Classic SLRs Series :
When the frame counter indicates that the last exposure has been made, or when the film-advance lever can no longer be stroked, the roll of film has been exposed and should be rewound and removed.
To unload, press the rewind button on the camera base plate, pull up the rewind knob, unfold the rewind crank and turn it with a constant, gentle pressure in the direction of the arrow until you feel an increased tension. Give it a few more turns until no more tension can be felt and the crank turns loosely. Now the film has left the sprockets and the camera may be opened.
Pull the rewind knob up as far as it will go and the film cartridge will drop out. As soon as the film advance lever is stroked, the rewind button will pop out and the film-advance mechanism will be engaged again.
Note: The film can also be rewound using the Motor Drive MD-1 or MD-2 (NOT possible with MD-3) in approx about 7 seconds. For details see the instruction manual for the motor drive in this site.
Very few photographer make use of this feature nowadys with the advancement in macrophotography. However, in those days it was necessary to measure the film-to-subject distance in close ups or macrophotography to determine magnification ratio.
Anyway, for whatever the reasons now, the exact position of the film plane can be determined by picturing an imaginary line drawn along the top edge of the digits which make up the camera serial number.
The frame counter works automatically to show how many frames have been exposed. It is calibrated in even numbers with odd numbers indicated by dots and the figures S. 12, 20 and 36 in red. The counter stops just past the 40-frame mark and resets itself automatically to "S", two frames before "O", when the camera back is opened for reloading.
The film-advance lever simultaneously advances the film, cocks the shutter and operates the frame counter.
It also switches the exposure meter in the Photomic finder on and off. Stroke the film-advance lever with the right thumb in a single stroke of 120° or a series of strokes. A built-in locking device prevents the shutter from being released unless it is fully cocked and the film has advanced a full frame. The lever springs back to its original position, with a 20° angle of clearance for the thumb after each complete stroke.
Note: It is not neccesary to pull the film adavance lever to stand off position to activate the meter when a motor drive is attached.
Unlike modern camera which usually has auto film indexing feature, older SLRs such as Nikon FA would require you to remember which film types you are using. A piece of paper or the end torn from an empty film carton can be inserted in the metal pocket on the back to serve as a reminder of the film type, speed and number of exposures. Naturally, it can also serves as a memo slot for important reminder to aid a busy photographer.
Setting the Film Speed (ASA)
The exposure meter of the Photomic finder must be set for the ASA speed of the film in use, otherwise incorrect exposures will result.
Lift up the milled ring around the ASA film-speed dial and turn it until the red arrow points to the speed of the film loaded in the camera. The meter is sensitive within a range of ASA 12 to 6400.
The film-speed dial has two dots between each pair of numbers for intermediate settings such as 64, 80, 125, etc.
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