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Classic Camera Revival – Episode 21 – The Great Nikon Show

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It’s the great Nikon show, specifically talking about the Nikon F line of cameras and to narrow it down even more, the highly prized single digit F line, or Nikon’s professional line of cameras! Since we’re all about pre-2000 we’re leaving out the F6 (which isn’t really marketed as a professional camera) and focusing on the F, F2, F3, F4, and F5 cameras! On air for this episode is John Meadows, Alex Luyckx, and guest co-host Bill Smith!

All in the (F)amily
All in the F(amily)!

Cameras Featured on Today’s Show…

Nikon F – The one that started it all! The Nikon F was the camera that introduced the world to the professional SLR system camera, where the user could customize the camera to any configuration that they need to get the shot. It also cut its professional teeth in the damp jungles of Vietnam.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1959-1974

CCR - Review 28 - Nikon F Photomic FTn

Vintage Jag
Nikon F – Nikkor-S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm – Ilford Delta 100

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Nikon F – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Kodak Tri-X 400 – Kodak Xtol (1+1)

CCR - Review 28 - Nikon F Photomic FTn
Nikon F – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-125 – Kodak DK-50 (1+1) 5:00 @ 20C

Nikon F2 – The beauty that really carried on the tradition of the Nikon F but did so with style. It will also take you through the end of days and get fantastic photos as a result. Even today this is still a great camera to get your hands on, especially the later model units that would even have working meters still.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F2
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1971-1980

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Nikon F2a – AI-S Nikkor 200mm 1:4 – Kodak Ektar 100

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Nikon F2 Photomic – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Holga 400 @ ASA-400 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 9:30 @ 20C

Urban Desolation
Nikon F2 – Nikkor-N Auto 1:2.8 f=28mm – Rollei Retro 80s – Kodak D-23 (1+1) 13:00

Nikon F3 – The F3 was a radical departure for Nikon moving to an electronic semi-automatic (aperture priority) camera. While many photographers resisted this move, as the camera would not operate at all shutter speeds if it didn’t have battery power, it soon because one of the longest produced Nikon camera reaching all the way to the year 2000, outlasting both it’s successors in the F4 and F5.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F3
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1980-2000

CCR - Review 24 - Nikon F3

Base of the Bloor Street Viaduct
Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 28mm 1:2.8 – Adox CMS 20 II @ ASA-20 – Diafine 3+3

CCR - Review 24 - Nikon F3
Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-125 – Ilford Microphen (1+1) 10:00 @ 20C

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Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Ilford Delta 400 – Kodak TMax Developer (1+9)

Nikon F4 – When it comes to camera meters, you really cannot beat the F4. This beast of a camera was the first Nikon professional camera to sport an autofocus system and a matrix metering system. The metering system was based on the earlier Nikon FA and even today Nikon digital cameras meters are based on the F4’s.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F4
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1988-1997

CCR - Review 1 - Nikon F4

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Nikon F4 – PC Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 – Svema Micrat-Orto (FPP Super Postive Slide Film) @ ASA-0.75 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 14:00 @ 20C

Man by the Beach: Colour version
Nikon F4 – Nikon Series E 75-150mm 1:3.5- Svema Colour 125

Plattsburg, New York - Eastman 5363
Nikon F4 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D – Eastman 5363 @ ASA-25 – PMK Pyro (1+2+100) 11:00 @ 20C

Nikon F5 – The penultimate Nikon Professional SLR. The F5 was the final 35mm professional SLR and became the base for the D1, the first professional Digital SLR released by Nikon. It’s Alex’s personal favourite when it comes to Autofocus SLRs and is his choice with the AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D for street photography.

