Choose the lenses you want to compare from the results below. Then in the selection box, you can check up to three lenses at a time to compare their measurements. Measures the overall performance of a lens-camera combination for a challenging indoor lighting condition. Measures in P-Mpix sharpness performance of a lens-camera combination. More on Sharpness. More on Distortion. Measures in Exposure Value the loss of exposure of an image when going far from its center. More on Vignetting.
Vol. 10. History of the Nikon cameras and shutter mechanisms (Part I)
Also the last manual focusing Minolta series, the X-series, is easy to found information about. But -in my opinion- the finest of them all, the XE, has not yet found a web home. These pages are made to help a photographer, old or new, Minolta fan or Nikon fan, who is looking for information about the Minolta XE series, for what ever reason. The XE was introduced in Japan in November and abroad in It was the first electronically controlled Minolta SLR for advanced amateurs.
Minolta engineers used the experiences they had gained in designing their first electronic SLR, the pro-level XM, but made the XE a lot simpler to use.
Type, Lens, Country, Scr, Notes, Start No, Confirmed, End No, Qty, Date. F, / F3AF, / Nikkor*ED IF, Japan, 5+, for F3-AF, ? -.
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A very nice guest review for you to enjoy. Renato Repetto gives us a bit of a history lesson and a nice little review. The Nikon F2 Titan is all about business. In its day, the F2 was considered the gold standard amongst photojournalists and professionals in the field, but today it lives in the shadows of its successor, the F3.
Nikon F3 / 85mm / 50mm There were several versions of this lens, this is the single coated version dating from the mid 80’s i think – later multicoated.
I am in the process of putting together a website in which the F3 will be featured and am amassing a database of serial numbers and related info. If any of you have an F3, please forward me serial numbers and corresponding codes so that I can add to the database. If you are a member of other photography forums, clubs or groups; please ask others with F3s for this information. The more info we can gather, the more accurate the database will become.
If you’re uneasy about leaving serial numbers here in an open forum; then please forward your information to me via flickr-mail. Most of you probably already know what the first 2 digits mean. But until recently; it was not known to me and many others what the 3rd, 4th and sometimes 5th digits are meant to represent. After searching several Japanese forums using Google Translate ; I have been able to find at least 2 references to a plausible explanation. If any of you can add further information; it’d be greatly appreciated.
The list is updated monthly and can be downloaded from here – www. As of August ; the earliest body with a date code that I know of is serial , 60AA It’s possible that this body has had the top plate replaced. Previous bodies do not seem to have a code.
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Hi all, I’ve been working on compiling a list of Nikon F3 serial numbers along with production date information. The back will need to be removed to view this area. If anyone would like to contribute information to the list; then please post your serial numbers along with the production code. Many thanks, Ron V. As of October ; the earliest body with a date code that I know of is serial , 60AA It’s possible that this body has had the top plate replaced.
Previous bodies do not seem to have a code.
Nikon and NIKKOR brochures, instruction manuals, leaflets, guides, price lists, parts Nikkormat FTn, Nikon F3, Nikon F2, Nikon F4S, Nikon F5, Nikon F6, Nikkores 35 Where appropriate the literature is dated – the UK form of dates may be.
Lenses plays an important component in any 35mm SLR photographic system and it is also one of the most important element in deciding to choose a particular label to build a system. Nikon knows it and so do others. Few key areas in the Nikon system lead in technology and performance. From now on they need to take full advantage of them by introducing capable camera models to catapult the Company back to drivers seat – instead of letting many Nikon photographers take the second fiddlers role to others I thought so too, except such a combination is like a 4-legged friend that has one of its legs chopped off.
The picture above simply highlights some of the strange decisions Nikon made at times. I know many Nikon users are complaining by saying that the Nikkor lens line requires a total revamp or streamlining its entire product specification – which to me, is irrelevant to photography. Personally, to summarize impression of Nikon F5 era in a few paragraphs:. When this site was at its preview stage, a surfer left a remark on the message board, disagreeing what I quoted ” Nikon is Big, if not cumbersome..
Now the unpopular decision to integrate the power pack is generally referred as another weak point in the F5. But seemingly, the success story of Canon EOS-1 series has inspired Nikon to think since the Canon pros can live without one, why should they wasting resources to fabricate so many individual components on viewfinder assembly to the F6? The F5 is a great camera by any standard, in many ways, it excels its main business rivalries in terms of performance but one of the main reason for unable to lure back the previous owners who have shifted to other camps was mainly due to untimely introduction of this fabulous camera.
Well, one can live with a camera without a important feature doesn’t mean it is not a functional nor useful SLR.
Nikon F3 – A professional heavyweight.
This is by far the most popular Databack for the F3 camera. Used with all Nikon F3-series cameras, this interchangeable camera back comes with quartz-controlled clock and LCD to display time, date or sequential numbers from -2 to , and lets you imprint this data in the lower right-hand corner of your photos if desired. A built-in alarm makes it very handy for travel.
For snap shooters, scientists or anyone with the desire to create lasting memories.
Just for reference on the F3 bodies, if you remove the back and look on the body where the back hinges, you’ll see a 4-place alpha-numeric code.
I was fortunate to collaborate once again with Charlie and Jony to create two really distinctive looks. Once again this was an all Kodak Portra affair, I rated the film at and had the lovely folks at Exposure Film Lab push development two stops. Camera gear used:. Jony provided extra atmosphere by streaming the background music to Aliens during the Ripley shoot too!! You know what?
I absolutley love the results!! Now we move on to a look inspired by Deckard from Bladerunner another of my all time fave movies!! I was so happy with how the lighting worked out giving a very dramatic effect. Interestingly yes! Love these shots! Huge thank you to Jony for absolutely nailing the look here! I think they look great on the shot – definitely add to the sci fi vibes.
The Nikon SLR Serial Number/Date Thread.
If you happen across an old Nikkormat in a junk shop etc, you might wonder, what the hell is this?! What is going on? Nikkormats and Nikomats as they were called in Japan , were Photo cameras before the K was created. Even today, Nikkormats usually sell for about half the cost of a K And we all know that lenses are what take the photo. Nikkormats rock the bayonet lens mount, just like a pro body.
Of the classic trilogy of Nikon SLR’s, the electronically-controlled F3 is of enduring his most ambitious and demanding expedition to date.
It was manufactured in Japan between and by Nippon Kogaku K. It introduced an entirely new compact, but rugged, copper-aluminum alloy duralumin chassis that would become the basis for Nikon’s highly successful range of compact semi-professional SLR cameras. These cameras were intended to provide a more reasonably priced alternative to Nikon’s professional F-series cameras, which at the time was the Nikon F2.
They were all-new successors to the Nikkormat F- and EL-series of amateur-level SLRs, but despite the lower price-point they continued Nikon’s reputation for high-quality construction, impressive durability and measured technical innovation. The FM has proven to be a remarkably long-lived and reliable camera. Nippon Kogaku would over the next twenty-nine years use the same chassis but with some modifications and basic design philosophy for the FE introduced in , FM2 , FE2 , FA and the limited production FM3A of The FM is constructed almost entirely from metal and uses a mechanical shutter.
It is manual-focus-only, with manual exposure control. Being mechanical, the FM needs no batteries to operate though two 1. The photographer adjusts the aperture or shutter-speed until the “O” LED illuminated to indicate correct exposure.