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In 1998, the COOLPIX series have gone through some radical changes in their designs. First, the 3rd model, COOLPIX 600 has reverted back to conventional compact P&S camera design. This compact (measures 109.5 x 60 x 44.5mm) light weight (210g) COOLPIX model has an image resolution improved greatly from previous models as it incorporated with an 1/2.7-in. 1.08 megapixel CCD sensor. The lense used is a Nikon 5mm f/2.8 (36mm in 35mm format) that comes with a 2x digital zoom. From this model onwards, the COOLPIX began to accept Compact Flash card as storage medium. It sold separately with either NTSC model or PAL system. A dedicated, detachable speedlight, SB-E600 was offered as optional accessory. The camera uses 2 X 1.5V FR6 (AA-size lithium) batteries or one 2.4V NiCd battery. An even more "daring" design was the COOLPIX 900 Series models. The COOLPIX 900, with an image quality improved by almost 3 folds from the 100. uses a 1/2.7-in. 1.3-MP CCD sensor which has an ISO equivalent 64 and a 3X zoom Nikkor lense (2X digital zoom) (38-115mm equivalent in 35mm format) . Other features include are auto white balance with five manual white balance settings; a 2" low-temp poly-silicon TFT LCD and able to accept Compact Flash card. An alternate version with purple colour outfit, 910 has added features such as Multi-Flash Sync terminal and Exposure Compensation by 1/2 EV steps.
The Nikon F5 50th Anniversary Model, 1959-1999.
This limited edition Nikon F5 camera was introduced to commemorate the Company 50th year in the camera manufacturing of camera. It has a new DP-30 finder that uses an old Nikon typeface similar to the Nikon rangefinder. The camera body has a distinctive Titanium look with its coloured plate on the top panel and you can easily distinguished it with the standard Nikon F5 with the gray colour strip at the inner section o the hand grip. Incidentally, it was also marked as a double celebration as the F5 being awarded as Grand Prix award, Japan camera of the year. Less considerate was the omission of a Multi-Function Control back MF-28 as its standard accessory.
Kodak/Nikon DCS-620, 620x, 660
Kodak / Nikon DCS-620(x) & DCS-660 Digital Still SLR cameras, 1999
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05.1999. Kodak updated their top of the line DCS series using a Nikon F5 chassis, It was the 6th Nikon SLR models that Kodak used in modifying them as digital SLRs. Each of the early version of the Kodak DCS620 and the later DCS 660 models have diffirent technical configurations with differing image resolution (Performance of the subsequent DCS-760 (2001) was also varied).. See below for a quick overview on the Kodak DCS-600 series:-
DCS 620: 2 million pixel imager (2:3 aspect ratio) operating at 200 - 1600 ISO
DCS 620x: 2 million pixel imager (2:3 aspect ratio) operating at 400 - 4000 ISO
DCS 660: 6 million pixel imager (2:3 aspect ratio) operating at 80 - 200 ISO
DCS 660M: 6 million pixel imager (2:3 aspect ratio) operating at 320 - 800 ISO
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Nikon D1Digital Still SLR camera, 09.09.1999.
Nikon press release back in 1998/9 on development of its "New "Digital SLR bodies..
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PDF Instruction Manual (6.9MB) for Nikon Capture 2.0 | PDF Instruction Manual (12.2MB) for Nikon Capture 3.0
PDF Instruction Manual (11.9MB) for Nikon Capture 4.0 | PDF Instruction Manual (6.0MB) for Nikon Capture 4.1
The debut of this Digital Nikon SLR changed the landscape for photography. The well acceptance of the consumers towards the sheer convenience of digital imaging has made the respective manufactures to pour all their development effort into developing this camera type. The D1 is not an all cheap SLR to own but it did offer a more reasonably entry into the medium than the comparing Kodak/Nikon Digital Models as well as Nikon's own version of the Nikon/Fujix range of E-series models. The D-1 development also has indirectly terminate further development of the E-series models. The E-3 which actually introduced barely few months later after the D-1 was he last of the series. With the introduction of the D1, photography will never be the same again and it spearheaded a new wave in consumer electronic for photography. See Kodak Digital camera section
One the Nikkor lense section, Nikon revealed another fabulous Zoom lense with AF-S technology.
The 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED as well as another new breed Nikkor, PC-Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D. On the other hand, the digital -ready Nikon SB-28DX replaced the SB-28
Nikon F-100, 13.12.1999
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The F100 was
actually introduced along with three other Nikon SLRs in December, 1999. The others
are the Nikon E3s, Nikon APS Pronea S as well as the Nikon F60/.N60.
A long 2 years wait to see this seemingly a F90X upgrade after the introduction of the Nikon F5. Important point is Nikon finally has a midrange model after the flagship F5 to change the way how a Nikon user handles the inputs by command dials & other operational features such as focusing area selector. More comforting is Nikon finally realizes where their strength is. So, we finally have a true good Nikon feel of high quality autofocus camera in the F-100 if one cannot afford the Nikon F5. The camera shared the same F5's Multi-CAM 1300 autofocus module and it accepts latest AF as well as most of the manual focus AI Nikkor lenses (With limitation). You can utilize the 22 custom settings to fine-tune and personalize the F-100. Slight drawback is the omission of the RGB color sensor used in the F5 but it is a top class film-based SLR if measures by any standard. Compared the F100 body with the F5 physically.
|Note: AI lenses have
limitation of the full features with F-100, such as the 80mm f1.4 illustrated here. i.e. Non-CPU Nikkor lenses only usable in
Aperture-Priority Auto or Manual exposure mode, Centre-Weighted or Spot Metering.
