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COMPLETED WTB Nikon Nikkormat FT3 AI Body

Discussion in 'Completed Listings' started by Iconindustries, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Tonight I've been looking at some old cameras and have fallen for them. I have just bought a nikkor 35-70mm 2.8 D lens and now i want a really old body to match it. So i'm looking for a good condition Nikkormat FT3 with AI metering.

    not sure what they're worth but I'm willing to pay $100.00

    I want to try shooting with film for some fun.


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  2. Pan Korop

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    You know that Nikkormat meters wear out, and that the spare part (the round copper ring inside the speeds and ASA collar) was discontinued about 20 years ago?
    The camera will work, but meterless.
     
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  3. Iconindustries

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    oh. So It would be a bit tricky without a meter- that determines your light exposure doesn't it.

    I'm handy with a lathe so making parts isn't a problem but I've read that the variable resistor sometimes gets a bit old and the meter is a bit off. And that would be a bit hard to make.

    Have you ever used a Nikkormat Mr Korop?

    Or what other camera body is built and looks as good, that i should check out.?

    Thanks,

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  4. phigmov

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    The FM3a is meant to be a bit of a legend in pre-digital Nikon-land. Only catch is that everyone seems to know it, and like the Om3Ti, its holding its (high) value.

    The F & F2 look fantastic but the bulk of the photomic viewfinder has always put me off.

    I love my F3HP - its a joy to use and built like a tank ! Only downside is size again (compared to my OM1 & 4).

    Some good info here

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/

    and

    Nikon Digital Camera and Photography Articles by Thom Hogan

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    Nikon Reviews

    Good luck !
     
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  5. Alanroseman

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    Hi Brady,

    A quick eBay search shows folks are asking over $100. But no one seems to be buying at that price. Several on now with no bids, and low bids.

    If you see one you like, I'll buy it for you and send it over...

    Cheers, Alan
     
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  6. Brian S

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    The Nikkormat meters get jumpy usually from dirt on the contacts, and that can be cleaned.

    My Black FT3 is going strong, meter uses an MS-76.

    Not for sale, however. check KEH.
     
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  7. Iconindustries

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I Ended up buying the last of the Nikkormat series the 'Nikon' badged EL2. It uses different light diodes to the FT3 which supposed to be a little more reliable.

    phigmov sounds like you and me will have heaps of fun. I'll probably be pm'ing you in the future. I really liked the FM3a and wondered why it was so expensive but it's a relatively new camera made in 2000! I didn't really need a film camera to cost me 1000 dolllars. lol.


    Alan thanks for you offer. I ended up buying it off a camera guy in Vermont somewhere.

    thanks for the link qball

    Brian, the camera and lens guru. I might havto pm you in the future as well. The lens I bought for the camera is a 35-70mm 2.8 D, which is a push pull zoom.


    If anyone wants to get rid of a 50mm 1.x to fit this baby I will be ecstatic:smile:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50527022@N02/5844163439/" title="NikomatEL2Big by iconindustries, on Flickr">"576" height="432" alt="NikomatEL2Big"></a>
     
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  8. Pan Korop

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    1) the resistor IS the weak and discontinued part...
    2) yes, mostly as a backup for Nikon F. Didn't like its handling, though, and got a second F instead when I could afford.
    3) Nikon F... Meterless! The Photomics are crap.
    Else (but all need AI lenses)
    - F3, HP or not. Lovely cameras, the Classics for me. Affordable if chrome and not HP.
    - FA. Way better metering than FM-3A, and not at collectors' prices.
    - FM. Stringers' workhorse.

    Finally, get a good incident light hand meter, say Lunasix-3 or Sekonic Studio. Loved the light and readable Quantum meters. I metered only with these for studio, street and even sports with looong lenses!
    It took the FA to convince me TTL meters were useful outside of macro.
     
  9. Iconindustries

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    Well I got the Nikon EL2, the one above in the picture. It's probably a photomic, doh. But really, this is just for fun.
     
  10. phigmov

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    Nah, the photomic viewfinder thingy was on the old F & F2 - the viewfinders were removable. You got different 'heads' depending on what you used the camera for.

    They looked kinda like this - very futuristic but added a fair bit of bulk to the camera for built in light-metering (you can also see it mechanically engage the prongs on the lens to detect the aperture setting) ->

    800px-Nikon_F_Photomic_FTn-2714.
     
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  11. BillN

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    IMHO - the one to go, (have gone for), is the F3
     
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  12. Iconindustries

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    Hey Bill! haven't seen you around for awhile. Yeah it was really hard to know what one to go for because there's so many models. Why they couldn't keep them in chronological order rather than making up new letters and numbers for each one makes it a bit hard.

    Apparently the EL2 is like 770grams so it's not a cheap toy.

    Did you own a F3 back in the day?
     
  13. BillN

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    Hi Icon

    been hanging around on the SC site most of the time

    I had, (still have - somewhere), an F3, plus a few other Nikons - all were good from the heavy to the (lighter)

    They all seemed really expensive at the time - I forget all the differences but, if my memory serves me correctly, the F3 had all the sophisticated "bells and whistles" in a great body and was the last mainly "mechanical" Nikon before the real electronics came into the Nikon, (film) cameras
     
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  14. Luke

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    only slightly off-topic seeing these sexy machines. When (and why) did they stop making beautiful cameras?
     
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  15. BillN

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    getting onto Nikon SLR camera "porn"

    here is one of my favourite combos, an F2 with 55mm f1.2 S Auto - (lens 1979)

    Have used the lens on my G1, but wide open at 1.2 it is very difficult to focus as all this M43 stuff has no "focus confirm"
    - works well on my D300 which has a "green light" focus confirm

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. Brian S

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    The Nikon EL2: This camera is the immediate predecessor of the Nikon FE. It uses a match needle for manual operation. The Nikon FM uses diodes.

    The EL2 Battery: PX-28, in a chamber under the mirror. Use mirror lock-up, you will see the compartment.

    DO NOT forget to turn the meter off - battery will drain when left on. It uses SPD's not CDS cells, has electronic shutter.
     
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  17. Pan Korop

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    Oh, that one? No Photomic. Great, better than Nikkormat FT/FTn, good riddance of the behind-the-bayonet speeds, ASA, and its cursed streetcar-like speeds resistance. It happened to be called Nikkormat EL(2) in Europe; I don't know if the Japanese market kept the odd Nikomat brand. The one I'd avoid is the Nikon/Nikkormat EL/M, an attractive motorizable version... which didn't like working conditions any damper than Kalahari or Ayers rock.
     
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  18. Brian S

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    The original version is the Nikkormal EL. The Nikkormat ELw adds the AW-1 power-winder option. The Nikon EL2 is the same as the ELw except that it uses AI lenses and has SPD cells rather than CDS. I have all three versions, they are comparable. The EL2 will also take the AW-1 power winder.
     
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  19. phigmov

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    They did use this guys design-house for a few classics
    Giorgetto Giugiaro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Then they went all curvy, bulky (addition of autofocus and motordrive) and kind of lost their mojo.
     
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