spenser said: got hooked up with a brand new in packaging nikon nikonos 5 underwater cam.. friend's parents bought it back in the day and never used it. i guess the 5th version came out in 1984 and this thing still has a mail in form for a chance to win a trip to the carribbean or something which expires in 1986 haha.
all i know is what i briefly read on wiki. i like old film cameras so this is pretty cool, and it's brand new, unopened, so i can use it if i ever go underwater..... haha
sounds pretty cool.
"The model IV-A became a breakthrough camera for its capability to provide automatic exposure control underwater with the aperture-priority AE. In practice, however, the shooting mode was limited to aperture-priority; then, the addition of the manual mode was requested to permit optional selection of shutter speeds. In response to the request, the NIKONOS V incorporated the manual mode in addition to the aperture-priority AE. In addition, the flash control of Speedlights used with IV-A was based on an external sensor; the V made possible the automatic TTL flash control by using the specifically designed Speedlight models including SB-102 and 103. The model V came out in April 1984 at 73,000 yen with a significant evolution in automatic control of exposure and Speedlight. This model also adopted a mechanical shutter to offer a backup shutter speed of 1/90 sec. in the event of a dead battery, and a Bulb setting, as in the case of IV-A. This model was available with a light orange and green body finish colors, which was a somewhat different look from the predecessor versions of NIKONOS series.
The V, brought nearer to perfection, was used not only in underwater photography but also for land photography in bad weather conditions, and remained a long-selling product for as long as 17 years; even though its sale was discontinued in October 2001, it is still missed by many regular users."