Boxed F Photomic T

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by ben_hutcherson, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. This one has been taunting me for a little while.

    On one hand, it's boxed and in really nice cosmetic condition. At the same time, though, it has a sticky aperture feeler(easy fix that I've had to do to most of my other F metered finders) and the slow speeds are dead(not as easy of a fix). Also, the T and Tn are kind of a pain to use since you have to manually set the maximum aperture(the FTn is definitely the king here). Ultimately, the price and condition won me over. It's not perfect, but still nice.

    The label indicates that this came with a 50mm 1.4, and the box is set up for one. I have a nice chrome-nose pre-AI, but I suspect that it is the lens that came with my Photomic and I'm loath to "permanently" separate them. I also have one coming on my PP. I'm going to keep my eyes open for another 50mm for one close in SN to what the box indicates, although the PP I have on the way is close to the camera SN so the lens on that may be close and get robbed.

    I now have all of the metered finders for the F, although to be correct I guess I need a flag Photomic. Once my PP F(a recent Ebay buy) gets here I want to do a family portrait.

    Of course, now that I have them in silver, I need to find another set in black :)

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  2. Nice! We seem to collect similar stuff.
     
  3. I bought a Nikon F Photomic T with 50mm f/1.4 in Japan in 1965 when I was in the USAF. I paid $189.00 there was about $450.00 stateside at the time. Then I got a 135mm lens. A few years later, I lost the whole thing on a New York subway. Maybe you found it. :)
     
  4. It was a beauty with the original pentaprism. Other finders, not so much.

    A Nippon Kogaku Nikon F etc.
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    I love this camera, even more than my sleeker F2.
     
  5. One thing for sure is that the metered finders can be rather polarizing with their "utilitarian" look. I think the F2 finders were better integrated into the lines of the body, but there's a lot to like about the classic lines of the plain prism.

    I've never owned a waist level finder for a 35mm camera, although I've been collecting Canon F-1s for years and have thought that I SHOULD have one. I perhaps should get one for the F. I am a big fan of the WLF for medium format(I have several prism to fit various cameras and I rarely use them) but the screen on 35mm has always struck me as too small. Still, like I said, I should give one a try.
     
  6. Tony Parsons

    Tony Parsons Norfolk and Good

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.
     

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