35mm SLR in their legions. It also significantly lifted the image of Japanese cameras overall. The Nikon F was ahead of its time in many other areas too, including a titanium shutter with a top speed of 1/1000 second (although the earliest pre-production models had cloth blinds), interchangeable focusing screens and finders (which would lead to versions with built-in metering), and a diecast all-metal construction much stronger than anything that had been seen before.
Estimates vary, but Nikon subsequently built over 860,000 Fs in many variants and the camera remained in production until 1974 by which time its status as an iconic design – and one of the most important in photographic history – was guaranteed. It would be 13 years before anybody came up with a competitive system, by which time Nikon was ready to counter with its even more capable F2.