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|Launched in 1996, the APS film format was virtually dead in 2002. Find out why.|
|The Nikon Pronea S was Nikon’s second – and last – APS SLR camera.|
|The FM: Nikon’s first compact SLR. Launched in 1977, it had a long legacy. The production of its derivative, the FM3a, was stopped as late as 2006, and Nikon could have kept on selling them a bit longer.|
The Minolta Vectis S-1 was the only SLR totally designed from scratch for the APS format, new lens mount included. In spite of all the flaws of APS, with the right lens and 100 ISO film, the camera was capable of delivering nice pictures. It was fragile, though.
|The Angenieux 28-70 f:2.6 AF was the first (and the last) Autofocus zoom made in France for the consumer market. This high end product was designed to compete with the best lenses of Canon, Minolta and Nikon. Its design was sold to Tokina when production was stopped in France.|
|The Nikon F3 looks so conservative and simple now, but when it was launched, most of the pro photographers were shocked by the innovations it brought. Today it’s still a delight to use.|
|The Nikon FE2: a very conventional aperture priority auto SLR, with a superlative shutter. Solid and simple, it is the true ancestor of the FM3a, produced until 2006.|
|The Leica CL. An entry-level Leica from the 70s. but a true rangefinder Leica nonetheless. A relatively cheap way to put a first step in a great camera system.|
|The Nikon FG – Nikon’s most elaborate ultra-compact SLR.|
|Born Mamiya Prismat, it was modified for Nikon and became the Nikkorex F. When Nikon lost interest, it morphed into a Ricoh Singlex and was ultimately sold by Sears as the SL11.|
The Nikon FA: it premiered matrix metering, and had an impressive specs sheet: titanium shutter, on the film flash metering, multi-mode auto exposure.|
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