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More by accident than design, I bought two old Nikon SLRs in 2020. The first was a Nikon F with Photomic viewfinder in surprisingly poor shape:


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Apart from the fact that it had no lens, it was also in particularly poor shape. I spent some time looking for a lens, and a few months later I got an offer I couldn't refuse: Nikon FM2 with 5 lenses, flash and a carrying case, all in excellent condition:


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So now (as of October 2020) I'm looking for ways to overhaul the Nikon F, and also to understand the genealogy of the Nikon SLRs. The Nikon F was in production from April 1959 to October 1973, 14½ years, and it's not even clear when mine was made: the serial number appears to have been changed. On this page I'm collecting a number of web resources that may be of use.

Nikon F variations
Nikon F
Nikon FM2
Understanding old Nikon lenses
Nikon FM2 manual
Nkon terminology overview
Nikon lens information
Nikon F serial numbers
Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4
Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4
Nikon colletors Facebook group
Custom Camera Covers
YouTube dismantling Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4
Nikon F name plates
Back finders

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