Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
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Anyway, shop's name is Camera Clinic. 206-367-2440. Guy's name is Doug. Not really cranky, but an inveterate smartass. Conversion is $59 on an FT or FTn 'mat. Involves installing a shottky diode. Once that is done, you can run the fairly common V 625 U batteries. Or, with a spacer, a V76PX...

I think, that if I go back to using a 'mat, I'll stick to FT2's and FT3's... They're already converted, and have some other upgrades as well.

The procedure of which conversion is: Remove two screws holding bottom plate, lift off plate. Desolder wire from cell compartment. Solder diode in series with cell compartment and meter circuitry, replace plate and screws. $59 for 10 minutes work. The FTN finders for the Fs are simply recalibrated, which is a considerably more involved procedure.