Hand Strap AH4 One of the lesser known but highly functional accessory that Nikon has designed for photographer is the AH-4 Hand Strap. It secures the camera comfortably in hand for a firm grip without hand fatigue. It is particularly useful when using longer and/or larger Nikkor zoom and telephoto lenses. Other than the F4-series, the AH-4 is also compatible with the Nikon F5 and other Nikon AF bodies such as F90X, F70 or F-601 etc.

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Readily available Nikon system accessories:

Filters/Adapter Rings/Filter Cases: Circular Polarizing Filters By reducing the light reflected from non-metallic surfaces polarizing filters allow direct shooting through glass windows and reduce the glare from water surfaces and sunlit trees and grass.

They are the only filters that darken the sky in color photography without affecting color balances. Nikon circular polarizing filters come in a rotating mount to enable different angles for different degrees of polarization, and effects may be seen in the viewfinder as the filter is rotated. They do not interfere with the autofocus or auto exposure operation of the Nikon AF SLRs.

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Slip-in Circular Polarizing Filters: Designed for use in combination with telephoto lenses equipped with a slip-in filter holder, these filters reduce glare from nonmetallic surfaces such as glass and water. Simply turn the rotating ring on the holder to find the most effective position. The filters do not affect autofocus or auto exposure features. Neutral Color NC Filters Available in attachment sizes 39mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 72mm and 77mm, these neutral-color filters serve as lens protectors. They do not affect color balance. In addition, multi layer coating prevents light reflection inside the glass, thus improving color rendition. Gelatin Filter Holders AF-1, AF-2 These enable standard 3-inch gelatin filters to be used with many Nikkor lenses, the AF- I for 52mm attachment size and the AF-2 for 72mm attachment size. 72-62 Filter Adapter Ring UR-1 This adapter enables a filter with an attachment size of 72mm to be used with any Nikkor lens with an attachment size of 62mm. Filter Cases CA-1, CA-2: Very convenient for location work, the CA- I case holds up to six 52mm filters and the CA-2 houses up to six 39mm filters.

Panorama Head AP-2 For a full 360° unified panoramic shot, the AP-2 mounts between the camera and a tripod and rotates at precisely calibrated click stops for picture angles of the lens in use, whether 28, 35, 50, 85 or 105mm. lens. Sometimes this is also very useful for step repeating frames in special application such as creating panorama views in VR (360° virtual reality) scene. Neck straps Fully adjustable to a variety of different lengths, Nikon neck straps are available in either nylon, leather or leatherette. The nylon neck straps are flared for no-strain carrying, and come in black or black with yellow stripes. Both the leather and leatherette straps have a non-slip rubber shoulder pad for added security. All Nikon neck straps are designed so that the hardware will not scratch the comers of the camera body.

Body/Lens Caps: I cannot remember since when Nikon started supplying their SLR bodies with a simple plastic body cap (see pictures below). Well, those days, they used to supply body with a high quality cap and if you still wish to have one of those, they would expect you to pay now. Come to think of it, other than the Nikon F5 50th Anniversary model which has a delightful touch of having a customary design body cap in gray colour, even some of the 'lower end" limited edition Nikon models were still being supplied with the same plastic cap now, are such caps very expensive ??

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A cap's main purpose is to protect the front and rear portions of a lens from dust, fingerprints and scratches, Nikon makes lens caps in hard plastic, metal and leather. Body caps are also available to protect the mirror box and reflex mirror when no lense is mounted on the camera body.

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Nikon Mini table top Tripod

Main Functions: 3-way panhead, Quick release, non-slip Rubber stud Base; Dimensions: total length = 13.5cm; Leg length = 7.6cm. These tripods are retailing at USD13-00 a piece (based on their "buy-it-now" price.

