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1. From : rick oleson (rick_oleson@yahoo.com)
Url : http://rick_oleson.tripod.com
Date : 12:15 PM Thursday 25 December, 2003

Thanks Gordon! That's much better than my vague recollection of folklore! rick :)=


2. From : Gordon Ho (vrhdb@yahoo.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:45 PM Tuesday 23 December, 2003

Here's a list matching the first 3 digits of the F's serial number and the approximate time period it was manufactured. Note that some of the periods overlapped.

640 (04/59-01/60); 641 (01/60-08/60); 642 (07/60-01/61); 643 (11/60-04/61); 644 (04/61-08/61); 645 (09/61-02/62); 646 (01/62-09/62); 647 (06/62-12/62); 648 (10/62-02/63); 649 (02/63-06/63); 650 (05/63-09/63); 651 (08/63-12/63); 652 (11/63-02/64); 653 (01/64-02/64); 654 (04/64-06/64); 655 (05/64-09/64); 656 (08/64-12/64); 657 (10/64-01/65); 658 (12/64-04/65); 659 (03/65-05/65); 660 (05/65-06/65); 661-669 (not used); 670 (06/65-09/65); 671 (07/65-10/65); 672 (10/65-12/65); 673 (12/65-03/66); 674 (02/66-05/66); 675 (05/66-07/66); 676 (07/66-09/66); 677 (09/66-11/66); 678 (11/66-01/67); 679 (12/66-03/67); 680 (02/67-04/67); 681 (04/67-06/67); 682 (05/67-08/67); 683 (07/67-09/67); 684 (08/67-10/67); 685 (10/67-12/67); 686 (11/67-01/68); 687 (12/67-03/68); 688 (02/68-04/68); 689 (04/68-05/68); 690 (05/68-07/68); 691 (05/68-08/68); 692 (06/68-10/68); 693 (08/68-10/68); 694 (09/68-01/69); 695 (11/68-02/69); 696 (01/69-02/69); 697 (02/69-03/69); 698 (03/69-05/69); 699 (04/69-06/69); 700 (05/69-07/69); 701 (06/69-09/69); 702 (08/69-09/69); 703 (09/69-10/69); 704 (09/69-11/69); 705 (11/69-12/69); 706 (12/69-01/70); 707 (01/70-03/70); 708 (02/70-04/70); 709 (03/70-05/70); 710 (03/70-06/70); 711 (04/70-07/70); 712 (06/70-08/70); 713 (08/70-09/70); 714 (08/70-10/70); 715 (08/70-10/70); 716 (10/70-11/70); 717 (10/70-12/70); 718 (11/70-01/71); 719 (12/70-02/71); 720 (01/71-03/71); 721 (02/71-04/71); 722 (03/71-04/71); 723 (03/71-05/71); 724 (04/71-07/71); 725 (04/71-11/71); 726 (06/71-01/72); 727 (07/71-01/72); 728 (10/71-02/72); 729 (10/71-02/72); 730 (11/71-08/72); 731 (01/72-08/72); 732 (01/72-09/72); 733 (03/72-07/72); 734 (03/72-10/72); 735 (06/72-11/72); 736 (08/72-01/73); 737 (10/72-01/73); 738 (11/72-02/73); 739 (01/73-02/73); 740 (02/73-04/73); 741 (03/73-07/73); 742 (04/73-07/73); 743 (06/73-08/73); 744 (07/73-09/73); 745 (09/73-10/73).