The Dirt:

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: F5
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, F-Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1996-2004

CCR - Review 22 - Nikon F5

Gettysburg - Spring 2016
Nikon F5 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D – Kodak Vision3 250D @ ASA-250 – Unicolor Rapid C-41 Kit

TFSM Winter '16 - Muddy York
Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Kodak Tri-X 400 @ ASA-200 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 10:00 @ 20C

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Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Ilford Delta 100 @ ASA-100 – FA-1027 (1+14) 9:00 @ 20C

If you’re wondering why we didn’t include the F6, well it’s because none of us own one so we really can’t speak to it also it was not really aimed at the professional market as by the time the F6 was released the pros had gone digital and the F6 was aimed at the advanced amateurs with deep pockets.

Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix…check out Burlington Camera, Downtown Camera, Film Plus, Belle Arte Camera and Camtech, if you’re in the GTA region of Ontario. For those further north you can visit Foto Art Camera in Owen Sound. On the West Coast (British Columbia) check out Beau Photo Supply. Additionally you can order online at Argentix (Quebec), the Film Photography Project or Freestyle Photographic.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

CCR Review 5 – Nikon F2 Photomic

There aren’t many cameras out there that I’ve picked up and loved right off the bat. In fact I could probably count them all on just one hand. Oddly enough they’re all from the Nikon F series. The Nikon F2 Photomic (pronounced Pho-Tom-ick) is one such camera. This workhorse professional camera from the 1970s was the popular update from the original Nikon F, an all mechanical wonder that continued to be produced and sought after even after the electronic replacement Nikon F3 was released, and today remains a popular camera. This camera will take anything you throw at it and give you beautiful photos in return.

CCR - Review 5 - Nikon F2 Photomic
The beauty that is the Nikon F2 – Yes, that’s a box of Kodak Film, and yes the lens is dirty, it was out in the rain.

The Dirt
Maker: Nikon
Model: F2 Photomic
Type: 35mm Single Lens Reflex
Lens: Bayonet, Nikon F-mount (semi-AI support)
Year of Manufacture: 1971-1980

CCR - Review 5 - Nikon F2 Photomic

CCR - Review 5 - Nikon F2 Photomic

The Good
This is an all mechanical camera that will work both with or without batteries making it a great camera to learn on. It’s also still fully repairable! And being a modular system you can easily ‘upgrade’ and replace parts as they need to and there are lots of good working parts out there. And you can still get a lot of really good glass for this camera in pretty much all the early Nikon lenses, Non-AI, AI, and AI-S will all work on this camera. Also this camera was literally love at first grip, it’s well made, and ergonomically sound. The controls are well placed, easy to reach, and while the meter view is a little small, it’s a match needle style so easy to set the camera (providing your meter functions, if not, shoot Sunny-16). And probably my favourite part about the camera is the awesome shutter sound, you know you’ve taken the photo!

CCR - Review 5 - Nikon F2 Photomic

CCR - Review 5 - Nikon F2 Photomic

The Bad
While my camera cost me less than 100$ the F2 remains a highly sought after camera, it can get fairly expensive, especally the ones with the non-metered prisms. Also given their age, often the cameras which were the workhorses of the press through the 1970s have been beaten up. But working ones are still easily found, but could cost a bit. But the non-working ones can be repaired. In addition to that, the glass can get fairly expensive as well since a lot of digital shooters love the old manual focus lenses so the price remains fairly high. But you should be able to get a deal on an older Non-AI lens.

CCR Review 5 - Nikon F2 Photomic

CCR - Review 5 - Nikon F2 Photomic

The Low Down
If you’re looking for a solid all mechanical SLR that has a proven track record, this is the camera for you. I got mine for under 100$ from KEH in their Bargin condition, and it showed just a touch of brassing around the name plate, threw in two batteries the camera lit up and the meter worked perfectly! Also you can still get these cameras serviced thanks to Sover Wong who received all the remaining spare parts from Nikon when they shut down their F2 repair services.

Need More Proof? Rick Paul talked on the F2 in the Film Photography Podcast Episode 85, Mark Dalzell in Episode 103, and Leslie Lazenby in Episode 118!

All Photos shot around Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario
Nikon F2 Photomic – AI Nikkor 135mm 1:2.8 – Ilford Delta 100 – Ilford DD-X (1+4) 12:00 @ 20C