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History of Nikon Cameras

1980's

1989
Nikon F-401S/F401S QD (N4004S/N4004S QD)
Nikon’s totally automatic SLR quality
Upgraded F-401 (1987) with ultra-fast AF even in dim light by Advanced AM200 sensor
Nikon TW20/TW20 QD (Tele-Touch 300)
1988
Nikon F-801 (N8008)
Max. shutter speed 1/8,000 s and 1/250 s flash sync
Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Cybernetic Sync
Matrix Metering system
Nikon RF2/RD2 (One-Touch 100)
Upgraded Nikon RF (1987) with 30 s Focus Memory, Double Self-timer and 0.65 m close-up
Nikon TW Zoom/TW Zoom QD (Zoom-Touch 500)
35-80mm f/3.5-7.8 zoom AF compact camera
Image size selector and Continuous zoom
Nikon F4
Nikon’s top-of-the-line AF SLR with interchangeable viewfinder and built-in motor drive
Three metering system (Matrix, Center-Weighted and Spot) available
Max. shutter speed 1/8,000 s and 1/250 s flash sync
High performance AF system incorporated
Nikon Still Video Camera QV-1000C
SLR-type monochrome electronic still video camera
Nikon QV mount (QV NIKKOR 10-40mm f/1.4 and 11-120mm f/2 lenses)
2/3-in. 380,000-pixel monochrome CCD
FM recording standard recommended by ESCC
1987
Nikon AF3/AD3 (One-Touch)
The smart flash AF compact with 35mm f/2.8 lens
Advanced 16-step AF with macro/close-up (0.45 m)
One 6V CR-P2 (or DL223A) lithium battery
Nikon RF/RD (Fun-Touch)
Stylish AF compact with 35mm f/3.5 lens
Replacing the L135AF (1984), and offering close-ups to 0.95 m
Nikon F-401/F-401 QD (N4004/N4004 QD)
Nikon’s Exclusive Image Master Control (Decision Master System)
Advanced AE with unique triple-sensor metering
Built-in auto TTL flash with balanced fill-flash capability
Nikon TW2/TW2D (Tele-Touch Deluxe)
The world’s thinnest dual-lens, AF compact
Dual-lens (35mm f/3.5 [W], 70mm f/6.8 [T]) with soft filter
1986
Nikon F-501 (N2020)
Upgraded F-301 (1985), the integral dual AF SLR
Focus-priority Single-Servo AF [S-AF] and Continuous-Servo AF [C-AF]
Nikon L35TWAF/L35TWAD (Tele-Touch)
LS camera with dual lens (35mm f/3.5 [W], 70mm f/5.6 [T])
Stepless pinpoint AF system and 0.4 m macro
Nikon L35AWAF/L35AWAD (Action-Touch)
The all-weather AF LS camera with 35mm f/2.8 lens enables picture taking down to 3 m underwater
AF on land and MF underwater
1985
Nikon F-301 (N2000)
Nikon’s first SLR with integral-motor offering auto film winding at up to 2.5 fps, automatic film loading and ISO (DX-code) setting
Nikon L35AF2/L35AD2 (One-Touch)
Upgraded Nikon L35AF (1983) with 11 fully automatic features
A built-in barrier-type lens cap
1984
Nikon L135AF
LS camera with 35mm f/3.5 lens and a built-in barrier-type lens cap
Nikon FG-20
Upgraded EM (1980) with [M] mode
Motor Drive MD-14 and MD-E can be used
Nikon FM2 (FM2N)
Upgraded FM2 with 1/250 s sync
NIKONOS-V
Upgraded IV-A (1980) with [M] mode and TTL flash control
1983
Nikon F3AF
TTL autofocus (AF) version of the Nikon F3
AF is possible with AF NIKKOR 80mm f/2.8 and AF 200mm f/3.5 IF-ED
Nikon FE2
Upgraded FE (1978) with max. shutter speed of 1/4,000 s and 1/250 s flash sync
TTL flash control
Nikon L35AF/L35AD
Nikon’s first AF, AE 35mm (135) format lens-shutter camera, offering 35mm f/2.8 lens and 9 fully automatic features
AD stands for Auto Date (currently referred to as QD)
Nikon FA
Upgraded FE2 and world’s first camera with (5-segment) Matrix Metering system
Awarded the first Camera Grand Prix prize in Japan
Usable with Motor Drive MD-15
1982
Nikon F3 high-eyepoint
Long eye relief up to 25 mm away (w/DE-3 Finder)
Nikon FM2
Upgraded Nikon FM (1977) with max. shutter speed of 1/4,000 s, and 1/200 s flash sync
Honeycomb patterned titanium shutter curtains
Fixed type meter coupling lever
Nikon FG
Upgraded Nikon EM (1980) with Programmed [P], [S], [M] modes and TTL flash control
Usable with MD-14 and MD-E
Nikon F3/T
The F3 high-eyepoint (1982) armored with titanium
1980
Nikon F3
Fully automatic, state-of-the-art camera replaces the Nikon F2 series (1971~)
Aperture-Priority Auto [A] with stepless shutter speeds from 8 to 1/2,000 s
TTL flash control
Motor Drive MD-4 for up to 6 fps
NIKONOS IV-A
A built-in TTL exposure meter and Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
Hinged camera back