Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikkormat EL - Features & Controls Part I


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Since the mechanical Nikkormat cameras were, in many ways, a successful series for Nikon commercially, the electronic version in the original EL was quite welcomed with unanimous enthusiasm by many critics and magazine writers at the time it was launched.

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As I said, an electronic camera like the EL, launched during the "all mechanical" era, had to prove its merit not only in terms of advanced design and quality of construction but, above all, as a superbly practical and capable camera for photography in all its forms, from the everyday to the most sophisticated situations.

Among the many decisively new features offered by the Nikkormat EL are, firstly, its electronically-controlled shutter. It offers an obtainable speed accuracy at every setting and maintains perfect repeat accuracy every time any given speed is selected.When integrated with the "center-weighted" meter system adopted by earlier Nikkormats and those professional Nikons, F & F2, it gives you precisely correct exposure automatically, but also leaves you the choice of selecting your own exposure settings whenever you wish in the manual mode. And, because the speed adjustment is continuous through the entire range from 4 seconds to 1/1000th, you can have a broader exposure range to play with.

Secondly, the "Centerweighted" metering system was one of the many reasons which made people happier in some fairly consistently reliable technique for through-the-lens exposure control. Its ability to base your exposure on the main subject is a special advantage as it already has some other earlier Nikon cameras proving its worth and reliability.

Some of the Nikkormat EL features are less evident by today's standard but no less important. The back, for example, embodies a special film-flattening system similar to that used in the famous Nikon F2. It is vital that the film be kept absolutely flat; otherwise, the finest of lenses cannot produce a picture that is truly sharp all over. The mirror is extra large so that it does not cut off any part of the finder image, even when a 1000mm lens is used.

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One noticeable feature was that the camera protects the shutter release against unwanted tripping, the back against accidental opening, the shutter speed dial and ASA selector against unintentional resetting. We will explain more in the features section later.

Minute care and attention was also given even to common things like neckstrap eyelets: they were reinforced with stainless steel inserts for extra durability. Anyway, compared with its mechanical counterparts, the Nikkormat EL is also very much a human-oriented camera. Its shape and weight, the contours and locations of its controls - many of them plastic-cushioned for comfortable operation - endow it with a completely very natural Nikon "feel" that was the hallmark of every camera that Nikon was famed for.

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