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History of Nikon Cameras

1970's

1979
Nikon EM
Ultra-compact and lightweight (460 g) TTL-AE SLR
Built-in automatic alarm system
Motor Drive MD-E can be used
1978
Nikon FE
A sister model of the Nikon FM (1977) with Aperture-Priority Auto [A] mode
Usable with Motor Drive MD-12
1977
Nikon F2 Photomic A
AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing) version of the F2 Photomic (1971)
Nikomat (Nikkormat) FT3
AI version of the Nikomat FT2 (1975)
Nikon FM
Manual exposure SPD meter with precise LEDs display
Usable with Motor Drive MD-11
Nikon EL2
AI version of the Nikomat ELW (1976), featuring SPD meter
Shutter speed: 1/1,000 to 8 s
Nikon F2 Photomic AS
AI version of the F2 Photomic SB (1976)
1976
Nikomat (Nikkormat) ELW
Modified version of the Nikomat EL (1972)
Automatic Winder AW-1 can be used
Nikon F2 Photomic SB
Modified version of the F2 Photomic S (1973) with SPD (Silicon Photo Diode) meter and eyepiece shutter
1975
Nikomat (Nikkormat) FT2
Modified version of the Nikomat FTN (1967)
ISO-type hot-shoe contact and sync terminal with built-in, automatic M-X switchover
NIKONOS-III
Improved film advance version of NIKONOS II (1968)
Built-in bright frame in the viewfinder
1973
Nikon F2 Photomic S
Exposure information displayed with two LEDs
Automatic [S] control when using the EE Control Unit DS-1
1972
Nikomat (Nikkormat) EL
First Nikon camera to offer aperture-priority AE [A] with exposure memory lock
1971
Nikon F2
Improved version of the Nikon F series (1959~) featuring shutter speeds from 10 to 1/2,000 s, built-in ready-light, large-size reflex mirror and hinged camera back
Nikon F2 Photomic
DP-1 photomic viewfinder CdS meter; shutter speed, aperture, and meter needle displayed in the viewfinder