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35mm SLR
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Nikon F Black Paint Apollo 35mm Film SLR Camera with Nikon Nikkor S 55mm F/1.2 Fast Prime Lens, Photomic Finder, Cap - Fully Functional


Here we have a truly legendary vintage camera, the Nikon F (black paint version) with a fantastic ultra-fast prime Nikon Nikkor S lens, the 55mm F/1.2. This is the later and rarer version of the F, commonly known as the Apollo variant.

The camera is in great condition, is fully functional, and comes with new batteries installed in the Photomic metered-prism finder.

If you're looking for one of the most incredible, mechanical SLRs of all time, this is it. Nikon's first (and some say best) SLR is a camera with class, substance, and style. A beautiful all-mechanical machine that is built to last, and can do anything most any photographer will ever ask of it.

A review of this camera can be seen here.

This particular F comes with the Photomic viewfinder (a light-metered prism). This finder is removable and can be replaced with a different prism if desired by the end user, such as the eye level finder or waist level finder. The prism meters as it should, though for it to function perfectly it will likely need a cleaning of electrical contacts (it is slightly jumpy every now and then, though this does typically improve with use as the internal brushes are actuated and polished by movement).

The viewfinder is clean and clear, the Photomic finder is in great condition, film compartment is clean, shutter and mirror are in wonderful condition - just a fantastic all around machine.

The included Nikkor 55mm F/1.2 (Non AI) standard fast prime lens is renowned for its incredible sharpness when stopped down, and amazing bokeh shot wide-open. It is one of Nikon's best and fastest aperture standard lenses, and it's a perfect lens for portraits, low-light shooting, subject isolation, product photography, landscape shots, architectural shooting, street photography, and more. The aperture blades are oil-free and snappy, glass is perfect and free of fungus or markings, mount is in perfect condition, focusing ring turns nicely, aperture ring clicks into its detents with precision.

This is a legend in the photography world, the first SLR ever produced by Nikon. Many people consider it the best SLR ever made. It was the one-and-only professional-grade camera of the day, and even orbited the Earth in the lunar module.

This is one of those timeless, wonderful machines that will provide a lifetime of photographic enjoyment for decades to come.

It will be carefully packaged and shipped immediately.

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