Post by belgiumreporter on Jun 12, 2020 6:50:04 GMT -5
Ever since i saw the topcon super DM some 40 years ago at my uncles camera store, i wanted one. Practical considerations made me choose for the nikon F (wich i didn't regret) but still there was this lingering feeling that one day i'll get me a super DM with winder. Now just a few days before my 65th birthday i finally succeded in getting my hands on one. It's in good condition but will need some minor service. There's a lot to be told about the super DM so i will try to show some of the diffrent aspects in upcoming posts.
Post by belgiumreporter on Jun 13, 2020 13:03:47 GMT -5
While the topcon RE super was ahead of it's time in 1963 beating nikon with in body TTL metering, a hinged back, easy slide away prism removal/exchange the super Dm faced some stiffer competition in 1973 but still was able to hold its own. From then on the competion caught up and surpassed topcon, any camera produced by topcon after the super Dm fell in the "amateur" market and couldn't compete anymore with the big boys. When in 1983 the nikon F3 and the canon "new" F1 appeared on the market it was game over for topcon. Still one might wonder what topcon might have come up with if they would have been able to stay in the high end market, maybe something like the minolta XM/XK , who knows...? Here's the Super Dm amongst some 1973 rivals
I didn't have a 'serious' camera, a Nikon FE, until grad school. I used a Kodak instamatic that used 126 film from age 10 through high school. And in college I shot with my roommate's Olympus RC. But I've made up for it since then. I've owned several Nikon SLRs, a Contax N1, a Bronica RF, Mamiya 645, Mamiya 7, Minolta Autocord, Voigtlander Superb, Contax IIa, and a Nikon SP. Oh, and some large format gear. But that first Nikon FE was special. I used it while traveling throughout Europe.
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2020 20:12:04 GMT -5 by dismayed