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Old 10-02-2015   #1
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Nikon F Tribute

My new infatuation, which I hope turns into a love affair.



There are tribute threads to most of the Nikon SLR film cameras. I think the original needs its own thread.

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Could not agree more. Although I do not use SLR's much anymore, I still have a beautiful Nikon F (plain prism) in the cabinet. I used a pair of them in the early 1970's as a newspaper photographer and journalism major at IU.

It was the original system camera. If Nikon was smart, they would remake it with a digital sensor and would probably sell a million of them.

Am still thinking about trying a Leicaflex SL one of these days but the Nikon F is probably as important to photographic history as the original Leica or even Leica M3.
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Sweet camera! Is the PC terminal cover a standard Nikon cap? I would like to cover the terminal on my F
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Could not agree more. Although I do not use SLR's much anymore, I still have a beautiful Nikon F (plain prism) in the cabinet. I used a pair of them in the early 1970's as a newspaper photographer and journalism major at IU.

It was the original system camera. If Nikon was smart, they would remake it with a digital sensor and would probably sell a million of them.

Am still thinking about trying a Leicaflex SL one of these days but the Nikon F is probably as important to photographic history as the original Leica or even Leica M3.
Not to rain on the Nikon parade but Exakta was the original system camera and first pro slr they just had the bad luck to fall into the soviet occupied zone and are constantly getting overlooked by "photo historians" for that reason.

I love my Nikon F it's my favourite SLR great finder strong as an ox maybe even stronger and it just oozes quality. My second love is the Exakta but the Nikon has some advantages over it.
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Sweet camera! Is the PC terminal cover a standard Nikon cap? I would like to cover the terminal on my F
The PC terminal cover is the one Nikon used in the 1980's and 1990's, not the newest one, but I'm not sure it's the type used when the Nikon F was first introduced.

Now let's see some pictures of your beautiful Nikon F cameras.

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My new infatuation, which I hope turns into a love affair.
There are tribute threads to most of the Nikon SLR film cameras. I think the original needs its own thread.

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Hey!
Remarkably, your F looks pretty much the same as mine and everyone else's.
Except mine is black, has a motor drive, a meterless prism and is dented, dinged and showing brass. Otherwise identical.
What are the chances?
Which is why I don't post pictures of it.
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My new infatuation, which I hope turns into a love affair.

A nice, clean F Photomic FTn ... Just like the one I bought in 1969, my first SLR.
Very nice.

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One of several () F's I own - the first I bought in 1967 or 68 and still have (this isn't it). I do use some of them but not enough
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Not to rain on the Nikon parade but Exakta was the original system camera and first pro slr they just had the bad luck to fall into the soviet occupied zone and are constantly getting overlooked by "photo historians" for that reason.

I love my Nikon F it's my favourite SLR great finder strong as an ox maybe even stronger and it just oozes quality. My second love is the Exakta but the Nikon has some advantages over it.
Not to mention the KW Praktina SLR, which was designed from the outset to be a system camera. And whilst it is not an SLR, you could make a pretty decent argument that the Rolleiflex was a system camera, too, when one considers all the various accessories produced for it. Notwithstanding, a black F with plain prism is one of very few cameras I don't own that I would really love to have a clean example of.
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Much as I enjoy Leica M's, if push came to shove, I might admit to thinking the Nikon F's were the best film camera ever made. In college, I could afford a Nikon F but not a Leica M4 or Leicaflex SL. I used the Nikons to pay my way through college.
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Good cameras. Not too pretty but they are reliable. Enjoy your F.
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I was extremely fortunate to come across a very early Nikon F with original Nikkor-S 5cm f2 lens (with 9-bladed aperture). It's quite a rare F - an early S/N with significant differences in detail to later Fs. It's been CLA'd and is a beautiful camera.

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lynnb--a beauty! Is that one of the fabled "6400" series?
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One of several () F's I own - the first I bought in 1967 or 68 and still have (this isn't it). I do use some of them but not enough
Shac, that's a beautiful black F.

I noticed we have the same Nikkor-S lens. Is yours a bit sloppy in the focus? Mine is, but I'm a bit concerned with sending it for service as the images it produces are really nice as it is. Compared to a current 50mm f1.2 Nikkor that I also have, at anything below f2.8, the old Nikkor-S is sharper.

