Architectural Details – Nikkormat

Shot with the Nikkormat FTn on Kodak Portra 400.  The top image was cropped square because a light leak in the camera caused a streak across the image.  It happened on several images, and I’ve determined that the light leak is from a deteriorated foam seal by the hinge of the back cover of the camera.  It lets light in at the right edge of the camera and fogs the film at the take-up spindle.  I’ll have to work on replacing the seal.  Looks like a pretty easy job.

Repeating patterns in Nordeast – Nikkormat FTn

These were shot using a Nikon Nikkormat FTn single-lens-reflex camera, made somewhere between 1967 and 1971. It’s a nice SLR, but I have to get used to the shutter-speed dial that’s on the lens-mount ring. It has a nice bright viewfinder and very nice focusing screen that makes focusing a breeze. The lens I have on it  is the Micro-Nikkor-PC 55mm f/3.5.  I’ve not yet taken advantage of the lens’ macro capability, so I’ll have to try some macro shots on my next roll.

The light-meter system uses the old mercury batteries, so I had to use one of the expensive wein-cell zinc-air batteries to get accurate readings, but the meter seems to work well. It apparently was quite an advanced metering system for the time, the first to utilize Nikon’s later-standard system of 60/40 center-weighted metering. I’ll write more later about this camera when I get around to creating a camera page for it.

I’m getting some odd bright streaking happening on a few shots, seen faintly on the right side of the third photo above. On some images it’s very strong.  I was thinking it was something like the shutter-curtain hesitating while closing, causing the overexposure, but it’s running the wrong direction for that because the shutter moves vertically.  I did have one instance of the shutter sticking open after a shot, which led me to think it’s a shutter problem.  But maybe it’s something else.

Shot on Kodak Portra 400.