OK please post your name and location(not address just your general location ie Memphis TN).
When you get your beatermat come to this list and see who is close to you and use the PM function to get the adress. Do not post your address in the open please use the email and PM system. When you have made arraingments on who you are sending it to post this in the official Beatermat thread. If you have already hade your turn and someone PM's you please just PM them back to move on to the next person that is close. I can not totally keep up on this so it will take team work from the membership. If you all want I can be the last person in the US and I will send it overseas. I live in FedEx's largest hub so it is easy for me to send out.
Only post your wish to be added to the list and location, no questions I want this to be clean so it is easy to read. Plus once you recieve the beatermat and send it off PM me I will edit your name out in this thread since a mod can edit one at a time.
Again if you are unsure please PM me or Jon I will try to keep up on this. But be patient this could run for a while. I f you have trouble fowarding the camera to the next person please let me know I can help.
When it gets into the heartland I'm waiting with bated breath... Jeff Markus Chicago Illinois Yes in the city not Chicago area, right in the city...on the fringes of wigglyville, on the banks of the Chicago River, Brown line to the north - Brown line to the east...where the 'hoods are known by the Catholic Church round the next corner (St Benidicts) as well as the geography (North Center) and nearest park (Horner or Welles). Gosh under the premise of the thread I could burn a couple of rolls just on foot and never get to Buckingham Fountain (think 'Married with children') or Navy Pier (the biggest tourist draw in the city). And with all the 'burbanites that have expressed interest we can hand pass the camera and save postage and handling abuse. JM The Chicagoan Nikonian
As noted on a thread moved from this thread. I will not be involved in the traveling Nikkormat experiment. I will no longer be a member or in contact with this site when my membership here expires in March. Run a search of my signature if you wish to see the full story. JM The Chicagoan Nikonian
I have recieved the beatermat and have taken some photos already. As stated the rewind level is a tad funky so I decided to take to our local repair guy he does old Nikons for a look at and CLA.
So keep posting your name and address if you have not already so we can keep this old gem moving around the world. Plus if the last US member does not want to ship it overseas I will so you can send it to me and I will foward it to our world wide family.
The Beatermat went out today to NAS_John. The film advance was fixed but the meter is still off by at least a stop. The repair guy said that it needed some replacement parts that he did not have. But it is cleaned up and ready to go. I emailed John its on the way.
I know that we all have priorities that we can't always control but, if this is going t be fun and interesting, we have to keep it moving. I suggest that we agree to a maximum of two weeks turnaround and, if we find we aren't going to make it, we send it on to the next in line asap.
Hi Beatermat Afficianados, I apologize for having the camera longer than anticipated. My first grandchild was born two weeks ago and she kind of occupied my time. The beatermat is now on its way to B K Joosten in the Houston, Texas area. I will post some photos when I finally get them resized. It was truly fun and challenging to use this relic! Have fun photographing. Phil
Thank you guys, it was wonderful to become a father 30 years ago! That is actually when I bought my first Nikon - an FM. I really can't describe what an amazing feeling it is to look into the eyes of my granddaughter Gretchen. There's a whole new world of photos just waiting to be made of this new woman in my life!
It must cross the Atlantic if it is to truly become a 'World Rotation'. John Laughlin has prepared a second Beatermat (see separate thread in this forum) and I have suggested to him that the Beatermat 2.0 goes to Europe first.
At the moment, there is no Beatermat 2.0. None of the bodies I picked up were suitable for the job. The FTn needed work with respect to its meter and the meter coupling mechanism, the chrome FT2 had winding problems, plus meter power issues, and the black FT2 has been completely overhauled and is waiting pickup at the tune of $150.00. So, I'm keeping my eyes peeled for one that I can get for less than $75, but that works properly. So, we're back to the one chrome FTn that we've been using for the past year.
Thu 29-Apr-10 07:15 AM | edited Wed 23-Feb-11 10:20 PM by Kilted_F3_nut
The replacement beatermat has finally been shipped. Took me long enough. Anyway, it's being shipped to Jim, and he will send it off to the next person on the list.
The box that I sent to Jim contains:
1 Nikomat FTn body with cap and accessory shoe 1 brown AN-1 Nikon strap About four or five rolls of Kodak BM400CN which are expired, but are unopened, and, I think a roll or two of Kodak color print film.
Battery in the body is a NOS Duracell PX625 mercury that mthomas sent to me in early 2008. Still has a full charge, of course. Meter is accurate, compared to my F2A, FM2n, and F4. Needle can be a bit jumpy at times, though.
*edit* just got a message from bkjootsen - he says the original camera left him long ago. Said that he'd check to see what address he shipped it to, so, at the moment, we have two cameras that are in limbo.
D2x, F4e, FM2n - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
Tue 04-May-10 01:34 AM | edited Tue 04-May-10 02:55 AM by James23p
OK this is where the beatermat has been(the old one but hey we will just look the other way)!
Duvall, Washington State Sacramento, California Memphis, TN Lebenon, MO Tucson, Arizona Spartanburg, SC Albuquerque, NM Houston, TX
Now I want to get our Canadian members involved so I think ahhbeebee/Sampson is where it needs to go next. I pm'd him so I should get it on the road soon. Again I am sorry we lost the first one it was moving along and never returned home.
Wed 26-May-10 06:57 AM | edited Wed 26-May-10 06:58 AM by Kilted_F3_nut
Once the Canadians have a crack at it, it should be making its way overseas. There are also the Nikkormat bodies that Lynn (LL49Wat) has that may also get put into rotation, depending on how much work they need. That said, if you've access to one that's kinda beat, but useable, feel free to add it to the project and get things started in Europe. Then we'll have at least two (or three) bodies traveling around the world at one time.
Sure enough, it's in customs hold. But, not at the border. At the Memphis, TN Post Orfice. So, it never got shipped. Has been there for the past few weeks. Tomorrow, he's supposed to do an in-person inspection with them to make sure that the contents are what he said they are, then, hopefully, it's being shipped.
I guess it has received a customs stamp as of yesterday (7/28), which means you should be receiving it sometime in the next 5 days. That's what the gist of Jim's email to me was. So, yeah, it's taking its merry old time to get there. *sigh*
Customs had enough time to thoroughly test the Beatermat. I wonder how many rolls of film the ran through it? Wouldn't we all like to see the images. Have a safe and fun trip. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
To funny I wonder which customs agents took the best/most pics the Canadians or Americans since I am sure it sat on boths sides. Or maybe we are looking at this from the wrong angle there could have been new agents who never saw a fully mechanical camera and were disecting it to see what it is? You know hey where is the LCD!
Yep, same thing happened on APUG, although, it looks like the cameras just got lost in the mail (the Camera 7 thread on that site). Not appropriated for other purposes as what may've happened with body #2.
F5, F2A, F - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer