a 35-70mm f/4~7.5 (also called Nikon Zoom Touch 400). It was also a budget compact where consumers who made up the main group of buyers who do not care much about differences in features but still loved to get a branded label with zoom function. The camera was equipped with a 3 focus areas focusing system as well as a Red-Eye reduction system who helped many retailers to sell it easily.

Nikon TW Zoom 3580 1991

This immensely popular Nikon TW Zoom 35-80 model which was given a lens update back in 1988 (Nikon 35~80mm f/3.5~f/7.8 from earlier 35-70mm) was being upgraded again in 1991. Nothing changed much in its basic configuration except the camera now was incorporated with a built-in dioptre adjustment. A data back was a standard feature in this model.

Nikon W35 QD 1991

Features-wise, this supposedly a Nikon RF/RD-2 upgrade was given a total revamp in design and it was even more compact than the RD2 (Nikon renamed it as Nikon W35 or One Touch 200 at some markets such as US). It came with either a choice of a Quartz Date or standard unit without databack. Nikon packed many features inside which makes it a very justified compact model camera to own & use- provided one knows how to make good use of its various touch button features (located near the lense, they were all small, hard to manipulate buttons but useful features). The lens supplied was a fixed type Nikon 35mm f/3.5 lens with close focusing down to 0.65m.

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Kodak / Nikon DCS-100 Digital Still SLR cameras, 1991. 1991. The first KODAK Professional Digital Camera System (DCS) was introduced. The KODAK DCS-100 consists of a camera back and camera winder fitted to an unmodified Nikon F3 SLR camera, and a separate digital storage unit (DSU) that connects to the camera winder. The Kodak CCD image provides either color or a monochrome image recording data with a maximum image resolution of approx.1280 x 1024-pixel image file (equivalent to 1.3 mega pixels of data). The film speeds range works from ISO 100, 200, 400, 800,* and 1600 in color or ISO 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 in B&W. More info...

NOTE: To avoid confusion, the respective Kodak DCS-Series models as well as Fuji's S-Series models were not included in the Pictorial History Main Index Page but each model will be featured in individual macro section when the year relates.

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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
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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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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
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http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
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