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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 : chris burgess (
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Date : 03:48 AM Monday 18 January, 2010

Rick, I found out it's probably a 'J' screen; thanks for the assistance.

2. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 12:15 AM Monday 11 January, 2010

Hi Chris:

Nothing really rings a bell from your description; the only central focusing aid that I can think of, other than the split image spot, would be the microprism spot. Here is a listing of the screens that were made for the Nikon F:

3. From : chris (
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Date : 09:19 AM Sunday 10 January, 2010

I was the owner of a Nikon F 2 or 3 years ago (I am also in the process of purchasing another after, of course regretting selling my first one; this one will never be sold!) and I remember my first one had a focusing screen that was interesting. It had a plain background and a circular center focusing area that, when focused on a source of light, made the central focusing area look 3-dimensional, looking eerily like a planet. I am now, of course trying to find out which screen that was, so I can get the 'look' again with my 'new' Nikon F. Does anyone know which screen that would be?

4. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 11:17 PM Friday 25 December, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone, and best wishes for 2010!


5. From : Tree (
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Date : 10:47 AM Saturday 19 December, 2009

I am looking for a soft copy of the overhaul maunal (repair manual with parts breakdown) for my Nikon F. Can someone please send me a copy by e-mail. Thanks

6. From : Suzanne (
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Date : 04:52 AM Monday 23 November, 2009

So the contact point on the AS-1 has to be insulated.
Thanks Rick

7. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 10:04 AM Friday 20 November, 2009

Hi Suzanne:

Good question! I checked my F to see how it behaves. When I make a connection from the center contact to the side rail of the hot shoe, the PC line is shorted. Having a cord plugged into the receptacle on the body does not disconnect it from the hot shoe contacts.

However, I don't think that your hot shoe will be shorted by having a metal flash foot inserted in it: in mine, the center contact is recessed about 1/64 inch below the surface of the bottom of the shoe, so that a flat metal plate would not touch it.

Just to be on the safe side, you could put a small piece of electrical tape on the floor of the shoe to cover that contact - I've had to do this with some compact rangefinder cameras that had the contact flush with the surface of the shoe.

8. From : Suzanne (
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Date : 03:43 AM Thursday 19 November, 2009

Hello everyone
A question about my 1970s Nikon F. I have a 1950s fan flash with PC cord but no hot shoe adapter for it. To avoid holding the flash in hand, I can mount it on the camera with my regular AS-1 coupler. Question is: do I risk causing a short circuit? In other words, when you plug the PC cord in the Nikon F, does that automatically shut off the hot shoe connection?
Thanks for your answers

9. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 11:20 AM Friday 23 October, 2009

Hi Wendy:

You've got a wonderful camera there, the very top level of professional equipment from the mid-1960s. The spotting on your lens could be permanent - sometimes the lens coating is affected by a fungus or other substance and develops small areas or spots that look different (typically, more reflective) than the rest of the surface. If a light cleaning did not remove the spots, there is a good chance that they cannot be removed and further attempts to clean them off are likely just to cause scratching on the lens.

These spots are not likely to affect the quality of your photos, so if the camera is otherwise in good working order you can go ahead and use it. It never hurts, of course, to have the camera looked over and cleaned by a professional repairman. There will be some cost involved, but you will come away with confidence in your camera and a long period of trouble free service ahead.

There is a very good directory of camera repair services at

10. From : Wendy (
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Date : 07:58 AM Monday 19 October, 2009

I am 30 and was just gifted a old but very unique camera buy my best friends father whom it once belonged to. Since then I have discovered that it is in much needed cleaning and a lot of TLC. I believe the camera is a Nikon F Photomic T from your photos.It seems that the camera lens is spotted and i have used lens paper and lens cleaning fluid also iklear wipes with no such luck. for the outside camera body i used rubbing alcohol and cotton. If someone could help point me in the right direction as in how to clean and care for this most wonderful camera i would be forever greatful .

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