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AF Nikonos TTL Underwater Camera, 1992
Instruction Manual (PDF) for NIKONOS RS (External link)

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Being a pioneer developer for underwater camera, Nikon introduced a stunning SLR type underwater camera which offered the sheer convenience of TTL viewing with autofocus control, solving one of the most difficult task facing photographers in underwater photography. This pricey camera with a series of dedicated AF underwater lenses were generally seen as a major breakthrough but due to its high price tags, commercially it was not as successful as anticipated by its creator but this marvelous camera marked as one of the true innovative design for its solution Nikon has developed for all underwater photographers worldwide.


Nikon f90, 1992

Nikon F90/N90, 1992

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Below is a link for you to download a copy of the User Manual, quality is less desirable, but still - it is a Manual in PDF format.

Instruction Manual for Nikon N90/F90 (External link) 4.5MB
Alternative source:- Download a free instruction manual in PDF (4.5MB), courtesy of Mr. Jim/ lensinc.ltd. pls send a thank you note on my behalf.

The F-90 was introduced in 1990. The much rumored F-901 didn't materialize, instead, the new model introduced was referred as N90 in the US or F-90 for the rest of the world. (Everyone expect that designation because of the earlier high end spec of F-801 and the newly introduced AF-I Nikkor lenses, other than the Nikon F4, lacked a capable midrange body to optimize its potential). The F-90 was the third generation of the Nikon AF system. It used an all new Nikon designed CAM 246 AF module, this improves tremendously with a quicker and more responsive AF system. Further, there were some breakthrough in the AF Nikkor lenses, where a new series of D type lenses can even relay object's distance information into metering system in the F-90. If used with a dedicated flash unit like the SB-25 (During its announcement, other newer flash workable), it extends the 3D matrix metering for TTL flash exposure control. Certain camera functions can be control or downloadable to a Sharp's palm sized Electronic Organizer (The later F90X can communicate with a notebook). The F-90 has an upgrade in 1994, called the F-90X.

Kodak /Nikon DCS-200, 1992/3
Kodak / Nikon DCS-200 Digital Still SLR cameras, 1992

The KODAK Professional Digital Camera System DCS-200 was introduced probably between 1992/3.It improved from the early 1.3 megapixel to 1.54 megapixel The camera used for the development was a Nikon F801 / N8008, it has a built-in hard drive for image recording. The camera does not required the bulky Storage Unit that came with the earlier DCS-100. So, comparatively, it is more compact and highly portable as it is without cable but still weighs approx. 1,7 kg The 14 x 9.3mm imager delivers 1524 x 1012 pixels image capacity.. The size of the picture in viewfinder of DCS 200 is near of the size of 24 x 36 and to obtain the equivalent focal length in 24 x 36, it is necessary to divide the focal by 2.6X.An immediate update was the DCS-410 which used the newer Nikon F801s/N8008s as the chassis. Spot meter was included. Read MORE variations of the DCS 400-series below.. Or directly seek More info with this model...



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Nikon F50 / N50, 1994

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Instruction Manual for Nikon N50/F50 (External link) 2.5MB
Quality of the User Manual is is less desirable, but still - it is a Manual in PDF format.
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There are good and bad feelings. Because this is the first entry Nikon models that let go with the traditional prong which means this camera can't hook older Nikkor lenses anymore onto it. The marketing leaflet doesn't indicates this fact. Thus, those who has bought this camera has to use the AF Nikkor to bring out its best in performance at the expense of tap in the huge used market of older MF Nikkor - could it be the start of worst thing to come ? May be Nikon assume and figures out that new batch of new SLR users may not interested in the manual lenses anymore, further, some of the operational functions truly needs the AF Nikkor to perform, it can be difficult for a new SLR user to figure out the controls. Good things is, Nikon finally has a very good model at entry level. You can use the simple start off control to take pictures (Some basic icons will leads you to how to..) and there are some advance controls for the users to explore, I can't say those are simple functions - in fact, this camera has packed very sophisticated Nikon technologies within and to summarize it, it has the potential for a growth for those who might be serious into photography in time to come.

