Manual Film Speeds on Nikon N60/F60?

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  1. Ten301

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    I've misplaced my owner's manual for this camera, but would like to shoot Rollei 400IR 35mm film in it. The problem is that this film is not DX coded. When I tried to load it, the camera didn't recognize there was film in the chamber, so would not load it (as the camera loads automatically). I assume it uses the DX coding on the canister to sense there is film to be loaded. Does anyone know if there is any way to load this film and set the speed manually? A quick search of the web seems to indicate there is not.

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    Well, it is my understanding (which may be wrong) that IR exposures are not necessarilly meterable.

    You can, however, get the film to load by purchasing gummed labels with the DX info that can be added to cassettes. At least that shall allow your camera to accept and load the film.
     
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    You could make your own DX coding label with masking tape and aluminum foil. All it is, is to short the appropriate pins together. Take an existing film with DX coding, and duplicate the exposed metal part....
     
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    Default ISO is 100 - so if you dial in exposure compensation, you can effectively change the ISO. For example, dialing in -2 stops changes the default ISO 100 to EI 400.

    I've not shot the Rollei, but I found that metering through a red #25 filter with Kodak HIE with the camera's TTL meter set to EI 400 worked very well. I bracketed +/- 1 stop but usually the centre frame was the correct one.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the advice. I think I'll go with Porter's DX labels, but have yet another question: I noticed they have no 400 ISO labels, which is nominal speed of Rollei 400IR when used as a panchromatic (non-IR) film. They have 40, 125, 800, 1600 and 3200. I know I can compensate from one of those ISO's, but think I remember reading somewhere that 400 and 800 film canister DX codes are exactly the same. Does anyone know if that's true? Porter's does have an 800 ISO available. I don't have any 800 ISO film at the moment, so cannot immediately compare with a 400 ISO canister.

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    400 and 800 codes are not the same.
     
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    Ten301,

    You can find the manual here.

    According to this, the F60 cannot use non-DX-coded film (page 18 - 19).

    I was not sure if it can handle IR-film at all, but according to Nikon, it should be possible.
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    However, you may have to cover the film window somehow. Maybe someone else knows.


    Best regards,
    Sandra