Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by cary_chin|1, May 8, 2021.
Here is a pix of my three black Nikon F's with Photomic meters.
Nice - looks left to right F Photomic, F Photomic Tn and F Photomic FTN, though the self timer lever on that looks like the one on the F2. The only one I never had is the F Photomic. Great cameras all. I still have them and a couple later models as well. Good fun!
I'll see your Photomic Fs with a brace of F2As and a Spotmatic F - the meters in all of which can take a currently available battery. (The Spotmatic meter works just fine with an alkaline 625 cell.)
And I'll raise you a battered old Mamiya 645 1000s than can easily trounce any puny 35mm camera's image quality.
Lets shuffle, cut and deal up to the land of the giants - F2, F3HP, F4, F5
Nah, let us go to the original
All original Nikon F finders
Please post photos of your Photomic bodies.
Mostly use this camera with a non metered prism but this meter does work and work well.
I bought my Nikon F Photomic T in 1965 while serving in Japan in the USAF for $189.00 with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. They just came out with it and it was my first "real" camera. Unfortunately, I lost it on a NYC subway years later. Maybe one of those in the pictures is mine?
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Here are a few more:
Sorry, but for me Nikon didn't get it right until the F2.
Who wants finger cramp from a release button in entirely the wrong place, and a grazed and dented thumb from a leverwind with a stupidly sharp serrated end?
I used the Photomic F Tn and then the Photomic FTN for a lot of years without similar experiences. We are all different. I agree that the F2 was an design improvement.
They all work
I don't think I ever handled a Nikon F (in any of its many model variations) - my dream camera when I got interested in photography in the late 70s had been the F2AS - but for lack of funds I had to settle for the FM instead. When I could afford the F2AS a few years later, I opted for the F3 instead; it's now the only film SLR I still own (but no longer use).
With the right motor drive, you can avoid both of those.
My dad had borrowed a Nikon F with motor drive about 1969, which was used to take
pictures in places where a hand couldn't reach. With the motor drive, you can trigger the
shutter electrically. I got to use it for one weekend at the time.
In the late 70's, many of my college friends were buying FMs.
I hadn't thought I could afford a Nikon, but then found that I could.
I don't know by now the price of the F2 at the time, though.
But the FM did what I wanted a camera to do, until time for a D70s.
IIRC, then the price in Germany in 1979 for a black FM was some DM 550; an F2AS was close to three times as much. As soon as I could, I got the MD-12 for the FM - mostly for the grip and so that I didn't have to flip out the leverwind to turn on the meter.
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