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Nikon F90x/N90s, 1994

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Instruction Manual for Nikon N90s/F90x (External link) 5.8MB
Above is a link for you to download a copy of the User Manual, quality is less desirable, but still - it is a Manual in PDF format.
Send a thank you note on behalf for me as well after downloading.

Technical Instruction Manual for Nikon MB-10 (PDF):-
http://24.237.160.4/files/photography/Nikon/Manuals/MB10srv/MB10.PDF

* Credit: Bowa, Taiwan for mailing me the missing link.

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Shown is Nikon's N90s, a US version of the F90X. Despite it has a similar exterior appearance as with the other Nikon mid range bodies, but it is feel solid and extremely well made. As the name suggested, it is an upgrade of the F90. But under the almost identical exterior, inside is a different beast all together. The F-90x was the most advanced SLR that Nikon has ever produced until the arrival of the F5 in 1996. Newer CPU, AF software and the use of a CAM 246 AF module greatly improve the AF performance especially in the focus tracking that can synchronize with its built-in 4.1 fps film advance device. The AF sensor now came with a wide area and spot sensor, the wide area sensor employed is a cross-type sensor with 7mm horizontal detection area. Also incorporated a instant reset mode button. Three metering modes in an enhanced 3-D Matrix, Center-weighed and Spot metering. The exposure control is the most sophisticated among all available SLRs on the market: It has Auto Program, Flexible Program, (Vari-Program, Portrait Program, Portrait Program with red eye reduction, Hyper focal Program, Landscape Program, Silhouette Program, Sport Program, Close-up Program); Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, AE-Lock and a conventional Exposure Compensation from -5EV to + 5EV in 1/3 increments ! The TTL Matrix has been upgraded with 3D Multi Sensor Balanced Fill flash capability along with a host of the most advance flash features available todate, this has made Nikon leads in terms of flash exposure control technologies. Generally, Nikon claims a 25% improvement in its AF speed over the earlier available models. But more importantly, the F-90x has held Nikon's flag high to supplement the slightly aged F4's AF system until the arrival of F5. Despite the announcement of the F-100, sources from Nikon said, the F90x will be here to stay...

recommended site: F90X/N90s FAQ
http://web.mit.edu/cai/www/nikon/N90sFAQ.html

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Nikon N70 / F70QD, 1994

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Instruction Manual for Nikon N/70/F70QD (External link) 3.2MB while it is still available
Alternative source:- Download a free instruction manual in PDF (4.0MB), courtesy of Mr. Jim/ lensinc.ltd. pls send a thank you note on my behalf. Or try here: download in parts

Using Nikon's CAM274 autofocus module for autofocus detection. Programmed Auto (Auto-Multi Program and Vari-Program), Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto and Manual. Highlights are QR button where the original or favorite camera settings can be recalled; up to three settings can be memorized and a Multi functions LCD panels. It takes AI and AF Nikkor lenses.

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Nikon FM2n/T (Titan), 1994

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The old faithful workhorse finally came with a upgraded, different cosmetic, though specifications remain the same. Kind of disappointing to see basic "modern" essentials like: there aren't any TTL flash or spot/matrix metering features built in with this upgrade. But the FM2 series hold the distinction of being the rare few Nikons that has a variation, along with a commemorative model, the year of the dog (Saved your time, you won't find it in retail outlets, Nikon has never publicized it because it was a request by the Taiwanese distributor's idea, only a small sum of 300 units were produced.

Kodak /Nikon DCS-410, 1994

Kodak / Nikon DCS 420 D-SLR

Kodak / Nikon DCS 460 D-SLR

Kodak/Nikon DCS-410,1994.

