The Nikkormat EL-W SLR Camera


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The Nikkormat ELW is Nikon's second 35 mm SLR with automatic exposure control - combining factors of accuracy, durability and is easy to operate. This camera has made automatic film winding possible with use of the Auto Winder AW-1, a dedicated exclusive accessory designed for automatic film advance.

Chances are high that you may have bought a used ELW or from the elderly. It is most important that you fully understand the functions of a camera, and learn to operate the controls with ease and confidence. If you are a beginner, please read the section on basic operations before any attempt to bring your camera for any important photographic sessions. Familiarizing yourself with the camera first and you will realize it doesn't need any top of the line, quickest autofocus and latest year 2000 SLR model to take a simple, nice picture. But of course, there are compromises, such as - you may not able to focus, film advancing or auto rewinding automatically for you or may be it is so simple in operation that you are wondering why photography is so simple and straight foreward. So, there is no buttons, LCDs, icons or picturegraphs to lead and even when using flash unit, you may have to calculate exposure sometimes - but that is essentially, other than vision in you - the joy of taking photographs. Every single eventual image is your own creation, rather than computer calculated exposures. Anyway, not to make so offend many other AF camera owners on the Net, let us just begin from here.

There are two ways to browse this site. You may choose to sufe page by page or using the site map titles below to click on only topics that you are interested at. There are many levels of curiosity why you are seeking for additional information on the 25 years old SLR camera such as the ELW. Anyway, there is no way to satisfy everyone's need, thus, this site is to serve those who I assume may need help the most - a probably new user of - which I have to use the camera manual as a platform for this site.

It is always advisable to refer the
Main Reference Map for cross checking the controls of the camera (In fact, I would suggest you to download a copy (PDF file - 282k) for your future reference).


Basic Operations
Battery care
Installing the battery
Battery test
Replacing the battery
Notes on battery care

Mounting the lens
Removing the lens .
Attaching & removing the Nikon Auto Winder AW-1

General Steps to prepare the camera
Loading a film.
Setting the ASA film speed
Setting shutter-speed dial at A (Auto)
Winding the film
Blank exposure
Frame counter

Setting the aperture ring
Holding the camera
Viewfinder frame coverage
Releasing the shutter
Rewinding and unloading film

Photography of automatic exposure control.
Reminder checklist

Applied Operations

TTL Exposure Meter
EV range chart

Exposure Control
The shutter speed dial and the use Automatic exposure control
Manual exposure control
Lens aperture diaphragm
Depth-of-field preview button
Stop-down exposure measurement
Expsoure Compensations
How to use memory lock

Repro-copying, slide-copying and photomicrography
Depth of Field
Self Timer
Mirror Lock-up mechanism

Flash Photography


Auto Winder AW-1

Care and Maintainance

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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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