Like a beautiful, chunky sculpture of aluminum and steel, the Nikon F stands as one of the true classics. This isn’t your modern-day, feather-light point and shoot. Coming in at a hefty 2.31 lbs, it was heavy for all the right reasons. Heavy means a steady shot and a camera ready for action. Nicknamed “the brick” by many, the F put the Germans on their ear. Before the introduction of the F, you bought Japanese if you couldn’t afford a Leica or a Rollei. Completely mechanical, with no electronics in the body shutter or focusing mechanism, these Nikons are still extremely usable today. Batteries were only required for the exposure metering or accessory battery motor drive.