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Since with the inception of Nippon Kogaku until the current Nikon Corporation - they were probably hundreds of camera models as well as million of Nikkor optics being sold thus far. It is very hard to satisfy everyone intention when each surfer coming to this Pictorial History Website (first created since 1997). Over the last few years, I have constructed quite a number of sites featuring a selective Nikon camera models (Nikon F(based on Mike Liu's previous effort, the Nikon F2 series, F3 Series, Nikon F4, NIkon F5, the digital SLR series as well as the midrange models such as Nikon FM series, FA, FE series, Nikkormat/Nikomat and the compact EM/FG/FG20 etc..). Each of these featured model has their respective Message Board to support specific owner of each camera types. However, there are a number of very good Nikon SLRs (as well as the film and/or Digital compacts wer quite exciting too. But due to various reasons, I cannot featured them one by one. This Message Board was created just for that purpose - to provide a gateway for those that were not being featured. You may use it for whatever you think suitable - questions & answers (Q&A) or just make good use of it to share experience among one another. The use of this section of the photography SITE is not confined soly for this purpose, you may also make use of it for other photographic matters. Some of the remarks presented within the pictorial history site was entirely personal and I do not wish to influence any decision prior to any potential purchases or disposal of your equipment. You may make use of this convenience here to present your own views as well. Enjoy.

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1. From : Confused (
Url : http://
Date : 03:39 PM Tuesday 16 August, 2005

What are the difference between the F601, 601M and the US version name ?? The "M" is a manual focus AF Nikon or what ? Funny to see an AF Nikon that offers only manual focus, isn't it ?

2. From : James T. Beatte (
Url : http://
Date : 11:23 PM Friday 12 August, 2005

Make sure yours is the F501 not F50. It is a different breed of Nikon AF SLR. Next, I agreed with the ealrier comment on the site, Nikon should include (or buy) all these lovely Nikon Fxx info sites into their offical site(s).

3. From : James T. Beatte (
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Date : 07:35 PM Thursday 11 August, 2005

Yeap. I think we commonly calle it the N2020 here in US. Early Nikon AF SLRs have the best compatibible with MF/AF Nikkor lenses. Full meter is enabled. In fact, with aperture of f/3.5 larger, you can make use of the TC16 to convert your manual focus lenses into an AF Nikkor (with 1.6x magnification of the primary focal length) i.e. assuming if you are using 105mm, the lens will be 168mm with 1-1/6 stop compensation in exposure. Neverhteless, it will be an AF Nikkor.

"Most" standard AF Nikkor lenses can be used. However, with the current G-series AF Nikkor, only program AE, and Shutter Priority AE is operational via user control. Sad huh ?

4. From : John Livermore (
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Date : 06:30 PM Thursday 11 August, 2005

Could you please tell me if the Nikon F 501 Auto Focus also supports Nikon A1 manual lenses including full metering Many thanks John Livermore

5. From : JWoods (
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Date : 06:41 PM Tuesday 09 August, 2005

WOW.. S2/3 since 1956 ? should preserve it well. Oldies in original condition worths a lot in the eyes of a collector. Frankly, investing in a collectible rangefinder Nikon is more fun and assuring than the Leica and Contax. But S3 fetches better varlue than S2 (I think). But among the oldies, I would think the SP has more charm than the rest (esp. the blackie SP). Some say the scarce S3M (half frame) is even more valuable, but SP always commands that level of attraction to someone like me. Congrat.

6. From : Kenneth Halferty (
Url : http://
Date : 05:08 AM Monday 08 August, 2005

Hi: I have a Nikon S2 chrome rangefinder camera #6149731, which I bought at the Thule AFB BX in 1956. It is in good working order and looks great except for the fact that I engraved my name and address on the base plate, when my daughter took it to Germany back in the 1980s. I would like to replace the base plate/back with a nice one if I can find one for a reasonable price. I have read that the S2 back will fit the SP,S3 and S4, but the latter ones will not lock on the S2. Thanks, Ken

7. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 03:07 AM Sunday 07 August, 2005

Hi Kennyb: They're easy enough to change, you remove a single screw just above the screen inside the lens mount and the screen drops down (watch out for a few loose pieces, and be sure to handle the screen only by its edges and get it back in right side up). Finding an alternative screen is going to be much harder. The FG was not a camera that generated a lot of screen choices, I don't know if you'll find anything other than another like the screen you've got.

8. From : Kennyb (kbolton@btinternet.con)
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Date : 10:39 PM Saturday 06 August, 2005

The NIKON FG comes with a standard NIKON K-TYPE clear-matte focussing screen. Is it an easy job to replace these screens with a new one and where can they be bought? Thanks

9. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:28 AM Friday 05 August, 2005

Anita, from your description it sounds like the camera is without power. If you are sure that the new batteries are good and that they are installed properly, then it could be a broken or corroded wire or a bad switch. I'm not sure whether a repair might cost as much as it would cost to buy a working FG body, so you might consider both options.

10. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:25 AM Friday 05 August, 2005

Hi Tom: I try not to get involved in assigning values to cameras, but a Nikon S3 is worth quite a lot of money. You might do well by offering the camera on eBay; in any case, it wouldn't be a bad idea to invest some time and watch completed sales to get an idea of what they are selling for. If you offer it to a dealer, it would not be realistic to expect him to pay as much as the eBay sales are getting, but this will at least give you a guide to determine whether you are being treated fairly. Remember that the dealer has to make a profit to live on, and also that it may take him some time to sell the camera.

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