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Nikkormat FT3, 1977-1979

The Nikkormat FT3 camera was launched in March, 1977, two months ahead of the electronic version, the Nikon EL2, along with the two bigger brothers, the professional models of Nikon F2A and F2AS. These four cameras are a family of "newer generation" precision SLRs from Nikon offering greater ease of operation via the all-new Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing (Al) system for lens-body meter coupling.

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Many observers who has been monitoring the development of SLR photograpghy, the era of mid and end of the seventies was a showcase of the best of mechanical engineering in camera design. These Nikons, representing Nippon Kokagu, Japan, their makers - was built around the traditional famed Nikon bayonet mount (F-Mount), widely regarded as one of the finest in 35mm SLR photography, the AI system enables most new Nikkor lenses to couple directly and automatically to the camera's metering system as the lens is locked "home." Thus, there's no fumbling when mounting, no need to rotate the aperture ring to the minimum and maximum aperture settings to index, and that means that lens mounting operation is virtually error-free. Of course, the Nikkormat FT3 has more to offer the serious photographer than ease of lens mounting alone. The FT3 carries with it the tradition of the Nikkormat series of fine SLR cameras and the solid operational conveniences of its immediate predecessor, the Nikkormat FT2.

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And, of course, the FT3 continues as the standout companion camera to the F2 Nikons and electronic ELs offering the exceptional ruggedness and high dependability that have always been the hallmarks of cameras bearing the Nikon/Nikkormat names. Some of the outstanding key features of the Nikkormat FT3 include the following:

Technical Highlight:-
A rock solid, sturdy and reliable Nikon bayonet mount. The Nikkormat FT3 is fitted with the same renowned bayonet mount employed in Nikon cameras since the introduction of Nikon SLRs. Noted for its strong, precise seating and alignment of the mounted lens, the Nikon bayonet mount accepts any Nikkor SLR lens, including all of the more than 50 lenses available during that time.

* Accurate Nikon center-weighted metering system. The FT3 features the time-tested Nikon center-weighted (60/40) TTL (through-the-lens) metering system for the ultimate in exposure measurement accuracy. This system, long considered one of the most effective in producing natural looking and balanced exposures, concentrates 60% of the measurement in the central 12mm diameter portion of the field visible in the finder, while simultaneously measuring the total field for perfect exposures every time.

* The camera employs a Copal Square S vertical travel shutter for reliable and error-free performance, particularly when operating with electronic flash units.
* The FT3's pentaprism-mounted accessory shoe provides for convenient flash unit connection and operation. The shoe features an ISO-type electrical contact for cordless connection to the mounted flash accessory, and it also includes an electrical safety switch that eliminates the chance of electrical shocks when a flash unit is not mounted.
* Automatic MX switchover mechanism. Another of the conveniences aimed at simplifying flash operation with the Nikkormat FT3, the built-in MX switchover mechanism provides for automatic selection of the correct synchronization timing as the shutter speed is set. This mechanism was adopted from the F2 Nikon cameras provide much better convenience of Nikon users.
* The FT3 uses silver-oxide battery power source for greater power stability over a wide range of temperatures. With better wide-temperature-range performance and more importantly, environmental safe as compared with mercury cells.
* A newly designed film speed selector lock with mechanism built into the tip of the shutter speed selector lever ensures that the film speed selector remains set to the speed desired. The chances of possible accidentally moving the film speed selector can be avoided.
* Even the neckstrap eyelets of the FT3 were given attention, reinforced for solid durability under the toughest use - a feature introduced with the F2 Nikon cameras.
* Plastic-tipped control levers. The plastic covering on the camera's self-timer and film-advance levers makes for easier access and greater operation comfort.

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Nikkormat FT3 with right angle viewing device.
The Nikkormat FT3, with its heritage of solid performance and wide popularity among professignal and amateur photographers alike, truly reflects the quality and tradition of Nikon products. Although the Nikkormat FT3 was the last of the fine series of the many fine and first class made Nikkormats since the 1965, perhaps the introduction of the Olympus OM1 and Pentaxes like MX etc redirected requirements of the 35mm SLR users. The Nikkormat FT3 barely lasted for two years and retired from Nikon list of products in 1979. Because, Nikon's answer to the compact cameras' issue, the Nikon FM to replace the FT3. It was launched at the same year as the FT3, took off in popularity along with the compact version of the electronic EL2 (Also the last of the EL series), the Nikon FE which was launched a year later in 1978 (Both will be featured later in this site).

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Viewing/Metering Part One & Part Two
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* Credit: A Great thanks to Mr Denis Pleic for his volunteering effort to reedit content and and patching some grammatical mistakes found in this section of the PIM site. Miss Rissa (Marketing) & Edward (Techical) of Shriro Malaysia, distributor of Nikon cameras in Malaysia, in providing so many useful inputs to make this site possible. Mr Hong, Ipoh for lending me his FT2 to take some of the images used in this site. This site is created for his eldest son, Yuen who has picked up his father's hobby and the FT-2. My friend, John Walls from Florida, US for his images of the FTn body and the Zoom Nikkor 43-86mm.

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