Electronic Rangefinder usable with lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Although Nikon would not like the F-100 being classified as an upgrade of the F90X, instead it is being termed as an new breed of modern Nikon AF SLR. Neither the price range reflects that sort of self grading by Nikon (It was priced between the F5 and the F90X !). But over all, apart from a hefty price tag it came along with it, the camera is still undeniably a truly top performer in every aspect and packs with it a host of awesome features where the best available current Nikon AF SLR technologies can offer to a user.
Nikon F100 Custom Functions
Full Specification available.
Instruction Manual for Nikon F100 (External link) 3.8MB while it is still available
Another source for Manual PDF Download
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A much improved model from the previous E2N(s). The E3 series - comprised of Nikon E3 and E3s - was the 3rd model from the joint-development effort between Fuji Film (sold as "Fujix" Or "Fuji DS- Series) by latter). It uses the Reduction Optical System "ROS" which enables Nikkor lenses to capture "virtually" identical "full frame" picture angles and aspect ratios as they do when mounted on conventional film cameras, even with wideangle and fisheye lenses. Although from the basic configuration, this camera was quite similar with the earlier E2/E2s and E2N/E2Ns models except of cause the E3 series models can deliver a higher resolution at 1.4 million (1,364 x 1,032) total pixels as compared to E2N's 1.3 million pixels (1,280 x 1,000 array) BUT actually within the body, there are MANY MORE other enhancement. But its basic configuration in its design is feeling the stress as user expectation was high. A year later, Nikon D1 was announced and the partnership between Nikon and Fuji on this model ended. Note Nikon stated a few versions in when the E3 was launched, the press release was dated in late, 1999. While the Hapanese version stated it was introdcued in late 1998..
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Barely months later, Nikon has revised the design of the COOLPIX again with the COOLPIX 700 & 800 adopted a designed with a nice, curved out hand grip and the lens positioned on the far left hand side. It serves to assist the higher spec COOLPIX 950 that some users may not like the rotating concept. It uses the same 1/2" 2.11 megapixel CCD sensor that and has a 2.5X digital zoom with its 35mm Nikkor lense. Incidentally, the COOLPIX was also the first Coolpix that employed with a Nikkor optic instead of Nikon lense. Two image sizes are provided in either full size or VGA. The LCD is a 1.8" TFT screen. The COOLPIX 800 has a few improvements made from the 700 model. It is a 2x Zoom Digital Camera that upgraded with a 2X Zoom-Nikkor where four quality modes are available which includes a Hi mode which delivers uncompressed TIFF files. 3 image sizes are provided in either Full-size, VGA or QVGA. Other features are a 5-modes Tone Compensation and similarly, a 1.8-in. low-temp. poly silicon TFT LCD monitor are provided.
The COOLPIX 950 was the top Nikon digital compact camera model during 1998. Its design was adopting the two evolving hold & shoot section first seen on the COOLPIX 900. The CCD used is a 1/2-in. high-density CCD that delivers a maximum image resolution of 2.11 million (1,600 x 1,200 pixels; XGA-size (1,024 x 768), VGA-size (640 x 480) selectable). The optic deployed is a 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 7-21mm (35mm  format equivalent to 38-115mm) / f/2.6-4 with macro; Multicoated 9 elements in 7 groups; All elements are made of glass; Glass-molded aspherical lens element included 2.5x digital zoom. The AF system used is a Contrast-detect TTL AF; 4,746-step autofocus control including macro range; Switchable between 1.) Normal AF and 2.) Macro. The focusing modes:-1) Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor), 2.) Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu), 3.) Manual [10 steps from 10cm (3.9 in.) to infinity (i)]. The LCD panel is a 2-in., 130,000-dot, low temp poly-silicon TFT LCD; Backlight/brightness adjustment available (3 steps); Frame coverage: approx. 97%. The storage/medium ca Digitally stored (uncompressed TIFF or compressed JPEG) Media: Compact Flash® (CF) Card; Modes and No. of frames (With 8MB CF Card): Hi (uncompressed): Approx. 1 Fine (approx. 1/4 compressed): Approx. 8 Normal (approx. 1/8 compressed): Approx. 16 Basic (approx. 1/16 compressed): Approx. 32. Capture mode:-1.) Single, 2.) Continuous (approx. 1.5 frames per second (fps) for full-size images), 3.) Multiple Continuous (16 frames in 1/16 size); metering systems:- 3-mode TTL metering; 1.) 256-segment Matrix, 2.) Center-Weighted, 3.) Spot: Exposure control:-Programmed Auto [P]; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture-Priority Auto [A]; Exposure compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps); White Balance:- Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control; can be set manually for 1.) Sunny, 2.) Cloudy, 3.) Incandescent, 4.) Fluorescent light and 5.) Flash conditions. The Built-in Speedlight delivers Guide number: 9/30 (at ISO 100, m/ft.) Flash control: sensor flash system Flash modes: 1.) Auto Flash, 2.) Flash Cancel, 3.) Anytime Flash, 4.) Slow Sync, 5.) Red-Eye Reduction (illuminates for 0.8 second before main flash) but it accepts external speedlight as well. Power requirements is more flexible, 4 x 1.5V LR6 (alkaline AA-size [L40]) batteries; 1.5V FR6 lithium, 1.2V Ni-MH or 1.2V NiCd AA-size batteries can also be used; AC adapter (optional). Optional accessories :AC Adapter EH-30, Telephoto Converters TC-E2 (2x) / TC-E3ED (3x), Wideangle Converters WC-E24 / WC-E63, Fisheye Converter FC-E8, Slide Copy Adapter ES-E28, Multi-Flash Bracket Unit SK-E900, 64 / 96MB Compact Flash™ Cards (EC-64 / 96CF), PC Card Adapter EC-AD1
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Nikon Claims the Pronea-S's body is the world's smallest in volume and smallest and lightest among all lens interchangeable autofocus SLRs as at September 1998.
