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1. From : Robert Young (
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Date : 10:08 PM Saturday 12 July, 2008

Hi, like others before me, I've just bought a nice black Nikon F (Apollo) with FTn finder. The meter reads perhaps a little fast, but according to the instructions, I should be able to see the camera's shutter speed adjacent to the meter needle window in the view finder, but I see nothing. Is there something wrong with the FTn head or have I to set something up for it to read the shutter speed (can't think what) Any help appreciated.

2. From : JWoods (
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Date : 02:24 PM Sunday 08 June, 2008

The basic body for F2 are the same EXCEPT the model is differentiate via the FINDER prism type.

3. From : Charles (
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Date : 08:12 AM Sunday 01 June, 2008

Does anyone know where I can download a instruction manual for an F2?

4. From : Robert M. (
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Date : 12:28 AM Thursday 29 May, 2008

I have a Nikon F serial number 6586892. The camera has what I think is a Photomic Tn view finder. The slot in the front of the view finder is a long slot. The strange part of the view finder is that has ASA settings from 20 to 6400. I don't know if this is a varient or not. The web site says this should be ASA 20 to 1600. Can you tell me what I have here, and how to use this view finder?

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 06:29 PM Wednesday 30 April, 2008

Bonjour Michel:

Je ne connais pas cet nombre. Peut etre, si vous pouvez offrir un peu plus de detail..... si possible, envoyez-moi un photo a et je vois si je le reconnais.

rick :)=

6. From : JOYARD Michel (
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Date : 11:56 PM Tuesday 22 April, 2008

I've bought an right angle viewing attachment. A number is graved on it "OP6 002349" (hand made). Do you know what is it ?
Sorry for my english...I'm French. Nobody is perfect !

7. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:08 AM Tuesday 22 April, 2008

Hi George:

I believe the mirror goes at the front edge of the prism, reflecting light coming down from another smaller prism that's glued to the main prism below the meter readout window on top of the housing. If you email me at I'll send you a sketch showing how the thing comes apart.

8. From : George Chivers (
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Date : 04:20 AM Tuesday 22 April, 2008

Just found this site and was wondering if any-one can help. I own a Nikon F Photomic Tn bought in Singapore in 1968. Unfortunately camera strap broke, dumping it onto concrete. The bent top plate has now been replaced, meter still works but meter needle is not visible in view-finder. I have found a very small mirror in the meter housing, but don't know where it goes. Any ideas???
George Chivers

9. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:43 AM Thursday 20 March, 2008

Hi Tim:

Look at the side of the ASA dial, on the part of the chrome rim that is not knurled: there are a set of lens apertures engraved there. You need to set your film ASA (now ISO) speed number at the index corresponding the the maximum aperture of your lens. For example, if you have 400 film and a 50/1.4 lens, set the number 400 to the index at 1.4 on the rim. It is important to note that when you change lenses you will have to change this setting to match the speed of the lens you put on the camera.

(You do not need to loosen any screws to change the ASA setting - the top dial is secured by friction, just grab the 2 protruding pins on top and twist it)

As for lenses that are compatible with digitals: I am not expert on this, as I do not have a Nikon digital; however, my understanding is that models from D200 and up can meter with AI and AIS lenses. However non-AI lenses should not be mounted on any AI body because in some cases the rear edge of the lens can damage the AI coupling ring on the body behind the lens mount. Lesser models, from D40 to D100, lack the AI ring and so MAY be able to mount a non-AI lens (use caution here, as I'm not positive that there is nothing to cause interference). However, in all of these models, the light meter in the camera is totally disabled when any manual focus lens is mounted. As for the bayonet itself, that is compatible throughout, but Nikon has designed a number of twists and turns into their system over the years that makes this a fairly complicated question to answer.

The lenses for your Nikon F will be non-AI; the AI system was not introduced until 1977. If you decide to look into a higher level digital camera in order to be able to meter with older lenses, it is possible in nearly all cases to have a non-AI lens modified to AI specifications. Last I knew there was a fellow doing a pretty nice job of this for about $35 per lens.

10. From : Tim Ennor (
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Date : 09:53 AM Monday 17 March, 2008

I've recently had my Nikon F with the Photomic T meter cleaned and brought back into operation (purchased new in 1969, in 'Nam; loved using it for a few years and then put it away for easier-to-use (but not as much fun to use) cameras). I recently purchased a box of Kodak's Professional 400UC, and am now wondering how to set the ASA 400 on the F's Photomic meter system. My knurled film speed marker ring has 3 small screws to loosen it and set the proper ASA opposite a line marker, triangle or number; the ring has on its top surface, on about one quarter of the total ring circumference: a black marker, a red triangle, a second black marker, a number "1", a third black marker, and a number "2". Could you tell me where to set the ASA 400 number, i.e., opposite which line, the red triangle, or which number? I'd sure appreciate your help, before I set the film speed opposite the wrong marker, waste a roll of film and then still not know how to set it right.

Second question: I note that you said that some of the old Nikon lenses can be used on Nikon's model D200. Could you expand on this for me, since I'd be very interested in getting a digital Nikon if I could use the lenses I have for the "F".

Thanks in advance for your help and info.

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