Nikkormat EL

Note: Nikomat is the Japanese marketed name of the same camera range

nikkormat el

Here we have a Nikkormat EL. this is a camera I have been using on and off since I was 12 years old. let me just say that for a camera much older than I am it is still churning out great photo’s today.

I can only recall having to replace the small 6v battery that powers the electronic shutter and light meter maybe twice during this time. and without it the shutter defaults to 1/90th sec anyway so this can be used as a mechanical camera if you’re left high and dry with no replacement batteries.

This camera was released during the “All mechanical” times of photography, for an electronic camera to become this successful and loved by photographers it needed to prove itself. let me give you a run down of some general features.

Shutter speeds from B – 1/1000th sec; Nikon F mount for lenses. (all Nikon lenses ever made except the new G lenses *Which don’t have aperture rings.*); Aperture Priority (AE) mode (first Nikon with this feature); Independent mirror lockup; Exposure lock; Depth of field preview;

This camera is truly a blast to shoot with, I can just pick it up and shoot and swapping lenses is a breeze. the viewfinder has a built in light meter needle that lines up with your shutter speed to allow fast exposure control. Shooting with light behind your subject? easy, simply step up close to your subject and press in the exposure lock, the center weighted meter will record and hold your exposure while you step back to finish off the shot giving great shots in all situations.

here is an example of the quality i am still getting out of this great camera. Eeyore

This photo was taken using my standard Nikkor 50mm f/2.8 lens. (Not even Nikon’s sharpest lens but look at the detail)

It’s camera’s like these that have drawn me back to real photography and away from Digital and with great quality professional films like Fuji Provia and Velvia and the new Kodak Ektar, why bother wasting money on DSC’s that cost thousands and depreciate faster than the latest fords when i can continue creating stunning shots with a camera more than 10 years my senior. – Neal

6 thoughts on “Nikkormat EL

    • The G lenses don’t have the “rabbit ears” interlock that shifts the aperture selector on the camera body. also if you could mount them then you would have no way to select the aperture as this is done by the camera body on newer autofocus bodies.

  1. This has been my go to camera for 5 or 6 years now when shooting festivals
    fairs etc, usually have the 50mm and 105mm to swap out. it is a very fast shooter
    If you have the ELW don’t bother getting the autowinder, it is not the best performer and at this age the battery door tends to pull out from the screw insert being worn.
    at least in my hands. Have many film cameras and have used this the most since I got it. Have changed the battery once.

    • Yes they are a beautifully camera, I also get a lifetime out of batteries and have only changed batteries in my first one twice in 15 years.

      I love the shutter sound.

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