Nikon Nikkormat FT3 Body

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Manufactured from 1977 to 1979, this was the first Nikkormat camera to use AI lenses thanks to wider and newer lens availability, making it a more attractive choice today than its predecessors. It is still possible to use non-AI lenses through use of the stop-down button to close aperture manually.

Six years after the introduction of the professional F, the introduction of the Nikkormat line in 1965 allowed Nikon to reach out to a much larger potential customer base.

The camera combined an exceptional build quality with top rated mechanical precision. It should be noted that it’s all metal build quality makes the FT3 a heavy shooting iron but for enthusiasts, that could well be part of the attraction.

While basically identical to its predecessor, the FT2, the FT3 features an automatic maximum aperture indexing (AI) system for lens-body meter coupling.

This particular specimen is in quite frankly peerless mechanical condition and a thorough joy to operate.



  • A usable modern-day battery is the Energizer EPX76.
  • Metering: TTL, turned on when the film advance lever is flipped out 20 degrees. Viewable through viewfinder, and on the top of the body next to the film rewind lever.
  • Shutter speeds are bulb, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 second. Film speeds from ASA 12 to 1600 are selected on the lower portion of the shutter speed adjustment ring.
  • Mirror Lock-up is accessible through lever on the upper left side of the lens base.
  • Release cable compatibility: Multiple threads allow for Standard AR-3, AR-1, and AR-2 cables to be used.
  • The self-timer lasts 8-10 seconds when fully wound; it is not cancelable.


This is a Nikkormat FT3 body, circa. 1978 in fantastic mechanical condition, fully working and tested.

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