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1. From : Peter M. Krohn (
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Date : 12:48 AM Tuesday 25 January, 2005

Nikon FTn. When I try to change a lens the pin that couples the FTn to the lens stays stuck inside the FTn housing. To couple a new lens on the camera body I have to remove the FTn and using tweezers pull the pin out and carefully line-up the pin with the slot in the triangular meter coupling prong. Then I can click the new lens in place and all works normally. Might this be a dust or dirt problem? Would you suggest blowing air into the FTn or lubricating it? Might there be a spring inside that is broken? Anyone have a suggestion or info that could rule out certain options? Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.

2. From : praneem subba (
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Date : 04:31 PM Thursday 13 January, 2005

some one please tell me where can i find nikon f 401 user manual,i have recently bought a second hand one n would like to read some thing about it,i am a very new to photography can some one suggest some good website were i can learn things from scratch happy new year P.subba

3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:31 AM Thursday 30 December, 2004

Hi Hans: I'm sure a proper service manual would give you the correct ring position, but I don't have one. If you set it so that it permits travel of the shutter speed ring through the full range of possible speeds and ASA settings, you will probably find that there is not much extra space available beyond that, so this will probably get you close to the original position. At this age, you might also find that you prefer to change it a bit as a way of adjusting it for better accuracy.

4. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:27 AM Thursday 30 December, 2004

Ron, I think your photomic meter needs cleaning. It sounds like the coupling mechanism is sticky and failing to follow the lens downward. rick :)=

5. From : Leandro (
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Date : 06:33 AM Wednesday 29 December, 2004

Concordo com o Decafepa, nao tem maquina melhor que essa !! muitas fotos a todos. !!! bookle

6. From : Ron Drake (
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Date : 12:46 AM Monday 27 December, 2004

I was recently acquired a Nikon F #6754xxx, Nikkor-S 50mm f1.4, with a Photomic T finder. The pin on the finder slips out of the lens coupling prong when I adjust the aperture wider than f2. Am I doing something wrong or does the meter need adjustment? Thanks.

7. From : Hans Boeschoten (
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Date : 11:40 PM Sunday 26 December, 2004

Hello Rick, At last I found some time to continue my working on my ftn finder. I used your drawings, and disasembled the shutter speed knob etc., to be able to clean the on/off/battery-check contacts Doing so the exact position of the ring resistor in relation to the position of te shutter speed knob got lost (stupid, I know...). Is there a way to reconstruct the right position of the ring, e.g. by measuring the electrical resistances (different shutter speeds will correspond to different resistance of the ring), or a certain position in which the ring must be at a certain shutter speed or something else? Or will this adjustment be eventually a matter of trial and error? Hans

8. From : rick (
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Date : 08:51 AM Friday 24 December, 2004

Hi Sarah: If you are not familiar with cameras of this general type, I would recommend that you go to your local library and look for a book on photography (in the US numbering system, this will be around #770). Many helpful ones were written, particularly during the 1970s when photography was at a peak of popularity - since that was about contemporary with the Nikon F, I'd look for a book written in that period for the most useful information.

Once you have read a bit and have an idea of the functions of a 35mm SLR, the URL link above shows what the various controls are on the Nikon F, how they operate and where they are located.... it is pretty much the equivalent of the owner's manual. Note that there are a number of pages, the link only gets you to the beginning. From there the most important thing is to get some film and go out and use the camera; this will be the fastest way to become comfortable with it and learn how to use it. After you have shot a few rolls of film, you will probably begin to have some specific questions which you might then want to come back and ask. Enjoy the experience! You have an extremely good camera with a legendary history. :)=

9. From : Sarah (
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Date : 04:55 AM Wednesday 22 December, 2004

I just inherited an old Nikon F camera from my father. While it came to me with the instructions manual, it is in a somewhat tattered state and not very clear to me. Any suggestions for books or guides to buy to learn how to use this camera? The only book I have managed to locate is the: Magic Lantern Guides Classic Series: Nikon Classic Cameras Vol.1 For F, Nikkormat Series, Fe, Fe2nd Fa-. Would anyone highly suggest this book? I would love to learn how to use this camera because I do a lot of backpacking and some digital photography, yet I know nothing about the orginial film cameras. Any help or suggestions would be highly appreciated! Thanks!

10. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 12:43 AM Monday 13 December, 2004

Hi Brad: Ouch! Yes, it is held by 3 set screws around the edge. If it came apart in your bag, try putting a strong magnet in the bottom of the bag and see if you can find the screws. If you can't find them, the thread size is 1.4mm, they're about 2-3mm long. Micro-Tools ( does list a 1.4 x 3mm set screw, probably not a perfect replacement but it will get you back on the road if you can't find the originals.

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