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1. From : Scott (
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Date : 09:44 PM Tuesday 23 August, 2005

I inherited a Nikon Model F s/n # 7217149. It has a all black body, manual and book and is in the original box. It still shoots great. I ran some film through it last week. I was wondering if someone could tell me what it was worth. I have no intentions of selling it. I'd just like to know what I have. Is there a place where I can look up the s/n? It has a 28mm f/1.4 lens on it. I also have a Vivitar 50mm 2.8 lens as well as a tamaron 85-250mm lens as well. Scott

2. From : Bill Smith (
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Date : 08:21 AM Sunday 21 August, 2005

This site is the holy grail of information on all things Nikon. I am buying a second F body with the Ftn meter head and the PDF manual will be heavy reading for the next week until I figure out how it all works. My other F body came from my dad's estate and it has the eye level prism, its an early body and now almost an heirloom I am wary taking into certain situations. The back up body is of course the Nikkormat FTn Bill

3. From : John Phillips (
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Date : 11:29 PM Saturday 20 August, 2005

Rick, Thank you very much - your information was exactly what I was looking for. John

4. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:05 PM Saturday 20 August, 2005

Hi John: There is no way to use electronic flash on a Nikon F at speeds faster than 1/60. If you can find them, you can use FP type flash bulbs up to 1/1000 second. The 300/2.8 would be a very good choice, if you're in the market to spend that kind of money for the purpose of shooting high school football games. The cost of speed goes up very fast as the focal length increases. If cost becomes a problem, you might look at a 180-200mm f/2.8 as an alternative, though of course you won't have the same reach with it.

If you are thinking of making an investment on this order, I would suggest picking up a Nikon FM2N body along with the telephoto lens -- the FM2N synchs electronic flash to 1/250 second. Also, if you're going to invest in an f/2.8 telephoto, make sure that your flash offers an f/2.8 AUTO setting for the film speed you plan to use, so you can take advantage of that lens speed and get the longest possible reach with it.

5. From : John Phillips (
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Date : 02:26 PM Saturday 20 August, 2005

Thanks for the great site. I use and enjoy my Nikon F and have been asked to take pictures at the local highschool football games. Two questions: Is there any way to utilize a flash at a faster speed of 1/250 to 1/500 sec.? Would you recommend the 300mm f2.8 lens for this application? Any help or comments would be most appreciated.

6. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 05:13 AM Saturday 20 August, 2005

oh yeah... one other thing about the high light output: even if you do like portraits shot at f/2million, your model won't be able to see for about a month. :)=

7. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 05:11 AM Saturday 20 August, 2005

Hi Rick:

Exploding bulbs was pretty common in the first days of flash photography; they soon began coating the bulbs with a plastic film that essentially solved that, but I still don't want to know if I'd want to pop one off right into someone's face. Flash bulbs pretty much always break on firing, but the pieces are all held together by the plastic coating. They are also very hot afterwards... no touchie.

Another issue is that bulbs put out a LOT of light: they require a slow shutter speed (except for "FP" bulbs which are probably REALLY hard to find by now), and the bulb burns for a very long time, in the end putting out much more light than you're used to with electronic flash. Unless you like portraits shot at about f/2million, real close up shots with bulb flash may not be what you want.

8. From : Rick Quiroga (
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Date : 08:26 AM Friday 19 August, 2005

I would like to thanks the owners of this site, it is a great source of information. I credit it with getting me back into film , the D2H is on the shelf. I recently purchased a Nikon F (1967), a BC-7 flash and some bulbs(FP26). I had the meter repaired and calibrated for the 1.5 volt batteries. If its allowed i will post the repair techs email adress.
Anyone familiar with flashbulb photography? Is it safe to use bulbs for close portrait work? I read somewhere of bulbs exploding was this a common problem? Thanks

9. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 05:28 AM Wednesday 17 August, 2005

Hi Bruce: The purpose of an extension tube is to let the lens focus closer. As you focus your macro lens to a close distance, you will see that the lens moves out away from the camera; to get to its 1:2 magnification limit, a 55mm Micro Nikkor moves forward 27.5mm. If you add another 27.5mm to the distance, by means of an extension tube, the lens will focus in the 1:2 to 1:1 magnification range. rick :)=

10. From : Gordon McGowan (
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Date : 01:51 AM Tuesday 16 August, 2005

Hi Daniella, to use a cable release with your Nikon F you need either a Nikon AR-2 Cable Release which attaches to the internal thread surrounding the shutter release button, or a standard cable release used with a Nikon Cable Release Adapter AR-8. This adapts cable release connectors fitted with Nikon-type mount for operating with cameras having ISO-type tapered thread. Both are still produced and readily available from Nikon dealers and pro photo retails. Best wishes Gordon

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