" .... I have owned this camera for around 20 years, having acquired it because I thought then, and still do, that the Nikon Photomic FTn was the pinnacle of classic post-war SLR design and was so full of character. The final expression of the classic Nikon F, famous in many films like Antioni's "Blow-Up", as well as being a large nail in the coffin of the German camera industry. However, back to my camera. Even 20 years ago I thought it was exceptional because it seemed to be in unused condition, and I have certainly never used it since. It was just part of the collection which I am now finding new homes for. The one thing that stops it being described as brand new is the tiniest mark on the left side (as you look through the viewfinder) of the pentaprism cover, and it may just be possible to see it in one of the photogtraphs. The mark has not gone through the black paint, which still has that certain "bloom" that quickly gets rubbed off in use. Naturally everything works perfectly. Included in the sale, though I forgot to take a picture of it, is a new and unused ever-ready Nikon case in dark brown leather with velvet lining, in its original gold Nikon box. The case is also in perfect condition with the exception of the painted metal button of the snap-fastener which closes the case - for some reason a little of the dark brown paint has flaked off.

Now to explain about the word "Apollo". This particular model, with a 74xxxxx serial number, was manufactured around the time that Nikons were provided to the Apollo 11 space mission astronauts. It differs from most Photomic FTn's by having some features of the Nikon F2, production of which overlapped somewhat with that of the F and FTn. See the following paragraph for more information, written by Mr Marc Vorgers.

"Apollo is the nickname given to the F's in the last year(s) of production, 1972-74, and refers to the use of plastic-tipped winding and self-timer levers. The plastic tips are a bit nicer on your fingers and thumb, but for similar or lower prices, both the F2 and F3 offer the same refinement as well as shorter winding strokes and smoother overall operation." Mr Vorgers goes on to say that prices for the "Apollo" model are over-inflated. I doubt if he is right, but if he is, I will not complain. This is a rare and beautiful camera, and one which it will be a privelege for its new owner to possess..."

- John Britten -

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