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    Help with my FM

    I just picked up a new to me Nikon FM, which looks pristene. Put in two A76 cells and slapped a AF 85 1.8 d lens on it. Indecates the FStop in the viewfinder and LED lights on the '-' in the right side of viewfinder....all good to go...

    The light meter never changes, even when pointed directly into the light. I have gone through my wide collection of lens and even tried some with stopped-down modes. No go.

    Is it busted, or do I have to do something I don't know about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrred View Post
    I just picked up a new to me Nikon FM, which looks pristene. Put in two A76 cells and slapped a AF 85 1.8 d lens on it. Indecates the FStop in the viewfinder and LED lights on the '-' in the right side of viewfinder....all good to go...

    The light meter never changes, even when pointed directly into the light. I have gone through my wide collection of lens and even tried some with stopped-down modes. No go.

    Is it busted, or do I have to do something I don't know about?
    Is the flip-up Ai tab down and engaged with the notch on the aperture ring?

    http://mir.com.my/rb/photography/har...s/fm/basic.htm

    Scroll down to Step #3.

    Get the smoke out of the subway yet?

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    Check with silver oxide batteries instead of alkaline. Also check your iso/ Asa dial and make sure it's not set super low. Then take off the lens and check inside to see if there is dirt or dust obstructing the meter cell.

    The aperture shows because of the viewing window, it's not a key indicator for electrical operation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    Is the flip-up Ai tab down and engaged with the notch on the aperture ring?

    http://mir.com.my/rb/photography/har...s/fm/basic.htm

    Scroll down to Step #3.

    Get the smoke out of the subway yet?
    This looks like I was doing everything right.

    There actually was not that much smoke. They just have to shut things down to verify..... Just a PIA so far. No public support for the cause must confuse these little children. There will be a bounty soon on students...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings View Post
    The aperture shows because of the viewing window, it's not a key indicator for electrical operation.
    It does indecate that the lens was mounted correctly, which was the only point I was trying to make.

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    Dumb question...

    Did you remember to cock the film advance lever? The FM and the FE (and others) "turn on" by cocking the advance lever about 30 degrees. Are you seeing any LEDs light up in the viewfinder when you turn the camera on? Did you check to make sure that the batteries were installed correctly, that they are good and that they are making good contact?

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    Any meter activity when you stop down and hit the DOF thingy? Suspect the Ai ring that turns with aperture changes isn't talking to the meter. If you're seeing LEDs, there's not a power/battery issue.

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    Did you turn on the meter by pulling out the film advance lever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gadfly_71 View Post
    Dumb question...

    Did you remember to cock the film advance lever? The FM and the FE (and others) "turn on" by cocking the advance lever about 30 degrees. Are you seeing any LEDs light up in the viewfinder when you turn the camera on? Did you check to make sure that the batteries were installed correctly, that they are good and that they are making good contact?
    Quote Originally Posted by mrred
    and LED lights on the '-' in the right side of viewfinder
    It was on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobD View Post
    Did you turn on the meter by pulling out the film advance lever?
    See above.

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