3. From : martin (ROCKYCO29@AOL.COM)
Url : http://
Date : 02:07 PM Tuesday 23 December, 2003

I have just recently discovered a Nikon F that was willed to me upon my cousins death. It is a very early model, and when inspecting it I discovered it to be in excellent condition, however i have a questions to anyone who knows, as i am very ignorant about this camera. Where is the light meter? Is there not one? Do I use just a "standard" light meter? I am sorry, i am used to an old Canon AE 1 that works for me great, and gives me information within the camera on what to set the apeture at. I really do like this Nikon though and am going to start to experiment with it, however just need some questions from some of you experts out here. Thank you. Martin


4. From : ANTHONY BONELLO (bonelloag@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 09:23 AM Wednesday 17 December, 2003

hello all,would anybody have a -1 diopter for a ftn for sale or knows where I can get one.Thank you, signed eyes getting old can't focus anymore


5. From : rick oleson (rick_oleson@yahoo.com)
Url : http://rick_oleson.tripod.com
Date : 01:21 PM Saturday 13 December, 2003

Hi Harry: Here's my recollection/understanding about Nikon F serial numbers: The earliest Nikon F numbers started with 64. This wasn't supposed to indicate the year (it was 1959, after all), it was just the number series chosen. However, after 1964, the second digit was changed each year so that numbers from 65xxx up correspond to manufacture year. I'm not sure if this is true or one of those myths I've come to believe out of repeated exposure, but that's how I recall it. The numbers I've seen would seem to bear it out, at least in general terms. rick :)=


6. From : harry taynor (htaynor@pf.ueo.ohio-state.edu)
Url : http://
Date : 04:33 AM Saturday 13 December, 2003

can one date the age of nikon f by the first ,two numbers in the seial number thanks


7. From : rick oleson (rick_oleson@yahoo.com)
Url : http://rick_oleson.tripod.com
Date : 05:04 AM Monday 08 December, 2003

Friends with items for sale, please note: This page is intended for questions and answers regarding Nikon cameras. There is a page on this site for the purpose of posting your advertisements, either offering to sell or to buy, at no charge. Please go to http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/ftz/index.php3 to post your advertisements. Thanks very much. rick :)=


8. From : J.A.B. (BISLEY32MAG@AOL.COM)
Url : http://
Date : 02:08 PM Sunday 07 December, 2003

Any interest in a mint condition,as new and unused Limited Edition Nikon F2A (25 Anniversary!) In original packaging complete with all papers,booklets and 25 Anniversary registration card.Serial #F2 800XXXX.Special 25 Anniversary serial # is 25-1XXX Please contact me through e-mail if you would like more information.Thank you


9. From : Peter bedo (pbedo@vodafone.hu)
Url : http://
Date : 01:33 AM Tuesday 25 November, 2003

Hi, if anyone would be interested in buying a nice user-grade black Nikon F with the plain eye-level prism finder, please contact me! And thanks for this great site, I learned a LOT about Nikon cameras reading these pages!


10. From : rick oleson (rick_oleson@yahoo.com)
Url : http://rick_oleson.tripod.com
Date : 09:43 PM Tuesday 18 November, 2003

Hi Anthony: You probably just need to get a -1 eyepiece lens. An easy way to check is to see if you can focus the camera comfortably with your eyeglasses on (ignoring problems seeing the edges of the frame for the moment). If you can, then you need a diopter of the same power as your eyeglass prescription (presumably this is -1, but you should check with your optometrist on that to be sure). If you have astigmatism, this cannot be corrected in an eyepiece lens, so the best you can get may not be quite as good as your glasses.

Camera eyepieces generally have about a -1 power built into them. Another way of saying this is to say that they are focused at about 1 meter from your eye... so whatever eyeglass correction you may use to see comfortably at that distance will be good for your eyepiece. This can be a problem for those of us with bifocals, as usually neither the far nor the near part of the eyeglass lens is adjusted for that distance. trifocals or progressive lenses are much better for camera users who wear their glasses to shoot. Probably your best bet to find the eyepiece lens will be to watch eBay auctions and check the miscellaneous-used-stuff sections of larger camera stores; you might find something at KEH.com, or a large local store. Another thing that makes a difference is your focusing screen: a split-image central focusing aid is usable with less than perfect vision, whereas a microprism of a plain groundglass screen becomes virtually useless if you can't focus on it sharply. best of luck.... rick :)=


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