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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 : rick oleson (
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Date : 01:11 PM Thursday 11 March, 2004

Jorg: thank heaven! caught you just in time! :)=

2. From : Jörg Sander (
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Date : 03:02 AM Monday 08 March, 2004

Sometimes things happen just the right time... Some months ago I changed to digital photography. Therefore I had to get rid of my old Nikon F2 equipment, I bought 2nd hand in 1979. Just to get some information about "the market" I hit your website. There are a lot of Nikon- websites, but never before have I come upon a page like yours: appealing, very sympathetic and above all with crisp and clear information just a little different from the others. I must have been crazy to even think about selling my trusty F2S. Your site "brought me back", what I am looking for now is a 4,5/80-200 classic zoom for manual photography besides the digital thing.... Thanks again and keep going! Jörg Sander

3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 03:15 AM Friday 05 March, 2004

hi bill: at the above Url link are some notes on disassembly of photomic prisms. the sketches for the Ftn are linked at the bottom of the page. rick :)=

4. From : Bill Carnell (
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Date : 01:47 AM Thursday 04 March, 2004

My FTN meter does not work. Battery is OK. I understand that bad contacts around the battery case could be the problem. Also it might be the carbon resistor. Do you know where I could get information on checking to find the problem or repair shops dealing with this problem. Thank you, Bill C.

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 09:34 PM Monday 01 March, 2004

Hi Kate: There is a small silver button on the back, to the left of the eyepiece. Press this button in firmly to release the viewfinder. On the earlier Photomic models, this is all you have to do; on the FTN finder, there are also a pair of large levers on either side of the front panel of the prism that you must squeeze inward as you lift the finder away from the body. Pressing the small button on the back also releases the focusing screen, so be careful not to let that get away from you. rick :)=

6. From : Kate Gilmore (
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Date : 06:09 AM Sunday 29 February, 2004

I have an early 1960s Nikon F Photomic. My light meter battery is dead, I have bought a replacement, but can't figure out how to change the battery. I live in the boondocks of Texas and the nearest camera repair shop is nearly 3 hours away. Does anyone know how exactly to remove the finder so I can change the battery? Thanks.

7. From : Mr. Q (
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Date : 02:19 PM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

Love your Nikon website. It is the best on the internet! I just started playing old Nikon cameras, but got a trick question here, Would appreciate it if you could give me some information. For Nikon F, F2 those cameras which have interchangable prisms, is there any relationship between the serial # of the prism and the body? For example, I know Nikon F body's serial # starts from 6400001, then what is the serial # of the first eyelevel prism finder? If a Nikon F body has a serial #, say, 6412345, what should be the serial # of the prism which originally came with the body? Is there a way to tell whether a prism was the original prism came with the body or it is a later replaced one? Thanks! Mr. Q.

8. From : Danny Szpiro (
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Date : 11:53 PM Friday 02 January, 2004

Hi, I just got an eye-level finder for my Nikon F. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to want to go down into the finder cavity far enough for the three pins to engage the sliding locks. I can see the release button depressing as I put the finder in place, but it must be a fraction of a millimeter to short to make everything lock into place. The finder appears to be as far into the cavity as possible as the edges of the metal cap are resting on the top plate of the camera. I cannot see any adjustment on the finder to allow the cap to be shifted up so as to allow it to go further into the cavity. Any thoughts? Any advice on how to adjust the cap? Thanks in advance, Danny

9. From : CHAGUE (
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Date : 12:56 AM Sunday 28 December, 2003

Hello, i'm looking for the original finder eye cup for my Nikon F(Tn) bought in 1968 by my father. I lost it stupidly during a wedding.
It has an original form like an almond and match perfectly the face. I live in France. Regards Jef

10. From : Rob Hare (
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Date : 06:44 AM Friday 26 December, 2003

Hi, Does anyone have information on how to synchronize a Nikon F body and F36 motor? I have the motor plate, but I need to know how to make the adjustments needed to get the drive & camera working together correctly. Thanks, Rob

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