Another Nikon GAS Attack

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by rogerwb, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. I recently posted pics of and from a pristine Nikon F I had acquired. Since then I have added ar 28mm 3.5, 135mm and 200mm f/4. This one is a little older, has the original Photomic finder (meter not working, of course) and a problem with flash sync but it was sold as a parts camera and otherwise works fine.
    First the obligatory porn shots.
  2. The top
  3. Head On
  4. A local garage went defunct but the parking spaces are leased out. Someone didn't pay his fee.
  5. A little slow at the local marina
  6. Working boats still active though
  7. Try that one again
  8. Once more
  9. Swamp Grass
  10. Last one. These are instant boats. In the spring, you remove the plastic wrap, add water and you have a boat.
    All these were shot on Ilford FP4 and developed in Sprint . Scanned at 600 DPI on an Epson 500 except the fishing boat that was scanned at 1200.
  11. I found all of these photos to be remarkably sharp. My favorite was the "hishing boat".
    The only technical data you left out was the lens you used.
    Very enjoyable photos but I hate the photomic viewfinders on the F.
  12. Pretty cool, Roger. Seriously crisp images. Love the "til the harbor freezes" pic, no matter what they're doing. Nice post; thanks.
  13. mtk


    Roger I also suffer from GAS...Beenhitting the KEH "AS-IS" section. Lotsa Bargains! Just a note, you probably know this already but in the remote case that you don't...the "EP" on the rewind on your first "porn" picture means this camera came from a PX on an American military base. Great camera, great shots! Nice to know someone else besides me suffers from GAS. About two years ago I came across an F with a pristine standard prism in a camera shop. It took me awhile to figure out...the bottom by the tripod socket was very worn and scratched yet the rest of the camera is in fine shape. Turns out it was the camera stores own camera for making copies or internegatives and spent who knows how many years on a tripod and not in a bag! It did cost me 125 bucks but love it!
  14. The marina was done with the 28. The fishing boat, which is barely visible on the right side of that shot, was done with the 20. Everything else with the 50. I think.
  15. I posted these last night when I got home from work at 10:00. I am not much more awake now. The Fishing boat was done with the 200mm.
  16. "Hello, my name is Dave and I am a GASoholic......"
    Mark - interesting info about the logo on the rewind knob. I have an F of similar vintage sitting in front of me that didn't have this mark, and I was trying to figure out what is was. Any idea what the letters stand for? I'm up to 4 Fs now - I don't use them much, but I find I can't pass them up when they come around (the #653xxxx body with a Photomic T finder in front of me, I bought off Craigs*list for $20). The others are a "plain finder", a Photomic, and an "Apollo" with an FTn, picked up of e*bay or locally off Craigs*list.
    BTW, if you want to peruse some serious "F porn, take a look at Richard de Stoutz's site (
  17. Nice work. I especially like the "harbor freezes".
    I got my current F with a later Photomic (not working, of course), but the body, as I recall, was a little earlier serial number with the Nippon Kogaku logo. Was finally able to get a nice plain prism for it, but of course, it cost more than the whole camera and Photomic head. :|
    I do remember faintly (it happened too recently for me to remember it any more) that somebody here once had a Photomic head that was actually working, but in my experience looking for one is sort of like hunting down King Solomon's Mines.
  18. As the owner of an F2 and an F3, I'm not sure if my addiction is serious enough, but congratulations on your new purchase. Better it be used occasionally, than never at all. I'm half way through a roll of Kodak Gold on my F3 now. I like the fishing boat as well. Something about a Nikon and B&W film makes it all worth while!
  19. That is an ancient metering prism head! The photographs are terrific, however.
    Living proof that quality is timeless!
    How many of today's digital cameras will be around 45 years from now and still taking great pictures? Answer.......ZERO
  20. bms


    Greeting from Maine (probahbly a bit noath of ya).... inspiring me to get the F3 dusted of. Another vote for the Fishing boat....
  21. mtk


