Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikkormats - Preface


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"The name "Nikkormat" ? Oh, our version is, the name "Nikomat", sounds like "Ikomat" in Japan where it is a trade name of Zeiss Ikon, Germany. Thus, Nikon subsituted the name "Nikkormat" in some foreign countries to avoid problem of infringement of the trademark. Have you heard of the name "Nikkor" which engraved on Nikon F ? In fact, the name "Nikon" was once a legal claim from Zeiss Ikon that it is not supposed to be used on camera bodies, so the name "Nikkor" was used instead for some of the Nikon's products in some countries in Europe during those early years.

> >OK, I know all the year of production of the all Nikkormat models (It was under a separate trade name, it was called the "Nikomat" in Japan), and some of the major differences outlined below in distinguishing these models.

> >Here are some of the short summary:
Nikomat F* -- all of these have mechanical shutter, max 1/1000 and X sync is 1/125. where there are 5 variations exist:
> >
> >Nikomat FS --- no metering capability;
> >Nikomat FT --- TTL average metering. The minimum F value. is set by hand;
> >Nikomat FTn --- TTL center weighted metering, minimum F no. is automatically set by some manual setting like the aperture ring must be fully rotated at once;
> >Nikomat FT2 --- It has a hot accessory shoe on the pentagonal prism.
> >Nikomat FT3 --- (AI) i.e. the minimum F value is set by Automatic Indexing.
> >
> >Nikomat EL* --- Incorporating a electoronic shutter, and these models have aperture-prioritied auto exposure (AE). All EL series have a hot shoe and improved (long-life) potentiometer (variable register) named "FRE". There are a total of 3 variations of the EL models, namely:
> >
> >Nikomat EL --- First Nikon body that came with a electronic shutter and AE;
> >Nikomat ELW --- Permit the use of a winder;
> >Nikomat EL2 --- Its aperture ring is linked by AI method. Metering sensor was replaced by SPD (Silicon Photo Diode) with CdS.

The Year of Production for all these models are:

FS 1965/7
FT 1965/7
FTn 1967/10
FT2 1975/3
FT3 1977/3

EL 1972/12
ELW 1976/2
EL2 1977/5

1965/7 means "July, 1965".

Prices in yen is not certain because some models were either sold in singularity or with lenses."

HIURA Shinsaku ®, maintainer of Nikomat ML, Japan - | Contact Hiura|

Nikkormat FT, 1965

Nikkormat FS, 1965

Nikkormat FTn, 1967

Nikkormat EL, 1972

Nikkormat FT2, 1975

Nikkormat ELW, 1976

Nikkormat FT3, 1977

Nikon EL2, 1977

The history & background of Nikon's Nikkormat Series cameras

Nikomat" Picture Library of Japanese local version

Outline the major key features and differences of various models

Various Nikkormat Camera Bodies featured in this PIM site:-

FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2

HTML Format: FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2 | AW-1 Motor Winder
PDF Format:
FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2 | AW-1 Motor Winder
| Specifications |
FT | FS | FTn | EL | FT2 | ELW | FT3 | EL2

By the way, have you seen a Nikkormat DUMMY display camera unit before ? NO ? Click here.

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W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lens, they CANNOT ADJUST APERTURES
with certain AI-spec manual focus Nikkormat series SLR camera models; please ignore some portion of the content contained herein this site where it relates.

The Eyes of Nikon:-
Nippon Kogaku KK Rangefinder RF-Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page
Nikon Auto Focus Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page
Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses- Main Index Page
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


Nikon F
| Nikon F2 | Nikon F3 | Nikon F4 | Nikon F5 | Nikon F6 | Nikkormat / Nikomat |
Nikon FM
| Nikon FE/ FA | Nikon EM/FG/FG20 | Nikon Digital SLRs | Nikon - Other models

MIR Supports for Photographic Community: Various Message Boards/Community Forums
Nikon F-series| Nikon F2-series| Nikon F3-series| Nikon F4-series| Nikon F5-series|Nikkormat/Nikomat-series
Nikon FM-series
|Nikon FE-series|Nikon FA|Nikon Digital SLR series|Various Nikon Models|Nikkor Optic -shared

Others:- Free Trade Zone - Photography| Free Trade Zone - Business Community |Free To Zouk - Photographic Community
Mac Public Community Message Board | Windows based PC & Apple/Mac Public Community Trade Exchange Centre

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number: by: my friend, Rick Oleson by: Hansen, Lars Holst

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* Credit: Miss Rissa (Marketing) & Edward (Techical) of Shriro Malaysia, distributor of Nikon cameras in Malaysia, in providing so many useful inputs to make this site possible. Mr Hong, Ipoh for lending his FT2 for me to take some of the images used in this site. This site is created for his eldest son, Yuen who has picked up his father's hobby and the FT-2. My friend, John Walls from Florida, US for his images of the FTn body and the Zoom Nikkor 43-86mm. Note:certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures published by Nikon and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their own work to publish in this site based on educational merits. The creator of this site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from such possible dispute except rectifying them after verification."Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" & "Nikkor" are registered tradename of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Made with an Apple IMac.