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A Pictorial History...
The Rangefinder || The Nikonos || Compact Cameras
SLRs -
1959/1979 | 1980/1990 | 1991/1999 | y2k/2003 | 2004 ~

Cutaway Model Nikonos IVa

Nikonos IVa, 1980

Nikonos IVa, 1980
Instruction Manual for Nikonos IVa in PDF (External Link @ Part One, Part Two

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Nikonos IVa Sideview.jpg The underwater Nikonos IVA has gone through some major improvement to the Nikonos design. This is not surprising as the Nikon SLRs have also been been greatly improved on all other aspects. One of the most significant development was the inclusion of auto exposure (the "A" behind the IV signifies auto-exposure), extended film speed range which is now 25 to 1600 ISO as well as at the flash photography section. The shutter was still deploying a vertical traveled, metal focal plane type with working shutter speeds improved slightly from 1/30 sec to 1/1000 sec. (and Bulb) + a backup mechanical shutter speed at 1/90 sec (M setting), should the battery fails or situation when facing with power depletion. Flash synchronization: Cable connection with adapter for electronic flash synch also has been improved to 1/90 sec (Automatic flash control with Nikonos electronic flash units). It weighs heavier than its predecessor at 900g. It was also the first Nikonos that incorporated with a built-in light sensor and offer an aperture priority exposure control. Other improvements included are a side-hinged back cover, rapid film advance lever, an Albada-type viewfinder with an easy to read, bright LEDs display as well as a flash ready light inside the finder. Initial production serial that can be traced was believed to be from 410xxxx and the IVA was discontinued in 1984.

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Nikonos V, 1984
Instruction Manual for Nikonos V in PDF (External Link @ Part One, Part Two, Part Three

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Commercially, this all-weather Nikonos was perhaps the most successful model among al the Nikonos family of underwater camera. It inherited many basic features of the IVa with other refinements made to its features. The Film speed range remained the same at 25 to 1600 ISO with a quartz-timed, stepless shutter speed range from 1/30 to 1/1000 sec., a time-exposure at B setting and a back-up mechanical shutter speed of 1/90 sec. (M90). It offers both TTL center-weighted metering, auto-exposure (Aperture Priority AE) as well as Manual exposure control. The Albada finder has parallax markings, LEDs for exposure readings, low shutter speed warning as well as flash ready light. The most significant improvement made was the TTL auto flash exposure control with other applicable Nikonos speedlights such as SB-102, SB-105 etc. making flash photography results the underwater so easy & assuring. Along with other features made to improve its overall handling under or above the water, Nikon has designed one of the most friendly underwater camera in the Nikonos V.

Mu Nikonos V ...

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Some pictures of My Nikonos V


The Nikonos V was also the most "colourful" among all Nikonoses. The popular orange/black V actually has an alternative option in a military Green/Black colored Nikonos V.

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Note: The Nikonos V is still a current model as the autofocus-enabled Nikonos RS has been discontinued in 1996.

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Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:-
Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm |
Lenses -
45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm |
Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm |
35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm |
100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E


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