Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikkormats - Overview on Camera Operations


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Since there are eight models in total for the Nikkormat (Five Mechanical and three electronic models), and most of the mechanical models are quite similar in nature, varies only in some features that differentiating the designation, (Take the example of the Nikkormat FS, it was a Nikkormat FT - only came without an exposure meter and was given an "FS" designation to distinguish it from FT, while the Nikkormat ELW was a Nikkormat EL that have motor winder coupling for it to be used with the dedicated Auto Winder AW-1). The FT in 1965 was the first medium range SLR since its debut with the professional Nikon F in 1959. While the Nikkormat EL was the first Nikon that incorporated with a electronically controlled shutter and also the first Nikon that has a auto exposure (Aperture Priority AE).
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Thus, there could be many duplicating resources if we go through model by model in its operations. In order to avoid that, We have selected a Nikkormat FTn, and the most well featured embedded among all mechanical Nikkormat bodies, a AI (Automatic Indexing) Nikkormat FT3 as a reference for detailed discussion. The first Nikon electronic body, the EL and the last of the series, also an AI version, the Nikon EL2 were both chosen to represent the electronic version. The Nikkormats ELW and Nikon EL2 are the only two few models that have motor drive coupling at the base to permit the use with the motor winder AW-1.

There are few areas where the Nikkormats differ themselves in the way how it handle some common task where you have to pay some attention when you are looking for a used unit in the secondary market..
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First is the setting of the ASA/ISO film speed scale, next is the way how to handle stopped down metering and last is the slight differences in the flash photography. Other than the Model FS, where it doesn't has a built-in metering capability and the first model, the Nikkormat FT, where it incorporated with an average meter to read scene across the whole picture field, all later models (except the FS) used center weighted average metering. Both the FT3 and the Nikon EL2 are the only two models that have automatic indexing (AI). All Nikkormats except the FT, FS and FTn have accessory hot shoe mount (But ALL have with a PC terminal). The FT2, FT3, and the EL series incorporated with an automatic MX-switching, where one PC terminal works for syncronizing either flash bulb or electronic flash.

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The biggest difference in camera handling between the mechaincal Nikkormat F and the electronic EL series are the setting of the shutter speed other than EL has a electronically controlled shutter that require battery to power (But came with the same 1/90 sec mechanical back up speed in case battery fails to function normally). The Nikkormat F series has its shutter speed lever, ASA setting, focusing ring and aperture control at and around the lens/lens mount. While the clear departure of this four features control system was in the electronic version, where the input of shutter speed and ASA/ISO values has been moved to the top panel of the body.


Mechanical Bodies

Electronic Bodies

Nikkormat FTn

Nikkormat FT-2

Nikkormat FT3

Nikkormat EL

Nikkormat ELW

Nikon EL2

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

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Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:- 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 |

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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

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number: by: Hansen, Lars Holst

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* Credit: 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 his FT2 for me 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.