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The Rangefinder || The Nikonos || Compact Cameras
SLRs -
1959/1979 | 1980/1990 | 1991/1999 | y2k/2003 | 2004 ~

Nikon F, 1959

Nikon F, April 1959

Refer to Michael Liu's
Nikon F site for detailed info

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The first Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera from Nikon - the model that has made Nikon the overwhelming choice for professionals for the last 40 years, a system oriented camera with a revolutionary modular design concept, with interchangeable viewfinders, focusing screens and a motor driven capability made this camera a pro's choice and more importantly, created a strong Nikon presence. Remained in production until 1974, it was still available even after the F2 was officially launched, there was over a million units have been sold worldwide. Together with its debut, Nikon introduced their first zoom lense, the auto Nikkor Tele zoom 85mm-250mm f4/f4.5. The rangefinder model, Nikon S4 was also introduced at the same year.

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Nikkorex 35, 1960

Nikon Fisheye camera, 1960

Nikkorex 35 II, 1962

Other Nikkorex compacts (Nikkorex 35, Auto 35, Zoom-35)

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If not for its true SLR viewing, the Nikkorex 35 could probably be Nikon's (Nippon Kogaku) first compact camera model. The lense with shutter used was a non-removable (fixed-type) 5cm 1:2.5 Nikkor-Q. An oversized, built-in external Selen exposure meter occupies at just above the lense. ASA is controlled via the far edge section of the Nikkor lense as well. Nikon produced both a wide and Teleconverter (adapter) to either expand or narrow down the picture angle. The model was probably Nikon's early attempt to explore other combination in a alternate camera type after migrating from the rangefinder era but they are quite certain TTL viewing is the future of camera design. A subsequent upgrade was the Nikkorex 35 II that released in 1962. The main improvement made was centered on the lens shutter unit that produced by Seikosha. The camera can be easily distinguished by the big "NIKKOREX" name that placed in front of the meter. The lense used was still the Nikkor-Q 1:2.5 f=5cm optic.

Probably the first true Nikon Fisheye with reflex viewing. The lense was a fixed type preset 16.3mm f/8.0 Fisheye-Nikkor with a simple 5 elements in 4 group design that provides 180 degree CIRCULAR image picture angle. It is a fixed focus lense type. Minimum aperture was f/16. The camera provides shutter speed from 1-500 sec. with M / X sync contacts and built-in filters UV, R60, Y52. Measures 132.5 x 107 x 130.5mm and weighs 1.5kg. Rare piece of collectible.

Nikon F Photomic, 1962

Nikon F Photomic, April 1962

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Nikon's first Photomic metered finder for the F. Viewfinder includes a built in external Cds cells exposure meter coupled to the lens aperture and shutter speed with a metering sensitivity from EV2-EV17. The power still uses the (unpopular now) mercury cells. The same year, a Fisheye-Nikkor 8mm f/8, Nikon first fisheye lens-type was produced (for F only), another Nikon's first lens-type developed was the PC Nikkor 35mm F3.5 which offers perspective control; the third was the Medical Nikkor 200mm f/5.6 designed for medical and dental close up application. The exposure is automatic when using flash.

1960, the last of the rangefinder model,
Nikon S3M was introduced. This unusual model was the only 1/2 frame camera has ever produced by Nikon. A year later in 1961, another unusual camera model was introduced. It doesn't bear with a "Nikon" name, but was designed by Nippon Kogaku and used the same F-mount and supplied with Nikkor lenses. It was called "Nikkorex". It was originally designed as a economical SLR, you can say it was a pre-Nikkormat. Meterless and some of the bodies was even supplied with a fixed lens. 1963, Nikon third zoom lens, the Zoom Nikkor auto 43mm- 86mm f/3.5 was introduced. This lens was supplied as standard to a US military model, the Nikon F KS-80A.. can anyone confirms this ?

