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1. From : Andrea Garlepp (
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Date : 01:08 PM Monday 19 May, 2003

I am trying to find out how to get a copy of the F70 manual. I haven't used this camera for a while and cannot locate the manual. Either hard or soft copy would be great. Would really appreciate some help. Thanks Andrea Garlepp

2. From : catherine (
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Date : 06:09 AM Wednesday 14 May, 2003

i m interested in purchasing a nikon camera. i am looking for fully manual (no digital), built in light meter. could somone please make a suggestion as to what kind. i know there are so many kinds of nikons on the market, new and used, that are available. not too heavy either. i am more likely to purchase a used nikon.

3. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 12:48 AM Thursday 08 May, 2003

Hi Laura: I haven't had a metered prism for some time, so I'm not sure just what it takes to get the smaller cells to fit in the battery box. The easiest way to get good results is by using the Wein 625 zinc/air batteries. These will fit and give the correct voltage, but unfortunately are rather expensive and will last less than a year (possibly much less). If you can arrrange for some sort of a spacer to hold them in place, you can get electrically equivalent #675 zinc-air hearing aid batteries at your local pharmacy for about $1 apiece. These will last as long as the Wein cell (I got about 8 months out of one in an OM-1) but they're smaller in diameter and you'll have to figure out how to make them fit. (the arrangement I used in my OM-1 is at the link above)

Another option is the CRIS MR9 adapter. This is used with a SR44 silver oxide cell and has a diode in it to reduce the voltage to suit your meter. Voltage correction isn't perfect, but it's a big improvement over just using alkaline 625A batteries. Kind of expensive again, i think about $20 each (and i guess you'll need two), but you only have to buy it once and the silver cells last a long time. There will probably be a bit of experimentation involved in whatever avenue you choose, but that's half the fun, right? rick :)=

4. From : Laura (
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Date : 10:44 AM Sunday 04 May, 2003

Does any one have a suggestion for the battery problem for the metered ftn prism? I'd love to get the camera back up and running. thanks

5. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 02:05 AM Friday 18 April, 2003

hi again arie: i just looked and found your answer right her on this site: the screw is a fastening knob to help stabilize the motor on the body of the camera. from my own experience with a motor that doesn't have this feature, i don't think it's necessary - the motor is very solid. maybe if you drop it out of an airplane or something, you'd need the extra support.rick :)=

6. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 02:00 AM Friday 18 April, 2003

HI Arie: Mine doesn't have that screw thing, I'm not sure what it does. It looks like it goes all the way through the handle and back to touch the camera body, but I don't know why you'd want to do that. The one with the screw is a later production than the one without. As far as I know there were only the F36 and the F250 (for 250 exposure bulk film) drives for the F. Please also remember that the F36 won't fit on a regular, non-motorized Nikon F: the bottom plate inside the camera has to be replaced with one that has linkage for the motor to connect up to. Also, generally speaking, this has to be individually adjusted to match a motor to a camera, they are not freely interchangeable like the motor drives on more modern cameras. rick :)=

7. From : Arie Dahan (
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Date : 05:16 PM Thursday 17 April, 2003

I am trying to find an F36 motor drive with cordless battery pack for my Nikon F. Looking at many e-bay pages I have found two different models of the cordless battery pack. One of them with a big screw on the front part of the grip near the the shutter botton, and the other without this screw. Do anyone know the difference between these two models? Are there any other models of this motor drive and cordless battery pack? Thanks, Arie Dahan

8. From : Robert (
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Date : 10:14 AM Wednesday 09 April, 2003

HI! I am looking for a NIKKOR AI-S fisheye 8mm f/2.8. Lens must be OK and good condition and acceptable price. If anyone has such a lens for sale please reply to me: Thanks and all the best Bob

9. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:03 PM Tuesday 08 April, 2003

Hi Steven: You're already at one of the richest sources of information anywhere on the Nikon F; click on the green "Nikon F" link just above to find detailed information on the camera and its accessories. Beyond the information on these pages, using the camera is much like using any other; any photography instruction book or course will be appropriate. rick :)=

10. From : Steven (
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Date : 07:49 AM Tuesday 08 April, 2003

I have inherited a Nikon F camera (and thats all). I am unfamiliar with manual cameras and I'd like to learn how to use the camera properly... Is there a class or website someone could direct me to? Or a manual?

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