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Nikon Nikkorex F - 1962
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• First camera to use Copal Square shutter

• First consumer F-mount Nikon

• $199.50 with f2 lens in 1962 ($1440 in 2010 dollars)

Nikon brought out two consumer SLRs in 1962, just three years after their first SLR, the Nikon F: The fixed-lens, leaf-shutter Nikkorex 35 (also shown in this app), which was a lousy camera, and the focal-plane-shutter Nikkorex F which, as the "F" implies, took the same lenses as the Nikon F. The logic was obvious: Sell Nikkor lenses to people who wanted to spend just half of the $200-plus it cost for a Nikon F body. (See ad below.)

The two Nikkorexes are completely different in design and appearance; they share only the Nikkorex name.

The Nikkorex F was built by Mamiya, which, along with Pentax and Konica, had exclusive rights to the new Copal Square metal shutter (see below). Ironically, the shutter first appeared on a Nikon camera. My first SLR, a Konica FP, was the second to use the Copal Square shutter.

The Nikkorex F has its accessory shoe on the front, where it can't be used to hold a flash (at least not without some sort of custom bracket). Its real purpose is to hold a meter.

The Nikkorex F stayed in production until 1965 when the Nikon-manufactured Nikkormat was introduced. The Nikkormat continued to use a Copal shutter, but, looking at my FTN, the design is different and it doesn't say Copal Square (or anything else) on it.

Nikon Nikkorex FNikon Nikkorex FNikon Nikkorex FAd from Popular Photography, Aug. 1962
Ad from Popular Photography, Oct. 1962Ad from Popular Photography, March 1965Review from Popular Photography, March 1963Review from Popular Photography, March 1963

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