The story of Nikon begun in
1917 when three of Japan's leading optical manufacturers merged to form a
comprehensive, fully integrated optical company known as Nippon Kogaku K.K.
(1988 Corporate name changed to Nikon Corporation.)
In 1965 Nikon introduced the Nikkormat FT. This camera was the first in a popular series of successful Nikon mid-range cameras. Nikkormat FTn was based upon the body of the original Nikkormat FT. Many of the users who could´nt afford the more expensive and professional system oriented Nikon F & F2, used this camera as an entry model into the Nikon SLR system. It accepted all the interchangeable Nikkor lenses during those time and is still usable with many of today's AI & AIS lenses. It differs from the more sophisticated Nikon models only in that it does not accept the motor drive backs and has a non-removable pentaprism viewfinder and fixed focusing screen, which has a 4 mm circular microprism surrounded by a 12 mm diameter matte surface
|Designed with sharp and clear-cut lines, still seen in Nikon FM3a (Introduced in February 2001), the external appearance of the Nikkormat camera body gives an overall feeling of mechanical precision and dependability associated with professional use. The FTn was introduced and marketed in 1967, continued to serve even after later models were introduced.The 2nd generation of the Nikon F, the F2 was eventually discontinued in 1975, that has shown how popular it was.|
The camera body is made of die-cast aluminum alloy and finished in chrome plating and assembled of 685 separate components. My FTn belogs to the later versions because it has black plastic covers both on the film advance lever and the self-timer lever. For identification among the rest of Nikkormats is quite easy, a "FT" precedes the serial number on the camera body' and the letter "N" is inscribed next to the film rewind knob and above the light meter window on the top of the camera. Nikkormat FTn was available in satin chrome or black finish.
The lens in a picture is Nikkor H-C Auto 1:2 ,f = 50mm. In an early Nikkor lenses you can find these markings. H is for hex which is Latin and translates six (6) and it indicates that the lens construction has six lens elements and the letter C means that the lens is coated.