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1. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 11:57 AM Friday 13 March, 2009

Hi Mike:

It probably gets a little more complicated than this, but basically:
- The bayonet is the same on film and AF/Digital Nikons.
- On D40 thru 80, the meter will not work with a manual focus lens.
- On D100+, you can meter with an AI or AIS lens.
- Manual focus on an AF finder screen is a little chancy with fast lenses (faster than about f/4). The AF lights should come on when you're in focus.
- Auto diaphragm should work.

- Canon and Olympus DSLRs will accept Nikon lenses (all series) and the light meters will work. You need an inexpensive adapter for the lens.
- In these cases:
- You will not have an automatic diaphragm, and the AF lights will not come on.
- Same caution as above about focusing fast lenses.
- Aperture priority automatic exposure works.

2. From : Mike Cecchini (
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Date : 08:07 AM Tuesday 10 March, 2009

Hi Guys,

Any chance that a modern (1990-->) digital Nikon slr will take the old Nikon F lenses ?

I'm not interested in auto-focus or auto anthing 'cept light metering.

I got out my old F stuff recently and found that I still like it, so why not at least use some of the great F lens's I have on a new digi camera.

Thanks...... Mike in Maryland

3. From : robbie (
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Date : 03:46 AM Sunday 08 March, 2009

When the lens is put on, set the apeture to f5.6, the linkage will be in line with the fucusing mark.
Fit the lens to the camera, the linkage will connect with the pin on the head.
Turn it through from max f stop to min to ensure it is engaged.
To remove lens, take to mim f stop, hold in place, hold in the button that releases the lens and turn.

4. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 11:37 AM Friday 06 March, 2009

Hello Pat:

I don't know if I'll be able to help you sort this out or not, but I'll start at the beginning: is the pin on the prism housing engaging the fork on the aperture ring of the lens, and does it stay engaged and follow as you turn the ring through its range?

5. From : PAT (
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Date : 09:52 AM Wednesday 04 March, 2009

hi i own a nikon f black body. I have an issue witm the metering system. I have a Photomic view finder.


When the meter is On the indicator goes to the left (extrem) and it stays there even if I increase or decrase the the lense apenture?

What should I do ?

Many Thx


6. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 12:03 PM Tuesday 03 March, 2009

Hello Don:

The original batteries for the Photomic Tn were #PX625 mercury cells, now no longer made because of the toxic materials. The current equivalent is the 625A alkaline cell. These are not hard to find, at least here in the USA - we have them at Wal Mart and other discount stores. You may find that your meter readings are not perfect with the alkaline batteries, but at least they are good enough to make sure your meter is working and shoot some snapshots on print film. If you need better accuracy, there are a number of ways to get a more correct voltage; click on the URL link for some ideas.

7. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 11:58 AM Tuesday 03 March, 2009

Hi Noel:

No, this is not normal; your camera needs service.

8. From : Noel Casmir (
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Date : 05:25 AM Monday 02 March, 2009


I recently purchased a Nikon F SLR from ebay. I'm trying to get the camera to work and having a problem.
I cannot see anyting through the viewfinder after I use the film advance lever.
The moment i press the shutter button, its normal again.
Is this normal for Nikon F?

Thank you.

9. From : Don Seago (
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Date : 01:17 AM Thursday 26 February, 2009

I have a Nikon f photomic tn....where can batteries be found for this camera.....625A...

10. From : Rick Oleson (
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Date : 12:20 PM Sunday 21 December, 2008

HI David:

I believe that the F4 was the first to introduce that feature.

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