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Nikon to discontinue most MF lenses & some film bodies

Heard about this today, and here’s a link to the Nikon UK site:

http://www.nikon.co.uk/press_room/releases/show.aspx?rid=201 “As a result of the new strategy Nikon will discontinue production of all lenses for large format cameras and enlarging lenses with sales of these products ceasing as soon as they run out of stock. This also applies to most of our film camera bodies, interchangeable manual focus lenses and related accessories…”

by [a former member] at 2006-01-11 20:41:48 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) New York , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Well this sucks!  It looks like they’ll continue the F6 and the FM10.  I wish they would keep the FM3a as well since this is a remarkable camera when batteries and space are at a premium.

by Brian L. Hartley | 11 Jan 2006 22:01 | | Report spam→
They’re just discontinuing some cheap AF film bodies and >50 mm manual focus lenses that nobody bought anyway. No big deal.

And the FM3a was a niche product that Nikon has been trying to sell out for 6 months at reduced prices, so what’s the news in that?

I  already see misleading messages from Canonites pop up on the internet stating that Nikon is discontinuing all its AF lenses except the DX lenses. (Which is absolutely not true.) Don’t let those fools scare you.

by Jan-Edward Dijkhuizen | 12 Jan 2006 01:01 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Although it is true that Nikon will continue to produce lenses in it’s AF lineup (for now) we certainly won’t be seeing any more new lenses from them for the 35mm format. If you read between the lines, the press release indicates that there will be no “full frame” digital sensor from Nikon showing up any time soon either.

by | 12 Jan 2006 16:01 | Salina, Kan., United States | | Report spam→
">50 mm manual focus lenses that nobody bought anyway. No big deal"

Are you serious? mate i love these lenses! there built like bricks with good optics.

Think i’m gonna go buy another FM3A.

by James Brickwood | 12 Jan 2006 18:01 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
How did I know that message was from you James, even before I got to the by-line? :)

by Wade Laube | 12 Jan 2006 19:01 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Yeah, and the FM3A may be just a niche product for some, but that is my niche we are talking about, and i find it pretty cosy.  I have gotten by all these years with an old FE2, a superb  camera, but I may just buy an FM3A now for insurance.

by Jon Anderson | 12 Jan 2006 20:01 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
The Nikon website says they will continue producing the AF lenses.  They will also continue providing service on all the bodies for 10 years from the time they’re discontinued.  As for the FM3A, that camera suits me quite well.  Like Jon said, "That’s my niche".

by Brian L. Hartley | 12 Jan 2006 21:01 | | Report spam→
Wade, cause you know i’m on track  ; ) off to Keh.com to but another one!

by James Brickwood | 12 Jan 2006 22:01 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
there are 5000+ lightstalkers members now. if each and every lightstalker shoots 10 rolls of 35mm B+W film a year, that’s 50,000 rolls! enough to keep at least one small company in business i hope! olympus had to shut down their production of OM SLR film cameras because the factory was geared to produce tens of thousands of cameras a year, way too many for declining demand. now it looks like Nikon is going the same route. Leica has survived (barely) because, among other reasons, the production line is structured for low cottage-industry production. cosina/voigtlander may soon be the last 35mm film camera manufacturer left. future film cameras will likely be very expensive niche products. and because existing used mechanical equipment will last another 30 years, there won’t be too many new cameras made. but prices may start to rise again for this equipment some day. so hoarding may be the right idea. Used Nikon FM cameras are $100 or less. it’s time to get at least three of every film camera you use — and stick to the mechanical ones. Electronic ones will be dead in 10 years, cannibalizing might keep them going a bit longer. current repair people are going to retire and those skills will not be passed to the next generation. after that, it’s finding Hungarian or Chinese tinkerers to fix your 1962 Leica or your 1985 Nikon. Lenses, at least, being simpler, can theoretically survive longer. but not if you drop them or smash them or if the glass elements eventually fog and separate. although there are plenty of 1930s lenses still clean and mechanically sound…

by [former member] | 12 Jan 2006 23:01 | New York, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Hoarding MF Nikon lenses is a very good idea….. & 50mm no big deal. The Nikkor 50mm 1.4 is the greatest lense ever made. I use a 50mm so much I never take it from a body except to clean it.

& the FM2n with the titanium shutter will last forever unless as previously mentioned you drop it but then  you literally have to smash these machines on the floor….

Film is another issue how will it be manufactured for?


by [former member] | 13 Jan 2006 09:01 | Gaza, Occupied Palestinian Territory | | Report spam→
Actually, I’m not too worried, in the global market, we’ll just see the Russians, Chinese and others fill the niche with lenses and film and chemicals.  Maybe some of the NGOs off looking for a good market for some small developing countries should look at film camera niches.  With the internet, we no longer need the photoshop down the street to carry anything (nor do they need me to buy it).  Anyone wanna go to Romania and start a camera company???


by Mike Allison | 15 Jan 2006 11:01 | western, United States | | Report spam→

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