The Most Influential forgotten Nikon camera

If you’d try to name a few most influential Nikon film cameras, I can bet you’d completely forget about this one – Nikon F-801 from 1988.

Nikon F-801 film camera

Overshadowed by its bigger brother, the F4, introduced half a year later, that same 1988., not as glamorous as its mechanical (and not-so-mechanical) brethren of the yore, F-801 and F-801s remained in production for less than five years, but pushed Nikon ergonomics and way of thinking into the modern era – era spearheaded by Canon T90.

I’ve stumbled upon a great blog post, read more about why is Nikon F801 such an important camera at 678 Vintage Cameras: Nikon F-801 – A Nikon in name only?

Personally, I’m not much of a Nikon guy, yet somehow, a total of five AF Nikon cameras passed through my possessions – way more than AF Nikkor lenses I ever had.

I’ve had F-801, F-801s and F90x, I’ve loved the ergonomics of F-801(s) a bit more than the ergonomics of F90x, despite having big hands. It was a good camera, but somehow, the older camera simply felt easier to use, laying better in my hands. I’ve sold F90x and kept F-801s for quite some time. I’ve acquired F100 and F80 in the meantime, and since I had only one AF Nikkor lens per one AF Nikon camera, I had quite a redundancy, and something had to go. So the F100 remained, with two AF lenses.


Nikon F-801 from 1988 was an important camera and a precursor to modern-era cameras. Its ergonomics were great, but it was overshadowed by its bigger brother, the F4 which was introduced half a year later. I’ve had one and it was a good camera, but since I had only one AF Nikkor lens per camera body, I sold it and kept the F100 instead.