The Nikomat FT2 is a heavy, overly-complicated, fingernail-destroying film SLR from the 1970s. If you’re wondering why it carries the “Nikomat” name instead of “Nikon,” well, it’s because the latter was reserved for pro bodies, the former for consumer. Yet despite its “consumer” status, the FT2 is easily one of Nikon’s most difficult cameras to use, ever.
Everything from loading the film, to changing the shutter speed, to mounting a lens is needlessly complicated. Still, 35mmc.com‘s Aaron Gold found reasons to love this ugly duckling.
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