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Nikon F - Interchangeable Viewfinder System - Index Page


The Nikon F features an interchangeable finder system. The basic camera body can couple with various finders to suit individual preferences or photographic requirements. For example, a Nikon F body equipped with the metered Photomic FTN finder as the standard viewfinder is referred to as the Nikon Photomic FTN, and that provided with a non-metered Eye-Level Finder is called the Nikon F. These viewfinders are interchangeable with each other and three other finders available for the Nikon F body - the Action Finder, Waist-Level Finder and 6X* Focusing Finder (Originally designed for Nikon F2, to mount the 6X Focusing Finder on the Nikon F, the nameplate must first be removed, this instruction came with Nikon sales manual, thus, it can be treated it as official). Prior to the FTN metered finder, there are three other finders available, Photomic, Photomic T, Photomic Tn (Refer to side index for more info).


Index of F Finders Pages

Viewfinders: Action Prism | Eyelevel Prism
Waistlevel Finder | 6x Magnifying Finder

Metering Prisms and Hand Held Meters: Photomic Finder | Photomic T Finder | Photomic Tn Finder | * Photomic FTn Finder | (Details and Operation Manual is provided) HTML | PDF (167k)

Credit: Images(s) courtesy of Mr.Imre dePozsgay <> from

Nikon F with FTN Finder.jpg (18k)
Model I Meter | Model II Meter | Model III Meter

Prism Accessories: SF-1 Ready Light Adapter | DL-1 Photomic Illuminator | Diopters | Eyepiece Magnifier
Right-Angle Viewing Adapter | Rubber Eyecup | Accessory Eyecup Adapter

Each finder can be removed from the camera body simply by pressing the viewfinder release button.

The Nikon cameras are acknowledged to be one of the few 35mm SLRs with a truly accurate viewfinder system even by today's standard. It shows 100% of the picture area to be recorded on the film, allowing precise framing right to the edges, and offering a distinct advantage in scientific and precise reproduction work.

The eye-level and Photomic finders offer image magnification of 0.8X with a normal lens of 50mm focal length set at infinity. The viewfinder eyepiece forms a virtual image of a subject in focus at a distance of about one meter ( -1 diopter) from the observer. This diopter has been employed on an empirical finding that an average person accommodates his eye most easily to a subject image at this distance when viewing it through a small opening like an eyepiece frame. Even for those who wear glasses, the high eyepoint of about 18mm from the finder eyepiece makes possible comfortable viewing of the entire viewfield. These optical features are the same as those of the Nikon F2 and Nikkormat cameras.

Main Reference map in HTML & PDF:
Body with FTN Finder | FTN finder | camera body |
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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
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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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Site rearranged by: leofoo ®. Credit: Hiura Shinsaku® from Nikomat Club of Japan for feeding some useful inputs on the introductory page. The great 3D logo by Kiasu; Ted Wengelaar®, Holland for his continuous flow of input of early Nikon bodies. Stephen Gandy's Cameraquest; Marc Vorgers from Holland for his additinal images on Nikon F Apollo; Hayao Tanabe corrected my Red Dot and Early F assertions. Gray Levett, Grays of Westminster publishes an excellent monthly historical look at Nikon products, from where I learned about the high-speed F's. Made with a PowerMac, broadcast with a Redhat Linux powered server.

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