The most advanced manual focus camera ever made by Nikon.
In the late 70’s to early 80’s, camera
technology had started to move towards computer aided functionality.
Camera companies, who used to rely solely on mechanical ingenuity, now
had to invest in the research and development of microprocessors capable
of reacting and working in the same way a professional photographer
shooting manually would do. It was no small task, but this period saw
the development and introduction of many technologies we take for
granted today, one of these is that of exposure metering.
Now if you aren’t familiar with what Exposure metering means, the job of
‘metering’ in a camera is to evaluate what you’re shooting and
determine the correct exposure settings for your image.
In 1983, Nikon and Olympus, two Japanese powerhouses for innovation,
were fiercely fighting it out in a neck and neck battle to produce an
intelligent system for exposure metering, which would greatly aid the
amateur and professional photographer alike. While both carried out
technical innovations of exposure control, their ideas were quite
contrary to one another.
Olympus’s technology, ‘Multi-spot metering’, introduced in the OM-4,
took a sample of multiple ‘spots’ on the image and then set the exposure
accordingly. This still required manual input from users as it was a
somewhat basic idea and sometimes inaccurate, as it only took small
samples and didn’t account for the whole image.
Matrix metering on the other hand, the technology developed by Nikon and
implemented in the FA, aimed to minimise user's judgment of the
exposure compensation entirely, by breaking the entire image up into
grid like segments and taking an average, it could determine precisely
the exposure compensation required without the need for manual input.
The technology was such an advancement for cameras, that the Nikon FA
went onto win not one, but two of the camera industries most coveted
awards - The Camera Grand Prix and the European camera of the year,
specifically for this development.
Matrix metering is now commonplace in almost
all professional and consumer grade cameras, and is even the basis of
exposure metering in smartphones being made today - and it’s all thanks
to this development from Nikon.
In commemoration of winning the "Camera
Grand Prix" prize in 1984, Nikon decided to release a limited edition
FA, covered in 24 karat Gold. It’s usually silver coloured parts,
such as the top and bottom plates, were covered completely in gold,
with Lizard skin used for the leather detailing.
During production of this limited edition camera, the engineers at
Nikon, wanting to make the best product they could, consulted jewellers
on how to create the perfect gold lustre on their camera. It is easy to
see that their advice was of great benefit, the Gold body shimmering
like brand new, still, after almost 40 years. They even went to the
effort of gold-plating the coupling ring of the lens, as well as the
Nikon logo on the lens cap - talk about attention to detail.
Nikon had made only a few gold-plated cameras before the FA, in small
quantities, which were reserved as commemorative gifts to their dealers.
But the FA Gold was the first gold-plated model available for sale to
the public, set aside for only the most premium customers. This model
was only sold in Japan; it was sold as a fully functional ‘Trophy’
camera for Nikon loyalists or die hard Japanese patriots.
It was a limited edition of only 2000 sets, housed in a crafted box made
of the Japanese paulownia wood, and priced at 500,000 Japanese Yen, or
around $7,500 AUD in todays money.
On today's offer we have a spotless Gold Nikon FA for sale, priced at $3,300.
I can not think of a better and more affordable luxury camera to put on
display in your home or office. it would also make a sophisticated
present for a friend or business partner 'who has it all'. Think big-
and you will be surprised!
K7665 - Nikon FA 84’ Grand Prix
Limited production of 2000 units
35 mm SLR
Nikon F Mount
Electronically assisted mechanical shutter
Shutter speed up to 1/4000
Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 with gold embossed lens cap
Manual aperture adjustment from F1.4 to F16
Comes with the original wooden display box and outer box