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Classic Camera Revival – Episode 27 – Return of the Samurai

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The Nikkormat line was a series of SLRs released by Nikon through the 1960s to 70s that were aimed at the consumer market. While there were some electronic Nikkormat cameras the ones we have on the table today are the mechanical ones of the FT line. These are great cameras that you can have for a cheap price and still using all your Non-AI, AI, and AI-S lenses. AI and AI-S providing they still have the claw, unless you have the FT3.

Cameras Featured on Today’s Episode

Nikon Nikkormat FTn – An improved version of the original Nikkormat FT and the oldest one we have on the table. The meter coupling pin on the camera still had to be aligned with the meter coupling shoe on the lens, but the lens maximum aperture no longer had to be manually preset on the FTn. It also improved the lens mounting technique that you could rock the aperture back and forth so that the claw would catch on the pin.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 27 - Return of the Samurai

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: Nikkormat FTn
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, Nikon F
  • Year of Manufacture: 1967-1975

Dead Mill
Nikon Nikkormat FTn – Nikkor-H 50mm 1:2 – ORWO UN54+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:00 @ 20C

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Nikon Nikkormat FTn – Nikkor-H 28mm 1:3.5 – ORWO UN54+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:00 @ 20C

Now Entering Leslieville.
Nikon Nikkormat FTn – Nikkor-O 35mm 1:2 – Kodak Tri-X 400 @ ASA-400 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 5:00 @ 20C

Nikon Nikkormat FT2 – Released as an answer to customer suggestions for improvement of the FTn. The FT2 would have a silver-oxide battery and a fixed hot shoe to mount and external flash. The FT2 also has a +/- in the match needle metering readout.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 27 - Return of the Samurai

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: Nikkormat FT2
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, Nikon F
  • Year of Manufacture: 1975-1977

Cherry Blossoms
Nikkormat FT2 – Tamrom 17mm ƒ/3,5 – Fujichrome Velvia 50

Caffenol-C 2 Bath Test
Nikkormat FT2 – Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 – Polypan F @ ASA-50 – Caffenol-C 2 Bath 5+5

Firewood (Nikon Version)
Nikkormat FT2 – Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 – Polypan F @ ASA-50 – Ilford ID-11 (1+1) 9:00 @ 20C

Nikon Nikkormat FT3 – Released as more of a stop-gap measure, the FT3 is a rare model of Nikkormat that can mount AI-S without needing the claw/pin interface. They were short lived as Nikon released the FM/FE line in 1977 a few months after the FT3 hit shelves.

CCR Review 46 - Nikon Nikkormat FT3

  • Make: Nikon
  • Model: Nikkormat FT3
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, Nikon F
  • Year of Manufacture: 1977

CCR Review 46 - Nikon Nikkormat FT3
Nikon Nikkormat FT3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-23 (Stock) 6:00 @ 20C

CCR Review 46 - Nikon Nikkormat FT3
Nikon Nikkormat FT3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-23 (Stock) 6:00 @ 20C

CCR Review 46 - Nikon Nikkormat FT3
Nikon Nikkormat FT3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-23 (Stock) 6:00 @ 20C

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. In Guelph there’s Pond’s FotoSource 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

Classic Camera Revival – Episode 15 – Mechanical Madness

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While many in the world are keen on March Madness and College Basketball we here at the CCR are looking at all mechanical cameras. That means that the cameras may have a battery to run the light meter but they can still work without one!

Cameras Featured on Today’s Show…

Nikon F2 Photomic – This is the camera you can take into the Zombie Apocalypse and document the end of the world and it won’t let you down.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 15 - Mechanical Madness

Make: Nikon
Model: F2 Photomic
Type: Single Lens Reflex
Format: Miniature Format (35mm), 24x35mm
Lens: Interchangeable, Nikon F Mount
Year of Manufacture: 1971-1980

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

Battle of Fort George - July 2015
Nikon F2 Photomic – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Kodak Tri-X 400 – HC-M (monobath) 10:00 @ 24C

High Park Cherry Blossoms
Nikon F2 Photomic – AI Nikkor 135mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Plus-X 125 (125PX) – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 5:00 @ 20C

Nikon FM2n – This beautiful all mechanical camera is no stranger to the podcast but Donna took a liking to this camera.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 15 - Mechanical Madness

Make: Nikon
Model: FM2n
Type: Single Lens Reflex
Format: Miniature Format (35mm), 24x35mm
Lens: Interchangeable, Nikon F Mount
Year of Manufacture: 1983-2001

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Nikon FM2n – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kentmere 100 – Kodak TMax Developer (1+4) 9:00 @ 20C

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Nikon FM2n – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kentmere 100 – Kodak TMax Developer (1+4) 9:00 @ 20C

Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B – This wonderful SLR is the only camera on our show today that featured both automatic exposure but doesn’t use batteries! And like many Zeiss Ikon cameras of the era has the focus control on the camera body itself rather than on the lens, so to switch the focal length, you change the lens elements

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 15 - Mechanical Madness

Make: Zeiss Ikon
Model: Contaflex Super B
Type: SLR
Format: Miniature Format (35mm), 24x35mm
Lens: Interchangeable, Contaflex Mount
Year of Manufacture: 1963

Plotting His Revenge
Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super-B – Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm ƒ/2.8 – Fujicolour Pro160S

Incredible Depth
Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super-B – Carl Zeiss Pro-Tessar 35mm ƒ/3.2 – Fujifilm Reala 100

Canon P – You could say that the “P” stood for perfection on this beautiful post-war rangefinder out of Japan, and it is pretty darn close to Perfect.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 15 - Mechanical Madness

Make: Canon
Model: P
Type: Rangefinder
Format: Miniature Format (35mm), 24x35mm
Lens: Interchangeable, M39 (Leica Thread Mount, LTM)
Year of Manufacture: 1958-1961

Tracks
Canon P – Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm/2.5 – Rollei Retro 80S – Rodinal (1+50) 14 minutes @ 20C

The Darkroom: That Hipstamatic Look – Okay so as much as we hate to admit it phone based photography apps are here to stay, but the real question is where did Instamatic, Hipstamatic, and Vintique get their ideas for Lo-Fi filters to give off that vintage look. Well we swallowed hard and dug into this rather controversial topic. What can you do if you love the look but really want to shoot the original method…film!

Danger
Probably the first thing to look for is expired film, slide film and some C-41 films expire pretty badly, but if it’s your thing…
Rolleiflex 2.8F + Heavily Expired Kodak Ektachrome E100VS

Toronto - September 2011
Or you could try developing your E-6 film in C-41 chemistry for some more weird colour shifts.
Nikon FM2 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Lomography XPro 100 (E-6 film developed in C-41 Chemistry

Rental Office
Can’t afford a Holga, how about a cheap box ‘snap shot camera’ from the 1950s or older?
Herco Imperial 620 Snapshot Camera – Kodak TMAX 400 – HC-110 Dil. M (1+250) 45:00

Red Scale - Don Valley
And of course finally there’s redscale, which is shooting through the film base, rather than direct onto the emulsion
Pentax K1000 – SMC Pentax A 28mm 1:2.8 – No-Name ASA-400 Film

We’re having a meet ‘n greet! That’s right this is your chance to network, drool, and photograph with the hosts of Classic Camera Revival and the fans and listeners in downtown Hamilton on the 7th of May, 2016! The best part is that it’s also the same weekend as Doors Open Hamilton so there will be plenty to shoot. If you plan on coming please RSVP either on our Facebook Event or by Email (classiccamerarevival[at]gmail[dot]com). And we hope to see you there!

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, if you’re 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