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Nikon Historical Society Jason Schneider is perhaps the world's most famous expert on camera collecting.  Over the course of his long career he has been a photojournalist, a commercial photographer, and a camera test lab manager.  For 18 years he wrote his incredibly influential Camera Collector monthly column at the still deeply missed MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY magazine where Jason was also Editorial Director. Modern was followed by his 16 year stint as Editor-Chief of Popular Photography, then the world's largest imaging magazine. Along the way many of his Modern Camera collecting articles were republished in the wonderful 3 volume set JASON SCHNEIDER ON CAMERA COLLECTING.

Focusing on a wide range of interests, Jason has been an avid photography enthusiast, writer, and lecturer amazingly enough since his early teens.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington Square College of New York University, where he majored in English Literature, minored in Classics, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Schneiderís poetry and critical essays on poetry have been published in the NYU college literary magazine and in various collections.  He's currently working on a book on Emily Dickinson's poetry "Understanding Emily Dickinson. A Reader's Guide To The Enlightened Master."

Jason is an expert on most things photography:  no only camera collecting and analog photography, but also digital photography, the history of camera design and technology, the business of photography, what it is to be a photographer, and as he once proved to me, the best place to buy bratworst at Photokina in Cologne. If all of that was not enough, Jason is genuinely one of the nicest, most knowledgeable and interesting human beings you will ever likely have the good fortune to meet on the net.


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Old 09-10-2016   #1
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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
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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.
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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!?
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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]
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Ten-dollar garage sale find...

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greyscale----now THAT is an excellent buy! Congrats...
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Here is a picture I took with my Nikkormat FT2 + Tamron 35-135/f3.5-4.5.
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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).

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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.
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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!
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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.

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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

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


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