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1. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:04 AM Wednesday 13 June, 2007

Hi Ellen:

The back might be sticky. The back on the Nikon F is a separate piece, not hinged; to remove it you first turn the key to the open position and then slide the back straight down about a half inch - after that you can lift it away. If it gets dirty it may stick in the grooves and not want to slide.... not much you can do about that except to push harder, maybe wear a rubber glove to give yourself a better grip.

2. From : Ellen (
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Date : 06:24 AM Tuesday 12 June, 2007

I feel very stupid, since I've been using other old Nikon manual models with no problem whatsoever--but I just lucked into a great Nikon F, and despite following every direction I can find, I can't get the camera back off in order to load film. The open/close lever moves quite smoothly, but the back seems to be jammed or something, because it won't pop off.

What am I doing wrong?


3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:29 AM Wednesday 06 June, 2007

Hi Jen:

The best place for the information you want is eBay: Go to the Cameras page, search for "Nikon FG" and then check the "completed auctions" box at the left of the page and refresh the screen. Look at the prices in green - these actually sold. Prices shown in red failed to sell, so you can assume that they were priced too high.

Also, for best results, separate your lenses from the camera and sell them separately - especially if your macro lens is a Micro Nikkor. You'll get better prices that way.

4. From : Jennifer Bowie (
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Date : 03:08 AM Wednesday 06 June, 2007

Hello, I have a Nikon FG with both a Macro and Zoom lense. I am assuming that this is part of the F-series, but if not please remit. I want to place it on ebay but am unclear of it's value. So I come here in hopes of gaining a figure. Thanks very Much! Jen Bowie

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:22 AM Wednesday 16 May, 2007

Hi Robert:

No, I don't think so. The best you can do is to keep using your old Nikkor lenses on a digital body (this can be done on Canon, Olympus and some Nikon DSLRs)

6. From : Robert Tyabji (
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Date : 02:24 PM Tuesday 15 May, 2007

I used my Nikon F Fotomic for 20 years in field conditions in half a dozen countries before migrating to digital. It's an awesome instrument, very tough and abuse resistant, infinately more so than today's models. I've even fallen into an irrigation canal with it!
My question: is there anyone out there who can add a sensor to a Nikon F body by replacing the camera back?

7. From : Humberto (
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Date : 12:49 AM Thursday 10 May, 2007

Just bought a used F Photomic, I need a manual for this camera, does anyone knows where can I download one?

8. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:18 AM Friday 04 May, 2007

Hi massimiliano:

No. The F and F2 share a common screen, but the F3 is different.

9. From : massimiliano (
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Date : 02:40 AM Friday 04 May, 2007

I'm building a mini35mm kit for my digital camera using a nikon f. I have a little question.
Can I use the nikon f3 focusing screen in a nikon f camera?

thanks for attention.
This is the best nikon site in web.

10. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:10 AM Tuesday 24 April, 2007

Hi Shannon:

It takes regular 35mm film, I don' t know of any special tricks. Be sure the film cassette is lying properly in place before you put the back on.... can't think of anything else to suggest.

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