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1. From : rick (
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Date : 10:21 AM Thursday 21 April, 2005

Hi Marion: The best I can do at the moment is based on information I found at the Nikon Historical Society website; your serial number is in a block that was manufactured between 1968 and 1971. Nikon did not intentionally match the first 2 digits of the F serial number to the year, but from about 1965 on this was almost how the numbers came out anyway. This was late in F production; the camera was made from 1959 to 1974, and after 1971 it was in decline in the presence of the newer F2.

2. From : Marion Banuelos (
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Date : 02:11 AM Wednesday 20 April, 2005

Twenty five years ago my son gave me a F Nikor Ser#7032060 with a Nikkor-S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mmNippon Kkogaku Japan No.728602. It was beat up and looked liked its been in "combat" I have keep it on a book shelf ever since. I was in Yokosuka,Japan in 1950 and bought my first Nikon then. Unfortunately it was lost in a storm 1983 Alicia. Can you give me any infomation on this camera? The year it was made and any thing else you may have. Best Reguards Marion Kidd Banuelos

3. From : M. Currie (
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Date : 12:07 PM Thursday 14 April, 2005

Norman, for the stuck Vivitar extender, it may depend a little on what model extender and lens you have. The latch consists of a little pin in the extender that sets into a notch in the face of the lens mount. It does not go very deep, so it might be possible to use a small blade such as an Xacto knife, to reach in between the extender and the lens, and push that pin back. This will be easier if the lens is an AI or later. On pre-AI lenses the aperture ring extends further back, and covers the area you want to get into. Depending on the extender, there might even be a little of the pin showing under the release tab, and you might be able to get a purchase on it there with a knife or jeweler's screwdriver. I had an extension tube with a similar problem, and was able to get it off prying on that little bit of exposed pin.

Before you do this, make sure the lens is properly mounted on the extender, and that it hasn't somehow been rotated the wrong way and jammed.

You should also try wiggling the lens back and forth a little as you try to operate the latch, in the hope that it will unload the pin enough to allow the latch to work. Cheap accessories often have rough-operating latches that bind.

FTn meters can be recalibrated to run on silver-oxide or alkaline batteries, which is probably the best bet if you intend to use it a lot or keep it for a long time. If you have another reliable meter to use as a standard you can also simply install the batteries, and then offset the ASA dial until the meter agrees with that one. Make a note of the offset. The dial is marked in 1/3 stops, but detented in 1/6 stops. Count the notches. If the meter is accurate by setting it at ASA 50 when shooting 100 (one stop, 6 notches), it will work at ASA 200 when shooting 400 and so on. The battery indicator will be off, but it will work.

4. From : Norman De (
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Date : 10:17 PM Friday 08 April, 2005

I have just acquired an eye level finder for my Nikon F. It is in generally nice condition but it rattles (the prism is loose). How do I fix this please? It also needs a clean (internal dust) - how does it dismantle (do you need to remove the leatherette to get at any covered screws)? Thanks for any help, Norman

5. From : Bob P. (
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Date : 04:45 AM Sunday 03 April, 2005

I have an F and need batteries for the meter. Any advice? also, I have a Vivitar 2x extender which I can't remove from a lens. The release button does not seem to be working. Any advice as to how to remedy this. Thanks

6. From : Bob P. (
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Date : 04:44 AM Sunday 03 April, 2005

I have an F and need batteries for the meter. Any advice? also, I have a Vivitar 2x extender which I can't remove from a lens. The release button does not seem to be working. Any advice as to how to remedy this. Thanks

7. From : 1of57MM (
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Date : 02:16 AM Wednesday 23 March, 2005

I had a Nikon F w/Photomic FTn finder in 1968. Sold it in 1970 to buy a motorcycle. Bad move. I just bought a used F4s #23_______. Both bodies smell the same!! Why would this be? Smell is the strongest of the memory senses and as soon as I held the F4s to my eye, I recognized the smell of the F. Do F bodies use the same lube oil, paint across time?

8. From : Co-developer (
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Date : 12:07 AM Wednesday 09 March, 2005

To those who may be interested: The new Nikon F5 site is opened for preview now:
The section has included some newer AF Micro-Nikkor optics at the MACRO segment (lacks good macro photos to bright up the pages, but I am talking to some for contributions). A dedicated Message Board is also provided. Enjoy.

9. From : Jeffrey C. Lynn (
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Date : 07:53 AM Tuesday 08 March, 2005

Hello, I have a a Nikon Ftn.The number on the body is 6994760, the number on the meter is 513095, I need to replace the batteries and wuold like to know the type needed. If anyone can help I would be greatful. This is one of my first Nikons and I would sure love to use it aagain. Thank you, Jeffrey C. Lynn

10. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 01:24 AM Friday 04 March, 2005

Hi Alex: I don't know of any new meters made to fit the Nikon F; since the F has not been manufactured now for over 30 years, it would not seem to make much sense as a business proposition. However, you may be able to find a good working Photomic prism, or have yours repaired; or you could use a separate, hand-held meter. :)=

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