Kodak/Nikon DCS-420

Kodak/Nikon DCS-460

Kodak / Nikon DCS-410 DCS-420 & DCS 460 Digital Still SLR cameras, 1994 ~1997

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As it is quite hard to explain in a summary page for these three models which used both the Nikon F90 & F90X (N90/N90s) chassis with the image resolution for the three models also varies greatly and the date of launching also was different, IF you are interested in more information, Another variation was a NC2000e which shared many similarities with the DCS-400 series, It was designed for AP (associated Press Photographers..

go to the featured site.

DCS 410 & DCS 420 (420c, 420m, 420IR)   The imager produces a field of view equal to using a lens with 2.6X the focal length of the lens in use as indicated in the representative lenses listed in the following figure. For example, an 18 mm lens performs approximately like a 50 mm lens.
DCS 460 (460c, 460m)   The imager produces a field of view equal to using a lens with 1.3X the focal length of the lens in use as indicated in the representative lenses listed in the following figure. For example, an 18 mm lens performs approximately like a 24 mm lens.
NC2000e (NC2000e*)   The imager produces a field of view equal to using a lens with 1.5X the focal length of the lens in use as indicated in the representative lenses listed in the following figure. For example, an 18 mm lens performs approximately like a 28 mm lens.


The period between 1992 to 1993 was a replication of the mad rush of Nikon compact models back 1984-1986. Panoramic mode was one of the key selling points and it was like a standard feature found in many Nikon models during this stage. Next, focal lengths for Nikon compact have broke technological barrier at both ends (28mm (W) & 105mm (T). One of the best body spec. and most elegant look Nikon 35mm compact, the Nikon 35Ti was also introduced in 1993.

Nikon 35mmTi, 1993 Nikon 28Ti, 1994

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The Nikon 35mm Ti Quartz Date (1993) was the first Nikon compact camera that has a Nikkor (not "Nikon" lens) lense. The 35mm f/2.8. Similarly, the Nikon 28Ti Quartz Date which was introduced a year later in 1994 also carried a higher end 28mm f/2.8 Nikkor-spec optic. Both of these bodies have many original Nikon innovations. They are the first Nikon AF/AE compacts that were not just embodied with metal but Titanium - a metal that carries a property extremely resistant to impact, corrosion as well very lightweight (but they are very hard to mould as die cast camera structure, equally they are more expensive). The top panel display system was innovative enough, instead of s cut corners LCD display, Nikon has designed an unique, match needle gauge cluster (something like a chronometer watch-type of display) for various information that relate to picture taking. Shutter speeds were quartz time from 2 sec to 1/500 sec. ISO range from 25-5000, with an panorama switch over selector at its rear. The metering was powered by a either a classic Center-Weighted average or a 6 segments 3D-Matrix metering system. The autofocus system employed 833 steps for precise focusing from 1.3' to infinity or you can manual focus via a pre focus method. Exposure modes include Programmed or Aperture priority AE with an additional AE-Lock. In manual mode, shutter speed can be set to as low as 10 minutes. Others Red-Eye reduction, self-timer, auto speedlight, battery status indicator, flash ready-iight and the data back can imprint all essential date/time, picture frame information but it can be canceled or mute the all-data print mode. However, one of the key highlight of this superb Nikon compact was actually centered on the 6 element in 4 group 35mm f/2.8 Nikkor, because this was the first time, Nikon has specially designed a Nikkor lens for its compact models. The lens was reputedly consist of even an ED glass element as well as Nikon NIC is applied on all lens elements throughout.

The Nikon 28mm Ti Quartz Date carried many similarities with the 35Ti QD in its various control and operational sequence. The main differences between the two were: The 28mm Ti was available in black paint finish.; the lense was a 7 elements in 5 group Nikkor 28mm f/2.8; it has a separate and more friendly-to-use Flash-off selector. Both of these elite Nikon compacts have showcased some of the best of camera technologies from the SLR to the compact cameras. Both are highly collectible units.

I will create a featured site for these two classic Nikon compact bodies later (as I owned both, and I like them.).

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Various Nikon compact cameras introduced from 1992-1994

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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 |
Standard
Lenses -
45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm |
Super-Telephoto
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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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
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
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

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