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Nikon F system was officially dis-continued in 1974, as with any used models, users support may be of a concern. You may use this site for common support and sharing mutual knowledge or experiences among yourself. I hope this convenience provided can be of useful to all of you who still owned this great piece of manual focus SLR. You may also make use this message board as a guestbook for the camera. Enjoy.

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1. From : Peter Baylis (
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Date : 09:56 PM Thursday 23 August, 2007

Does anyone know of a Nikon body that had a flat film preasure plate, the latest model before they introduced the dimpled plate in their cameras? I want to try some IR photography and am informed the dimples on recent plates can effect the IR film.

2. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:23 PM Saturday 18 August, 2007

Hi Wayne:

A black Nikon F is always a nice find! With a 71... serial number yours would be a relatively late example, as I recall they went from 64... to 73...; the correct meter prism for your camera would be the FTN, although all of the others will fit too.

That motor winder will not fit the F; without looking it up I expect it's for the Nikkormat EL-W. The Nikon F had two motor drive options, the F36 and the F250, the number in each case indicating the maximum number of exposures you could shoot on a single roll of film. The motor is an integral part of a replacement back, and as you might guess the F250 is a large bulk film back. Attachment of a motor drive to a Nikon F required a slight modification to the camera body to provide the linkages, and each motor had to be custom matched to a specific body by a repairman to make sure that the mechanical linkages worked properly. I have tried swapping the bits out from one body to another, it's not as easy as one might hope. If you want an F with a motor drive, it's best by far to find one that has the motor already attached and working.

3. From : Wayne Levangie (
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Date : 10:48 AM Saturday 18 August, 2007

I recently acquired a Nikon F Black body 71 series and would like to know more about it I also have a Nikon motor drive Aw- 1 EL,but not sure if this can be used on the Nikon F. If any one knows more about these please send me some info to my email.

4. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:56 AM Thursday 09 August, 2007

Hi Don:

Here's a link:

5. From : Don (
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Date : 11:22 PM Monday 06 August, 2007

If anyone has a link to a site that indicates which Nikon F bodies have black plastic on the advance lever and self timer, please feel free to mail me.

6. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:50 AM Sunday 29 July, 2007

Hi Dougb:

I believe it was, but I did not see the movie.

7. From : Dougb (
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Date : 01:14 AM Sunday 22 July, 2007

Was the Nikon F circa 1965 the camera used for Bridges of Madison County?

8. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:58 AM Wednesday 11 July, 2007

Hi Duane:

Nikon F's tend to be expensive at both ends of the range: early ones with serial numbers starting with 64xxx, and the last series of "Apollo" models with plastic wind lever tips and self timer levers. In between, the prices get much more reasonable.

You will also find that a camera with a nonworking meter prism (very common) is less expensive than either one with a working meter or one with a meterless prism. And, the earlier Photomic T and Tn prisms are less expensive than the last FTn prism. With luck you can get a decent working chrome F body with a Photomic T prism (maybe even with a working meter) in the low $100's, where a nice one with a good FTn can cost twice as much (and of course the ones from the beginning and end of the line even more than that). Chrome, of course, is cheaper than black in comparable condition.

Nikon F's are very rugged and there is not a whole lot to look for in the way of trouble. I've seen one with a tiny crack in one of the dimples in the titanium shutter curtain, so I would inspect the curtains very carefully for that. Very hard to sew in a new curtain when it's made of titanium. The light meters are subject to wear in the variable resistor that tells the meter what aperture and shutter speed you've got set... especially in a camera that's been used as heavily as a Nikon F probably has. And, of course, although the camera is very rugged it is not indestructible, so watch out for signs of impact damage.

9. From : Duane (
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Date : 01:04 AM Tuesday 10 July, 2007

Hi folks, I've been wanting a classic Nikon F or F2 for several years now, and I'm just wondering what I need to look out for in the way of potential problems with these old models. I'm wanting a very clean/newish looking F that I'll actually be using. I won't just be setting it in a display case, but I still want an excellent+ condition user. Is there a certain vintage that's considered the best all-around value, like high production #s, along with great build quality? I'm not looking for anything super rare, but a super clean example is a must. Thanks for any help here!


10. From : Brain (
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Date : 12:08 PM Saturday 16 June, 2007

I have a Nikon F # 6818559. Other numbers I see are: 6223 26874 10454. Can anyone date this camera? Thank you

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