Vintage Nikon Nikkormat FT ... How much is it worth?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Kristi, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. Kristi

    Kristi

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    Hi, I received this camera from my dad and I was either going to keep it because it's got a lot of sentimental value or sell it because I really don't have very much storage space. So I'm wondering if I were to sell it how much would it be worth? If it is not worth much I will keep it : ) here is a picture of the camera. It has an extra lens and a cool flash and very neat carrying case. I would have to test it but it all seems to be in working order.
     

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  2. Kristi

    recording sunlight

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    Hi Kristi,

    I hope you haven't got rid of the camera yet -
    (sorry for my bad English, I am not a native speaker)

    selling the Camera and two lenses - this maybe bring you 200 - 300 us$.
    The flash is propably no longer working. The bag is really special.
    I would recommend not to sell it, sooner or later you might regret it. gone is gone. the money is eaten up in a couple of days, the aking of having lost a piece of family memory will be felt for a longer time. Isnt the camera the origin oft many pictures in your old photo albums, from the days of childhood? And it is definitely a camera that can still be used to make pictures of the highest standards concerning technical image quality. Especially the lenses are able to render images with a special look that is different from a digital p&s and very desirable for portrait.

    It is a beautiful camera, clean and timeless classic design. hefty peace of machinery. maybe a little large and heavy. but, well, in former times some things used to be built like that. meant to last.

    If you would like to take some pictures with this jewel, you can find basic info on operation here:
    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikkormat/fseries/ftn/index.htm
    Maybe there is the mercury battery issue, e.g. the required batteries are no longer available. but today these can easily substituted with hearing-aid batteries, the largest size, those that are sold in sixpacks for little money in your local supermarket. zinc-air type, 1,4 volts. they will last only about 2 months but are cheap.

    maybe the shutter mechanism is a bit stiff and can be brought back to smooth working condition by dry firing all the settings several times. light seals around the back door are propably rotten, but I found this not a big problem. simply avoid the camera being exposed to direct sunlight for a longer time. If there are other minor issues to be cured you will find information in the internet or ask again - you are welcome!

    best wishes, I hope you will have fun with this beautiful camera and find occasions to use it.
     
    recording sunlight, Nov 11, 2014
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