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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 : Michel Corbin (
Url : http://
Date : 11:13 PM Monday 08 June, 2009

I just picked up a Nikon FG with a serie E 50mm/f1.8 lens at a yard sale this weekend (for $20). Cosmetically the camera looks great, the lens might have some damage on the rear element, but it's minor and perhaps can be cleaned away.

But back to the camera.
- The mirror was sticking in the up position (even on B and M90) so I tried cleaning it and the ground glass with a Q-Tip and some alcohol. That dislodged some fine black particles which seem to be greasy. Perhaps they are from the foam that surround the inside case? In any case, I now seen some smudges when I look through the viewfinder. I don't want to make it worse, so I stopped. Is there a better solution to clean this?
- I put some fresh batteries in to check on the meter. I now see two red dots blinking next to 60 and 125 (simultaneously), they don't move regardless of the f stop I chose or the shutter speed I select.
- This is probably related to the above, but it seems that the shutter only works at one speed (no matter where the dial is from 1 to 1000) it looks like it's firing at 1/90th.

Thanks for your help.

2. From : amit (
Url : http://
Date : 10:49 PM Monday 08 June, 2009

I have a Nikon EM. Used it after a period of 3 years. Find that most photographs have a about a 2/3 mm wide white vertical line running from top to bottom all the way . Anyone knows what the problem could be . Than ks.

3. From : Rick Oleson (
Url : http://
Date : 06:28 AM Sunday 07 June, 2009

Hi Jose:

I don't know of a Nikonos with no viewfinder, but I can imagine that there might have been one: the viewfinder on the camera is not for use underwater, they had accessory finders for that which insert into the accessory shoe. There are 2 reasons for this - first, because you can't see through the finder window with a SCUBA mask, and second, because the field of view of the lens is different when under water than it is in air.

The MIR Nikonos page is at
but I don't think you'll find your windowless model there.

If you could email me some photos of it, I would like to see it and I will try to figure out what you've got.

4. From : Jose Victor Santos (
Url : http://
Date : 12:46 AM Saturday 06 June, 2009

I actually have a question as I recently was able to purchase and a very good condition Nikonos III, but I think it is a bit unique in design as there is no viewfinder at all. Can you tell me about it on what model it is and why it does not have any viewfinder?

Or hopefully, you can point me to the webpage that can help out.



5. From : juan (
Url : http://
Date : 01:22 AM Tuesday 26 May, 2009

se pueden usar lentes sigma 135mm. para la nikon EM

6. From : Andrés Clarós (
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Date : 05:20 PM Monday 25 May, 2009

I have got a Nikonos I with white skin (not the black version), does anyone know details of the production (where, how many, and so on) for this rare camera? Was it a transitional model from the Calypso to the Nikonos I? Why are so few white dressed Nikonos I in the market? I only have seen twice in Ebay in the past two years...
If someone has one, we can exchange serial numbers in order to get more information about the final number of cameras built.

7. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 06:52 AM Monday 25 May, 2009

Hi Matt:

If your meter needle is jumpy, it may be just dirty brushes behind the lens mount - I have notes for cleaning these on the EM, I think the FG will be the same. If it's completely dead, though, that's different: my first suspect would be a broken/corroded wire at the battery box, which might be repairable (but it's not generally as easy as it sounds, because the corrosion creeps pretty far up the wire and you can't just solder it back without replacing all of the bad wire). If that isn't the problem, then you're looking at paying someone to hunt it down, find it and fix it, and it may well add up to more than the cost of another camera body. Of course, the other camera body might develop a problem too, they're not babies any more.

8. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 06:49 AM Monday 25 May, 2009

Hi Ben:

To open the back of the EM, just pull up gently on the rewind knob to the left of the prism and the back should pop open. If it doesn't open by itself, it probably means that the light seals are sticky and holding the back shut: in this case, while pulling up gently on the rewind knob try tugging rearwards on the left end of the back with your thumb. Don't pull too hard on the knob, you don't want to bend or break something.

9. From : matt (
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Date : 02:26 AM Friday 22 May, 2009

regarding the recent question, 5/18?, about the shutter of his FG not closing unless it is switched to M90.
I had a similar problem easily fixed. I changed the battery!
If I understand your comments correctly, the battery is shot. M90 manually opens and closes the shutter, so that's why it closes.

I posted a question earlier- The light meter on my FG quit working. I bought the camera new in the mid 1980's.
Someone suggested that the variable resistor brushes on the meter were worn.
Any other suggestions for fixes? Or should I just buy another camera? Will my old 28mm MF Nikkor lens work in a F100?

Thank you.

10. From : Ben Tolentino (
Url : http://
Date : 03:05 AM Wednesday 20 May, 2009

I just bought this old camera, Nikon EM, how do you open the back plate to insert or remove the film?

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