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#1 wlchandler

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 10:20 AM

Does anyone have thought on the Nikkormat cameras? Does anyone own or ever use one? I always here so much about the F2's and Fm's etc. Not much about the Nikkormats. I was told they were a pro back up camera to the F2's.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 10:35 AM

I have a Nikomat FTn and I had another one a few years ago. On both the meters work but gave strange readings, probably due to the age of the cameras. I don't even bother to put a battery in it. The shutter speed dial surrounds the lens mount and I never liked that. In the finder you can see the shutter speed selected but not the aperture. It has good features entry level and mid grade cameras don't have anymore such as DOF preview and mirror lock up. Overall, I like the camera and put a couple of rolls through it a year(I have so many film bodies I can't put that much film through all of them).


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 10:52 AM

I've played with a couple, but never used one seriously.

They are nice solid basic cameras.

As Bill said the dials are in strange places compared to Nikon.so might take a bit of getting used to.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 03:10 PM

Thanks Guys, guess I will keep looking. I guess I will just have to get one of the F2's Which I have always wanted.


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Nikkor AF 70-210 f/4-5.6

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Nikkor 105mm micro f/4 AI

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Nikon 105mm 2.5 AI

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 03:36 PM

My first Nikon was my Dad's Nikkormat FT3 - the one with the Ai indexing. It was black (ish) and i loved it so much I've used Nikon on and off ever since.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 04:26 PM

I have one(FTn) they are rugged and easy to use. The meters use a Mercury 1.3 battery that is no longer available and the so today's 1.5v batteries will cause issues with the meter you can get weincell 1.3v that gives the correct voltage.

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 05:44 PM

update:

 

just got a Nikormat EL from a friend.

and a bunch of lenses too !!

 

brief review.

this is the poor mans F2.

shutter speed dial on the top plate, mirror lock up and DOF button etc.

Nikon's first Aperture priority camera.

nice meter, prong coupled, with big display on left of the view. actually easier to read than the DP-1 display of the F2.

Like the F2 it is turned on and of with the advance lever.

uses one L28 battery for the meter, and shutter in A mode, which my local drug store has in bunches.

if the battery dies, it's "sunny 16" and all shutter speeds work manually.

one just has to remember to set the lens at 5.6 to mount or un-mount because the meter pin is fixed.

 

I will recommend the EL as a nice inexpensive way to get into film. 

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 05:16 PM

>>if the battery dies, it's "sunny 16" and all shutter speeds work manually.

The Nikkormat EL is a great camera, but I don't thnk you get the full range of shutter speeds w/o the battery

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 09:32 PM

I remember selling the Nikkormats when I was working part time in a camera store, back when I was in University.   Our particular store never sold that many of them.

 

I think, in the day, they were expensive by comparison to the Fuji's, Pentax, Minolta and Canon models of the day.  Today, you can get a pretty good deal on a gently loved classic.  I have more than a few, but no Nikikormats!


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Posted 20 May 2015 - 10:54 AM

I think Nikormat kind of suffered because of the name.

had to go through life as the prom queen's step sister.

I know a lot of people back then commented that it wasn't a "real" Nikon.

 

Frank; you are right it will default to 1/125 with out the battery.


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 04:13 AM

Keith,

I think you hit the nail on the head.

I never quite understood the name, from a marketing point of view. Unless they were trying to have a "consumer " line at a cheaper price.
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Posted 21 May 2015 - 01:13 PM

Keith,

I think you hit the nail on the head.

I never quite understood the name, from a marketing point of view. Unless they were trying to have a "consumer " line at a cheaper price.

My understanding is that was the goal. or should I say more lens sales.

they tried with the joint venture Miranda/Nikon Nikkorex F but priced it higher than it's competition.

and again with the Nikormat

Had they just put a Nikon tag on the lower priced Nikormats they may have done a lot better.

well by the end of the '70s they did catch on with the EM,FM, FG, etc.


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 09:28 PM

Did have a couple of FM's, very sturdy well built,

would stand up to lots of use and abuse, unlike my FE which always got out of sync with flash and the curtain died

I sold the FM's to get the FE, (not FE2), should have waited

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 07:17 PM

Yes the EL was the poor man's F2 and it had one over the F2-aperture priority.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 02:11 PM

I have several different models of Nikkormat... in fact I appear to be addicted to buying them.  My dad was a pro back in the '60s/'70s (shot big 8x10 in the studio and Koni medium format in the field and weddings (100/200/Omegaflex M).  Also had a Speed Graphic 4x5 from back in the '50s.  I love my nikkormats!!!



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Posted 24 October 2015 - 02:21 PM

Okay so I just bought another FTn!!!  This will make my ninth (if you include the two broken ones I bought to play with disassembly).  I actually bought this one because it was bundled with a Nikkor NAI 50mm 1:2 and a Nikkor AI 135mm 1:2.8  I sure hope that the one bidding against me wasn't one of you but I just love it when an ebay auction goes my way like this.  I tend to follow what I'm interested in and then bid at the last minute if I'm on the computer (as opposed to bidding my highest price when I see it and letting the auction progress).  Anyway I'll share the snapshot of the final bids for the entertainment of those of you who know the feeling I'm talking about.

 

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 05:04 PM

I used to have a Nikkormat many moons ago. I don't remember the model but I think it was the FT. It was all mechanical with a needle in the viewfinder that you had to centre as it moved up and down depending on the light. I had a Nikon F as well which was big and ugly. I don't remember why there were two names, Nikon and Nikkormat. The Nikon F was a bit more professional in terms of features I guess. 

 

When I moved up the the FM and F3 they were basically an evolution of those earlier models. 


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 04:45 PM

Never had one.


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 08:30 PM

I added one (an FT2..I think) to 'my collection' of F and F2 Nikons .... just because I could :wacko:  but traded the whole fleet and a couple of lenses on the shiny new F3... when they were the bee's knees.


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 08:37 PM

I've got two one the shutter is jammed the other the meter is off but other than that it

Not sure when I picked up the second one found it cleaning out my old travel trunk.

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 10:20 AM

Hi it's been a while. Just an update, I got an EL for 20.00 and it works quite well. So I like it and I got a deal. Best of both worlds


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Posted 02 April 2016 - 12:31 PM

Congratulations, on the purchase of an EL! $20? How can you lose? 


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Posted 02 April 2016 - 01:27 PM

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