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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 : Joel Balogh (
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Date : 06:07 AM Thursday 24 July, 2003

I have a Nikon F camera which no longer trips the flash gun which is attached to the re-wind knob. Would a general cleaning clear this up. I have owned this camera for 20 years and it has never been cleaned. It was second-hand when I bought it from the previous owner. Your suggestions are welcome. Joel Balogh

2. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:26 PM Tuesday 22 July, 2003

Hi Richard: The repair services do repairs as well as cleaning, although you'd be surprised how often cleaning is the only repair needed. If the resistors are really shot though, I don't know if anyone can get a new one. Racking the aperture ring back & forth does tend to keep it clean, but it also wears the surface. Ideally, I guess you'd like to get a camera that was never used much, and then use it regularly but not excessively to keep it clean without wearing it out. Remember too, that although these do wear out, the Nikons were designed to survive a lot of use before giving up. I wouldn't call this a weak point in the design when they start getting tired after 30 years or so.... but the rest of the camera is so robust that this is going to be the first thing to go. rick :)=

3. From : Richard (
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Date : 06:01 PM Tuesday 22 July, 2003

Hi Rick, Thanks for your note, very helpful!
Based on what you say, I assume that the various “repair” services you see advertised, like
are no more than a cleaning service, not really a repair service?? Your remark on “racking the aperture ring back & forth”: am I correct that this will help keep the resistor clean and free of deposits / corrosion? Or is it completely the opposite: racking the aperture ring back & forth will only cause more wearing and defects?? Richard

4. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 01:34 AM Friday 18 July, 2003

Hi Richard: I can't speak from experience on the F2. As for the FTN prism, yes, it is prone to having the variable resistor wear out, as are pretty much all Nikons I'm familiar with (so an F2 may not change things that much). Some of the ones that people think are worn out are just dirty. The symptoms are the same, basically a jumpy meter needle. You can get it cleaned every few years as required, and when it finally gives up it's probably over.

If you have one that works smoothly now, it's probably good for at least the next five years or so, depending on how constantly you rack the aperture ring back & forth over that time. you might also consider that F's tend to be less expensive to buy and replace than F2's, and that the early F2's had reliability problems of their own.... rick :)=

5. From : Richard (
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Date : 10:35 PM Tuesday 15 July, 2003

I can't make my mind up between buying a F or a F2: I'd prefer a F, but I hear such horror stories about the reliability of the FTN prism which makes me consider the (supposedly) more reliable F2. Would welcome any feedback:

- how real is the risk of a currently perfectly working FTN prism breaking down / becoming erratic?
- Has anyone experience with repair or sourcing a replacement prism, what costs should one expect? Thanks, Richard

6. From : Paul (
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Date : 02:59 AM Monday 14 July, 2003

Looking for a new F2 to purchase. I know "lots fo luck".........

7. From : John Smith (
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Date : 12:02 AM Sunday 13 July, 2003

Looking to purchase penta prisms for my two Nikon F cameras. My FTN Finders have gone down. John

8. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:35 PM Tuesday 01 July, 2003

Hi Jeroen: I have found 2 different versions of the T finder, one with ASA 10-1600 and the other with ASA 25-6400. The change between the two appears to have occurred around serial number 800,000. rick :)=

9. From : Steve (
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Date : 08:30 AM Monday 30 June, 2003

What is the modern day equivalent of a Nikon F with Photomic FTn "viewfinder rubber eyepiece"? I can't seem to find one anywhere. Thanks in advance.

10. From : Jeroen "momentenzorg" (
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Date : 05:10 PM Sunday 29 June, 2003

Hello there, I believe I have complimented you about your camera and photography pages before, so I will skip that part :-) On your Nikon F-pages, you state that the Nikon F Photomic T reads ASA values from 10 to 1600. However, the dial on my '65 T finder reads up to 6400. Is this an error or a variety? Mind you - it is certainly not an FTN finder. Greetings, Jeroen

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