Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikkormat FTn - Features, Operations and Handling Part I of III


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1. Viewfinder and Focusing Screen

The Nikkormat camera features a fixed eye-level finder with a built-in exposure meter. Its brightness ensures easy and accurate viewing and focusing. The eyepiece frame of the finder accepts an accessory shoe, a right angle viewing attachment, an eyepiece magnifier, eyepiece correction lenses, etc.

The Nikkormat FTN finder provides center-weighted through-the-lens exposure metering that is coupled to the shutter speed and lens diaphragm. The meter reads light over the entire picture area in the viewfinder, but favors the central 12mm-diameter reference circle. Making use of the automatic diaphragm of the Nikkor Auto lenses, the exposure meter measures light at the maximum aperture of the lens in use. The needle appears on the right side of the picture field, between the plus and minus marks which indicate over- and under-exposures respectively. The preset shutter speed is given in white, below the viewed subject, between two values (in yellow) that represent the "neighboring" shutter speeds. The needle also appears atop the camera body. The metering range extends from EV3 to EV17 at ASA100, the aperture coupling range from f/1.2 to f/32.

The ASA film speed scale is provided on the shutter speed ring to set the film speed into the exposure meter. The scale is numbered from ASA 12 to 1600, with two dots between the numbers indicating intermediate values such as 32, 64, 80, etc. The setting is done by sliding the slotted ASA index pointer to line it up with the ASA number of the film in use.

Through-the-lehs exposure metering at full aperture requires setting the maximum aperture of a lens in use into the meter. After mounting the lens, just turn the aperture ring all the way to the minimum f-stop setting, then to the opposite direction as far as it will go. The maximum aperture thus set can be confirmed with the scale provided on a ring next to the shutter speed ring.

The scale ranges from f/1.2 to f/5.6, with the f-numbers 1.2, 2.8 and 5.6 marked on the ring. The exposure meter is powered by a 1.3V mercury battery (These Mercury Cells are not enviromental friendly, but Zinc Oxide subsitute may works) embedded in the battery chamber on the camera baseplate. The meter is turned "on" or "off" by means of the film advance lever.

The diaphragm of a any AI or AIS lenses or older Nikkor Auto lens is kept fully open except when the shutter is released. This gives the brightest possible and the most shallow image on the focusing screen for easy and accurate viewing/focusing. The Nikkormat FTN camera is equipped with a focusing screen which consists of a matte/Fresnel with a central 4mm-diameter microprism spot

* Those days, the FTn also came with an specify order of optional screen that consists of a matte/Fresnel field with a central split image rangefinder spot, but it is non-interchangeable by users as the case of FM/FE later (We will feature both cameras under the Modern Classic SLR series).

The Nikkormat FTn camera shares many of the system accessories with the professional
Nikon F & F2. For Macro works, flash syetem (Check BC-7 flash section), and many miscellaneous accessories that available within the Nikon system.

| Next | Part II covers : Film Advance Lever | Frame Counter | Film Rewind Crank | Film Plane Indicator | Shutter Speed Ring | Shutter Release Button

Part III covers : Shutter | Self-Timer | Flash Synchronization | Reflex Mirror/Mirror Lock Up | Depth-of-Field Preview Button | Lens-Lock Release Button | Lens Mount Flange | Camera Back | Tripod Socket

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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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