Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikkormat FTn, 1967-1975

 

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The Nikkormat FTN Camera [ A few views of the FTn body with Nikkor 43-86mm zoom lens ] Contributed by John Walls

"Nikomat" Picture Library of Japanese local version

As a "sister" of the Nikon F and F2 cameras, Nikkormat FTn was based upon the basic body of the original Nikkormat FT, the camera has been widely used by professionals and advanced amateurs the world over during those days as a back up bodies to the professional F body. Many of the users who can't afford the more expensive system oriented professional Nikon F & F2, used this camera as an entry model into the huge and first rated Nikon SLR system.

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It incorporated with various useful features, it accepts all the interchangeable Nikkor lenses during those time and still usable with many of today's AI & AIS lenses and shared most of the accessories offered by the Nikon System. It differs from the more sophisticated Nikon models only in that it does not accept the motor drive backs and came with a non-removable pentaprism viewfinder and non-interchangeable focusing screen, the standard focusing screen was a 4 mm circular microprism surrounded by a 12 mm diameter matte surface. The remainder of the screen surface is a Fresnel surface.
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Designed with sharp and clear-cut lines, the external appearance of the Nikkormat camera body gives an overall feeling of mechanical precision and dependability associated with professional use. The FTn was introduced and marketed in 1967, continued to serve even after later models were introduced, bridged over the introduction of the 2nd generation of the Nikon F, the F2 and was eventually discontinued in 1975, that has shown how popular it was. The camera body is made up of 685 component parts mechanically. Made of die-cast aluminum alloy and finished in chrome plating. Later versions of the FTN were fitted with black plastic covers on both the film advance lever and the self-timer lever. The Nikkormat body is also available in black finish. For identification among the rest of Nikkormats is quite easy, a "FT" precedes the serial number on the camera body' and the letter "N" is inscribed next to the film rewind knob and above the light meter window on the top of the camera.

Some advice from Hiura Shinsaku When performing stopped-down metering (when using bellows, etc),

1. The meter coupling parts around the mount must be set at the initial position (turn clockwise fully) 2. push the preview-button and you will get the right information from the meter. The
procedure 1 is very important. Some parts at the back of nameplate, which is driven when you turn aperture ring at the first time after lens change, are for preview-metering and for maximum aperture setting.

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DOWNLOAD a copy of the PDF Manual for Nikkormat FT (External Link @ Butkus.org)

Major features of the Nikkormat FTN include:

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Outline its controls and key features (3 Parts*) | Main Reference Map for Body

History & Background of Nikkormat Cameras "Nikomat" Picture Library of Japanese local version Outline the major key features and differences of various models

DOWNLOAD a copy of the PDF Manual for Nikkormat FT (External Link @ Butkus.org)

The Camera Bodies | FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2

This site is made out 15.5MB with 478 items (Jpeg, Gif, PDF & HTML files) (Last Update: 25th May 1999)

| Message Board | for your favourite Nikkormats
| Message Board | for your Nikon Optics in a shared environment
| Message Board | Specifically for Dispose or Looking for Nikon/Nikkor Photographic Equipment

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Main Reference Map |
HTML Format: FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2 | AW-1 Motor Winder
PDF Format:
FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2 | AW-1 Motor Winder
| Specifications | FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2

| Back to Nikkormat FTn Index Page |
| Back | to Main Index Page of Nikkormats

| Message Board | for your favourite Nikkormats
| Message Board | for your Nikon Optics in a shared environment
| Message Board | Specifically for Dispose or Looking for Nikon/Nikkor Photographic Equipment

History & Background of Nikkormat Cameras | "Nikomat" Picture Library of Japanese local version | Outline the major key features and differences of various models

The Camera Bodies | FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2

This site is made out 15.5MB with 478 items (Jpeg, Gif, PDF & HTML files) (Last Update: 25th May 1999)

| Main Reference Map |
HTML Format: FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2 | AW-1 Motor Winder
PDF Format:
FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2 | AW-1 Motor Winder
| Specifications |
FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2

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Rangefinder RF-Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page
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Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm |
Standard
Lenses -
45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm |
Super-Telephoto
Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |
Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm
MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm |
35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm |
100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

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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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Copyright © 1998. HIURA Shinsaku ® ; Nikomat ML, Japan,
in collaboration with
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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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