Hopefully none of the Nikkormat lovers are sleeping out there. Here's a Nikkormat FTn in black (serial number FT 4469560) which could be the twin brother of the other skinned up and scarred up Nikkormat around here today. Maybe this and the EL were drinking buddies. But wear doesn't bother me. A camera is a tool, after all. If it shows much use, then that tells me it probably did a very good job for a prior owner. Think about it. If you own 2 pair of pliers and one works really swell but the other somehow causes you to pinch your fingers every time you use it, which one is going to show the most use? So, let's talk about Mr. Nikkormat number 2 for the day, shall we? The top of the pentaprism is both slightly dented and brass is showing. There is a slight ding to the right (facing it) side. Otherwise the top plate shows brassing and has a scratch & nick or two and two odd dents coming from inside out over by the rewind knob, but nothing too bad. I mean it doesn't look like it has been dropped or anything. The "Nikon Japan" letters need to be re-filled with white. Actually I'll do this if you remember to ask me to. The film frame counter number window is clear and nice. There is paint loss at the hinge and brassing at the latch. Bottom plate shows universal edge brassing and nicks/scratches, etc but again...doesn't look like it was ever dropped. A couple of spots of paint loss near the film speed selector on the bottom. Film door edges (upper and lower) both show paint loss. Paint loss around the viewfinder nut, too.
Negative aspects aside, let's talk about the positives, shall we? Mirror is nice and clean and the focus screen is nice, too. Self-timer works fine. Shutter cocks smoothly and operates crisply and with less noise than you'd expect. Film frame counter resets as it should. Meter works and seems to be accurate. Meter needle on top of camera is fine, nice window too. Battery will be left in there...an EPX625 whose voltage is 1.35 pretty much on the nose. Shutter speeds seem right. Lens is the Nikkor 50mm 1:2. Serial number 3237279. Very smooth focus, sharp and clean aperture blades, clean glass with no damage, should take great pictures for you. After all, this lens according to many was Nikon's sharpest. This is one of the later of the series as it will focus down to about 1.5 ft, but interestingly it is pre AI. The recessed front element means you won't need to worry about flare, too. New light seals & damper pad. All in all another fine "user" Nikkormat. $60 plus actual cost of postage.
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