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1. From : Shannon (
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Date : 08:26 PM Monday 23 April, 2007

Hello, Does anyone know if there is a trick to loading the film on the Nikon F 1959 model? I can put it in, but then i cant close the film door. Is regular old 35MM the right film for this old camera?

2. From : Shad (
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Date : 02:31 AM Monday 23 April, 2007

I need to get my 1970 Nikon FTN cleaned...The Photomic Meter that connects on top is now cloudy and Nikon says they can't fix it or replace it...any ideas..??? Shad

3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:54 AM Wednesday 18 April, 2007

Hi Tim:

It might be too strong to say that this is normal, but I will say that it is not abnormal. After exposure, the mirror is held down with a latch... when you cock the shutter, the mirror mechanism is reset as well. It is possible for the mirror's position to be slightly different before and after winding. The difference should not be large, but for precise focus you should focus after cocking the shutter.

4. From : Tim (
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Date : 05:09 AM Tuesday 17 April, 2007

Hi, Can anyone help me I have an early Nikon F 64 model. The problem I have is that the camera will focus correctly only when the shutter is cocked, is this a normal for the model and age "1959". Please help !

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:28 AM Wednesday 11 April, 2007

hi john:

i don't have a FTn prism, but as I recall it took (two) PX13 or PX625 batteries. both of these are mercury cells, and they are no longer made. you can get the A625 alkaline cell, though, which will fit in the same spot.

the alkaline cell does not have the stable voltage output of the mercury cell, so accuracy may not be ideal.... however, i would give these a try before going any further, because it is very common at this age for the FTn meter to be nonfunctional anyway. once you verify that it's working you can worry about how accurate it is.

6. From : John (
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Date : 05:00 AM Wednesday 11 April, 2007

I have come across a vintage Nikon F with the FTn head. Only problem is there are no batteries in the head. Usually this is great because there is no corrosion from long forgotten batteries. The problem becomes now what current batteries will fit and work in this head. Can you provide me with some insight.

Thank you in advance


7. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:12 PM Saturday 07 April, 2007

Hi Jim:

Are you using an electronic flash? The proper synch setting for electronic strobe is "FX", not the red dot. If you have it set at the red dot, your flash is probably firing before the first curtain has fully opened.

8. From : jim (
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Date : 02:44 AM Saturday 07 April, 2007

Question...I set flash sync mark to red, then shutter to 1/60, yet of 5 exposures, only 1 is correct..2 are very over-all dark, 2 have the (shutter-curtain) dark top-to-bottom on the right side...sync timing off, but before or after shutter opening??

9. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:44 AM Thursday 05 April, 2007

Hi Tim:

It's possible that your mirror may not be in the correct position when it's down.... this would cause a focus error in the viewfinder. It's a little tricker to check this out in a Nikon F than in many other cameras because the mirror latches in the down position so you can't just lift it to take a look. Open the shutter on B and look at the mirror rest to see if there's a film chip or something stuck there that might affect the mirror position.

10. From : Tim Round (
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Date : 04:50 PM Wednesday 04 April, 2007

Help please anyone !
I have just purchased an early 64OOO Nikon F with an unmetered prism but I have a small problem the split image focusing screen is not giving a true reading for focusing according to the lens barrel. How do I remove the prism ? and could it be that the prism is not seated correctly ? Any help would be greatfully apreciated.



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