The FT reviewed here is the first Nikkormat produced by Nippon Kogaku K. K. (Nikon) between the years 1965 and 1967. It was made in a time of great change in the photographic industry, and while it embraced some of the advancements of the era it also seems to have been a somewhat retrospective camera. With it, Nikon created a new tier in its product line; a simpler camera made for amateur photographers who may have been intimidated by the price or complexity of Nikon’s professional grade F and F2 SLR cameras.
One of the Nikkormat’s strongest assets is its looks. This is a very nice looking machine. With its all-metal construction and fully mechanical controls, it oozes retro charm in the age of plastic-fantastic DSLRs.
This camera has been imported from Japan and so has the domestic namplate bearing the name Nikomat instead of the more commonly found export models with the name Nikkormat
Type: 35mm single-lens reflex camera
Picture format: 24mm x 36mm (35mm format)
Lens mount: Nikon F bayonet mount
Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4 or 55mm f/1.2 as standard. More than 45 Nikkor interchangeable lenses are available.
Shutter: Metal focal-plane shutter with vertical (downward) movement; speeds from 1 to 1/1000 sec., plus B.
Synchronization: Automatic MX switchover with shutter speed setting. Hot-shoe contact with safety switch and threaded synch terminal.
Range of synch: M, FP - 1/1000 - 1/250 sec., 1/30 - 1 sec and B MF - 1/30 - 1 sec. and B; X - 1/125 - 1 sec. and B
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism; focusing screen consists of matte Fresnel field with central microprism/split-image rangefinder (K-type).
Reflex mirror: Instant return mirror; independent mirror lock-up control. Exposure meter: Through-the-lens CdS meter, center-weighted at full aperture. Powered by a single 1.5V silver-oxide battery. Needle visible in finder and atop the body; plus and minus markings provided. Couples with both diaphragm and shutter speed dial.
Metering range: EV3 - EV17 (e.g., f/1.4, 1/4 sec. - f/11, 1/1000 sec at ASA 100 with 50mm f/1.4 lens);
ASA range: 12 - 1600;
Maximum aperture range: f/1.2 - f/5.6;
Aperture coupling range: f/1.2 - f/32.
Film-advance lever: Single-stroke winding lever with 20° stand-off angle and 135° winding angle.
Meter ON/OFF: Film-advance lever also serves as meter on-off switch.
Frame counter: Additive type with automatic reset to "S"; two frames before "0".
Rewinding: Crank type.
Depth-of-field preview: Preview button provided,
Weight: 880g (without lens)
Dimensions: 148mm x 96mm x 54mm
In good working condition with no major signs of wear, light meter has been tested and is working, and it has had all light seals replaced. Comes with lens as pictured
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