Nikon FA

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Shodan, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Shodan

    Shodan Member

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    I just bougt an FA on ebay. The metering pin is missing. So, I assume that it is on matrix metering and cannot be set to cener weighted. Is this a big deal?
     
  2. Bob-D659

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    "Metering pin"? You mean the small AIS lens detect pin just above the lens latch pin. If you don't have a manual, this site has lots of info.
     
  3. Ian C

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    Are you referring to the “Meter Control Button” on the lower left side (as you face it) of the lens mount?

    See page 40 here.

    http://www.cameramanuals.org/nikon_pdf/nikon_fa-1.pdf

    Note: with the “Shooting Mode Selector” set to “Manual” the meter is in center-weighted mode regardless of the position of the Meter Control Button.

    The second part of the manual is here

    http://www.cameramanuals.org/nikon_pdf/nikon_fa-1.pdf

    The manual ought to answer most of your questions regarding the use of the FA.

    I've no idea why the MCB would be missing. Tampering by a previous owner sounds possible.

    In normal operation you'd push in the MCB to override “Automatic Multi-Pattern Metering.” That sets the metering to center-weighted in any of the auto exposure modes: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority. Otherwise the auto modes use AMP metering.