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Since with the inception of Nippon Kogaku until the current Nikon Corporation - they were probably hundreds of camera models as well as million of Nikkor optics being sold thus far. It is very hard to satisfy everyone intention when each surfer coming to this Pictorial History Website (first created since 1997). Over the last few years, I have constructed quite a number of sites featuring a selective Nikon camera models (Nikon F(based on Mike Liu's previous effort, the Nikon F2 series, F3 Series, Nikon F4, NIkon F5, the digital SLR series as well as the midrange models such as Nikon FM series, FA, FE series, Nikkormat/Nikomat and the compact EM/FG/FG20 etc..). Each of these featured model has their respective Message Board to support specific owner of each camera types. However, there are a number of very good Nikon SLRs (as well as the film and/or Digital compacts wer quite exciting too. But due to various reasons, I cannot featured them one by one. This Message Board was created just for that purpose - to provide a gateway for those that were not being featured. You may use it for whatever you think suitable - questions & answers (Q&A) or just make good use of it to share experience among one another. The use of this section of the photography SITE is not confined soly for this purpose, you may also make use of it for other photographic matters. Some of the remarks presented within the pictorial history site was entirely personal and I do not wish to influence any decision prior to any potential purchases or disposal of your equipment. You may make use of this convenience here to present your own views as well. Enjoy.

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1. From : Jeremie (
Url : http://
Date : 03:19 AM Sunday 15 May, 2005

Cool ! I like the new look of the pictorial history. The content has been updated - for so long..Great graphical interface. Great !

2. From : bill (
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Date : 12:22 AM Thursday 12 May, 2005

Bought a CoolPIX 995 3-4 years back, it was good for most of my work, but newer models are even more facinating but prices fall "badly & hurtfully" for digital-compacts (so does mine). The new COolpix 8800 looks interesting & spec is good, I think of upgrading again but may get caught with fast phase-out later, don know what should I do, anyone can suggest something ? May be buy a used when it upgrade again later.

3. From : Co-Maintainer (
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Date : 08:16 PM Tuesday 10 May, 2005

11.05.2005 Site Progress Update: Sorry. Both the Nikon 35Ti & 28Ti were categorized at the Compact section but mentioned here at
the featured site for both the titanium Nikon film-compact models is re-located here:
Anyway, Google has re-indexed the site's URL location so, you can also be able to find both the caompact models via a simple keyword search with Google. Enjoy.

4. From : Co-Maintainer (
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Date : 08:13 PM Tuesday 10 May, 2005

11.05.2005 Site Progress Update: - Instruction Manuals for old Nikon BCB, Nikon BC-5, BC-7 and SB-1 have been uploaded and links are provided for the Nikon Rangefinder section. Similarly, some content has been re-written for the Nikon rangefinders. A brief introduction to the Nikon S3 Y2k (black chromew and Chrome-silver versions as well as Nikon SP 2004 model were added. Enjoy.

5. From : Gen Holst (
Url : http://
Date : 11:28 AM Saturday 07 May, 2005

Emial: No. You can mount but there wil be no metering. Tecgnically, you can shoot pictures "blindly" without any exposure guide (an alternative way is to use handheld meter or guide from another camera). Nikon warns the use of non-Ai lenses on to these cameras (any models since the Nikon EM, 1979 but except for the professiona F-series i.e. F3, F4, F5 (need modification)) will not couple a Non-Ai Nikkor to any of the models for metering (you can still take a picture.. manually). Best bet is to update the lens to an Ai-spec (basically just change the aperture ring and the rear lens-to-camera mount). But sometimes, cost of modifications (varies) can be converted into buying a comparable, used conditioned similar lens type (depends on luck..& a little patience to shop around.).

6. From : emil kirberg (
Url : http://
Date : 11:21 AM Saturday 07 May, 2005

I just bought a Nikon Fg. Can the lenses for the non-automatic f1 camera be used on the Fg? Thanks Emil

7. From : Linda (
Url : http://
Date : 01:26 PM Friday 06 May, 2005

I came across this site: and has learnt a great deal with its simple explanations on the basic (only the fundamentals, but it never goes further than that). Recently, I was given an used Nikon and have no manual came with it but I did found some pages on the web where it mentions the three program modes but never explain what are the differences between them, anyone can shed some light on this ?? Use the web board please, my email is having some difficulties in accessing it (long overdued account). Thank You, this site is lovely..

