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Nikon F801, 1988

Nikon F801/N8008, 06.1988

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The period between 1984-1987 represented one of the low-tide cycle for Nikon (strictly referring to the segment on photographic products, Nikon is a big corporation with many other investments). The few years of soul searching during this period has fruitfully resulted in a series of successful launching of a few new photographic innovations. The F-801 was one of them. Employing with Nikon's 2nd generation AF SLR framework. It replaced the earlier F501/F401 kind of uncertainty with a speedier and functional AF, metering, exposure & flash system. The shutter speed range was now a generous 30 sec - world's fastest SLR in its 1/8000 sec. (a record held until Minolta's Maxxum 9xi's 1/12000th sec in 1992), as well as making an effort to rank similarly with the many MF Nikons to enable top sync speed of 1/250 sec. possible in a AF camera. The AF section was based on an AM200 AF Module AF, together with a built-in 3.2 fps motor drive to deliver reasonably fast, accurate and responsive autofocus performance. The 5-segments Matrix metering or the choice to use classic center-weighted meter which works along with various exposure control modes of Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Programmed AE (Three programs in standard, High speed or DOF mode) and Manual exposure control. Some of these features can be enhanced further when used with dedicated Nikon MF-21 Multi Function Data Back (Such as the innovative Freeze focus, Auto Exposure Bracketing features etc.). The flash section was even more exciting, the innovative Matrix TTL, center-weighted TTL, Matrix balance fill flash capability with choices of either front or rear curtain sync when used in combination with the powerful dedicated Nikon SB-24 speedlight. For the Nikon photographers who were beginning to realize advantages of autofocus can do to their photography; The Nikon F-801/N8008 was also one of the rare few Nikon which has the BEST backward system compatibility (especially when dealing with non-AF Nikkor lenses) which has, commercially made it an immensely successful Nikon SLR model.

A few useful internal/external web links for this Nikon SLR model:
Nikkor lens compatibility chart with F801/N8008
Nikon MF-21 Multi Function Data Back prepared by N8008 Headquarters
Technical Specification from Nikon Links
Nikon F801 OR N8008 Keyword Search via Ebay

Download a free Nikon F801s instruction manual in PDF (7.0 MB)- it works almost similarly except for the added spot metering feature
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Jim/ pls send a thank you note on my behalf.
Kodak / Nikon DCS-200 Digital Still SLR cameras, 1989/90

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The second Nikon SLR model that Kodak used to modify as their DCS Digital SLR camera Series. Errr... image resolution was not particularly impressive because digital imaging was still at its infant stage. However, as the F801/N8008 has far extensive automatic features and functions, it has enhanced the DCS functions more flexible than the earlier Nikon F3-modified Kodak DCS100.

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Refer to NIKON F4 Series website for more info

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As the name implies. The Nikon F4 was the 4th generation of the professional system camera from Nikon. It was interesting to note that Nikon has officially changed their business name from Nippon Kokagu to Nikon Corporation when Nikon F4 was launched (similarly, the logo was also being changed). Retaining a modular design concept inherited from the previous single-digit F. Autofocusing was boosted with the AM-200 AF Module. A host of features including interchangeable viewfinders, a newly developed B-type BriteView focusing screen as standard (interchangeable with 12 other types); MF-23 & MF-24 interchangeable film backs that capable to perform many advance features such as freeze focus, auto exposure bracketing etc. It even has multiple options in its power source that also sometimes differentiate its model, such as F4, F4s, F4e. But overall, the Nikon F4 was a bridge between AF and has a traditional strong feel of the professional class F models. Basically, it retained essence of the best in manual focus SLR and merged them with the latest AF technologies. The result was a hugely successful commercial model during initial stages. Some of which has much to thank for as Canon, its main business rival has dropped their entire line of FD-mount lenses and replaced with a backward incompatible EF mount. Like the F801, the F4 is one of the BEST Nikkor compatible SLR model.

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 Nikon F4s, 1988

Nikon F4s, 1989

NIKON F4 Series website

Among all the F bodies, the F4s is the most elegant look AF-Nikon ever designed.

