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    From 1968: How to Hold a Nikon

    As seen on the NY Times website. Looks like a Nikon F, or could it be a Nikkormat? I'm not sure what that is on the prism -- it's not an "F" and it's too high to be the name plate. He must have an AR-1 shutter button installed, given how high his index finger is. I'm not sure my hands are big enough to emulate this grasp.

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    Notice how developed his left bicep is?

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    That's definitely an F, check out the pc connector. His finger isn't over a shutter button I don't think, it's just floating. If it were a Nikkormat the strap lugs would be forward where the PC connector is and there would be a shutter button under his finger. At least that's the arrangement on my F vs my Nikkormat FT2.

    Very cool picture, by the way!

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    Not just an F but a black F. He's a real pro!

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    If I held my cameras like that, people would wonder if my arthritis was acting up.

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    I'm not sure when the soft releases became popular. But real men (and real photographers) toughed it out and didn't resort to such devices. My comment is "tongue in cheek," by the way, which means that it shouldn't be taken seriously.

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    OK guys, what lens is he using? I think a 35 or 50, definitely not the 35/2, but maybe the 35/2.8. It looks like it has that sort of hood, but I can't be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post
    I'm not sure when the soft releases became popular. But real men (and real photographers) toughed it out and didn't resort to such devices. My comment is "tongue in cheek," by the way, which means that it shouldn't be taken seriously.
    His finger's not over the release, which is towards the back of the Fs. I think he's in the process of wrapping his right hand around the camera, having just brought it up with his left - this would account for the awkward grasp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Not just an F but a black F. He's a real pro!
    A black F with a standard, non-meter prism. A pro's pro.
    "Far more critical than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know." - Eric Hoffer

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    That is a Nikon. Nikkormats had the full name on the prism front! US versions had that name and Japanese and other Asian versions had Nikomat on the front. I have both.

    PE

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