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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:57 pm 
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with a history a mile long. Bought this Nikon FTn new back in 1971 or 72. I still use it every now and then, but mostly it's on display with some of my other goodies! The entire Viet Nam war was documented with the Nikon F...

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Wow ... that sucker brings back memories ... (even equipped with a soft shutter release) ... man ... what a clean machine ... and a 50mm 1.4 ... sweet ... I went through a few of those babies. I've taken F's to the artic, deserts and tropics ... they never fail me. Once again what a camera ... you need to find a motor for that puppy.

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(psss ... although the FTn was all over Vietnam ... most photo journalists used the basic F over the light metered FTn. - G)

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What's the big lever with the black grip to the left (in this view) of the prism? To move the mirror (mirror lockup)?

And why is the prism housing so big and square on this?

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What is that thing? It looks almost like a camera.... :shock: :lol:

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What's the big lever with the black grip to the left (in this view) of the prism? To move the mirror (mirror lockup)?

And why is the prism housing so big and square on this?


There are two locks holding the penta prism / meter to the body. A combo of a button on the back and the lever releases the entire silver and black massive "Nikon" thing from the body. The Penta Prism / meter is replaceable with a few different penta prisms (non-metered / waist level / 2"x3" ground glass finder / et al). The entire camera can be easily broken apart and each element replaced with different stuff.

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Okay, I get it. This is just a really bulky metering finder.

I didn't realize this was quite so old - I thought it was contemporary with the Canon A1 / AE1 cameras (and nikon equivalents, Nikon FE or whatever) which have a much smaller footprint for their TTL metering system.

http://www.cameraquest.com/nfinder.htm

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you can see more of the controls from the back. I wouldn't trade this war horse for any disposable digital SLR...

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What's that dial with all the numbers on the top? And what's that wheel at the left and that lever like affair at the right at the top?

I had (have) two Nikon F's (plain pentaprism--high technology scares me).

Is this an Ftn? Or an F? It looks like an F to me.

(And don't forget to mention that you have to remove the camera back to load the film.)

You have the original strap lugs on this? I wore mine out the first year or so. They were replaced with new ones with stainless steel inner sleeves to prevent wear.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:16 pm 
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here are two railroad shots I took with it. Images are a bit softer than digital. Fuji Color ISO-200. I also had the meter re-calibrated by Vermont Camera Works so I can use todays cheap alkaline batteries. The original was designed for mercury oxide batteries which are no longer available...

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What's that dial with all the numbers on the top? And what's that wheel at the left and that lever like affair at the right at the top?

I had (have) two Nikon F's (plain pentaprism--high technology scares me).

Is this an Ftn? Or an F? It looks like an F to me.

(And don't forget to mention that you have to remove the camera back to load the film.)

You have the original strap lugs on this? I wore mine out the first year or so. They were replaced with new ones with stainless steel inner sleeves to prevent wear.


You set the film speed with the large dial. You can also set exposure compensation with it too. The other wheel is a soft touch shutter release button. This model is an FTn, only because it has the FTn prism finder. It's nothing more than a basic F without it. Yes, they're the original lugs...


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Here's my briefcase:

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Nikon brand filters: Yellow, green, orange and red.

Hoya filter: Blue

Nikon brand closeup # 0

Next row, left: extension ring for 55mm Micro-Nikor
Nikon F bodies circa 1966 & 1967 (note bronze split rings to minimize the wear on the lugs)

Next row: spot meter finder accessory for Gossen (left); 85mm f/2 Nikkor; 28mm f/3.5 Nikkor; 55mm Micro Nikkor with compensating diaphragm; Gossen Luna Pro (circa 1966).

Front row, left: 105mm f/3.5 Nikkor; 200mm f/4 Nikkor; waist level finder; 1.4 x teleconverter (worthless crap Vivitar).

All working fine; the optics are still super. The shutter on one is having some sticking problems and I need to cycle it a bunch to loosen it up. It needs a clean and lube.

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I've got an erection after looking at your collection! :lol:


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waist level finder


Does the waist level finder have any degree of magnification or do you just look at a 35mm-sized frame?

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walter23 wrote:
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Does the waist level finder have any degree of magnification or do you just look at a 35mm-sized frame?



It comes with a built-in loupe, but I have no idea what the diopter is. It is sufficient for fine focusing, however. I only ever used it when I had the camera on a copy stand and was copying flat work. It allows you to place the copy stand on a table top and look straight ahead and focus. You don't change the camera's position to go from vertical to horizontal, you move the subject matter instead.

It comes with a nice, green velvet wrap (with a gold thread binding on the edges) and a leather case. And I just now found my UV filter, which for some reason was tucked away in that case. (That's how often I used a UV filter.)

Oh, and that is a genuine Kern's Multi-camera strap there too.

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here's another one in my collection. :lol: Came home from southeast Asia back in 69...

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here's another one in my collection. :lol: Came home from southeast Asia back in 69...


Wow, look at that. Appears to have a mechanism to automatically stop down your aperture for you. I can't wait until that becomes a mainstream feature; never again will we forget to adjust the iris!

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