|Black Nikkormat: FT3 serial-number prefix|
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This camera, released as the Nikomat FT3 in Japan, was released as the Nikkormat FT3 elsewhere.
Manufactured from 1977 to 1979, this was the first Nikomat camera to use AI lenses; thanks to wider and newer lens availability, this makes it a more attractive choice today than its predecessors. It is still possible to use non-AI lenses through use of the stop-down button to close aperture manually.
The FT3 was launched in 1977. The camera is rugged (as are the other mechanical-shutter Nikomat models) and is basically identical to its predecessor, the FT2, except for the automatic maximum aperture indexing (AI) system for lens-body meter coupling. Due to the redirection of SLR user requirements towards more compact cameras (such as the Olympus OM1 and Pentax MX), the Nikkormat FT3 barely lasted for two years, until 1979, to be replaced by the FM.
Metering: TTL, turned on when the film advance lever is flipped out 20 degrees. Viewable through viewfinder, and on the top of the body next to the film rewind lever. A usable modern-day battery is the Energizer EPX76.
Shutter speeds are bulb, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 second. Film speeds from ASA 12 to 1600 are selected on the lower portion of the shutter speed adjustment ring.
Mirror Lock-up is accessible through lever on the upper left side of the lens base.
Release cable compatibility: Multiple threads allow for Standard AR-3, AR-1, and AR-2 cables to be used.
The self-timer lasts 8-10 seconds when fully wound; it is not cancelable.
- Nikon FT3 instruction manual - English at at M.Butkus' www.orphancameras.com