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| p.1 #16 · Got my grandfather's old Nikon F, looking for some information on it |
It has a primitive meter in the finder, but IIRC, it used a mercury cell battery which you won't be able to find now. While the F is valubale, it is much more valuable if it had the original prism finder as many of the finders were switched when the meter finder was introduced. The prism finders were lost or tossed and today, the prism finder is often worth more than the camera itself.
The shutter test at 1 sec is good, and run a roll of B&W thru it first. At some point, with the film in the camera, let some sunlight hit the back and if the film fogs, the seal around the back is NG. The shutter is cloth, and being old, is likely more fragile than the newer thinner metal ones.
I also have my grandfathers Nikon F, it has the original prism finder, is light tight and best of all, is from the first year of production according to the SN. Over 20 years ago, I had a local Nikon service tech offer me alot of money for it, but nowhere what it was reallly worth.
Lenses should carry the AI or AIS designation.