Nikon F 68xxxx/ FTn head nameplate mod howto?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by tadas, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. Hi, folks,

    I've googled for this, and asked on another forum, with only
    generalized results.

    I have a Nikon F with a 68xxxx serial number. I want to use a Photomic
    Ftn head, and, as I found out, the Nikon nameplate needs to be
    modified for the FTn to fit. I've gotten general responses along the
    lines of "file the nameplate until the meter fits", but I'm looking
    for something a little more detailed, such as a template, or pictures
    and measurements of what *exactly* I need to file off, the precise
    shape, etc.

    Alternatively, can someone point me to someone who sells the correct
    nameplate cheaply? Cosmetics are *not* an issue.

    Thanks in advance,
    Tadas
     
  2. Here is the front plate from one of my F's, a 69xxxx model made for FTn. I had thought that 68xxx would have this too, but yours may be right at the cusp. Anyway, I hope the scans help. Note that the filing is pretty slight, just taking off enough of the bottom corners so that the front hold-down clamps can close.
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  3. The sides of the name plate also need to be trimmed to allow the FTn's clamps to clear, and the light baffle on the body around the viewscreen might also need trimming on either side of the cut-out for the viewfinder eyepiece.
     
  4. I'm pretty sure that on a 68xxxx F, you won't have to trim anything but the nameplate. The other modification was done much earlier.
     
  5. Matthew you are probably correct. I had to modify the baffle on my '65 as well as the name plate.
     

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