Type of camera:

35mm single-lens reflex

Picture format:

24mm x 36mm standard 35mm film format

Lens mount:

Nikon bayonet type


Lenses with Nikon F mount; AF lenses


Mechanically governed, horizontal-travel, titanium foil focal-plane shutter

Shutter speed:

Mechanical control for 11 shutter speeds from 1 sec to 1/1000 sec, including X (1/60 sec); B and T also provided; separate gear trains for slow (1 sec to 1/30 sec?) and fast shutter speeds

Shutter release button:

Threaded collar accepts Nikon F and F2-type cable releases

Automatic exposure control:


Manual exposure control:

Shutter speed and aperture set manually.

Exposure metering:

Provided with metered prism assemblies (four available) and external clip-on meters

Metering range:

EV 1 to 18 (i.e. f/1.4 at 1 sec to f/16 at 1/1000 with 50 mm f/1.4 lens and ISO 100 film)

Film speed setting:

ISO 25-1600 (F), 6-4000 (Model III Meter), 10-1600 (Photomic?, T, and Tn), or 6-6400 (Photomic FTn)

Film advance lever:

Single stroke type; 30 degrees stand-off angle and 150 degrees winding angle; automatic film advance possible when motor drives F36 or F250 are used.


Slow-shutter-speed gear train-controlled, approx 3 to 10 sec delayed exposure; lever-type indicator


Nikon F; Eyelevel finder as standard; interchangeable with 7 other types including 4 metering prisms

Focusing screen:

Split-image Type A provided as standard; interchangeable with 16 other types

Finder coverage:

Virtually 100%

Finder magnification:

0.8x (with 50 mm lens set at infinity)

Viewfinder illuminator:

Via DL-1 accessory light for metered prisms

Multiple exposure control:

Via shutter release collar.

Reflex mirror:

Automatic instant-return type with

mirror lock up (MLU)

Depth-of-field preview: Provided

via lever

Frame counter:

Additive type; frame numbers from 0 to 40; automatically resets to S when camera back is removed

Film rewind:

By crank provided after shutter release collar is switched to R

Flash synchronisation:

Possible at all speeds up to 1/60 sec with electronic flash; sync terminal provided for off camera or multiple-flash photography; sync terminal is switchable to work with flashbulbs at speeds of up to 1/1000 sec (type 6 flashbulbs)

Accessory shoe:

Provided; special Nikon F-type located at base of rewind knob; adaptors available to convert to ISO or F3-type shoes

Power source:

One PX-625 1.3V mercury battery in Photomic, T, Tn prism; Two PX-625 1.3V mercury battery in Photomic FTn prism; Model I, II, and III Meters are self-powered by selenium cell

Motor drive coupling:

Requires modification to base-plate of camera to add firing and winding couplings; couplings provided for automatic film advance, shutter release, and back opening for motor drives F36 and F250

Camera back:

Slip-off; opens by turning O/C key to Open position and taking back off; interchangeable with 250 exposure magazine back (and motor) F250

Body finish:

Black or chrome available

Body dimensions (W x H x D):

approx 146.1 x 101.6 x 95.3 mm (5.75 x 4.00 x 3.75 in) with Tn or FTn finder

Body weight:

1049g (2.31 lb) approx with Tn or FTn finder


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