Nikon F5 body (50th Anniversary Model)


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In 1998, two years after the introduction of the F5, Nikon marked the 50th anniversary of their camera production from the first release of Nikon I in 1948. In commemoration of this, they decided to offer the 50th Anniversary Model.

Only 3000 were ever produced.


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In June 1998, a special model made in only very limited numbers (2000 for Japan and 1000 for the rest of the world) commemorating Nikon’s 50th anniversary of camera manufacture. The specially manufactured strap bears the dates 1948-1998. The F5 was Nikon’s most expensive film camera (when sold side by side with the F6 prior to discontinuation the F5 at around £2500 was the more expensive body). The F5 was fitted with an RGB meter (basically 3 meters working in Red, Green and Blue ends of the spectrum) and could take standard, action, waist and magnification finders and a vast range of screens. The Nikon Corporation issued a comment on the F5 Anniversary model as follows:

“50th Anniversary Model of Nikon F5. In 1998, two years after the introduction of F5, we at Nikon marked the 50th anniversary of our camera production from the first release of Nikon I in 1948. In commemoration of this, we decided to offer the 50th Anniversary Model, which was designed based on the F5 with changes in the colour of the upper body cover and body cap to a sober dark silver colour, and the rubber of the oval section of the grip to a dark grey, adding a quality appearance to the camera. On the front of the viewfinder was inscribed the same Nikon logo as adopted in first Nikon I rangefinder camera of 1948, and the back of body was marked with the former company logo of Nippon Kogaku K.K.(Japan Optical) and the symbol for 50th Anniversary of Nikon Camera. This was the only variation model of F5.”

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