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Nikkormat EL - Preface

 

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"With the Nikkormat EL, automation is your servant, not your master.. You can override the automatic system whenever you wish and exercise personal control over exposure to suit your pictorial ideas"...-Promotional campaign for the first automatic Nikon-

Time flies, things change. The most recent FM2n marketing brochure at an retail outlet with some key phrases which read: "The Perfectionist's Nikon".."Command Photography" ; "You take everything in your hands...".

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Battery compartment, Nikkormat EL
Since the debut of the original electronic Nikkormat EL more than 25 years ago, there were many events, happenings and changes of course in the direction and philosophy of camera design. Come to think of it, back in those days one would imagine how a leading trend-setting manufacturer like Nikon has to play it safe to explain and lead the consumers to embrace the advantages of automation in photography while not losing identity. While decades later, we have to revert and explain the origin of simplicity in photography with a pure mechanical design camera. That is contrary enough, I think. There is no point to spend any pages trying to explain and elaborate more on advantages of an automatic camera here (Instead, I think that should be at the other way round, ha!). But since this is the first Nikon that offered automation, we may have to start from scratch to explain more from the concept, reliability issues, features and functions that the EL provides. Certain areas may look primitive judged by today's standards, but we should not take the perspective of a modern full-fledged SLR user to rate the EL. We are talking history here, thus tune yourself in before you start surfing this site.

May I remind you, the first Program AE was the FG in 1982 and the first Shutter Priority AE was the FA in 1983 and this EL was the first Nikon which provided Aperture Priority AE - in 1972. If you are among the age group of thirty or less, this camera existed while you were still in the kindergarten struggling how to complete the song "Jingle Bells...".
Credit: WHERE IS THE BATTERY LOCATED ? flip up the reflex mirror and you can change the battery there. Images of this early non-Ai electronic Nikkormat EL coutesy of: Russell Gough® <rpg@daytonadvd.com>". Russell also has a EBAY STORE on his own. All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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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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* Credit: A Great thanks to Mr Denis Pleic for his volunteering effort to reedit content and and patching some grammatical mistakes found in this section of the PIM site. Miss Rissa (Marketing) & Edward (Techical) of Shriro Malaysia, distributor of Nikon cameras in Malaysia, in providing so many useful inputs to make this site possible. Mr Hong, Ipoh for lending me his FT2 to take some of the images used in this site. This site is created for his eldest son, Yuen who has picked up his father's hobby and the FT-2. My friend, John Walls from Florida, US for his images of the FTn body and the Zoom Nikkor 43-86mm.

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