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A Basic Kit | by P F McFarland
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A Basic Kit

Nikkormat FTn with Nikkor Auto 1:2.8/35mm, 1:2/50mm on the left, and 1:2.5/105mm on the right, all with correct hoods and caps.


An FTn with the 1"1.4/50mm was the second SLR I ever owned, back in '73, and the first Nikon. I built it into a decent kit (don't ask me what was all in it because I don't remember), but sold it to a high school friend of mine when I wasn't taking any photos.


A couple of years ago I purchased this one to replace the first one. Then eventually got some lenses for it. Then the day bag. So I was finally ready to enjoy photography the way I did 40 years ago. It was a blast!


All the lenses performed well, especially the 105. The camera works well too, and any exposure mistakes were my doing, erring on the wrong side of caution. Having the correct hoods helps to keep stray light off the lens fronts, reducing the chance for glare. The clip-on type can be reversed onto the lens for easy storage. The 35 hood is not built this way, likely due to the shape of the bell.


Different forums ask the question "What camera would you have of you could only have one?", and this is it for me. But then a lot of you know what a gearhead I am, so that would have to be under extenuating circumstances.


In conclusion, camera and lenses all worked splendidly, and the Domke day bag is just perfect.

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Taken on March 30, 2016