NOTE: Pronea 600i and Pronea-S are both APS format SLR camera.
Full Specification (HTML) and main reference map (PDF - 277k) available. Attractively styled in chrome finish. Three new IX Nikkor lenses were announced: 30-60mm f4-5.6, 20-60mm f3-5.6 and a 60-180mm f4-5.6 IX-Zoom Nikkor. Other noticeable features are the new dedicated Power Pack in MB-11 that takes AA Alkaline and Lithium cells; a optional Remote Controller ML-L1 that can handle 5 m away; a Wireless Slave Flash Controller SU-4 that lets you handle multiple TTL flash with dedicated Speedlite The F mount also takes virtually all AF Nikkor, including the latest AF-S Nikkor lenses. When a non-CPU equipped manual focus AI lenses is used, exposure meter will be canceled Over all, a big leap in design concept than the earlier Pronea model.
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Alternate Source Instruction Manual for Nikon N601/F60 in PDF (External Link @ butkus.org) CLICK HERE
Instruction Manual for Nikon N/60F60 (External link) 3.8MB while it is still available
First entry model to adopt similar to F5's style hand grip and layout of control. Provides Manual or user-controlled Automatic Mode with AF/Manual focusing system (TTL Auto-Servo AF or Continuous-Servo AF with focus tracking phase detection system using Nikon AM200 autofocus module; AF-Assist Illuminator provided Autofocus detection range; Approx. EV-1 to 19 (at ISO 100). It can use AF Nikkor lenses, AI-P-type Nikkor lens (iX-Nikkor cannot be used). Highlights: Diopter adjustment, Viewfinder Illuminator, Autofocus lock; Exposure modes: general-purpose Program, Auto-Multi Program (Flexible Program and Exposure Compensation possible), S: Shutter-Priority Auto, A: Aperture-Priority Auto, M: Manual, and five Vari-Program modes (Portrait, Landscape, close-ups, Sport, Night Scene); Programmed Auto exposure control: Both shutter speed and aperture are automatically set Shutter-Priority Auto exposure control: Aperture automatically selected to match manually set shutter speed in S mode; Aperture-Priority & Manual Exposure control; Auto exposure lock; Exposure compensation ((+/-)3 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps (in P, S, A and M mode); Exposure metering: 3D Matrix: with D-type AF Nikkor; Six-segment Matrix: with non-D-type AF Nikkor, AI-P Nikkor; Center-Weighted: in Manual exposure mode or with Auto Exposure Lock; Exposure range: EV 1 to 20 at ISO 100; Shutter speed; 30 to 1/2000 sec + Long Time Exposure (M mode); Film speed range: ISO 25 to 5000, Auto Film loading/rewind, mid roll rewind possible. Built-in TTL Speedlight; Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash: Possible with with compatible Nikon TTL speedlights (Standard TTL flash: Activated when using a non-CPU lens). It uses Two CR123A or DL123A-type lithium batteries. NOTE: Shutter speed/aperture adjustment is via a Command Dial.
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED, 09.9.199. An important zoom-optic by Nikon as it enables the Nikon system ranks one of the best manufacturers that offers professionals wider choice of optic lense in all round apllications. Compatible with the full selection of Nikon SLR cameras and with the Nikon Digital SLRs. The AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED was introduced an ultra-wide-angle rectilinear zoom lens. With a constant aperture of f/2.8, it also provides shortest close-focusing distance in its class - merely 0.28m (0.9 ft.), built-in Silent Wave Motor as well as ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass + aspheric lens elements in a new optical design. Other features include M/A mode, which lets users switch quickly from automatic to manual focusing, even during AF servo operation & the lens drive operation consumes no power during manual focusing. It is a big and heavy zoom but delivers results to meet ever demanding professional expectation.
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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 |
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