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Nikon F-401
France Version française
Photos by EC text by EC. From the collection of Eric Carlhan. Last update 2017-08-14 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japon from 1987 to ((After)) 1990.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 3836

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Chronology of cameras Nikon 

According to the Nikon Saga book by Patrice-Hervé Pont(1), the F-401 is a camera for amateurs (it is written "low end" actually). It was the first Nikon SLR camera to benefit from a built-in flash and a rounded-based Bio-design (although there are still a lot of edges).
Like many of the Nikon SLRs featuring a motor drive, it is powered by LR6 batteries which have the advantages of being readily available and inexpensive. The shutter speed and aperture dials are located on the top cover and protected by a plexiglass plate.

The F-401 has been updated two years later with the F-401s release which features an improved autofocus and a dials locking on A and L positions for the shutter speeds and S position for the apertures.

In the United States, the F-401 is named after N4004.

 

(1) Patrice-Hervé Pont is the author of many books and articles about film cameras.

Nikon F-401