Classic SLRs Series :
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Dummies - as the name correctly out it, they are simply display set and cannot use normally as a camera to take pictures. Internally, some are just nothing but externally, they had been designed exactly like a pictures-taking camera. If you still don't understand - just go to any hand phone retails outlets - most of the phones display in a rack or shelf are just dummies/copies. Advantage is, they are cheaper, safer for shop owners without having to collect and put the cameras/phones each time the shop at the end of a busy business day. Some versions are specially produced for certain events such as exhibitions or as private evaluation models for discussion on an early design. Generally, dummies are made as life size of the actual camera. It may comes along with a DUMMY lens but usually only has the front lens element. Possibly majority of components in a Dummy set are made out of less than satisfactory rejects in factory QC control during production and/or assembly. Some may made out from a body chassis of a working camera but chances was more for cutaway display rather than dummies. Giant display set are consider rarer as compare to life size models, they can be in different ratio and may ven be as huge as in 5:1 magnification ratio and they were usually being made for special events such as official announcement copy display set.
Japanese manufacturers are more fond of using cutaway models or transparent units to show the details or internal component of a specific camera that has huge commercial potentials. Nikon, from what I can remember did offered some in specific form. RELATIVE: Some examples on some of the early Dummy Models (LEICA) | CUTAWAY models (Leica) | Canon T90 Transparent model
For an example, the Titanium Shutter deployed in some of the early Nikon FM2 camera which enable mechanical shutter speed had a breakthrough with 1/4000 sec back in the early '80. The top synch has indirectly benefited with 1/200sec. The major technological break through in shutter design is a major event those days, Nikon had offered some display units for the Titanium Shutter with honeycomb patterns. These display sets were seen in many retailed outlets and today, they are collectibles. Similarly, dummy copies of Nikon SLRs as shown here with the Nikon F2 Photomic is very collectible and it makes a good display decorative art piece as well.
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