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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 : rick (
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Date : 08:48 AM Friday 09 September, 2005

Hi Gerald: It would be helpful if you could mention what camera you have, but here's the routine for most of them:

First, you have to open the back. In most cameras this is done by pulling up on the rewind knob (the knob, about 3/4 inch in diameter, at the top left end of the camera). Pull up firmly agains spring pressure and the back should pop open. Some cameras have a latch to keep you from doing this accidentally; in the Nikon FM it's a collar below the knob, which you must rotate counterclockwise to release the knob. Some newer cameras have no rewind knob; these usually have a latch button at the left end, about in the center.

Once the back is open, place the film cartridge in the space in the left end of the camera. The protruding end of the film spool points down. Now pull the film across and push the end firmly into one of the slots in the takeup spool at the other end of the camera. Hold the film gently down against the sprocket wheels (just to the left of the takeup spool) while you advance the wind lever one frame and release the shutter. Make sure there is no slack in the film.... you may need to turn the rewind knob a little to make it taut (but don't think of this as a test of strength), and then close the back door. Now wind and fire the shutter again until the frame counter (a little window on top, at the right hand end) reads #1 - this usually requires 3 winds. while you do this, watch the rewind knob.... you should see it rotate counterclockwise as you wind the shutter, at least on the last time. if you don't see it rotate, try winding it clockwise -- it should offer resistance after very little movement. if it just turns and turns, the film has slipped out of the little slot in the takeup spool and you'll have to start over (and probably with a new roll of film, because you will have just pulled the end of the film back into the can)

2. From : Gerald Spencer (
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Date : 07:13 AM Friday 09 September, 2005

I cant figure out how to load in the film. i got one for my film class and i cant figure it out. Help me please

3. From : Colin Harper (
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Date : 03:29 PM Thursday 08 September, 2005

I have lost the instruction manual for my Nikon TW ZOOM 85 and I cannot locate it on the net can anyone help Thanks Colin

4. From : Saddam (
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Date : 11:51 AM Tuesday 06 September, 2005

Hey joanne:-

you can find your em manual there

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:27 AM Tuesday 06 September, 2005

hi joanne: i don't have a manual, but click the URL link just above to find just about everything you'll need to know about using the EM.

6. From : joanne (
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Date : 10:55 PM Saturday 03 September, 2005

i just bought a nikon camera from a friend, but it does'nt have a instruction book with it. my camera is nikon-em. could you tell me where to get one. joanne

7. From : Jimmy (
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Date : 01:22 PM Wednesday 31 August, 2005

There is NOTHING wrong with your camera, I think. Imprinting of data (date, time, frame number etc.) in a data back (they like to call it Quartz Back because it ti quartze-timed Data Back), it can permits the photographer to set, adjust, print OR without printing the data on film. The best way is to read through the manual, if you don't have one, use fuzzy logic how to adjust a digital watch or handphone to navigate the menu (not by the canera BUT via the data back control. It doesn't print means you have set yo OFF print mode. That is all.

8. From : Intazam (
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Date : 11:31 AM Wednesday 31 August, 2005

I have a Nikon L35AD Camera and it is working fine except that it has stopped printing the date on the exposed photos. Although the date at the back of the camera is being correctly displayed. Some one told me that may be the cell for the date has weakend and tried to open the two screws but could not disengage the plate under which perhaps the tiny cell is located.

Can any one tell how to replace the date cell or possible reasons for not printing the dates on the exposed shots.

It is a beutiful camera and I do not have any other problem with it.


9. From : Gen Holst (
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Date : 03:17 PM Sunday 28 August, 2005

ALL electronic camera will encounter big problems with H20, humidity, magnetic, heat and even electrical noise (or when expose either too long or around a strong source). Although most cameras have precautionary measures installed in their respective design, but they are NOT designed to be abused this way plus, personal handling often dictates their life-span and in their working condition. Souping an electronic camera in the water sounds bad, some people would try luck by quickly blowing the camera with a hairdryer or other sources and keep finger cross later if it still works. I don't think chances will be more than 20% on such survival. So, bottom line is - try check the price for repair first, if it is too expensive, compare the recovery cost with an used unit of the same model (but you should know you can get even higher performance/specification with alternate ones in terms of pixel size, functions etc.) to see if it is justify. Sometimes, this can be very personal in making such a decision, others' opinion can only be used as a guide. A good source is to cross-check with prices of other used Nikon digital bodies via Ebay etc.

10. From : Gen Holst (
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Date : 03:09 PM Sunday 28 August, 2005

This a quick guide for focusing screen usage and funtions: The N2020/F501 uses K2 as standard screen, the optional screens are only a few types (Type B, E or type J). Type K2 has a center reference circle to indicate the centerweighted metered area, the B is an all matte plain screen without any guide (good for manual focus with super-tele or dimmed focusing for small aperture zoom and/or when using Tele-extender (converter); Type E is the screen type that is the same with B but added a grid lines - excellent for picture compostion, double exposure registration and architectural shooting. Type J is an all round screen as well, with Matte/Fresnel field with central microprism focusing spot and 12mm circle but since the camera is an AF model, this is only for visual guide now. Most users would change the way of shooting due to the dead center AF selecting frame. The few screen types you mentioend are not provided with this model, besides, some of the screen types are actually technical usage screen-type and works with only certian lens types, so becareful with what the screen guide tells. Generally, low-to-mid end SLRs have not many choices in this area (as compared to 10-20+ types on any Nikon professional models.

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