Yet another chrome Nikomat FTn. $20+tax. Meter supposedly non-functional. Functioned, but erratic in response. Not jumpy in the usual sense, but, rather lazy in response. Battery only had 60% power left in it. Currently being refoamed.
Also sourced a nicer cordless battery pack for the F-36 motor drive.
>MB-20 should work fine for the F4 in AF mode as well, if you >use the Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA's (formerly known as the >Energizer e^2 batteries). > >Anyway, cool deal. > >-J > >D200, F5, F4, F2AS, F, FM2n, Nikomat FT2, FTn - John Laughlin >Photography - nature photographer > >My Flickr account >My Facebook page
thanks! I do have the Lithium's in it now.....
forgot I ordered a DK-17 & DK-19 for the F4 - came today - works great! I like the way the eyecup is locked on the camera.
I was looking for an SB-24 for my recently-acquired F4s and stumbled upon an SB-25. When I received it, it was unusable because of a cracked base. After notifying the seller, he refunded the purchase price. So, I decided I had nothing to lose and slathered the broken part with epoxy. It seemed to work (at least for now) and I'm waiting for some pictures I took with it to come back from the lab. I don't expect my repair to last long, but I'll get as much use out of it while it works. I also have an N8008 and N8008s as backups. You can pick those bodies up for a song now. Cheers, Chris
Well, eyelevel finder for the F and the cordless battery pack for the F-36 motor drive arrived. Finder is decent cosmetically with a couple pin dings in the chrome, but has the usual damage to the glass. A chip and the notorious line. Cordless pack looks a lot better than the one I had. However, it didn't seem to work right when I got it installed and batteries inserted. Cooked the diode (or resistor) inside the grip. Now it works properly without said item installed, but batteries do begin to heat up, which isn't normal.
Tomorrow, am expecting a 50/2 Nikkor-H pre-AI to be at the PO.
found out that the F4 has only .7x view finder magnification, down from the .86x of my FG, FA, etc... something to do with the AF I guess, so a DK-17M was in order. IT actually gets the F4 close to the FA in terms of view finder magnification!
I think it has more to do with eye relief. The DP-20 standard F4 finder is an HP (high eyepoint) finder. For example on the F3 which is all MF, there was a choice of a standard 0,8x magnification finder, and an HP finder (0.75x I think). The HP finder became the widely preferred one, and I guess they carried this user verdict over to the F4.
Personally, I don't wear glasses and prefer the standard non-HP finder on my F3 because of the increased magnification and lower profile. It's the best Nikon finder I have tried, like a personal widescreen tv for your right eye. Similarly, I have added a DK-17M to my D3 (which has a finder very similar to the F4), and wouldn't mind adding another one to my F4 either.
I added the DK-17M to get my F4 closer to my FA, which has an excellent finder, even though it only covers 93% of the picture. I do wear glasses and the "high point" does not work very well for me. (maybe why I was never wowed by the F3) I prefer the eye cup and a diopter; the F4 has the adjustment on the finder!
I hear ya there. Typically, I'll rotate them. Use one or two cameras for a couple weeks (usually take about a week or two to go through a roll of film, sometimes longer), then once I'm done with those, I grab a couple other bodies, and use those. At the moment, the two film cameras I'm using are the F5 and the FTn. Up next will probably be the F4 and the F. Then, after that, probably the FM2n and the FT2, or maybe the FM2n alone. Dunno yet.
Thanks, Raphael... Need to source a neveready case, and either a longnose 50/1.8 or an AI 50/2 for it, that way the 50/2 Nikkor-H that the camera wears currently can go back onto the Nikomat FTn, where it belongs. The F has been reacquainted with its 50/1.4 Nikkor-S.
Just got the latest package from KEH... Six Nikkormat bodies, a Tamron 28mm f/2.5, and a MD-4. Out of the items I received, three bodies were useable, but needed foam (two FT2 bodies, one FTn body); the MD-4 drive worked, but had a dead battery check; and the Tamron just had dust. No fungus.
Stuff was grimy, but, I was able to clean up the working bodies pretty well. Plus, I have three parts cameras to pilfer stuff from.
>welcome to the world of "interchangable sensor" >camera's! just watch out for the NAS that comes with them.... >
It came in yesterday, very nice shape. I'm looking forward to using it this weekend. I shoot some film with an N90s I bought last year, but I wanted something that I could use without the temptations of the bells/whistles. I find I rely too much on the technology of my D600 sometimes, haha.
Recent purchases: - Nikon F2 Photomic (currently with Sover Wong) - 2 x Nikkor-H 50mm f/2 lenses - Nikkor-H.C 28mm 3.5 lens (with CL-7 leather case - nice!) - SB-7e Speedlight - AS-1 flash coupler (boxed, unused) And my latest purchase, Nippon Kogaku 50mm f/1.4 lens for a bargain £50 off Ebay. Nearly mint condition with original front cap and Nikon 52mm metal filter. Regards, Tony
Three FTn's, an FT, an FT3, an EM, and two FG bodies. Parted out one FTn and an FB, got rid of one FTn, the FT3, EM, and the other FG. Cameras were more in line with what I'd expect from a parts camera auction. Still have a black FTn that needs some rewiring before either the sync contacts or the meter work. I also sold off the chrome FT2.
Just went through three F3HP bodies in five days to find one that was in good working order. First one worked, but had a meter that was overexposing by a stop. Second one exposed properly, but had a trailing zero after the indicated shutter speed when set to the speeds between 8 seconds and 1 second, and between 1/15 and 1/500. Also had a weird brown stain on the LCD. The third and current body has neither problem. Also was built in 1995, same year as my F4.
