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1. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:21 AM Saturday 06 October, 2007

Hi Willy:

The Nikon F camera itself has no batteries, there is nothing electric in it. If your camera has one of the large "Photomic" prisms with a light meter in it, then the battery compartment is in the prism housing. Depending on the model, you may have to remove the prism from the body to replace the batteries.

2. From : Willy (
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Date : 08:41 PM Friday 05 October, 2007

Just bought an old Nikon-F (with out the manual) and can't seem to find where the batteries are. Can someone tell me where they are, what kind it takes & how to change them. My old Nicromat had a screw cap on the bottom of the body. A later model had it under the mirror... Help!

3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:02 AM Thursday 04 October, 2007

Hi Kayla:

The rewind release is the collar around the shutter release button: turn it from "A" to "R".

4. From : kayla (
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Date : 01:02 AM Thursday 04 October, 2007

i was wondering if anyone knew how to release the film for rewinding on the Nikon F manual camera... i've been having trouble... any advice would be appreciated!! thank you

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 06:50 PM Monday 17 September, 2007

Hi Clint:

You're right about the nameplate (it's unfortunate), Just maybe 1mm or so off of each end, leaving a vertical surface where you file it off.

Batteries are a little bit of a problem. As I recall the FTN takes two #PX625 mercury cells. The mercury cells are no longer made, the current substitute is the Duracell A625 alkaline cell. This will work but the voltage changes as the battery ages, you need to check your meter periodically against another one to make sure it's accurate and when it drifts toward overexposure, change the batteries. A more accurate battery is the #675 Zinc/Air hearing aid battery, but this is a bit smaller than the 625.... to use it you will need to make some sort of a little tube to take up the extra space in the battery chamber. See the URL link on this message for more information about substituting the 675 for the PX625.

6. From : Clint (
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Date : 01:36 PM Monday 17 September, 2007

I have a Nikon F, serial # 6541772, and an FTN finder. I understand that I need to file down the Nikon faceplate so that the FTN will fit, but is it possible to get batteries for this? Would appreciate any suggestions! Clint

7. From : Tuomas Paana (
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Date : 01:37 AM Thursday 30 August, 2007

Hi! I'm selling my trusted Nikon F camera body, and I'm little bit confused about the prices. Mine is in good condition, s/n 6448272, so I think it is from the sixties? I've understood that these older
bodies are more valuable than the later ones? is this correct, and what would be normal asking price?


8. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:15 AM Tuesday 28 August, 2007

Hi Edgar:

Nikon F's can vary quite a bit in price, but most of them seem to be going for around $100 at present, up to a ceiling of about $200 unless you have a rare variant.

to give you an idea of the variability, within the past week or so on eBay, one sold for $26 and another sold for $800.

9. From : edgar lee (
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Date : 10:47 PM Monday 27 August, 2007

Hey Boys & Girls:
I have an old Nikon F (with metering system) bought when I was in college in 1969; in excellent condition (I had it completely serviced before packing it up); please give me some idea of the value as I have people wanting to buy it..............thanks.

10. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:47 AM Saturday 25 August, 2007

Hi Peter:

My two Nikon F backs both have flat pressure plates, but my 1965 Nikkormat FT (which I think is older than my F) has dimples. Beyond that, I don't know.

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