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1. From : knpiyer -Bangalore City: INDIA (
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Date : 09:33 PM Saturday 24 July, 2004

Dear Friend, God Bless us all with goodness & happiness to all I am the proud owner of NIKON F: Photomac FTN(SLR) Camera with 4 Lenses of F:1.4, F:2.8 24mm F:2.8 135mm F4.5 80-200mm(AI) all Nikon original Lenses. This camera gave me an excellant Photos of outstanding quality Pictures. Only thing is bit heavy in carying and handling but it is solid a quality Camera and Iam proud of it and no other camera will matach the product. I have Nikon FM2 N (new) but very light and is OK and I can use all these lenses with this new camera. Thnaks for your innovative ideas in producing this superb Camera Nikon F (Photomac) FTN. Thanking you and wish you many more achievements. KNP Iyer -Member PSA/IFPO/FIP(India).

2. From : kim (
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Date : 09:30 AM Saturday 24 July, 2004

hi, I have question. I have Nikon F Photomic (not T, TN or FTN). Because exposure meter do not work, I should replace worn out bettery. But I can't find battery chamber. I have manuals for FTN and F but they are different from photomic. Could you help me to find battery chamber?

3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:35 PM Tuesday 29 June, 2004

Hi Chad: It sounds like your older Nikon meters are reading 2 stops high (reading f/11 when other meters read f/5.6). This would be consistent with too high a voltage at the battery rather than too low. If the meters were reading low instead of high, it would seem like a good chance that they may have been recalibrated for higher voltage than the Wein cells are producing. rick :)=

4. From : Chad Cook (
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Date : 02:14 AM Sunday 27 June, 2004

My girlfriend recently acquired a Nikon F with a Photomic FTn finder as well as a Nikkormat FTn and a variety of Nikkor lenses. The equipment had been sitting unused for MANY years and looked somewhat neglected. I have cleaned all of the eqipment up and once the layers of dirt were removed, it seems to function well. All shutter speeds seem correct. I have run film through both cameras and got great results. My question is in regards to the metering systems. I purchased and installed Wein 1.35V cells in both cameras. The meter seems functional, but reads nearly exactly two stops off (low) when compared to my Nikon F100, Nikon N80, (both set to center weighted metering) and Pentax K1000. For example, with all cameras set to ASA/ISO 100, the Nikon F Photomic FTn and the Nikkormat FTn will indicate a proper exposure of 1/125 and f/11 while all other cameras indicate a proper exposure of 1/125 and f/5.6. This 2 stop error is consistent metering a grey card, a white wall, or any other scene. Finally, if I drop the ASA/ISO setting by two stops on the older Nikons, they read essentially the same as all of the other cameras. Any ideas?? My only suspicion is that the meters had already been re-calibrated to use 1.5V 625 alkaline cells. Does this seem at all logical?? Thank you very much for any assistance.

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:22 AM Saturday 05 June, 2004

Excellent choice, Pixie. The cable release attaches in the normal place, on top of the shutter release button. The problem is that it requires either a special cable release or an adapter: on the Nikon F the cable screws down over a large thread around the bottom of the shutter release button, inside the A/R collar. The easy, cheap and flexible solution is an adapter which screws down over the shutter release and has a hole in the top which is threaded for a normal cable release. You can find these at most camera stores, or at an online store like rick :)=

6. From : Pixie (
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Date : 06:05 AM Saturday 05 June, 2004

I just picked up a Nikon F for a photography class. My mother had one many years ago, but never used several of the features. I am having serious trouble finding out where the shutter release cable thing can be attached for use in the B-setting. I'm very new to photography, so please excuse the lack of vocabulary knowledge. thank you!

7. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 12:14 AM Wednesday 02 June, 2004

Hi Phets: The Nikon F does not require batteries to work. If your viewfinder prism has a meter built into it (the huge ones with a shutter speed knob built onto the side), then the meter requires batteries which go into the prism. If you have a plain prism (the small one with a point on top), then there is no place to put a battery. Nikon F prisms have to be seated fully down in order to latch, they didn't design any play into the system to allow for a little part-to-part variation: I have to give mine a pretty good whack on top to get it to lock in. rick :)=

8. From : phets (
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Date : 08:49 PM Monday 31 May, 2004

Just found for free a nikon f w/ removable viewfinder that seems to be loose. Everything else seems to be ok: shutters, levers, etc. I do not have a lense yet nor batteries (if needed). Is this camera truly "manual" that does not require a battery. What other checks do i need to do to see if it works?

9. From : Jamie (
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Date : 09:14 PM Wednesday 26 May, 2004

Hi All: I have a Nikon F Body Black and two lenses - Nikkor-P Auto 1:2.5 f=105mm and Nikkor - NC Auto 1.28 f=24mm. Could anyone tell me what these might be worth if I sold them? Thanks for any help you can give me Jamie

10. From : Leroy Haynes (
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Date : 12:04 PM Wednesday 26 May, 2004

I own a Nikon F (Nippon it has photomic F view finder however I can-not use any other view finder with this camera. And the view finder is lose does not fit tight like my other nikon F my qwestion is why.

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