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1. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 10:21 PM Thursday 15 October, 2009

Hi Poir:

The problem with your Photomic meter is probably the variable resistor, which is a strip of conductive material that's formed into a large cylinder inside the top of the prism. This rotates as you turn the shutter or aperture controls, and a little metal brush slides on it as it rotates. Over the years, 2 things happen: the surface of the resistor gets dirty and interferes with the electrical connection, and the layer of conductive material on the surface wears off. If your problem is the first, a cleaning may bring it back; if it's the second, the meter is worn out. There are no replacement parts for these, except in other cameras, most of which are in similar condition anyway.

If the meter is totally unresponsive, another possibility is a broken or corroded wire, which would be repairable. It's worth a look in any case. Don't give it to the guy who told you the problem is probably a condenser, though: I don't think there's even a condenser in there.

2. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 10:12 PM Thursday 15 October, 2009

Hi Rachel:

There are instructions for your Nikon F here:

If you have any specific questions or have trouble understanding the instructions, please feel free to drop me an email.

3. From : Poir (
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Date : 05:21 AM Monday 05 October, 2009

I have a Nikon F with a Photomic meter that dates from around 1974. It's in beautiful condition, but for one thing. My meter no longer functions. I'm told that it likely is a condenser. Does anyone have experience with this, and, if so, can this be repaired? Where would I get a condenser, if that is the problem?
Please post to my e-mail address.

4. From : Rachel Costa (
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Date : 08:21 AM Wednesday 30 September, 2009

I have a Nikon 1965 F Photomic T camera with tons of lens & extras handed on down to me i have no clue how to use it ! Can't find serial no.Am clueless , no book , no instructions , nothing !! Can anyone help me ?? I don't even know how much its worth, I would really appreciate it if any one could help me a little , Thank you much, Rachel Costa

5. From : ToyFlashado (
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Date : 07:55 PM Tuesday 18 August, 2009

I am looking for the history of prices of Nikon F. Do you know about some place where they are given?


6. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 08:54 AM Monday 20 July, 2009

Hi Sebastian:

I don't know exactly what information you need, so please feel free to write back with questions. (my email address is real)

The back of the Nikon F comes off completely, instead of hinging open; there is a key on the bottom that you turn to relase it. Once you have loaded the film and made sure it's secure on the takeup spool, put the back on and turn the key to lock it... the frame counter will start from zero once the back is on. Wind and release to get up to Frame 1 on the counter before taking any "real" pictures.

The exposure setting is a combination of the aperture number, set on the ring on the lens, and the shutter speed, set on the dial on top just to the right of the prism. Aperture numbers run in a sequence 1.4 - 2 - 2.8 - 4 - 5.6 - 8 - 11 - 16 (your lens may or may not have the 1.4 setting), and shutter speeds run 1 - 2 - 4 - 8 - 15 - 30 - 60 - 125 - 250 - 500 - 1000. The shutter speeds are fractions of a second (60 = 1/60 second, etc), so the higher the number the shorter the amount of time that the shutter is open. I won't go into exactly what the aperture numbers are, but the higher the number, the smaller the lens opening. So, in both cases, a higher number means that less light is getting through to the film ... or, looked at another way, you use the higher numbers when you are in brighter light.

Generally you would want to use a light meter, either built into the camera or separately, to tell you what exposure settings to use ... but you can do a surprisingly good job of it without a meter. Here are some general guidelines to get you started:

I would start with a roll of ISO 400 film (film comes in different "speeds" or sensitivity ratings... in this case, the higher the number, the more sensitive the film ... so, you would use higher numbers in dimmer light). ISO 400 is sensitive enough to use indoors without flash, but you can still use it outdoors in bright sunlight, so it's a good all-around choice.

With ISO 400 film, these settings will work:
- Outdoors, daytime, bright sun: f/16, 1/500 second
- Outdoors, daytime, in the shade: f/5.6, 1/500 second
- Indoors, office light: f/4, 1/60 second
- Indoors, home, daytime: f/2.8, 1/60 second
- Indoors, home, evening: f/2.8, 1/30 second

Also note: one step on the aperture scale is equal to one step on the shutter speed scale. So, you can mix and match. For instance, in the suggestions above, the last one calls for f/2.8 at 1/30 second ... but to get a stead shot, 1/30 may be too slow. So, you can increase the speed one step to 1/60, and at the same time open the lens one step to f/2.0, and you will get the same exposure.

One last thing: it's probably obvious that a faster shutter speed will give you a steadier shot, with less chance of blurring. What is not obvious is that focusing becomes more critical at the lower aperture numbers: at f/1.4, you will need to focus very carefully to get your subject sharp, and things in front and behind will disappear into a soft haze (a popular thing for portraits) - while at f/16, nearly everything in the picture will look pretty sharp. In practice you will have to balance the need for a fast shutter speed against the need for some depth of sharp focus, in order to choose the best combination of shutter speed and aperture for the amount of light that you have. In dim light, you will need both low aperture numbers and slow shutter speeds in order to get enough light, so you'll have to focus carefully and hold the camera steadily to get a sharp shot. Outdoors in the sun, everything will be clean and sharp because you have both a fast shutter speed and a high aperture number.

I hope this helps you get started. Have fun!


7. From : Sebastian (
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Date : 02:21 AM Monday 20 July, 2009

I have unearthed a Nikon F camera. it is completely manual operation. its in really good condition. and i have been motivated to start taking photos(the old fashioned way again!)
I don't know where to begin (because i am a complete dummy) with this classic classic machine. If anyone has any info in regards to this model. Please send it to me .
PS. Its a 50mm lens I think, and i am going to have cleaned up.
much thanx

8. From : Earl V. Ford Jr. (
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Date : 07:16 PM Wednesday 01 July, 2009

I need a manual for an Nikon FG, please help.
Thank you.

9. From : George Adams (
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Date : 12:51 AM Sunday 26 April, 2009

I have two Nikon Ftn and I need to get a strobe for it. Can anyone tell me where I can buy reasonable strobe for Nikon Ftn.

10. From : Larry Maxwell (
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Date : 03:33 AM Saturday 18 April, 2009

Need an Instruction manual for the F, F2, and F3. If you know where I might get one please let me kow at home at Thanks

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