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Nikkormat EL - Features & Controls Part II


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Features and highlights A single, short stroke (135° ) of the lever advances the film, cocks the shutter, and activates the frame counter. In addition, the exposure meter system is switched on when the lever is brought to the 30° stand-off position (Same with the much later EL2), to which it returns when released at the end of the stroke.

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Pushing the lever back to its flush-over the-camera position switches the meter off and also locks the shutter release, preventing accidental exposures. The tip of the lever is plastic-cushioned to make it easy on the thumb. You can compare it with the AI version of the mechanical Nikkormat FT3 where it uses 135° at 20° standoff position.

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.The EL has a bright and contrasty finder screen. Using the microprism spot, you can compose and view comfortably. Inside, it displays a complete shutter speed scale, with the speed at which you are shooting clearly indicated, and the "weighted" area used by the EL meter system.

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The finder eyepiece is threaded to accept such Nikon System accessories as the right angle viewing attachment, eyepiece magnifier, eyepiece correction lenses, and flash ready-light attachment.Rewind knob also opens the back. To open the Nikkormat EL back, you pull the rewind knob up (after first releasing the safety lock). The back is hinged and remains attached to the camera. The rewind knob has a fold-out crank for convenient, rapid film rewinding.New design advances made possible the use of an extra-large mirror in the Nikkormat EL. This eliminates the image cut-off in the upper corners of the viewfinder that otherwise may occur with long telephoto lenses. The automatic mirror action, which rises when the shutter release is pressed and returns to viewing position immediately after the exposure, is very well and effectively damped and produces a lower mirror vibration, which is critical in some high magnification work.

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Film is held truly flat in the EL. Because film flatness is vital for sharp pictures, the Nikkormat EL design pays special attention to this feature. The film winds onto the take-up spool emulsion side out, which counteracts its natural curl and flattens it better than emulsion side-in winding.Further, the large, Nikon F2-type pressure plate, film roller and film cassette stabilizer assure correct film positioning and smooth film movement. Film loading is fast and easy because of the multi-slot takeup spool which eventually was made standard in many Nikons to come later.

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