The Nikon F4 was the second professional F body to offer autofocusing (After F3AF, 1983). Outside the Nikon boundary, virtually all the camera manufacturers faced difficult decisions on the respective approach to search for a right direction in their AF design. Nikon (& Pentax) has decided to commit adopting a backward compatibility with older Nikkor (where Canon & Minolta were replacing all their FD and Rokkor-mount lenses with a new lens mount). Nikon F4s actually sold very well in numbers. But the period between '93 to '96 was a bad time for Nikon due to the appreciation of the Yen and they was quite slow in responding to market ever changing needs. The eight years business cycle was too generous for competitions to catch up. The earlier decision to retain backwardness compatibility has not been capitalized fully (a move I think all Nikon users have appreciated such a considerate decision very much, including me). The slow and indecisiveness in the implementation to address AF weaknesses (mainly performance related) was proved to be quite disastrous and users began changing camp(s). (Canon updated the original EOS 1 to EOS-1n within a shorter 5 years cycle while Nikon took 8 for Nikon F5 !). Incidentally, the F4 was the first pro F-model that started to adopt a vertical traveled shutter curtain, resulting in delivering top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec with a 1/250sec top sync speed - fastest among all Pro F-models. The F4 was also the first Nikon-F that solely depends on battery to function + provides multiple metering systems (Matrix, center-weighted & spot) and a truly extensive choices in TTL flash modes. Lastly, F4 was also the least Nikon-F with variants.

Nikon F4e, 1988

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Nikon F4e, 1991

The F4s uses MB-21 to boost the F4's 2 fps to a high 5.7 fps. It was introduced at the same year in 1988/89 as with the F4. The Nikon F4e was introduced in 1991, it uses a MB-23 power pack (Picture above). Other than the Model designations in the F4 is distinguished by the battery pack used.

Nikon F4 Press

Nikon F4 Press Edition
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because accuracy yet to be confirmed

Nikon F401s 1989

Nikon F401s/N4004s QD, 04.1989
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F401s/N4004s was an upgrade of the original F-401/N4004,1987. In fact, it has the same physical appearance with the earlier model - except the "Nikon F401" model designation which used to be located at the top left panel has been switched to the front. The AF speed was charged by a more responsive AM200 AF module. Other than this, the camera operations are exactly as the original F-401. Come to think of it, I quite like the arrangement of both the early 401/401s top panel (it was being removed from the F401x) which has a protective cover for the shutter speed and ASA rings - elegantly looked & easy to navigate. However, the overall strong poly carbonated body has degraded its quality feel. The F-401s has another very good upgrade handled by Nikon in 1991, F-401x/N5006. Please note there are a total of three models that bear with the F-401(x) designation.

Nikon N4004

Nikon N4004s

Nikon N5005




A few useful internal/external web links for this Nikon SLR model:
Nikkor lens compatibility chart with F401x/F401s/N4004s/N5005 - B&H Photo
Nikon F401s OR N4004s Keyword Search via Ebay

Download a free instruction manual in PDF (9.3MB), courtesy of Mr. Jim/ pls send a thank you note on my behalf.

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Nikon QV-1000C, 1988

Nikon QV1000C Digital Still Video Camera, 1988

As compared to the Prototype SVC Model 1, the QV1000C was more known to many Nikon fans as it was being addressed in the Nikon development section in Japan. However, very little info was provided by Nikon in their site other than it was mentioned as Nikon early attempt to introduce a camera type that handle digital format. Well, it was actually a camera that offered black & white images and captured image can be edit, store or remit via telephonic lines. It works like an automatic exposure camera with various AE modes in Programmed AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual and even TTL flash is possible. It look & shaped like a Nikon F3AF huh ? More info ...

Nikon TW Zoom QD 1988

This popular Nikon TW-series was upgraded in 1988. The lense supplied was now a Nikon 35~80mm f/3.5~f/7.8 lens with Macro capability (previous TW models has 35-70mm lens). Highlights of this Nikon TW Zoom QD include was a standard Quartz data back, the built-in speedlight has a more extended working range as well as continuous zoom function. The image size can be control via a image size selector. Powered with a 6v (DL223) Lithium cell. In some markets, this camera was also referred as Nikon Zoom Touch 500.

Nikon RD2 1988

The budget entry RD/RF was also being updated into this Nikon RD2 in 1988. Features added include a fixed 35mm f/3.5 lense and a dual speed self timer, a memory focus setting as well as its close focus ability has been improved down to 0.63m from 1 meter on the original model. After the big rush of various models in 1987, things slowed down because Nikon F4 and F801 commanded much of the attention while the market still required some time to digest the various models launched a year ago.

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