Best Regards, from South Pacific.

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Date : 02:58 PM Thursday 05 May, 2005

Bill - the 'LX' that I refer to is of course the legendary Pentax LX. See here for more details:

Yes, you are right that the recent spate of Nikon pro-orientated DSLR models come at a steep price, however, at least top-quality Nikon models within the past FM and pro F ranges can now be found at extremely low prices in mint condition second-hand. This also applies to high-grade lenses. There has never been a better time to buy quality film-based camera models and pro-quality lenses than now. Get yours while the going is good!

In today’s world it has become an increasing battle for companies to continue to make sturdy bodies and lenses from solid metal parts, and so plastic is now becoming the norm.
At least now all those millions of ‘jewel-like’ SLR bodies and ultra-sharp solid-construction lenses of the past – which maybe once were beyond our financial reach, can now be bought and treasured.

And as we all know, the camera is just a light-tight box, and the lens is just a way of focussing a channel of light inside that box. Any F, F2, F3, F4, F5, FM2 etc matched with any of the legions of needle-sharp lenses of yesteryear, will provide professional-grade quality photos today and well into the future. Buy one, place a roll of film inside, and then continue to capture the magic…

“A photograph is a vision of your soul; a fleeting, magic moment locked in time” (Tony Davies-Patrick – Globetrotter’s Quest)

9. From : Bill MTY (
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Date : 05:22 AM Thursday 05 May, 2005

GLOBETROTTER (? LX ?)'s previous post has summarized how most of us felt with possibly a varying degree of quality in a Nikon. I bought mine first SLR, it was a N4004 back in the late '80. It doesn't match with what I expect from all I have heard with the many good things in a NIkon. The hand grip rubber has worn out and shown the ugly interior and a few hickups here & there.. just don't want to remember it anymore. My second experience was an used F801s (bought in Singapore, I was still keeping it). This camera was another breed of a NIkon. In comparison, the built quality is so much better (Restored some confidence again). My third Nikon is a current D100 (as well as a trust FM2n). A few hate & love gadgets with the new DSLR (may be soon will be considered aged.. ), doesn't like the feel but cannot afford the better D1X or the D2X as GLOBETROTTER "suggested". One way or another, looks like the true Nikon quality that we WERE so familiar with now comes with, equally with a unreachable price tag. Perhaps, wait for an used D2x ? may be...

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Date : 09:26 PM Wednesday 04 May, 2005

I suppose it is true that we rarely use, if ever, all the speeds available on a modern SLR, but it is also nice to at least know that those functions are there when you may need hem, or for that single special shot.

Probably more important is the modern trend of LEAVING OUT vital things when a newer or more ‘modern’ up-to-date camera is released…Such as: forgetting to put aperture rings on lenses…(G-lenses!); basic ‘T’ shutter function (with battery disconnection to avoid excessive drain during long exposures.. such as seen up to the F4); ultra-sensitive EV meters for low light levels such as found on LX and OM4; bright and large viewfinder frames; sturdy tripod mounts on lenses; in-built triple-self timer release (Z1P); inbuilt trap-focus; in-built interval-shooting; manual shutter range for when batteries poop-out or malfunction; screw-thread on shutter release, etc…The list of ‘lost’ features in modern cameras goes on and on!

Why oh why, when camera manufactures had placed so many superb inbuilt functions inside SLR cameras of the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, then proceeded to chuck away all the things that they had learnt over three decades, just so they could simply start making cameras without them?!

At least the ability to use most functions when an older Ai/Ais lens is bayoneted onto a more modern autofocus body has now seen an about-turn by Nikon (such as in the D2X and F6). Maybe the engineers are finally listening to us ‘old camera’ lovers…or even may have had a chat with their parents instead of thinking everything modern and changed is ALWAYS best…? Talk about going “back-to-the-future”!

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