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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 : christine (
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Date : 02:29 AM Monday 03 September, 2007

I need help!! I am a student and I am taking my first photography class. The only requirement for The class is that the camera must be 35mm and mannual. My father has a Nikon EM which I am currently using. This is where I am having trouble. My teacher says that to get the proper shutter reading I need to press half way down on the button that I would use to take the picture. When I do that nothing happens. She suggusted that I change the battery. I have and nothing changes. Any suggustions??

2. From : Billy Coldstream (
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Date : 03:37 AM Sunday 02 September, 2007

I have an old FG which I've dug up after many years: apart from the seals have turned to a black mess which is causing a problem - how do you replace these??
I've put new battery in and that seems fine but the light meter registers up in the red C90 zone regardless of light levels- I can't remember if there is something I should be doing ? I've checked the manual online - but does not explain. Any ideas??

3. From : Jim Wilson (
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Date : 04:45 AM Saturday 01 September, 2007

Responses to David and Matt:

David, the Series E lenses should work with digital Nikon bodies; however, since the digital bodies' image sensors are smaller than 35mm film, the lenses will act like lenses of longer focal length. Whether this is bad or good is a matter of taste.

What most people seem to be doing with their FGs etc, after they get digital cameras, is selling them on eBay for ridiculously cheap prices. I've bought several of them recently. The last one was a clean black FG body for $31. Like most Nikon bodies that age, it needed new light seals and mirror damper foam. A while back, I bought enough of the right materials for doing six bodies, for about $6, from a guy named Jon Goodman. It took me less than an hour to do the job, as Jon's instructions are very good. Now it's as good as new.

After doing the job, I have a camera with much better image quality potential than even the most expensive Nikon digital body- the D6, or whatever they call it, which goes for thousands of dollars. There is no comparison between the image resolution of film and the resolution of a digital sensor. So, if you plan to do more with a camera than post snapshots on your myspace page, you might consider hanging onto that FG. With a good Nikon lens mounted on it, it's capable of taking photos as good as any film Nikon ever made.

One of the FG bodies I bought on ebay recently, on an "as-is" basis had the same problem of the rewind button not popping up when the rear cover was closed. This kept the film from advancing. A repairman took a look at it, and told me that the problem was with something broken in the assembly, located near the top of the body inside the camera. This meant that repairing the body would have cost much more than just buying another body without that problem. Since the broken "as-is" body cost me $20 and a working one cost me $31, I've decided, in the future, to only buy bodies which are claimed to be working in the description.

"Working" doesn't mean that the light seals are good, though, or that the mirror foam hasn't turned sticky. Jon Goodman's light seal materials may be found here:
I recommend his materials highly, and he's a very nice guy.

4. From : Jim Wilson (
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Date : 04:11 AM Saturday 01 September, 2007

While it's commonly thought that the Nikon FG, EM, and various other bodies have non-interchangeable focusing screens, this is not necessarily so. Taking my cue from Sheldon Brown, who replaced the K focusing screen in his fisheye-equipped Nikon EM body with a plain-matte B screen for an interchangeable-screen Nikon body I recently fitted a B2 screen for my Nikon FE2 into an FG body for use in close-up work, and it fits and works very well. The screen retainer is held into the FG, EM etc by a single screw, so it was an easy transplant.

The B2 screen calls for an exposure compensation of +1/2 when used in cameras other than the FE2, FA, etc. For this reason, I'd like to get a B screen for the FG. I suppose that a B screen for the FE would work, but I don't find those on eBay very often.

What I've mostly been seeing lately are B screens for F-501/N2020 and N90/N90s. In the photographs, these screens look very similar to the one I fitted into the FG- thin, with no metal frame, with the little "ear" which sticks out for grasping with the "tweezer" tool. The B2 screen's "ear" doesn't need to be cut off to fit into the FG, as I thought might be necessary, so it wouldn't be necessary with these other screens either, presuming they're the same size as the ones for the FE2.

Has anyone compared the F-501/N2020 or N90/N90s screens to the earlier screens, and are they the same size? If so, has anyone fitted one into an FG/EM, and does it work right?


5. From : David Pruette (
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Date : 10:01 PM Wednesday 29 August, 2007

I have a Nikon FG that is now about twenty years old. I doubt that I will ever use it again. Will any of the lenses from that camera work on new Nikon digital cameras? I believe my lenses are Series E. Also, what does everybody do with their old film cameras once they switch to digital?


6. From : matt (
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Date : 12:06 PM Saturday 25 August, 2007

I've got a Nikon FG. Great camera. It's been a real workhorse, but a joy to use...until recently.

For some reason the film advancement lever is jammed.
I've taken the bottom off the camera and found a small lever I can tap that releases the shutter, but after I advance it again, the shutter button won't go back into a ready position...
Would anyone have any ideas as to why that button isn't catching or something?? I hope i don't have to get it repaired...but i don't want to buy a new one as the camera's been in the family for a while. ;/

Thanks for any information!

7. From : Davina Bullimore (
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Date : 06:32 PM Monday 30 July, 2007

I have a Nikon F-601 bought in 1992. The back lid does not shut anymore because I broke of the tiny post that keeps the lid closed. The camera is still in very good condition. I don't know what the value was when it was bought. I am trying to claim the repair/replace cost from the insurance. Can anyone tell me what the value was? In case they will replace the camera.
Thanks Davina

8. From : carl (
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Date : 09:56 PM Saturday 28 July, 2007

i'd like to get the Nikon w 35 (one touch 200) free user's manual thanks

9. From : Rob (
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Date : 02:32 PM Thursday 26 July, 2007

For the gentleman who asked for the case of the old Nikon Rangefinder, here is an auction for another old, original bag by Nikon:

10. From : Jack L. (
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Date : 11:23 AM Wednesday 25 July, 2007

Rob, The FG is now roughly 25 years young. Due to age, all examples of this model need new mirror damping foam and foam light seals. I don't think a dead battery will cause the mirror to stay up (that's the only thing that can block the viewfinder). It's possible that the mirror damping foam at the top of the mirrorbox has turned to goo, and that the mirror is stuck to it.

Incidentally, I own four FGs, and this model is my favorite Nikon for MF work. I've tried numerous other Nikon bodies, but always come back to these for use with my AI and AIS MF lenses. Camera enthusiasts pooh-pooh the FG for its supposed lack of features, and that has driven prices way down on the used market. Yay, more for me!!

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