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Lomopedia: Nikon 35Ti

Perhaps one of the quirky yet interesting compact snappers you can shoot with, the Nikon 35Ti was Nikon's first answer to the booming market for high-end 35mm compact cameras.

Introduced by Nikon in 1993, the 35Ti was a 35mm compact camera that became easily recognizable for its elegant boxy design, and the quirky analog display system (showing exposure number, aperture, distance, and under/overexposure compensation) on its top plate. It was equipped with a sharp 35mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens controlled either manually or through an infrared autofocus system. It also has a built-in electronic flash, switches, and buttons for selecting several operating modes, all encased in a lightweight yet rugged titanium body. Its name actually stands for its 35 (mm lens) and Titanium body.

While some say that Nikon came in late in the so-called compact camera wars with this offering, many still regard the 35Ti as one of the best non-SLR 35mm film cameras made. A year later, the 28Ti was launched, which was essentially the 28mm-lensed version that came in a black body, and had slide switches instead of push buttons for operating the flash.

Technical Specifications:

  • Lens: Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 lens; 6 elements in 4 groups
  • Picture format: Normal (24mm x 36mm) ; Panorama: 13mm x 36mm
  • Focusing distance: 0.4m to infinity
  • Film speed setting: DX-coded ISO 25 to 5000 films automatically set; non DX-coded films, automatically set to ISO 100 regardless of actual ISO rating.
  • Shutter: Programmed electronic shutter (aperture-priority automatic also possible)
  • Shutter speed: 1/500 sec. to 2 sec and long time exposure up to 10 minutes
  • Viewfinder: Illuminated viewfinder; 0.5x magnification; frame coverage approx. 85%
  • Film operation: Fully automatic loading, advance and rewind; film advances by one frame after each shot; mid-roll rewind button provided; auto rewind at end of film roll.
  • Frame counter: Shown in analogue display and LCD panel.
  • Focusing: Autofocus, Infinity Focus and Preset focus provided Infinity Focus locks focus at infinity.
  • Auto exposure range: EV2 to EV17 (at ISO 100).
  • Exposure compensation: Within a range of ±2EV in 1/3 steps.
  • Self-timer: Set by pressing self-timer/illuminator button and turning Command Dial, and activated by depressing shutter release button.
  • Built-in flash: Auto flash for low-light and backlit scenes; Anytime Flash and Flash Cancel can be selected by pressing a single anytime flash/flash OFF button; Red-Eye Reduction switch is provided; Guide number (ISO 100): 9
  • Data Imprint functions: Year/Month/Day, Month/Day/Year, Day/Month/ Year, Day/Hour/Minute and No Imprint; 24-hour built-in clock with timing accuracy within ±90 seconds a month at normal temperatures.
  • Battery life: approx. 27 rolls of 24-exposure film or 18 roils of 36-exposure film using flash 50% of the time (with DL123A battery)
  • Power source: 3V lithium battery (DL123A or CR123A type)
  • Dimensions: approx. 118 × 66 × 36mm (W X H x D)
  • Weight: approx. 310g (without battery)

All information for this article were sourced from Camerapedia, nicovandijk.net, Japan Camera Hunter, Ken Rockwell, and mir.com.my.

written by plasticpopsicle

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