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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 : 03:43 AM Wednesday 25 June, 2003

Hi Leo: Nikon F values vary a lot based on condition, serial number and phase of the moon; yours is probably in the $150 to $300 range or so, it's hard to pin it down much better than that. Gregory, are you sure that your F has a cloth shutter? the titanium shutter in the nikon F is designed as a curtain on rollers like a cloth shutter, it doesn't look like the blades in an FM2. the titanium has a sort of rectangular quilted pattern embossed in it and is otherwise smooth and black. rick :)=

2. From : Leo (
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Date : 07:20 AM Saturday 21 June, 2003

I just got a Nikon F from my dad. Just had it cleaned and brand new foam seals put on it. Does anybody know how much this thing is worth? Has a 55mm lense too and black prism top. Thankss.

3. From : Gregory Stebbins (
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Date : 11:03 PM Friday 13 June, 2003

I have a question. New F owner. Comming from a early FM2. My F has a clothe shutter. This is fine but the literature seems to indicate a Ti shutter for the F. Why do I have a cloth shutter?

4. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 08:31 PM Wednesday 04 June, 2003

hi richard: you can try having your FTN prism cleaned; there is a large variable resistor in the prism that causes bad connections and a jumpy or dead meter needle when it gets dirty. After 29 years though, it's possible that the resistor is just worn out, in which case the easy solution would be to buy another FTN prism to put on the camera. Of course, the one you buy would also be at least 29 years old, so it may wear out soon too, and it won't be real cheap, since good-working F meters are getting fewer in number as the years pass. i don't believe there are any new replacement parts available any longer for the resistor. Of course, there are always hand-held meters.... rick :)=

5. From : Richard (
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Date : 11:07 AM Sunday 01 June, 2003

I bought my Nikon FTN new in 1974. It is serial number 74xxxxx. The light meter has become very unreliable. Any ideas on what I can do?

6. From : Connor (
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Date : 10:09 PM Thursday 29 May, 2003

Does anyone know where i can get a hold of a fish-eye for the nikon f., Thanks -Connor

7. From : JWoods (
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Date : 06:22 PM Tuesday 27 May, 2003

BC-7 ? I think there is a BC-3/5 earlier. Here is leo's articles relating to the original old Nikon flash: sometimes, it keeps me wondering how can this Malaysian friend of mine can be so bloody knowledgeable (it is a compliment - not to kick his ass.. ha ha !).

8. From : Daniel (
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Date : 04:00 AM Saturday 24 May, 2003

I am currently looking to purchase a bc-7 flash, and I've noticed that there are two versions. One says "Nikon F BC-7" on the front, while the other simply says "Nikon BC-7". Are there other differences between these two, or is one just an earlier version, and if so, which one is better for use, and which one is rarer or more desirable. Any information is much appreciated.

9. From : Michael Ackermann (
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Date : 07:30 PM Thursday 22 May, 2003

Hi, do anyone know about a source for strap lugs or a repair shop to do such work?Here in Germany< there are no more original parts available .Thanks

10. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 01:38 AM Tuesday 20 May, 2003

Hi Catherine: I would look into an FM2, or, for less money, an FM. These are compact and light weight, mechanically operated, ruggedly built, with conventional lightmeters and manual control. Advantages of the FM2 over the FM are: interchangeable focusing screens; faster top shutter speed (1/4000 vs 1/1000 sec); faster flash synch speed (FM-1/125; FM2-1/200; FM2N-1/250); and the FM2's will be newer cameras. :)=

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