Nikon F

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by erko_podbicanin, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. Got this one few months back , and is the only one in use since then . Recently I have traded few cameras and couple of watches for epson v700 . Unfortunately it came without any software . Photography is my hobby only , so any critiques are very much welcomed .
  2. Here are few
    Door handles
  3. Does the meter work? I have one, but have to get the meter working.
  4. A really true camera, I used them with prism finder only and hardly have a wrong exposure negative. A true camera when the brain was in your head, not like today in a plastic package a brain planted and doing the job for you. So, we don't haw to think anymore.
    And I'm still using some of those lenses today on the plastic D3s D4 and Df, the best.
    Real photography.
  5. Fortunately, since the various prism light meters have mostly joined the photo gallery eternal, shooting with negative films gives more than enough latitude for the old sunny-sixteen rule to work just fine (not to be confused with "sweet-sixteen", BTW).
    If we were still shooting Kodachrome 10, maybe another story.
  6. Epson Scan is free from Epson's website. Unfortunately, it's pretty bad.
    VueScan is very affordable. Either you like it or you don't.
    SilverFast LE is somewhat pricey, SilverFast Ai is rather pricey. I like it, but some folks hate it.
    Demo versions of VueScan and SilverFast are readily available.
    You're not going to make large sharp prints from 35mm negatives with the V700, but from medium format and up, it's killer. The film holders from the V800/V850 work with the V700/V750, and hold the film much flatter.
  7. I use VueScan software and like it. I use an Epson V700 for medium & large format, and a Nikon Coolscan V for 35mm
    Kent in SD
  8. A very nice looking camera! It is hard to find meter heads that 1)work, and 2) don't show desilvering of the prism.
    The carbon resistor on these heads wear out, and you no longer get accurate readings. There was one repairman I know who had replacements, but he has now run out. What some repair folks will do to get them working again is to have the wipers shift to the unworn areas of the carbon resistors.
    There is foam packed around the prism as a cushion. After all these years, the foam is now deteriorated. In the process, the foam often pulls off the silver from areas of the prism. You'll see this as dark blobs in your viewfinder image. As far as I know, Sover Wong is the only person who will do a thorough job and remove this foam. ALL other Nikon service people that I've sent my Nikons to have neglected to bother to do this job.
  9. Meter did not work when I bought it . Previous owner left the batteries inside . Looking thru the viewfinder there are two trails where the batteries did leak . Meter works but most likely is inaccurate . I don't use the meter on any of the old cameras , but Minolta III meter .
    Epson scan will do it for me for now , I am glad to have a way to contribute to the forum . I might later on still get silverfast . I do have darkroom and mostly print .

    Hard rock cafe in Louisville KY .
  10. I bought a Nikon F Photomic T in Japan in 1965 for $189. It was going for $495 stateside. That's when a dollar was worth something. Of course it was about a month's pay what I was earning in the USAF at the time. The base had an amazing darkroom with rotating washers, half dozen enlargers, and all the bells and whistles, stuff you'd die for now. Then when I got back to NYC, I lost the camera in the subway. Hmmm. How did you get yours?
  11. Software for the scanner? I use Vuescan. Go to and download a trial for free. If you like it then you can upgrade to the standard or professional edition. Silverfast software receives good reviews but I haven't used it.
  12. Very nice! I own several. I got lucky one day at a yard sale and found two Nikon F bodies (finders), both for $10. They were low serial numbers one being made in 1960. I bought a standard (non-metered) prism for it on Ebay as well as a 5cm f2 Nikkor-s with a serial number from the same year. The other body I put a waist level finder on it. A few weeks later while in a thrift store I came across an old looking Nikkor, it was a 3.5cm f2.8 "tick-mark" lens. The asking price was $5. The store owner did not have a clue what he had. That found a home on the second old Nikon F body.
    They don't make them like that any more.
    Hope you enjoy yours to the fullest.
  13. The Nikon F was by far the dominant professional SLR of the 1960s and early 1970s. Many owners of other camera brands were jealous of the Nikon F's success and tried to show they could take equally fine photos with their Canon, Minolta, Pentax, and Olympus SLRs. Of course, they could, but the Nikon F remained king of the hill for a long time.
  14. Seems that now the non-Photomic finders are more expensive.
    Non-working Photomics are not so hard to find.
  15. Over the last few years I have bought 3 F cameras and an F2. Each had a metering head and all were cheap because the shops said the meters didn't work. I use the hearing aid batteries and the brass insert and all the meters are fine!
    My suggestion is therefore to buy one if you see one you like the look of, and not worry too much if you're told the meter doesn't work...see if you can get a discount.
    The F is the most wonderful piece of engineering.
  16. Hi,
    Would you like to know when your camera was made? The nice thing about Nikon is most of their production data is available on the web.
    Camera serial numbers:
    My guess is yours was made about 1970.
  17. 690xxxx puts it at May-July 1968. I just sold a 644xxxx.
  18. Thanks Rick Jack for that link. I am going to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my 676xxxxx!!
  19. The best SLR ever made.
    It's beautiful, rough and hard.
    It will work no matter what!
    Lenses are great, don't read which are better, they are all good.
    My 35mm f2.8 is considered not good. One can get cut with sharpness on a print. 105mm is a portrait lens, as are most Sonnars, so soft wide open. My meters died about 30 years ago. Lasted longer than the meter on my M3, the CDS one. A pro camera and one of very few, showing 100% in finder. Enjoy.

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