Nikon F

Nikon F Photomic FTn (1968)

The Nikon F camera, introduced in April 1959, was Nikon's first SLR camera. It was one of the most advanced cameras of its day. Although most of its concepts had already been introduced elsewhere, it was the first camera to combine them all in one camera. It was produced until October 1973 and was replaced by the quite similar Nikon F2. Aspects of its design remain in all of Nikon's subsequent SLR cameras, through the current Nikon F6 film and Nikon D4 digital models (which still share its Nikon F-mount for lenses). The "F" in Nikon F was selected by Nippon Kogaku from the letter F in 'Reflex.' That tradition was carried all the way through their top line of Nikon cameras until the introduction of the Nikon D1 (digital) cameras decades later.

The Nikon F also had interchangeable backs and a viewfinder showing 100% of the image. Motor drives to advance the film, F36 (36 exposure) or F250 (250 exposure), were available, but required the replacement of the underside of the body. The F36 was not too dissimilar from the motor drive which was available for the SP.



Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" film 1987

I sold the silver one to a good friend in Madrid and stayed with the black, which is a later model (1971-1972); also I did prepare the meter of the Nikon F to use modern batteries of 1.5 V because the PX-13 mercury (1.3 v) doesn't longer exist due to its prohibition.

"The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982)

She opened the knapsack, feeling a little overcautious about the expensive equipment he handled so casually, and took out the camera. It said “Nikon” on the chrome plating of the viewfinder, with an “F” to the upper left of the name.

"The Bridges of Madison County " by Robert James Waller
"The Bridges of Madison County " (1995)






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