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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 : Susan Easterly (
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Date : 02:35 AM Friday 24 September, 2004

Hello, out there. I recently inherited a Nikon F with a slew of attachments that I have no understanding of, since I am digital-cameral girl. I will probably sell this camera, but I don't even know what half the things do in the case, but there are instruction sheets for many. So perhaps someone out there can tell me what I have? Should I keep it? Any estimates on what I have? I have not tried the camera, but I assume it still works. All the attachment cases are in what I would describe as mint condition, and I see no scratches on the lenses - or the camera for that matter! The large leather case does show signs of wear at the seams, but it's still really awesome. I even found old unused film from 1962-63. I found a canister of shot film in there, too! It's like opening a time warp! Groovy! I don't even know how to find the identifications for some of the stuff. Here goes:

Nikon F serial 6414954
Instruction Manual
Protector (bottom and top)
Lens No. 531967
Photoelectric Exposure Meter for Nikon F with pamphlet
Minicam Twinklite 35 Miniature Electronic Flash with pamphlet
Minicam power pack for 240 v battery (cord has rotted)
Minicam synchro-cord
Minicam AC line cord
Waist Level Finder for Nikon F with leather case, velvet cloth, and pamplet
Nikon charge tester with leather case
Extension tubes for Nikon F with leather case and pamplet
Sekonic ? something with a meter with leather case
Big ol' Nikkor-Q Lens #723263 with leather case
Walz yellow filter in plastic case
Minori blower brush lens cleaner in plastic case
Minolta 16 - Is this another camera???
Large brown leather camera case to hold all the stuff!

2. From : tom (
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Date : 01:37 AM Friday 24 September, 2004

Hi, having a bit of a problem with mounting a nikkor F 50mm 1/1.8 on my FE. When the lens clicks into place the apperture is set to maximal and will not change if I turn the ring! Any ideas? Tom

3. From : Hans Boeschoten (
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Date : 11:14 PM Saturday 11 September, 2004

Hello Rick,Thanks for your reaction. I just tried to find out if there is a short-circuit, but I don´t think this is the case: the batteries stay cool. Some more information: the battery-check runs normal (the indicator needle goes to the middle of the scale, just as the manual describes). Further: the finder has always functioned properly since new (my father bought it new), just until this problem occurred. The problem occurred after I replaced the batteries for new ones, but not immediately after this, perhaps one or two years after (I don´t know exactly if the problem occurred at once or slowly, because in that period I made use of an electronic flash unit that measured the amount of light itself. When I removed the flash the problem showed up). The batteries must be the right type: 2x PX625A alkaline cell.
Furthermore I wrote that the meter needle went to the left but I meant to the right side (where it is when the meter is switched off) Perhaps this information is useful and I hope it helps to solve the problem. Hans

4. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:46 PM Friday 10 September, 2004

Hans, I wonder if your meter might have a short circuit that's draining the battery. If you remove the battery immediately after the meter drops to zero, is the battery hot?

5. From : Hans Boeschoten (
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Date : 05:40 PM Wednesday 08 September, 2004

Hello, fellow-FTn-users, -mechanics, Is there anyone who can tell me more about the following problem with my FTN-meter: when switching it on the meter indicates well, but within a few seconds the indicator needle returns slowly to its original position (left), just as if there is no light anymore. What could be the cause of this problem ? Is it (easily?) repairable or are there hard-to-get-parts to be exchanged? Thanks for your response, Hans

6. From : Walter (
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Date : 12:01 PM Tuesday 07 September, 2004

In 1956, I purchased a Nikon S2 camera, in Hong Kong, At woods Photo, on Nathan Road. I returned back to Afghanistan, during that period (Located in the SW part of the country, starting from Kandahar, and went due West to the Iranian Border. I worked and lived in hat region for some time. During that period, I havbe taken many pictures, throughtout the region. I have hundreds of slides. The slides were converted to photos. The photos were extremely clear, no distorations, I contribute all of my good fortune in picture taking to the GREAT NIKKOR LENSES.

THE S2 camera is in mint condition at present. I am seeking a leather case for this camera, it has the bottome section, whereas the front cover was lost many yrs. ago...HELP, HELP.

7. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 11:20 PM Monday 30 August, 2004

Hi Nick: The 53mm ring is only for filters, it does not relate to the camera body. If you have AI or AIS series lenses, they will work on any manual focus Nikon body; if you have earlier, non-AI lenses, you may want to have them modified or replace them with later lenses to allow normal metering with later cameras such as the F3 or anything in the FM or FE series. The attached URL may help you determine which lens type(s) you have.

8. From : nick (
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Date : 01:04 AM Saturday 28 August, 2004

My F-2 Photomic fell apart. How may I be able to use its lenses on cameras with different-sized (not 52mm)rigs? Are adapters of some sort available?

9. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:41 PM Wednesday 11 August, 2004

Hi Cliff: Your meter problem could be related to battery voltage. A few years ago, the original mercury batteries that the FTn was designed for became unavailable due to environmental problems with the mercury. The most common battery now available in the 625 size is an alkaline cell, which (when fresh) gives 1.5v rather than the corect 1.35 from the mercury cell. In addition, the alkaline cells do not hold a constant voltage over their service life, which means that your meter readings may drift as the batteries age. Try the solution at the attached URL link and see if this brings your readings back to normal. rick :)=

10. From : Cliff Skarstedt (
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Date : 04:36 AM Wednesday 04 August, 2004

I am the owner of two Nikon F/Photomic FTN Meter cameras that I use in tandem to take 3D slides. Both cameras -- used only two to three times per year -- continue to operate flawlessly and produce consistently excellent results.

However, some time during the past two to three years, the meter readings have shifted to the extent that, using 200ASA film, I have to set the ASA calibration of the meters in the range 80 to 100ASA to get properly exposed slides. Otherwise, as I learned to my chagrin two years ago during an important family "shoot", all my slides came out on the dark side. Has anyone had a similar experience? Have my meters entered the twilight zone of old age, with even direr shifts to follow? I would like to continue to use my Nikon system for producing 3D slides for at least another 10 years, by which time, statistically, I will be the one due to expire! Regards, Cliff

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