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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 : rick (
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Date : 12:42 AM Sunday 30 October, 2005

Hi Christopher: If you have the shoe that slips on over the rewind knob, you can use any standard Hot Shoe flash. One example still in production is the Vivitar 2000 Auto Bounce Flash, which sells for about $25. If you don't have the shoe, you'll need a bracket and your flash will have to include a PC cord to connect it (The above flash comes with a PC cord). For a top quality, high power unit, the Vivitar 283 is legendary - but it's also very tall and heavy. The used market can provide hundreds of other options. For correct synch, set the shutter speed to 60.

2. From : Christopher Cornell (
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Date : 07:53 AM Friday 28 October, 2005

Hi, first time user. Does anyone know of any modern, or at least obtainable, and workable flashes that will work and sync with a Nikon F (one of the ones from the early seventies) with or without the coupler, and also with or without the conecting cord.

3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:07 PM Wednesday 19 October, 2005

Hi Rui: The following is from the FTN finder instructions at

"Some older lenses and accessories with full-aperture exposure measurement is not possible, either because the lens has no auto-diaphragm or because the diaphragm will not couple with the Photomic FTN meter. Therefore, the stopdown method must be used. This means measuring exposure with the lens aperture diaphragm stopped down to the taking aperture. With the Photomic FTN finder, the meter coupling pin must first be pushed up into the finder so that the red index on the maximum aperture scale springs to f/5.6."

"Auto Lenses Without Coupling Prong
Some lenses like the Zoom-Nikkor Auto 200-600mm f/9.5 have an auto diaphragm but no coupling prong. Use the depth-of-field preview button to stop down the lens until the needle is centered." I hope this helps; for more detail cut and paste the above link into your address line to see the whole instruction.

4. From : Rui Cambraia (
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Date : 03:23 AM Tuesday 18 October, 2005

Hi! I have a question regarding the use of the Photomic FTn Finder: - When using the extension ring Nikon M2, the lens hook stay off the finder's coupling pin. I remember that it was necessary to do something about this coupling pin in order to get the appropriate light measure. Can you tell me something about this? Thank you for your support!! Rui Cambraia

5. From : James (
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Date : 06:38 PM Friday 14 October, 2005

An old stuff huh ? Mirro needs to lock-up in order to use this lens. Go to this site:
Scroll down and locate your version. 8mm f/8.0

6. From : Antonio J.V. Oliveira (
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Date : 11:29 PM Sunday 02 October, 2005

Hello, Just wondering if someone out there can give more info about my last acquisition - a Fish-Eye Nikkor 1:8 f=8mm Nippon Kogaku serial number 89xxx.(made around 60´s). Is this lens rare? and about picture result? My lens has the original front and rear cap and also the 8mm viewfinder with original front screw cap. Lens and viewfinder are in excellent to near mint condition. Lens is clear and clean. I would like to hear some more information about. Thank you!!

7. From : mike (
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Date : 08:13 AM Tuesday 20 September, 2005

Can anyone tell me if the Nikon F Model II bellows will work with my FA? thanks

8. From : Jeffrey Gilbert (
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Date : 04:54 AM Thursday 15 September, 2005

I am looking for the two mint condition chrome-plated brass screws that attach the nameplate on an FTn. I am also interested in finding a black nameplate for FTn in E+ or better condition. Can anyone help. Thanks, Jeff

9. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:12 PM Friday 02 September, 2005

A Nikon F with no meter is an excellent camera. It is fairly common if the camera has been used a lot for the variable resistor in the meter to wear out, in which case you're kind of out of luck.... but if this is an "almost new" camera, that's unlikely. You could just as easily have a dirty connection, a broken wire or a bad solder joint, any of which would be repairable. Beware of camera shops that tell you you've got a "paper weight", especially if they offer to take it off your hands for you. I got this line once regarding my Zeiss Contax II, for which 42nd Street Photo offered me $50.

10. From : David Caprita (
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Date : 08:49 AM Friday 02 September, 2005

I took a 1969 Nikon F that we inherited to a local camera shop here in LA. After we put new batteries in the prism finder, the battery check seemed to work fine but they told me the meter was not working. One of the guys said the camera was basically "a paper weight" and wasn't worth fixing or even using, which I thought was very weird. I'm not an expert on this by any means. Other photographers, however, have told me we have a great, almost new F and can still take pictures with it.
Is there some way to get the meter working in this so it'll be in perfect shape?

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