Nikon F with the Phototomic viewfinder was another cutting edge development for Nikon with the intention being to wed the exposure meter to an eye level viewfinder and employ a cadmium sensor in 1962.
That led to an additional development in 1965 with the Phototomic morphing into an adaptation of TTL, or through the lens metering.
Needless to say the series enjoyed a large following and with Nikon’s reputation for quality control, craftsmanship, and longevity endured for a number of years.
Today it remains a film enthusiasts and collectors favorite.
The overall weight would give nightmares to the lighter is better crowd but it was a different era and plastic hadn’t seemingly conquered the photographic world yet.
A sort of bling associated with this camera was the availability of an optional waist level viewfinder – which if you think about it had the ability to lend a measure of image stabilization depending on settings and conditions.
This camera came with a variety of “kit” lenses depending on the production year when kit lenses were actually of high quality without the need or desire to immediately upgrade.
The one in the above photo has a Nikkor S Auto f50mm f1.4 – that’s a 50 at a fast f1.4, a combination you won’t find in modern kit lenses.
The 50 f1.4 was available on the series in about 1960 I believe so it’s possible this particular camera is of that vintage with the Phototomic being added later by the original owner (?).
Nikon has stumbled at times as all camera and lens manufacturers have, but lenses such as this are still sought after to couple with an adapter and use on a digital body.
As with the Nikon featured in the previous Iconic Cameras blog this was a high dollar, high end camera, and deservedly so.