8/10 Overall condition, comes with 6 months warranty
*light meter not working, but other works well
Nikon F is a 35mm film SLR camera, manufactured by Nippon Kogaku K. K., Japan (Nikon Corporation since 1988), and produced between 1959-74.
It is safe to say that the Japanese camera inrush around 1960 could not have been better timed. The western world, including the new world, was with few exceptions, stuck in old conventions and, for a wide variety of reasons, unable to exploit the opportunities at hand, despite the fact that there had already been developed several promising SLR concepts. The Japanese engineers saw the opportunities and made the most of it.
At first Nippon Kogaku chose to build rangefinder cameras, but soon they realised that the SLR camera would be the future professional camera of choice, and launched their impressive Nikon F system camera. It was not the first 35mm SLR from Japan, it was not even necessarily the best camera, but Nippon Kogaku was the most determined one to make their camera a success, and they had already established themselves as a leading optical manufacturer. Several other Japanese camera and lens makers were equally successful in their market segments. In conclusion, it was a complete takeover.
Type of camera: 35mm single-lens reflex
Picture format: 24mm x 36mm standard 35mm film format
Lens mount: Nikon bayonet type
Lenses: Lenses with Nikon F mount; AF lenses
Shutter: Mechanically governed, horizontal-travel, titanium foil focal-plane shutter
Shutter release button: Threaded collar accepts Nikon F and F2-type cable releases
Automatic exposure control: Depends on experience of photographer
Manual exposure control: Mechanical control for 11 shutter speeds from 1 sec to 1/1000 sec, including X (1/60 sec); B and T also provided; separate gear trains for slow (1 sec to 1/30 sec?) and fast shutter speeds
Got my F while serving as a medic in Vietnam in 1968; a brick of a camera and a real workhorse, Weighs a ton expecially when carting around its multiple lenses but a great and reliable camera. I still use it, along with my FE. Nice to see Kodak is bringing back Ectachrone!