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| p.2 #9 · Got my grandfather's old Nikon F, looking for some information on it |
I was given two old F's recently, one with a plain prism and one with the FTN meter finder. I had one back in my BFA days at the University of R.I. and I have since done a lot of shooting with it, mostly as I am still teaching the black and white photo elective here at Washington University. I'm shooting Ilford HP-5 and making 5x7 silver prints, totally old school. I am off to New Orleans this week and bringing my D800 and my Nikon F2 (which I also recently found for almost nothing, also with a plain prism finder). I've also shot some Ilford Delta 100, a very nice fine grained film.
Honestly, the FTN meter was only accurate to one stop even when it was new, it was never a super accurate metering system and I remember buying a Luna Pro in 1975 to improve my odds, so I'd tell you to not even deal with the meter. (BTW, I did some checking on the plane prism are fetching a seemingly high price on eBay).
For lenses, I have a 28 3.5; a 35 f2; a 35 pc; a 55 micro, a 85 f1,8, a 105 and a 135 all non AI lenses. If your looking for glass any of the non G Nikon lenses will work fine, even the older D auto focus works. But the best value for you is to look for a non AI lens, they are way less expensive than the AI or AIs glass that can be used with most of the DSLR's these days. KEH is a good guide to what they sell for retail then troll Craigs list for the deals.
Lastly, I recently downloaded a free lightmeter app for my iPhone, it seems to be as close as my old Luna Pro was and with HP-5, thats usually close enough.
Good luck to you, you'll get a lot of comments from people who see you lugging that hunk of iron around, people love the click it makes.