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Good cameras. Not too pretty but they are reliable. Enjoy your F.
Guess it's how you define pretty. As a former mechanical engineer and machinist, I find the machined surfaces on the F, especially in morning sunlight, to be beautiful. Better than the machined surfaces on any other SLR I've ever used, and matched only by the original Leica M3.

I'll agree it's a bit boxy, but that's part of its charm.
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I was extremely fortunate to come across a very early Nikon F with original Nikkor-S 5cm f2 lens (with 9-bladed aperture). It's quite a rare F - an early S/N with significant differences in detail to later Fs. It's been CLA'd and is a beautiful camera.

Wow Lynn, that's gorgeous. Would love to hear about the differences in detail from the later F's. My Apollo has the different advance lever and self timer lever, and the F2 PC socket. What does yours have that's different?

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beautiful cameras!

I myself have been getting into the Nikon SLR bug recently, had a FM2 w/ 50mm 1.8E for over a year now, decided to add a F3HP and 28mm AI-S on the stable but wouldn't mind getting a F2AS and a 50mm 1.4 AI-S down the road too
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lynnb--a beauty! Is that one of the fabled "6400" series?
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I've had the privilege of seeing Lynn's lovely early Nikon F in person (and even shooting a few rolls with it!), and it is indeed a "640" F, though not a "6400" F.

A serial number starting with 6400*** would place the camera within the first 1,000 cameras off the production line. From memory, the serial number of Lynn's F starts with 6407*** which places it within the first 8,000 cameras off the production line.

As long as they still have all the correct early features, these early Nikon F's with a serial number starting with 640**** are very sought after by collectors.

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Wow Lynn, that's gorgeous. Would love to hear about the differences in detail from the later F's. My Apollo has the different advance lever and self timer lever, and the F2 PC socket. What does yours have that's different?
The head bartender has a great write up on the features of the early Nikon F's on his website at the link below.

https://www.cameraquest.com/nikonf41.htm
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Thanks jonmanjiro! I've seen only one 6400 series, many years ago. Had no idea of the significance until a few years later. Yep--the 6400s bring big bux..
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Thanks jonmanjiro! I've seen only one 6400 series, many years ago. Had no idea of the significance until a few years later. Yep--the 6400s bring big bux..
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Hey Paul, do you have a Nikon F? You seem to know a bit about Nikon slr's. Thank's again about the advice on the other thread about the F3.
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Hello, Greg! Yep--I have 2 "Apollos"--meaning nothing except they are late run and have a plastic tipped advance, and maybe a screw thread PC connection. The "Fs" are not as easy to use as the later F2 and F3, etc--they (the early Fs) have a lot of holdover features from the earlier rangefinder series. The shutter release is to the rear of the chassis and the back is not hinged--you have to think of something to do with the back while you're changing film.

Did you get an F2 or F3?

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Here's a couple of mine. A 64-series chrome and a 74-series blackApollo


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No, with my job cutting back hours I bought a 35/2.8 FDn lens for my Canon. Plan to use it along with my other lenses to shoot a long term project. An F2 or 3 isn't out of the picture if I happen to run across one at a good deal.
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Many of you may already be familiar with Richard de Stoutz's site, but for those who aren't, check this out http://www.destoutz.ch/nikon-f.html .

Incredibly comprehensive photos and details about all variations of Nikon F bodies, lenses and accessories from this era. Some info on the F2 as well.
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Jim--that IS quite the site--and sight! I've often wondered if all that stuff is in his personal collection, or ??? The product shots are flawless and the items look new.
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Many of you may already be familiar with Richard de Stoutz's site, but for those who aren't, check this out http://www.destoutz.ch/nikon-f.html .
That site is really fantastic.
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And for all hardcore F-user the book in english:

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Nikon F is such a fantastic SLR. I got mine early this year along with Photomic Tn finder (still works!), 1.4/50, 4/200 lens and original instruction manuals. I keep it as a daily user (I only switched to plain prism). All I need to do now is to get my F36 motor drive back to work.



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Doesn't hurt to have the equally wonderful 55 1.2 lens attached to it

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I prefer my F to my F6. There is just something something about using the camera that started it all.
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I put a new mainboard which includes new CDS cells in my FTn finder today. Once back together and I started testing accuracy I found the only tweak I had to do was to center the battery check and it was nearly right on at the start..

Meter is smooth as silk without any jumping whatsoever..
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