Nikkormat FTn: How do I set ISO (ASA)?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by J D B, May 8, 2004.

  1. J D B

    J D B Guest

    (I attempted a Google search first, but came up empty, please don't
    flame me!)

    I have several SLR's, and can figure out most. I just got a Nikkormat
    FTN - a bargain I couldn't pass up - and I have figured out everthing
    except how to set the film speed.

    There is a scale on the bottom of the lens mount with what looks like
    a sliding indicator, but I can't get it to move. Is there a trick,
    might it be stuck, is there another way? I didn't want to force it!

    Thanks in advance!!

    J D B, May 8, 2004
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  2. J D B

    MXP Guest

    It is a sliding indicator.....just try with a little more force.......but
    you should be able to do
    it without using a tool.

    MXP, May 8, 2004
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  3. That is where it is at. I had one for a number of years, until it was
    stolen. If it has my name engraved on the bottom, it's mine.

    Because it has no shutter speed dial on the top panel of the camera
    body, instead, the shutter ring is located at the lens mount. While the
    ASA/ISO is at the bottom of the same ring.

    It has been so long ago, I can't remember how hard it was to set, but I
    don't real it being a problem.
    Joseph Meehan, May 8, 2004
  4. J D B

    J D B Guest

    I had one for a number of years, until it was
    Sorry, no name on this one ;-)

    Thanks to both for the answer I was afraid of. It's just stuck! At
    least it's stuck at 200, I can live with that.
    J D B, May 11, 2004
  5. Maybe not. Mine, a 1975 one is almost fingernail breaking tough to set.
    The ones I used to own, and friend's were similar.

    Note that the meter will be off anyway. The batteries it needs are
    no longer made. Their replacemnets are the wrong voltage.

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, May 11, 2004
  6. I believe the meter can be recalibrated for the non-mercury cells available
    today. I have two old Nikon Ftns and had the meters fixed ( a chronic weak
    point on Ftns) and recalibrated. Of course, if the adjustment is stuck at
    200, who cares about the battery?
    Pieter Litchfield, May 11, 2004
  7. With a modern battery the film speed setting would be equivalent to
    about 320 with either the correct battery or proper calibration.
    Just about right for TRI-X, HP5, or ISO 400 color print or chromogenic
    (black and white film using color processing) film.

    IMHO it would be a disaster for T-MAX or slide film.

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, May 11, 2004
  8. J D B

    MXP Guest

    It is still possible to get the original 1,35V PX625 batteries.
    I think Varta in Germany still makes them and a Camera shop where I live
    gets them for they are not allowed to import

    MXP, May 11, 2004
  9. Actually, it would be easy enough to check out the calibration with a gray
    card and a handheld light meter....
    My wife uses an old Alpa 10d with a funky internal light meter adapted to
    non-mercury batteries and we did just that.

    I'd agree that it could be a problem for unforgiving (narrow latitude?)
    films like TMAX, but if it is consistent and measurable (if for example you
    are always 1 f stop off), it doesn't matter - just adjust your exposure to

    Pieter Litchfield, May 11, 2004
  10. LIFT the bracket and it will move, I believe. Wein makes a substitute
    for the mercury battery.
    Michael Scarpitti, May 11, 2004
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