    David Carroll....EP "supposedly" stands for "Export Product" sold duty free in the military bases. Probably to differentiate from non export stuff. Since we are suffering from GAS here...I will share that I just picked up an F3 that needed seals from KEH for 25bucks, screen 6 bucks, standard prism for 16 bucks, motor drive for...mmmm..less than ten bucks. If you are at all into collecting or helping your GAS habit seriously you need to visit the "as is" part of Nikon F's for CHEAP! Don't be afraid to pick up metered prisms that are inoperative. Simply may need to be cleaned, batteries etc. Some of this stuff is going for close to nothing if you are willing to tinker. I also picked up an all black FE for 17 bucks and a chrome one for 13. Both needed light seals and batteries.
    Anyway, great pics and conversation!
  22. Thanks all for your compliments, especially on the fishing boat. That one is a candidate for a "real" print when I fire up the darkroom again. I am really enjoying this camera. I do a lot of shooting with Leicas, Pentax gear and Rolleis as well but these recent Nikon pics seem to have a different look about them . Maybe it's just new camera overenthusiasm but I'm having a really good time.
    Benjamin Schaeffer- I am in Yarmouth, I take it from some of your portfolio shots that you are in the midcoast area.
  23. One can never own too many of these! Your serial number shows this camera was made approximately between November 1963 and February 1964. The "Nippon Kogaku" on the top plate makes it a little more collectible. This was changed to a simple "NIKON" not long after your camera was made.
  24. Your "newer" body was made between March and May 1971.
  25. First, for the dates of manufacture of Nikon F serial numbers in general, go to . It should be noted that the old canard about the serial numbers incorporating the production date is simply an out and out mistake based on coincidence. (Yet another of Ivor Matanle's "contributions" to camera history).
    How many of today's digital cameras will be around 45 years from now and still taking great pictures? Answer.......ZERO
    Oh Scott, not again........ If it turns out to be true, it will probably be because the media (CF or whatever) are unavailable, and in 45 years you might well have a hard time finding film too.
    Love film, I certainly do, but why does that have to lead to unprovoked attacks on digital? Did one of the other kids taunt you for still using film and you're insecure about your choice?
    I'll tell you what, in 45 years I'll meet you here again and we shall settle the matter. Say a shiny, brand-new 1 dollar coin for who's right? ;)
  26. By the way, I think that your Photomic head is the first of the breed, introduced in 1962. It was not TTL, as the outside lens shows. It was preceded by a selenium cell clip on, and the first TTL meter was the Photomic T, of 1965, I think.
    It has always interested me that the "prong" on the Nikkor lenses was there from the beginning, even though at first it had no function that I know of. Clearly Nikon was planning ahead.
  27. Thanks, Les.
    Yes. I had thought that was probably where the 'thinking ahead' was going, although I don't think the selenium meter was available at the very beginning. However, if the 1959 date at the 'de Stoutz' site is correct, it was certainly very soon thereafter. I had thought it was a year or so later, like the similar, but CdS, Honeywell clip-on meter.
    I'd also guess that, in another 45 years, the woes you list for the digital cameras will also see analogous wearing out of parts on film cameras, too. Time (and age) conquers all. I also think (in my capacity as a professional archaeologist) that you are overestimating the time it will take for the parts to deteriorate to the degree you imply. I think that a Moon Pie™ will probably last 45 years. Certainly old cloth shutters from my Prakticas have lasted longer. You may be right about the LCDs, however. Lots of my film cameras have LCDs too. :eek:
  28. Come on, people, my two early '70s FTN meters both work fine. Of course, I had them cleaned and adjusted to use 1.55 volt batteries about ten years ago. There are repair shops that can fix those things for you. I've even got an F36 motor that, according to the serial number, was built in late '59 or early '60, much earlier than any of my F bodies; it runs fine too. Have fun with your F!
  29. I did not mean that the meter was designed after the prong, although the later Photomic meters surely were. I just meant that I didn't, and still don't, think that it was available immediately as the F was introduced. In the earlier ads and in the announcements from the time, there was no mention of the meter.
  30. Good photography and narrative. The "F" needs no praises, as it has earned them 50 years ago in the jungles of Vietnam or Cambodia.

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