May be adding a Nikkormat FT3 to the mix tomorrow. Also may be adding a camera I haven't used or seen since April or May 2006. My original F3 body (a very well-used F3P). Turns out that there's a chance that the local repair shop still has said camera in their test camera arsenal.
Chrome FT3 that needs to have the shutter speed ring moved a stop, so the actual shutter speed lines up with the ring. Cosmetically decent, and with a good working meter, though. Will be receiving a "J" screen when the shutter speed ring issue is taken care of.
It's not a body, but it will get used with the manual bodies--probably with the Nikkormat FTn first--an 80-200/4.5 AI. I've wanted one since college (when they were $500+ and I was broke with the Nikkormat). The 80-200/2.8 may get some well deserved down time.
Just snagged a pristine chrome Nikkormat FT3. Never owned a Nikkormat before, and I'm really impressed! I paid $50, complete with very nice 50mm F/1.4 AI lens. About to re-foam it now, and will no doubt run a roll through it tomorrow!
Discovered that my "long-term" partner F2AS body has had shutter timing issues. Can't afford a trip to Sover with it at this moment, so I'm receiving another F2 body from KEH via FedEx ground. Should be here on Wednesday.
Well, the "long-term" partner is in for repairs. Second F2 also has shutter timing issues, but at the other end, so that camera will also be going in for service after the first body is back. Latest acquisitons:
black Nikon F FTn "Apollo" with 35-105/3.5-4.5 AIS Nikkor, a bunch of filters, an AS-1, and a 2x teleconverter for $89+ship. Camera looks nicer than my old black F that had the F-36 drive on it. May source a pretty nice black eyelevel finder locally for it, if the FTn finder is a dud.
Both F2 bodies are being combined into one. F FTn arrived. Meter doesn't work right and prism glass is kinda shot. So, eyelevel finder has been mated to the F, which happens to have a couple items I didn't expect installed on it. A P screen and a motor drive plate.
I've had an itch to add a FM to my collection, so I grabbed one... it arrived this week and is in great condition. I love the feel. The prices are ridiculously low for these wonderful cameras.
Of course, when you're hunting you sometimes run across other items of interest... I also found a like new FA and grabbed that too! After getting it hand I am really impressed with it. I threw a role of film in it and I'm carrying it during my commute, so I'm looking forward to my first images from the FA.
A 50mm 1.8 D I already had is a perfect match for either body, but I have to admit I have an itch for a more vintage lens to compliment them...
After a disappointing first roll My second N90 (an S) works beautifully when the meter is set correctly! (Spot metering doesn't work out when you compose with the 'spot' on the backlit areas...makes the people kind of dim, LOL) so that one's a keeper! Love those N90's.
Just finished going through my latest thrift store find; a metal case with an Eastern Airlines sticker! (That tells you how old the stuff inside is.) An FG-20, FE, Nikon 28mm/2.8, Nikon 100/2.8, Tamron adaptall 85-210 macro, SB-10 Speedlight, MD-11 motor drive and a few filters, caps and straps.
The meters all work, foam is a little ratty but should be good and they were clean inside. After cleaning the grubblies off the outside they look pretty nice.
Replaced the chrome FT2 and black FTn with a decently working black FT2. Also receiving a black FT3 with instruction book. The black FT2 that I turned into an FTn got traded for the refoam job on the other FT2. I also downgraded my F3P experience a little. Had a friend on APUG who was green with envy last fall over it. Decided to sell it, a MD-2/MB-1, and some other stuff to him. Picked up a body that has a little bit of brassing to replace it.
A chrome FM2n in the 7402xxx serial range. Am hoping this might be my last FM2n. We'll see. Only way that'll change is if I find a body close to my original 7465126 body in number, or I find said body (unlikely). I'm already done buying F2's.
D200, F5, F4s, F3P, F2ASx2, F FTn, FM2n, Nikomat FT2
I've been wanting a DE-1 for 2 years. Tonight I was the only bidder and found a nice one on Ebay. They're not cheap-I guess they're more rare than some of the metered finders. Here's the seller's photo.
It got here today-same day as my F4e arrived. The DE-1 is very barebones. No meter, of course, and no shutter speed or f stop displayed in the viewfinder...nothing. It makes the F2 slimmer and a little bit lighter. The other finders look like a growth on it's head
Well, I guess my F2 drought has ended. Until this afternoon, I owned one F2AS. The one I had Soverized last winter. Looks like I'm buying one of the bodies he had shipped to my place for what he paid for it, so I'm back up to two.
N2000 that's missing the back, battery pack, etc. Nikkormat FT3 that looks like it was in a fish tank for a couple years. Also a bunch of accessories, lenses, etc. Got them from the son of the guy who used to do AI conversions through eBay.
Another six Nikkormats... Two were in poor shape, two are useable as is (albeit one needs refoaming), and two need a battery to be tested.
Chrome FT, black FTn, two chrome FT2, and two chrome EL bodies.
The FT needs refoaming and meter is a little erratic, but not terribly so. I might actually do something crazy and get it overhauled, even though I know I won't recoup my investment.
FTn was good mechanically, but the light meter was a voltmeter. Shorted to the battery terminals essentially. Ring resistor had NO carbon left on it.
One FT2 was similar, but also had 1 second, 1/2 second, and 1/4 second dead. Like the FTn, it became a parts camera very quickly.
The other has a slightly erratic meter (only one twitch of the needle that I noticed) and was refoamed. I did have to change the prism glass with a good one from a body I parted out a while ago. One big splotch of desilvering.
The EL bodies are in decent cosmetic shape. One has been refoamed, the other hasn't. I won't know more until I get a good PX28 battery to drop into them.
Price? $37.51, plus $6.95 shipping from KEH on their eBay account.
D2x, FM2n, F2ASx2, F, Nikomat FT2, FTn, Nikkormat EL, FT