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Nikon F Photomic FTN Apollo 35mm SLR Camera Body (Black) with 50mm f/2 Non-AI Lens
F Photomic FTN Apollo 35mm SLR Camera Body (Black) with 50mm f/2 Non-AI Lens
Introduced in 1959, the Nikon F was conceived as a system-oriented SLR camera with interchangeable viewfinders, focusing screens and a comprehensive motor drive capability. It quickly became the premiere photojournalist's camera, the first truely reliable 35mm SLR and was nearly as compact as the popular rangefinders of the time. Today it is regarded as the camera that changed the course of modern photography.
The Nikon F is one of the most rugged and reliable cameras ever made. It offers only the essential features.
Focusing screens are interchangeable and they are the same as for the following F2 model. Continuing in production until 1974, there were several distinct models offered over the production run but the difference was largely in what viewfinder/metered viewfinder was fitted.
Perhaps the most significant 35mm SLR camera of all time
Titanium foil shutter curtains
Interchangeable viewfinders and focusing screens
Rugged, durable and reliable
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Nikon F bayonet (virtually any Nikon F-mount SLR lens will fit this camera)
None: Metering is possible with various optional finders
Exp. Metering Range
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None - Nikon F and F2 cameras have and standard PC-socket for connecting an external flash unit and a specific Nikon flash mounting boss. Accessory shoe-mount flashes can be attached by using the increasingly hard to find optional AS-1 flash shoe adapter
1/1000-1sec, Bulb, Sync @ 1/60sec
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Manual - the collar around the shutter release button has "A" and "R" positions (Advance and Rewind). An optional F-36 Motordrive was available for Nikon F models but it factory (or service-center) fit to the body. Some bodies will accept the motor and some require modification. The motordrive advanced the film only.
Interchangeable - early viewfinders used a rectangular diopter which is now very hard to find. Later viewfinders use screw-in diopters which are the same for the following F2 model and the original NON-HP F3.
Leica-style inverted bucket type cable release or Nikon AR-2
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Metered Viewfinders for the Nikon F use one or two "PX625" style batteries. The meters were designed for mercury 1.3v cells. As mercury batteries are no longer available substitutes must be used. Wein offers 1.3v alternatives. Alkaline 1.5 volt alkaline batteries can be used but the meter reading will be slightly off.
When equipped with an eyelevel finder there is no battery used.