Nikon F -The Modern Classic SLR Series
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The Nikkor 50mm f1.4 Auto Nikkor-S

The name, Nikkor was first adopted by Nikon Kogaku in 1935. The first Nikkor for civil use came with a bayonet mount. The camera, Hansa-Canon, has a special bayonet mount. The first Nikkor for Nikon camera was a collapsible 50mm/F3.5 for rangefinder 32 x 24mm film format Nikon I camera in 1948. The first true 24 x 36mm format was the Nikon S2 and the fastest Nikkor is 50mm/F1.1 appeared along with the Nikon S2. The subsequent model, Nikon SP in particular, offered the working pros with a system concept in rangefinder system camera in 1957. The last great Nikon rangefinder model was released in 1960, the Nikon S3-M, the one and only half frame format camera that Nikon has ever produced.

The Nikon rangefinder cameras has its days stopped because Nikon has introduced officially with a revolutionary Single Lens Reflex System camera, the Nikon F in 1959. Itv was introduced as a full system backed and concept-oriented reflex SLR camera with other new capabilities previously not possible with the rangefinder Nikon bodies/lenses combination. New possibilities such asd interchangeable viewfinders, focusing screens and a comprehensive motor drive capability. It remained in production until 1974, with over a million units sold worldwide. Widely regarded as the camera that has started the course of modern photography. The 50mm f2 Auto S Nikkor came as the first F-mount bayonet standard lens with the debut of Nikon F in February 1959 along with two other medium telephoto lenses, the 105 f2.5 Nikkor-P auto and 135mm f3.5 Nikkor-Q Auto. While the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 Nikkor S shown above was introduced much later. This compact, fairly large aperture and well designed lens is an outstanding general purpose lens for portraiture, landscape and photojournalism. It also form part of the huge Nikon optical system - the Nikkor, that centered around the famous F lens mount - which eventually peaked at more than 70 first rated manual focus Nikkor optics in the late 1980. As the Nikon F which has such an important role in the development and history of modern photography, this site, along with many other classic cameras featured, chronicles an original photographic legend and a great precision imaging instrument from Nippon Kogaku KK, Japan. Presenting a site dedicated to all the Nikon fans, by * Michael C Liu based on his original content of version one as an update version two. The primary site is currently hosted at MIT, mirrors at MIR (Both are text based) and this particular site hosting in PIM has been enhanced graphically with some add on by external parties, please select your preferences. You may also check other Nikon & Nikkor resources by Michael C Liu hosted in MIR.

NOTE:- The newly revised Nikkor Resources Website on RF NIKKOR | MF NIKKOR | AF NIKKOR are up and running now. Enjoy.

Nikon F with Phomic Finder mounted on a Nikon F36 Motor Drive unit photo contributed by  Jean-Louis Beek from Cameratique@EBAY

History & Background | The Body | Prisms | Metered Prisms | Motor Drives | Flash System | Macro/Micro Photography | Backs |
| Screens | F-Models | F-Special Variations | FAQ

Early generation of the Nikkor SLR lenses | Camera Manual(s):- PDF (1 MB) (Nikon F) | HTML

| Specifications | FTN Finder Operation |
Main Reference map in HTML & PDF:
Body with FTN Finder | FTN finder | NIKON F Camera body | External links for F & F2

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Credit: Image displayed here are courtesy of Jean-Louis Beek® where the EBAY STORE is also one of my favorite spot to look for great images on used photographic equipment. Image(s) copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

This Nikon F site is made up of a 16.1 MB and 475 items (Jpeg, gif, PDF and HTML files. The SITEMAP will provide another form of browsing.

| Michael Liu's Original Untouched Site/Resources on Nikon F/F2 |

| Message Board | for Nikon F Series SLR Camera(s)
| Message Board | for your Nikon Optics in a shared environment
| Message Board | Specifically for Dispose or Looking for Nikon/Nikkor Photographic Equipment

The Eyes of Nikon:-
Nippon Kogaku KK Rangefinder RF-Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page
Nikon Auto Focus Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page
Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses- Main Index Page
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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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number: by: my friend, Rick Oleson by: Hansen, Lars Holst

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Copyright © 1998. Michael C. Liu ® Copyright © 1998~2008. leofoo ®. MIR Web Development Team.
Credit: Hiura Shinsaku® from Nikomat Club of Japan for feeding some useful inputs on the introductory page. The great 3D logo by Kiasu; Ted Wengelaar®, Holland for his continuous flow of input of early Nikon bodies. Stephen Gandy's Cameraquest Marc Vorgers from Holland for his additinal images on Nikon F Apollo. Hayao Tanabe corrected my Red Dot and Early F assertions. Gray Levett, Grays of Westminster publishes an excellent monthly historical look at Nikon products, from where I learned about the high-speed F's. Made with a PowerMac, broadcast with a Redhat Linux powered server.

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