This camera came to me several years ago. It was something of a guilty pleasure since I already had a couple of nice F2's. It's simply a camera I drooled over back in high school but was unobtainable back then. My parents had the misguided notion that things like books, clothes, food and rent were somehow more important to spend $600 on. I had to content myself with a fixed-lens rangefinder like most of the guys (only guys, all boys Catholic school) in my photo club. One day, one of my classmates strolled into school with this exact camera. Mouths were agape and fingers trembled as we passed that black beauty around. We later learned the camera was borrowed without permission and I never touched another until I bought this one. This is an early 1970's Nikon F Photomic with the FTn metering prism. Introduced in 1968, this camera, born and bred from the original 1959 F, and from the Nikon rangefinders that preceeded it, holds truly classic status in the history of photography. The FTn prism was the last metering prism offered on the F. There is so much bandwidth about this camera, one only needs a basic search to uncover a cornacopia of information. A good place to start is here: http://mir.com.my/michaeliu/cameras/nikonf/foverview/fhistory.htm and here: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photograph...aeliu/cameras/nikonf/ffinders/fmeterprism.htm In the hands, the camera is solid and heavy. It has a strong, masculine design appeal, in its chunky blackness, and one can feel the legendary ruggedness. Much of the weight comes from the massive FTn Photomic prism which yeilds a basic 60/40 center-weighted metering pattern. I think driving tent stakes into permafrost would be no problem for this camera if needed.