Nikon F w/Photomic FTn Finder with matched F36 Motor Drive in Box. Up for sale is this classic Nikon F camera body & drive from the USDA Forestry Service.
What makes this set so unique is that it is an originally matched set of camera body and motor drive. In the 60s, when you bought a motor drive for the Nikon F, each drive and body needed to be paired and aligned by a technician to ensure that the two separate units would work together properly as a single unit. When ordered from the factory, the serial numbers of the paired camera and drive would be marked on the box, as is shown here on the F36 box. It is very hard to find a documented paired set so this match is a perfect addition to your collection. To add interest, this camera was originally used by the US Forest Service and contains a special focusing screen with numerous indicators for alignment.
Introduced in 1959, the Nikon F camera introduced the concept of the 35 mm single-lens reflex camera (SLR) system; that is to say, it introduced a lineup of interchangeable parts connected to the camera body, thus revolutionizing photography as we knew it. The Nikon F reigned supreme as the professional system for the next 2 decades and set the standard by which all others would strive to attain. This particular unit up for sale features an advanced Tn finder which had a more accurate light meter than its predecessor, the Photomic T finder.
Cosmetics: As you can see from the photos, the camera body is in very good condition for its age. The paint is in decent shape. Both shutter curtains are light tight. No fungus in the finder. Typical scuffs on the baseplate.
The Nikon plate was removed at some point to fit the photomic finder. Original Forestry Service ID tag is affixed to the rear. As cosmetic condition is subjective, I have photographed all sides for you to draw your own assessment. The motor drive is in very good condition with less than normal wear.
Baseplate is much better than most. Inside is in good shape. Slight metal wear on lower ridge on front side lower left.
Does not hamper installation or operation. Typical to any vintage camera, a CLA (Clean, lube adjustment) and new seals would be recommended if the goal is to put it back into service. Manuals are in very good condition with light wear. Box is also in very good condition with no splits; a few labels are attached. Operational: The camera shutter fires at all speeds and sounds progressive.
I don't have a shutter tester to determine accuracy. The meter does not appear to be working. The camera was connected to the motor drive and tested without film.
The drive appears to work properly. 1 - F camera serial #6862721 1 - Nikon Tn Photomic Finder serial #. 1 - Nippon Kogaku Body Cap 1 - Nikon F Instruction Manual 1 - Nikon Photomic Tn Instruction Manual 1 - Nikon F-36 Motor Drive serial #135529 1 - Original F-36 Motor Drive Box.The item "Nikon F SLR camera withPhotomic Tn finder + matched F36 motor drive in box RARE" is in sale since Saturday, April 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photo\Film Photography\Film Cameras". The seller is "(spud)" and is located in Mesa, Arizona. This item can be shipped worldwide.