I don't intend to be a hero to discuss about something that I am not sure about and neither want to misled any surfers in this section ... but a hard fact remains, Nikon F4 is one of the rarest single digit Nikon F model thus far that has produced with any variations of model. It is a known fact that throughout its entire product cycle until it was being replaced by the Nikon F5, very few known F4 variants existed (if ever a possible "Nikon F4/T" being introduced, probably I could have acquired a unit simply for my personal Nikon "Titan" collection as well). The Nikon Hand Book by Peter Braczko mentioned an Olive coloured Prototype Nikon F4 was introduced in 1987. A picture illustrated in his book was not entirely similar with the silvered coloured second version of the Nikon F4 prototype supplied by Hiura Shinzaku of The Nikomat ML, Japan. Peter's version has some differences from standard F4 version, with the body entirely furnished in olive colour. It has a top limiting shutter speed of only 1/4000 sec. He said it has never went into production which we all know it is true.
I was quite curious in finding out is there any other special versions being produced by Nikon as in the case of the Nikon F3 variations thus far but has not be able to gather any information. However, a few years back, a gentleman from US did mentioned to me via e-mail that some Nikon's NPS (Nikon Professional Service) members have a special LE Nikon F4 specifically produced for them with a different technical specifications. I was then not too interested as the bitter episode of the Nikon F3 with Nikon USA did upset my stomach then and I thought I would never want to create a Nikon F4 site unless with the consent from Nikon directly. Well, a few months back, a caring visitor informed me that a unit of the said special Nikon F4 was surfaced at Ebay auction and has send me an image downloaded from Ebay. I followed the trail and has attempted to contact the seller but both of us seemed to have some communication problem trying to understand each other's intention (why I need the permission to use his image). This is the original transcripts of the auction:
Credit: This image was cropped from the original image which comprised of a few images of the "Nikon F4P". The original strip of the image can be viewed via by clicking here (Jpeg file, 95k) If you happened to be the original creator of this image, please contact me as I wish to credit you. If you have objection in relation to usage of this image in this website, I will remove it immediately. I hate to use this image in this manner but it is meant for educational purpose as I am using it here for all Nikon fans to share this information OR can any other EXISTING owner of this camera contributes some images to replace this image that I am using without permission ? As this is simply a hobbyist site and I don't intend to get stuck with unnecessary legal issue. Mail me ..
The Nikon F4 Professional version " .... This Nikon F4 S Professional version is the offered only to Nikon Professional Services (NPS), An NPS member could order the camera through a Nikon Service center . The F4 P probably reflected the need of professional for a sports photographer. It's processed shutter speed dial 1/350s, 1/750s (between the 1/1000s , 1/500s and 1/250s) but lacks the full 2, 4 sec and tight adjusted the shutter release button. It comes with its front cap and MB-21 battery pack. But with not NPS strap. Winning bidder pays for shipping from Japan. ....".
Site Update as at May 2005 Images of this rare piece of collectible, NIkon F4 Press ("P") were contributed by Mr. Arthur Wong, Hong Kong. At least, I am not so worry by publishing the earlier finding of this Nikon F4 variant ementioned above in this Nikon F4 site.
Well, another special version of the Nikon F4 is easier to handle relating to the source of information as it was available in the Volume 5 of the "Nikon by Nikon" magazine published by Nikon Corporation in February, 1992.
" .... If the people at Nikon seemed a little spacey last September, 1992, they had good reason. Once again, Nikon joined a team of US astronauts on the latest mission of the space shuttle Discovery. Actually, two Nikon F4s models made the six-days joumey into outer space. One F4s underwent minimal conversion for use in an Electronic Still Camera (ESC) system to digitally transmit photos taken in space back to earth in mere seconds.
Cont .. The other, a commercial F4s using conventional 35mm film, was modified slightly for operation in weightlessness. The ESC system produced monochrome images that were viewed and enhanced in space using a modified laptop computer, then transmitted to the ground via a digital downlink system. The conventional 174s documented the activities within the Discovery capsule itself, a kind of "Six Days in the Lives of the Astronauts." A few accessories went along for the trip: several AF Nikkor lenses, the Nikon MF-23 Multi-Control Camera back and the SB-24 Speedlight. They enabled a wide range of extra performance features, including Intervalometer operation, Auto-Exposure bracketing, very long time exposures, and Focus Priority. As Richard LoPinto, Division Manager for Marketing, Nikon Photo Group, Nikon Inc., commented, "Nikon cameras have flown on every NASA manned space mission since Apollo 15, and we look forward to many more years of NASA's continued use of the Nikon system....." -Extracted from Vol. 5 Nikon by Nikon magazine, Feb, 1992 -
Click for a Larger View in a Gif Image (140k) Credit: Nikon Corporation, Japan.
Information compiled by Nikon Web on this heavily modified special application Nikon F4 camara: http://www.nikonweb.com/nasaf4
Jarle Aasland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://www.nikonweb.com
Date : 08:34 PM Tuesday 31 May, 2005
Information and previously unpublished (?) photos of NASA's first Electronic Still Camera (based on a Nikon F4 camera body): http://www.nikonweb.com/nasaf4/
Thanks, Jarle - This info is COOL ...
MORE ? Wait till someone update me with additional information.
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W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lense, they (s) when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier AF Nikon SLR camera models. Similarly, not ALL features provide in a modern AF-S series AF-Nikkor lenses can be utilized fully with a Nikon F4. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).
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