Nikon n55 manual mode f.stop and shutter speed controles
Hi, I am teaching a 35 mm film darkroom course at a high school and one of my students has a Nikon N55 and no instruction manual. Can you please give me a basic run down of how to control the f.stop with the shutter speed in manual mode? Thanks, Joney
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N65s were notorious for bad shutter release buttons. The metal is thinner than a strand of hair and they break. Search Ebay and see if the part is available to replace (note: Nikon stopped selling parts last year).
In S and M modes you control the shutter speed directly by turning the command dial on the back of the camera. In A mode the dial controls the aperture which indirectly affects the shutter speed. In P mode the dial shifts the exposure to another equivalent exposure, which also changes the shutter speed.
You can download a manual from http://www.butkus.org/chinon/nikon.htm
Your camera is either fully automatic or fully manual. In addition it has shutter priority and aperture priority semi-automatic functions. With shutter prior. you pick the shutter speed you prefer and the camera will adjust the aperture. With Aperture prior it works the other way around. The exposure will be always the optimum (decided by the camera program). You can adjust these automatics with the program dial.
When you set the camera to "Full Manual" mode, you should be able to dial in your shutter speeds, for most film cameras, including the N55 30 Seconds is the slowest shutter speed. If your camera features a "Bulb" mode, then the shutter stays open as long as you are holding down the shutter release button.
There was a recall on the N55 due to auto focus problems. You can do a google search or nikon.com email the support team and they will send you the paper. This is what I did, I wasn't charged since I had the correct papers. I, however, used one roll of film and my focus went out again! Mine doesn't even work on manual... If you want to try that maybe you will hae better luck than me. GOOD LUCK!
Yes, on this camera you leave the aperture ring at f22 and use the camera's controls to set your f-stop. It won't work is you change the ring on the lens. You gain the control of the aperture in the 'M' and 'A' modes. The 'P' setting is for the camera to pick both speed and aperture for you. 'S' is shutter priority, etc
Since this happened on two seperate rolls of film, the problem may be that the shutter blades have been bent out of place. This can cause the symptoms you describe. Have a qualified technician look at the shutter. Usually the blades can be reset. In bad cases the blades may be bent or creased. If this is the case, the shutter may need to be replaced.