A project for Nikon F3 and FM2 camera owners...

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  1. John_Nikon_F

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    Working on creating a couple excel documents that will eventually be posted on Sover Wong's website and that will show the production dates for both the F3 series cameras and the FM2 series cameras.

    What I need are the first four digits of the serial number, and the four digit code that is found on the casting. On an F3 and the ANAM Precision/Lemix FM2 bodies, it is found where the hinge for the back is located. Sometimes can be readable without removing the back, but it might be more helpful to remove the back and read the code that way. On most FM2 bodies, it's in the film chamber, where the cartridge goes. Sometimes Nikon printed the first two digits on the FM2 bodies backwards. Normally, the first digit is month, second is year. On some, the year is first, and the month is second.

    Month is signified by the numbers 1-9, and the letters O, N, and D. Year is shown with the last digit of the year.

    Thanks in advance.

    -J
     
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    Do you not suspect that a number of cameras will have swapped parts? At least F3s' top plates where the serial is are not that hard to switch out. I have never looked at an f2.
     
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    It is possible on both an F3 or an FM2. I've seen some that don't seem to match up with the remaining cameras I've come across in that serial number block.

    Re: the DE-5 eyepiece assembly - been kinda busy, so haven't had a chance to get a pic.

    -J
     
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    1st four digits of serial on rear top right of body - 7280
    In the film chamber - 64QC

    Hope that's some help?

    cheers
     
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    Nikon F3. 80AB by hinge. First four of serial 1242.

    How long are you collecting data for? I have a couple of cameras loaded at the moment that I might be able to add if I finish the films in time.
     
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    Re: how long this is going - probably going to be for some time. I've a bunch of holes in both files.

    Thanks for providing the information. Keep it coming.

    -J
     
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    Update - corrected!
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    Each of my two F3 is currently munching a roll and doing it slowly. One is at 31st bite and the other has just started (<5), so you will have to wait a bit.
     
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    I just picked up a box of goodies included one FM2n (sadly with a bad meter)

    first 4 ser 8000
    60BB inside
     
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    That's cool. When you're ready, post'em up...

    -J