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B-9 09-10-2016 14:39

Show some Nikkormat (Nikomat) Love!
 
How about we show some love for the cheap old reliable Nikkormats!

Having been a long time Nikon user, Ive actually never really used a Nikkormat, I just had to get one!

So last year I took a gamble on a FT2, but it was a deado and I promptly sent it back and the idea thrown out of my head.

Recently I got the itch again, It started out looking at another F for a beater 35/2.0 ive grown attached to, but have been reluctant to have it AI converted to work on the D3. I just did not want to spend 100$ on a body for a cheap/beater lens.

Thats where a Nikkormat FT found me at a whopping 16$ shipped from my favorite online camera shop (Used Photo Pro's AKA Roberts)

A well used early serial # camera that will perfectly match my ugly 35.

Im stoked!


Lets show some love (photos or it did not happen) ;)

Oh! and my proof : http://www.ebay.com/itm/201664514294...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

charjohncarter 09-10-2016 14:49

I never had one either but I remember the lust for one in 1963. It was a new model, and not unrealistic price. I think it was $200 with a f-2.0 lens. It would have been bliss, but tuition called first. I'd like to see some, too.

B-9 09-10-2016 14:56

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Originally Posted by charjohncarter (Post 2647699)
I never had one either but I remember the lust for one in 1963. It was a new model, and not unrealistic price. I think it was $200 with a f-2.0 lens. It would have been bliss, but tuition called first. I'd like to see some, too.

John, that same kit in 2016 is about 45-60$ in good shape. Maybe its time!?

madNbad 09-10-2016 15:18

My hundred dollar FT2 which quickly became a three hundred dollar FT2 by adding a lens or two and a new eypiece.

[IMG]L1030923 by Michael DeLuca, on Flickr[/IMG]

Greyscale 09-10-2016 16:05

Ten-dollar garage sale find...


Paulbe 09-10-2016 16:35

greyscale----now THAT is an excellent buy! Congrats...
Paul

pschauss 09-10-2016 17:38

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Here is a picture I took with my Nikkormat FT2 + Tamron 35-135/f3.5-4.5.

farlymac 09-10-2016 19:19

Showing some love since 1972.

FT, FS, and FTN

Three Classic Nikkormats by P F McFarland, on Flickr


EL, and FT3

Updated Nikkormats by P F McFarland, on Flickr


Home market model

Nikomat FTN Nikkor-S.C 1.4/50 EP by P F McFarland, on Flickr

Only need three more to complete the set (FT2, ELW, EL2).

PF

charjohncarter 09-10-2016 20:55

Funny, these beauties are still working. At the time (1963)Photo magazines and other know it alls said that the Copal shutter is a BIG question mark; so be careful. It has been 53 years since I was interested in this camera so maybe I'm wrong about the shutter being a Copal.

B-9 09-11-2016 05:45

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Originally Posted by charjohncarter (Post 2647758)
Funny, these beauties are still working. At the time (1963)Photo magazines and other know it alls said that the Copal shutter is a BIG question mark; so be careful. It has been 53 years since I was interested in this camera so maybe I'm wrong about the shutter being a Copal.

John, it is indeed a square Copal shutter. I would have to say the design has really proven itself over these 53 years!

farlymac 09-11-2016 07:04

Rest assured, John, that these Copal shuttered babies are still working. Some photos I took back on March 30, 2016 to prove it.


Yellow Burst by P F McFarland, on Flickr



Clinging by P F McFarland, on Flickr



Off The Route by P F McFarland, on Flickr

The metering may be a little off though.

More Nikkormat Love!


A Basic Kit by P F McFarland, on Flickr

And an F3 to carry it all in.


Day Bag by P F McFarland, on Flickr

PF

Greyscale 09-11-2016 08:37

I have never had a Copal shutter fail. From the Ricoh Singlex TLS through the Yashica FX3 Super, and many in between. You could probably chop celery with them and not break them.

Greyscale 09-11-2016 08:39


L. M. Tu 09-11-2016 12:03

I have three Nikkormats left, two FTNs and an ELW.



Dwig 09-11-2016 14:20

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Originally Posted by B-9 (Post 2647825)
John, it is indeed a square Copal shutter. I would have to say the design has really proven itself over these 53 years!

Actually, the Nikkormats (FT, FS, FTn) used a "Copal Square II" shutter which was a refined and much more reliable updated shutter. The original "Copal Square" was less reliable and appeared on only a very few cameras. The Nikkorex F and its Ricoh near-twin (Singlex F, I believe) used the original version, which is identifiable by being clearly marked "Copal Square" on the shutter blades.

B-9 09-17-2016 13:47

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Lets see if this photos works!?

My Nikkormat FT with 35/2.0 Nikkor-O in Infared via a converted D80 and 35-70/3.5-4.5 AI

Ronald M 09-17-2016 15:27

Nikormat is a nice camera. Mine came out of retirement last week


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