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1. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:46 AM Saturday 16 February, 2008

Hi John:

No, really I doubt that anyone has ever seriously considered doing that, although the question comes up often enough among users. one problem is that the question is always phrased just slightly differently: once it will be regarding a digital back for the Canon A series, another time it will be the Nikon FM, or again the Olympus OMs or the Nikon F or F2. To address all of these would require a different digital back for each model, which would share electronics but would all need separate tooling for the physical parts. Another problem is that the digital sensor is rather delicate and very expensive, and in digital cameras it's hermetically sealed to protect it from dirt and damage... not impossible to do with a digital back, but you don't have much space between the focal plane and the shutter curtains to pack in the protective coverings.

The real bottom line, though, is just business: people still using a 45 year old camera are, by definition, not "early adopters" of new technologies, the cameras in which they would be asking the manufacturers to make a new investment are very old, not getting any younger, and the number of them in existence is decreasing every day. None of this makes a good argument for a business organization to make a large investment of money that otherwise could be going into more profitable investments.

Another thing to consider is what it would cost you if they did make one: owing to the lack of economy of scale, you would surely pay more for such a back than the current price of, say, a Nikon D200..... which is capable of using older Nikon lenses.

2. From : John Byrne (
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Date : 09:29 PM Thursday 14 February, 2008

Has anybody seriously considered whether it would be possible to convert an F model to digital? I have 3 Fs and much prefer using them to the digital cameras I have had, but the convenience of digital processing of images is hard to overlook.

3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:20 AM Thursday 07 February, 2008

You're welcome Patrick! Glad it worked

4. From : Patrick Verbessem (
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Date : 06:20 AM Thursday 07 February, 2008

Thanks a million! From the first drop that touched the follower, it jumped out. Runs very smoothly now. Perfect suggestion!!

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 12:02 PM Tuesday 05 February, 2008

Hi Patrick:

If you have the front panel off, just get a can of cigarette lighter fluid (the liquid, not the pressurized butane) and drip a few drops of it onto the sticky follower. It will probably start moving right away, exercise it while it's still wet to work the dirt out of it. Once it's clean, it probably won't need lubrication to work properly.

6. From : Patrick Verbessem (
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Date : 02:28 AM Monday 04 February, 2008

Hi Rick, Thanks for your advise, I believe you're right. There is no sign of impact externally, nor internally (I removed the front plate). In the meantime I found out that the pin IS moving, but it takes like 15 minutes to come out... I don't have a problem slowing down for manual metering and focusing, but 15 minutes is slighty too long. :o)

7. From : Patrick Verbessem (
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Date : 02:23 AM Monday 04 February, 2008

Hi Matthew,

Sorry for this late response, but I discovered this Message Board only 2 days ago, so for what's it worth you may find this site usefull:
Look at Photomic T - I believe that ASA setting is equal for T and TN Photomics: align the widest aperture of the lens with the ASA value of the film.
Hope this will help.

8. From : Nate W (
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Date : 12:06 PM Sunday 03 February, 2008

I recently inherited my father's camera equipment and i am wondering if someone could tell me anything about quality, value or demand for such equipment. There is a Nikon F Photomic Camera with (what i assume is) a standard lens, a 52mm and 250mm lens, an adapter coupler (model N-F rotating)and a waist level view-finder attachment.

There is also a Bronica Zenza camera and various lenses and accesories.

The final thing is this crazy lens that i think is something different, but i thought i'd ask anyway - a 610mm Bausch & Lomb "Aero Tessar" Lens.

Does anyone have any background on these things, and if they could be put to use again?



9. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:30 AM Sunday 03 February, 2008

Hi Patrick:

I've seen this problem before, most likely the follower mechanism is just dirty and needs cleaning to free up the spring-loaded pin. If you see any sign of impact, it's possible that something could be bent, but that's less likely.

10. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:29 AM Sunday 03 February, 2008

Hi Curt:

I think the prism itself should be the same, but in the Photomics there were some other prisms glued to it to direct light to the meter cells and to show the shutter speed readout in the finder. You would have to remove these to install it in the non-meter housing and I don't know what the odds are of doing this safely.

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