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1. From : mike glenn (
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Date : 08:05 AM Tuesday 30 August, 2011

I have a Nikkormat FT 4279080

Lense is a, Nikkor N Auto 1 2.8 f=24mm 333413

is this a wide angle lense? please can anyone tell me what this camera is worth?

thank you, mike

2. From : Melody (
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Date : 04:28 AM Friday 29 July, 2011

I have a Nikkor F photomic camera with a 55mm 1.2 nippon kogaku lens. I have listed it on ebay for cheap and have gotten quite a bit of interest which made me wonder if it was worth more than I thought. I don't know if anyone has the time to let me know what the worth might be? It's in good, working condition, with cosmetic wear. The prism on the front says Nikkor, not Nikon and the same engraving is underneath it. Thanks so much!

3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 12:09 PM Saturday 04 June, 2011

Hi Bill:

It's late at night and maybe I'm not thinking clearly... I can't think of a reason for the aperture scale on the shutter speed dial to be reversed from one camera to another, it seems that would cause problems. If you've got one, obviously there was a way that it worked out okay. Perhaps the numbers on the ASA scale went in opposite directions on those 2 cameras?

The purpose of that scale is for you to tell the light meter what the maximum aperture of the lens is. With TTL metering (which was a brand new problem with the T finder), the light meter is seeing the light coming through the lens - in the case of the Nikons, the lens is at full-open aperture for viewing and metering. The early Nikons had no internal linkages to do that, the meter-coupling fork on the lens is mounted at f/5.6 regardless of the top speed of the lens... so if your meter is looking through an f/2 lens, it's seeing twice as much light as it would be through an f/2.8 under the same conditions. Some cameras had 2 dials, one to set ASA and a second to set your lens speed... in the Nikon this was combined so that you set your ASA number against the index of the speed of your lens.

Either way, the important thing to remember is that you must CHANGE this setting whenever you change lenses, unless your lenses are all the same speed. If you forget, your exposures will be off. This process was semi-automated in the FTN finder, with which you racked the lens back and forth through all apertures immediately after mounting and this set the meter to match the lens. It was not fully automated until the AI system was introduced in 1977.

4. From : Bill Lucas (
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Date : 04:01 AM Saturday 21 May, 2011

Question on Photomic T Finder.
When lifting the milled ring to set ASA film speed I noticed the f stops engraved on the edge are opposite from those pictured in the instruction manual. The manual shows 4.5 to 1.4 left to right whereas my ring is 1.4 to 4.5. Also, this is not easily set as the lifting and turning is sloppy; and advice?
Is the instruction manual photo reversed or am I in the mirror universe?
What exactly does this accomplish - some sort of diaphragm adjustment?

5. From : mike Palus (
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Date : 02:41 AM Saturday 12 March, 2011

I have a early Nikon F built in 1964 with photomic meter, the cover for the meter itself is brass, Do you have any information on meters with a brass cover? Thanks Mike

6. From : Giorgio (
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Date : 03:20 PM Thursday 03 March, 2011

I inherited many years ago a Nikon F Photomic with a round meter window in front of the shutter speed dial and comes with a lever that covers the meter when not in use like a flag. This is a very rare model. The serial number of the body is 64720-- and comes with an original Nikkor-S Auto 1:1.4 f=50mm lens, serial number 322415. If anybody interested, I want to sell my camera. It is in pretty condition, with its original Nikon Leather case. Made probably in 1962

7. From : Anthony Bonello (
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Date : 09:33 AM Thursday 17 February, 2011

Hello I have a nikon ftn with a number of lenses.I was just made a gift of a nikon d90.Two of the lenses I would very much like to keep and use are a 105 and a 55 macro. how can Nikon F lenses be used on a d90 I have tried them on different settings still no luck Do they need to be modified? Please help.

8. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:55 AM Thursday 09 December, 2010

Hi Emily:

Batteries can be a bit of a problem any more. I believe that the Photomic was made to use a pair of #625 mercury cells. These are no longer made because of the toxic mercury in them. An alkaline cell, #625A, is made by Duracell and others and can be found at department stores pretty easily. I would not trust the meter for fine accuracy (such as shooting slide film) with alkaline batteries, but this is the easiest approach if you don't have to be too picky about the exposures (they will drift off in both directions over the life of the batteries).

Other, more accurate solutions include zinc/air #675 cells, which are a bit small and will need some sort of spacer to make them fit; zinc/air Wein cells, which will fit and be accurate but cost much more than the #675 hearing aid batteries; CRIS adapters which hold an S76 silver cell, make it fit properly and also adjust its voltage to give correct readings in place of the mercury cell; and some others. The URL above will take you to a page that explains a number of possibilities.

9. From : Emily (
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Date : 07:44 AM Saturday 04 December, 2010

I have a Nikon F Photomic Ftn (i think its ftn) and I was wondering where I'd find batteries for it?

10. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 07:01 AM Monday 08 November, 2010

Hi Luis:

I've seen a list of serial numbers but don't have it handy .... but a 72xxx number is late, after 1970 I'm pretty sure.

Just looked at your listing: the camera is not a Photomic T, it's a Photomic FTN, the last version of the Photomic meter. The camera is the last series before the "Apollo" models which came out at the very end (they had a plastic wind lever tip and self timer lever). It's a beautiful example. Search eBay for black Nikon FTN's, and click "completed auctions" to see actual selling prices.

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