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Continental Drifter

Continental Drifter is the Alan Skyrme Photography blog first established in 2004 under the banner Continental Drift. In it we publish snippets about nutrition, information about fruit and food, articles about travel experiences, travel reviews and other related notes.

Happy birthday Nikon!

Nikon F - Photomic FTn

Nikon F - Photomic FTn

Nikon is 100!

Happy birthday Nikon.

I find it extremely hard to believe that I have been using Nikon camera equipment for almost half of that time. I bought my first Nikon F (the Photomic FTn with the boxy viewfinder) in 1973. I still have the camera together with the F2 that I bought a few years later. The last film cameras that I bought were the F5 and F6 - both still with me though the F6 was hardly used.

The digital cameras I acquired are the D1x, D2x, D3x, D200 and D810. I was, to be honest, not particularly keen on the D200 but all of them are really fine cameras.

The best part of it is that they all, film and digital alike, use the F mount so in theory all of my lenses work with all of the cameras. In reality some lenses are so old, battered and scratched that they have been retired from use. I have fallen off rocks, mountains and waterfalls on so many occasions that I am surprised that the cameras did not break. In fact only one lens needed repair.

The rugged build of Nikon equipment is one reason why I chose my first one, and I have never been disappointed in nearly 45 years.