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1. From : peter (
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Date : 11:05 PM Thursday 17 January, 2008

I am resurrecting my dad’s old Nikon F, Tn, and having a blast. Thinking of him while I'm doing it, and looking foward to using it.
After taking a test roll of film, it was noticed that the exposures where somewhat over exposed, and the meter
was not reading correctly. So messing around with the Tn meter discovered that corrosion had gotten the
connection on the back side (internal side of meter) and had to lengthen the lead and make a new connection.
Also the reason I couldn’t get a reading on the new batteries, was that a small plastic screw head had broken
off. It holds the physical metal of the switches in place, using two of them, and the treaded ends can be seen
externally, near the front of the meter, if the Nikon F cover plate is taken off. Evidently at some time in the past,
it broke off because the plastic head was not found inside the meter body. The button does no good with the
plastic treaded ‘bolt’ broken because when pushing down on the meter reading button it cannot make contact
inside, with its mate, as all the contacts move down together.
So my question is, has any one else had this problem? As boy, its that going to be a hard thing to get out, the
broken stem. Any ideas of the best way to do it? I thought of trying to drill it, but its so tiny, and I don’t want to
mess up the existing treads in the case.
Also, where would one get such a small plastic ‘bolt’. Does any one know of any sources? My tread gage is
to large to even get near it.
Another question... Batteries. Seems like most use the Alkaline with the higher voltage, but how many, or is
there a way to figure the changes in f stops between the old mercury and higher voltage of the alkaline.
Thanks for any help. p.

2. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:57 AM Thursday 17 January, 2008

Hi Mark:

I think you're doing it basically right, it might work better in the reverse order: First press in the button on the back, and hold that in while you press the lever at the front and lift the prism out of the body.

3. From : Mark Muraski (
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Date : 10:14 PM Monday 14 January, 2008

I recently purchased a Nikon F with FTn finder, it has a SN of 6995168. When I attemopt to remove the finder I release the front lefer and it comes up and then push the button on the back and the rear releases,but the whole thing hangs up about 1/32 inch above the body? Something inside is hanging it up. Would anyone have any ideas what I am doing wrong. All other functions of the camera work properly and is in very nice condition.

Thank you for any help you can give me.


4. From : Morgan (
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Date : 02:13 PM Friday 04 January, 2008

Thanks for preparing a place for the Classic of all time. It has changed the course of photo community 50 years back.

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:47 AM Monday 26 November, 2007

Hi Ron:

Since the battery box is in the bottom of the meter, I'll clarify the which-way-is-up issue first: the (+) end of the batteries, which is the smaller end, faces the screw-in cap.

Once the batteries are in place, to turn on the meter you press the small chrome button on the side... the larger chrome-and-black button on top pops up, a painted red line around it indicating that the meter is on. The needle visible in the window on top of the prism responds to light by moving to the left.

You turn the meter off by pressing down on the chrome-and-black button until it clicks. This button also serves as a battery check: when you press it down, if there are good batteries in the meter the needle will move to the left and align with the O index in the center, then it will return to the right when you release the button.

A dead meter is certainly a possibility; many FTN meters are dead, or at least in need of service to operate correctly, at this age. Some can be set right with little more than a good cleaning, and some are just worn out.

Rick :)=

6. From : Ron Loden (
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Date : 09:53 AM Monday 26 November, 2007

I have a Nikon Photomic FTn. I aquired it through the selling of my company. It was used by our graphic arts department. I just installed new batteries but the light meter doesn't seem to respond. I installed them according to this site's direction, with the positive side down. The lens is a Nikkor-Q Auto 1:2.8 f=135mm. The finder has a 5.6, 2.8 & 1.2 settings. The lens / finder clamp is set on 2.8. Am I doing something obviously wrong or could the meter just be bad? Thanks.

7. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 07:24 AM Monday 26 November, 2007

Hi Matthew:

If I recall correctly, you just twist the ASA dial with your thumb against a friction spring to set the correct ASA number against the maximum aperture of your currently mounted lens.

The ASA dial on the bottom of the camera is meaningless, just there as a reminder of what film you have loaded. Simply press your thumb firmly against the dial and twist to change the setting.

8. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 07:19 AM Monday 26 November, 2007

Hi Didrik:

The Photomic T finder has a single button on top, in front of the shutter speed dial. On the Tn, there is a second smaller button in front of this one. Otherwise the two finders are nearly identical in appearance.

rick :)=

9. From : matthew (
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Date : 05:10 AM Sunday 25 November, 2007

I have a Nikon F Photomic TN. I am not sure how to set the ASA either on the top of the shutter dail or on the camera bottom which has a black and red mark to line up the ASA speed. Help...

10. From : Didrik Oppegaard (
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Date : 07:55 AM Friday 23 November, 2007

How do you identify the (different) T and Tn finders? (By serial nos.? - On the finders themselves?

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