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Mar 12, 2018 17:55:55   #
buckwheat
 
Most everyone knows what the iconic Nikon F looks like, and many know its history. But I have always wondered how many were aware that Nikon made a clip-on, but coupled light meter for the F. It clips on to the name plate, and couples with the shutter speed dial. This is one purpose for the raised pin on the dial.
This is my First Nikon. Serial number indicates it was made in 1960, as was the lens. The 58mm f1.4 was only made for a short time, when it was changed to the 50mm. This camera has served me well, and that's the original strap! A year at Brook's, two years in South East Asia...supported my family while I was in college, and off and on through out the years. Today, it's semi-retired.
I don't know if there is any collector's value to it, but it's not for sale, anyway.
If you want to forgive the softness of the focus, you may. Slow shutter speed and old age.








 
Mar 12, 2018 18:09:51   #
Just Fred
 
Sweet!

When I was a fledgling photojournalist wannabe, the Nikon F was the gold standard camera.
Mar 12, 2018 18:12:51   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
I was unaware of that meter's existence. Thanks for the informative post.

BTW, here' my F. Been with me since Dec. 24, 1971.
--Bob
buckwheat wrote:
Most everyone knows what the iconic Nikon F looks like, and many know its history. But I have always wondered how many were aware that Nikon made a clip-on, but coupled light meter for the F. It clips on to the name plate, and couples with the shutter speed dial. This is one purpose for the raised pin on the dial.
This is my First Nikon. Serial number indicates it was made in 1960, as was the lens. The 58mm f1.4 was only made for a short time, when it was changed to the 50mm. This camera has served me well, and that's the original strap! A year at Brook's, two years in South East Asia...supported my family while I was in college, and off and on through out the years. Today, it's semi-retired.
I don't know if there is any collector's value to it, but it's not for sale, anyway.
If you want to forgive the softness of the focus, you may. Slow shutter speed and old age.
Most everyone knows what the iconic Nikon F looks ... (show quote)


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Mar 12, 2018 18:30:22   #
Zootster
 
I loved my Nikon F. It was stolen almost 40 years ago and I still miss it.
Mar 12, 2018 18:35:39   #
Pixie Jackie
 
Gee, Bob! Looking at the wear and tear on that "F" shows us that you got your money'worth. It probably gave you some great pictures--at the same time giving you lots of experience and camera know-how for taking the good pictures that you show us once in a while. -- Jackie
Mar 12, 2018 18:59:59   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
Jackie, it's not only has provided great times and photographs, I still use it quite often. It may look a bit worn, but it still works as well as the day I got it.
--Bob
Pixie Jackie wrote:
Gee, Bob! Looking at the wear and tear on that "F" shows us that you got your money'worth. It probably gave you some great pictures--at the same time giving you lots of experience and camera know-how for taking the good pictures that you show us once in a while. -- Jackie
 
Mar 12, 2018 19:02:24   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
Cool! Never seen that accessory.
Mar 12, 2018 19:59:35   #
Charlie'smom (a regular here)
 
I’ve recently gone back to film. Just a roll a month. I have a Nikon FE2 and love it.
Mar 12, 2018 21:15:01   #
Cany143 (a regular here)
 
buckwheat wrote:
Most everyone knows what the iconic Nikon F looks like, and many know its history. But I have always wondered how many were aware that Nikon made a clip-on, but coupled light meter for the F. It clips on to the name plate, and couples with the shutter speed dial. This is one purpose for the raised pin on the dial.
This is my First Nikon. Serial number indicates it was made in 1960, as was the lens. The 58mm f1.4 was only made for a short time, when it was changed to the 50mm. This camera has served me well, and that's the original strap! A year at Brook's, two years in South East Asia...supported my family while I was in college, and off and on through out the years. Today, it's semi-retired.
I don't know if there is any collector's value to it, but it's not for sale, anyway.
If you want to forgive the softness of the focus, you may. Slow shutter speed and old age.
Most everyone knows what the iconic Nikon F looks ... (show quote)


Mine still works fine. How about yours?


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Mar 12, 2018 21:19:11   #
RWR (a regular here)
 
buckwheat wrote:
Most everyone knows what the iconic Nikon F looks like, and many know its history. But I have always wondered how many were aware that Nikon made a clip-on, but coupled light meter for the F. It clips on to the name plate, and couples with the shutter speed dial. This is one purpose for the raised pin on the dial.
This is my First Nikon. Serial number indicates it was made in 1960, as was the lens. The 58mm f1.4 was only made for a short time, when it was changed to the 50mm. This camera has served me well, and that's the original strap! A year at Brook's, two years in South East Asia...supported my family while I was in college, and off and on through out the years. Today, it's semi-retired.
I don't know if there is any collector's value to it, but it's not for sale, anyway.
If you want to forgive the softness of the focus, you may. Slow shutter speed and old age.
Most everyone knows what the iconic Nikon F looks ... (show quote)

Looks like the last of the selenium cell meters, the Model III. Do you have the booster?
Mar 12, 2018 21:57:26   #
buckwheat
 
I did at one time, but I had forgotten all about it and I don't have a clue what has become of it.
After seeing rmalarz' battle scarred Ftn, I know why I didn't get the black. Also, I used the Fs the Air Force issued me, including one with the 100 ft magazine motor drive. That was quite a beast.
RWR wrote:
Looks like the last of the selenium cell meters, the Model III. Do you have the booster?
 
Mar 13, 2018 07:04:44   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
buckwheat wrote:
Most everyone knows what the iconic Nikon F looks like, and many know its history. But I have always wondered how many were aware that Nikon made a clip-on, but coupled light meter for the F. It clips on to the name plate, and couples with the shutter speed dial. This is one purpose for the raised pin on the dial.
This is my First Nikon. Serial number indicates it was made in 1960, as was the lens. The 58mm f1.4 was only made for a short time, when it was changed to the 50mm. This camera has served me well, and that's the original strap! A year at Brook's, two years in South East Asia...supported my family while I was in college, and off and on through out the years. Today, it's semi-retired.
I don't know if there is any collector's value to it, but it's not for sale, anyway.
If you want to forgive the softness of the focus, you may. Slow shutter speed and old age.
Most everyone knows what the iconic Nikon F looks ... (show quote)


AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. When Nikon was KING.
Mar 13, 2018 07:04:53   #
daltonp
 
I still have a NIkon F dated 1968. It has the most accurate meter I have ever used.
Mar 13, 2018 07:36:57   #
Stlawrence
 
rmalarz wrote:
Jackie, it's not only has provided great times and photographs, I still use it quite often. It may look a bit worn, but it still works as well as the day I got it.
--Bob


"still works as well as the day I got it." Wow! You can't say that about much of anything anymore. Sad.
Mar 13, 2018 08:29:36   #
wrangler5
 
FWIW, when I finally sold my F (along with my other Nikon film bodies - after I had been shooting digital for several years and was sure I would not go back to the darkroom) I got WAY more for the standard prism than I did for the body. The Photomic prism went for almost nothing, but those plain prisms were practically collector's items.
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