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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
    Hi Rich,
    You might be right in the end about the camera. But I would still like to at least replace the sports finder with a normal prisma finder or even the
    F Photomic Tn.
    About the Tri-X: I still have some of the old Tri-X (from before the big change in 2004?) but I don't think it's the same as in 1967? Still, it is Tri-X
    and I used Tri-X mostly all these years.

    BUT: I do have an original box with 12 unused HP3 glass plates (9x13 cm = 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inch).
    Attachment 64781 Attachment 64782 Attachment 64783
    Probaly from the 50's of 60's? See: http://www.photomemorabilia.co.uk/Il...hronology.html
    How about that?
    I would keep the camera you have. It's a known quantity. If you absolutely must have a serial number that was from that month, look for a junker with a 6799xxx or 680xxxx serial, and swap the rewind side top cover. Pretty easy to do, actually.

    I'd look for an eyelevel finder, since the Tn finders are usually in poor shape these days. Cosmetically, no, but electrically, yes. Frequently, the battery check button's mechansim will fail and prevent the meter from turning on. Most of them also have dirty/broken ring resistors, so the needles are erratic when they do work. Only once have I come across a T or Tn finder that was actually in good working order. Was on my second Nikon F body that I purchased from a camera repair shop in March or April 2007.

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    I found a nice site about the F (and F2) meters and finders:
    http://www.cameraquest.com/nfinder.htm

    I now have a waist level finder like this one:
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    I think I'll try to find a chrome prism finder for my camera:
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    I might even try my F2 Fhotomic S metered finder sometimes, but then: that wouldn't be an original set from 1967, would it?

    So, anyone has a F Eye-level Finder lying around he wants to "donate" to my small project? I'm open for suggestions ;-)
    Or a broken Nikon F with a serial number from February 1967?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
    I found a nice site about the F (and F2) meters and finders:
    http://www.cameraquest.com/nfinder.htm

    I now have a waist level finder like this one:
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    I think I'll try to find a chrome prism finder for my camera:
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    I might even try my F2 Fhotomic S metered finder sometimes, but then: that wouldn't be an original set from 1967, would it?

    So, anyone has a F Eye-level Finder lying around he wants to "donate" to my small project? I'm open for suggestions ;-)
    Or a broken Nikon F with a serial number from February 1967?
    You know, non-working metered prisms for the F are relatively inexpensive. Is there any reason why you cannot use one of those and a handheld meter?

    As for donations, have you looked at the prices of eye-level prisms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    You know, non-working metered prisms for the F are relatively inexpensive. Is there any reason why you cannot use one of those and a handheld meter?
    Why didn't I think of that ??? How simple can it be ....
    The camera even looks even better with a metered prism.
    And are cheaper to donate/trade/find ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
    Why didn't I think of that ??? How simple can it be ....
    The camera even looks even better with a metered prism.
    And are cheaper to donate/trade/find ;-)
    Also, those non-working metered prisms very often come back to life if you clean all the contacts, including the potentiometer. I'm 3 for 3 so far, that is of the three I have owned since about 1995 all have come back to life and remained reliable. I use an Ftn finder for when I must have TTL metering, I overhauled it in 1998 and it's still going, the other two I sold.

    A waistlevel finder is on my want list, go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Also, those non-working metered prisms very often come back to life if you clean all the contacts, including the potentiometer. I'm 3 for 3 so far, that is of the three I have owned since about 1995 all have come back to life and remained reliable. I use an Ftn finder for when I must have TTL metering, I overhauled it in 1998 and it's still going, the other two I sold.

    A waistlevel finder is on my want list, go figure.
    I'll let you know if and when I find a prism for my camera and my waistlevel finder will be looking for a new good home :-)
    A pity you already sold the other two Ftn prisms ....
    Bert
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    Bert from Holland
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
    I'll let you know if and when I find a prism for my camera and my waistlevel finder will be looking for a new good home :-)
    A pity you already sold the other two Ftn prisms ....
    Bert
    Well, the two I sold had cameras attached to them, and it was quite a while ago... I wish I still had the black one with the 55/1.2 lens, they're going for a pretty penny these days. I had to ask my self, just how many nearly-indestructable cameras do I need?
    You might want to retain that WL finder, sometimes it's very useful when you can't get your eye behind the regular prisms.

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