Credit: Images courtesy of Dan and Jan® from JD-Cycles<jd-cycles@telstra.com>. Dan & Jan sell these lovely Mini Tripod via Ebay store. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

Other third party products and/or interesting customary designed accessories: In many cases, photographers and/or third party users may come out with practical solution to solve a particular user's problem for the camera manufacturer(s). Camera designers may not anticipate some potential problems they might not anticipate may post some inconveniences when they came out with a particular camera design (I have lot of things to complaint about... till later); sometimes, it could also be due to commercial reasons which makes it less "viable" to go mass production even if they have a solution later. Well, in some rare cases (as I think probably Nikon themselves has never expect the Nikon F3 can sell so well for 20 years.. where a good example is the Nikon F3's decision to stick on with the proprietary accessory shoe design back in the 1980 which called for various adapters (such as AS-7 and AS-17) being introduced over the years to enable the camera to be used with all the subsequent ISO-type flash foot Nikon Speedlights Another example is a friend of mine who has designed a Adcam Power Winder for Hasselblad medium format cameras (funny huh ? for nearly two decades, the medium format camera maker has never designed a Winder for their entire series of camera until the late '90 (except the ELM/ELX which has a built-in winder type). Unfortunately, the Winder has never been gaining its deserving popularity despite it has been modified and kept improving all these years while negotiating with the Swedish camera makers over copyright issues..(he is not alone, a ambitious Australian who has aimed high with his lovely hand grip specifically designed for the Pentax LX has also called it quit after he finally decided to dispose all his last remaining few units of his special LX hand grip at Ebay a few months ago...). It is not nice to hear the failed stories of all these individual creative effort .. the only exception which ended in a more delightful way was a home-baked underwater housing originally designed by a few young men for a underwater photographer friend of mine which eventually cherished a relatively unknown new company to become a renown underh20 housing supplier...

Other interesting read in this site relating to third party products for Nikon F4: NPC Proback by Forscher Inc. Beattie Intenscreen by Fresnel Optic Inc.

Arca-style Quick Release Mounting Plate by Kirk Enterprise. Kirk Enterprises is a Company in US which specializes in producing many practical photographic accessories such as Ball heads, Quick Release Equipment (QR lens plates | QR camera plates | QR platforms | QR Lens Collars).

The Company explains their QR mounting plate carries the advantages in: Saving time: The more quickly you need to work in the field, laboratory, or studio, the more you'll appreciate all the benefits of Kirk Arca-style quick-release platforms for each tripod and camera stand as well as a quick release plate for each of your cameras and large lenses.

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Further, they explain that it offers a More secure shooting: A quick release system not only lets you work more quickly, you'll find you can mount your equipment to your tripod head more securely with less risk of vibration or slipping.

Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Steve Miller® <NATWANDERS@aol.com>. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

Well, here is another one - but purely from a perspective of a user of Nikon F4s which decided to create a custom-made bracket for his camera to improve camera/lense handling during shooting. I first spotted this product via an Ebay auction sale.



Credit: Images of the F4s customary Quick Release Bracket and the accompanied picture of "Zebra in Compact" courtesy of Mr. Steven G. MAKA ® <info@makaphotography.com>. Steven is a professional photographer and has an excellent online image gallery on his own at http://www.MAKAphotography.com. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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" ... The custom-made Tripod Quick Release Bracket which permits the F4s to be mounted either for horizontal or vertical shooting. This bracket is not available commercially as I made three of them for my personal use ..." -Steven G. MAKA-

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Credit: Image of this not-so-standard heavyweight black cotton souvenir Baseball Cap with Nikon F4 emblem stitched in thread courtesy of Mr. Frank® <Frank762@aol.com>. Frank sells used/new items via his own Ebay store. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

Some promotional items by Nikon during launch of Nikon F4.. MORE ? Like bags ? ....

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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

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst

W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lense, they cannot adjust aperture(s) when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier AF Nikon SLR camera models. Similarly, not ALL features provide in a modern AF-S series AF-Nikkor lenses can be utilized fully with a Nikon F4. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).

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