Nikkorex F, 1962

Nikkorex F, 1962
Nikkorex F black, 1962 Nikkorex F chrome, 1963
Nikkorex F Black / Chrome Models | Instruction Manual (PDF) for Nikorex F

The Nikkorex F was introduced in the same year as the Nikkorex 35II. It was also referred as "Nikkor J" in domestic Japanese market. It was a radical change in design from the earlier model(s) as it was like the design of the Nikon F type of control and appearance but the pentaprism is a fixed type - in fact, many Nikon fans believed it was a product of Mamiya. It was generally seen as the pre-Nikkormat model as its exterior, controls, top panel layout control as well as the new hinged film back were taking shape to operate like a modern SLR. One of the interesting feature is its seemingly Nikon F eye level prism which restrict the position of the accessory shoe (other Nikkorex bodies have a centered positioned accessory shoe on top of the prism), it actually was placed at the front, just below the shutter release and shutter speed ring. The maximum sync speed is 1/125sec, courtesy of a vertically traveled shutter unit - the first Nikon that employed with such a design. It was a TTL camera for viewing but it is still a meterless SLR. But a Nikkorex F-meter can be coupled to the camera for taking external exposure reading. For some enthusiasts, the Nikkorex F is interesting item to collect as it was like a hybrid camera mid between the professional F and the subsequent Nikkormat model. It remained as the only Nikkorex model among all available commercial produced Nikkorex that carried with such a design.

Nikon F special Edition Models

Nikonos I, 1963

Nikonos 1, 1963

A joint development effort between the French company La Spiro technique and Nippon Kogaku has resulted in the world's first commercial underwater camera, Nikonos 1 in 1961. Sold at first in France under the name of Calypso, this revolutionary camera-the world's first full-fledged underwater camera-went on sale in Japan in 1963 as Nikonos 1 (discontinued in Oct. 1968). And what waves it created. Not only was Nikonos I the most compact underwater camera yet on the market (with no bulky housing), it also could dive as deep as 50m (165ft)) and withstand temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F) all the way. MORE info ...

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Nikkorex ZOOM 35, 1963

Nikkorex AUTO 35, 1964

Instruction Manual (PDF) for Nikorex AUTO 35

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The much simpler Nikkorex 35 was updated in 1963 and it was supplied with a fixed AUTO Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 lense which eliminates earlier models which required wide/tele adapters to expand its angle of view. The Nikkor- Zoom used on this camera is not he same with the one-touch version. Instead, it was a solidly built dual-rings design lens type. The camera has an inscription on the right hand side and various basic control remained the same. The last of the Nikkorex series was the Nikkorex AUTO 35. This model can be regarded as the first Nikon SLR that capable of providing Shutter-Priority AE mode. The lense used was a Nikkor-H 1:2 f=48mm lense which has a lens shutter, as well as employing with a quick return mirror within. Another interesting design is its shutter release button which was moved to the front instead of at the top like other similar Nikkorex 35s. Further, Nikkorex name was replaced with "Nikon" and the meter at the front has no Nikkorex name printed The AUTO 35 is another model that favored by collector as it packed many "new" features in a Nikon. From here onwards, the Nikkormat/Nikomat took over as Nikon midrange offerings.

Note: Nikon also produced cine camera under Nikkorex label:
NIKKOREX 8 (8mm cinecamera) (1961)
Nikon Zoom 8 (8mm cinecamera) (1962)
NIKKOREX 8F (8mm cinecamera) (1963)
Nikon SUPER ZOOM 8 (8mm cinecamera) (1966)
Nikon 8x SUPER ZOOM (8mm cinecamera) (1969)

Nikon / Nikkorex M35 / M35S Microscope camera, 1965+

Supplied as Nikon/Nikkorex M35 and M35S models. Intended for Microscope / Microflex Unit shooting/photography.
The M35
S model has an option to cater for either 24x36mm or 18x36mm format shooting. More Info on AFM etc. unit

Nikon F Photomic T, 1965

Nikon F Photomic T, July 1965

Message Board for various Nikon F models

The first Nikon with a built-in TTL exposure meter Cds to provide average metering. The photo cells is housed in the viewfinder.


Nikon Nikkormat FT, 1965

Nikkormat FT, July 1965

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The first model in the Nikkormat/Nikomat series. You can say it was an upgrade of the Nikkorex F in 1962. Popularly priced and considered as a scale down version of the more sophisticated Nikon F but it was an extremely well built camera. It came with fixed (non-removable) pentaprism/film back and has a built in TTL exposure meter and mirror lock up is retained, it can share many of the F accessories. The shutter speed control is situated at the lens mount and there was no motor drive or winder system designed for this series of Nikon. There have two versions, the Japanese model was called "Nikomat".

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Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:-
Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm |
Lenses -
45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm |
Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

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


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