Question about Nikon FG 35mm SLR Camera
Since no light meter, shutter operates only at M90, or will open at 1/60 but not close again until moved to M90.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Ah, I figured this out. It's not the battery, since the light isn't dimmed. I had the same problem with the light being stuck at 60/120, and it was just flashing. There's a certain mechanism in the camera that only allows the light meter to start working when the exposure count is at 1. So when you load your film, you have to take 2 or 3 exposures, and crank it, before the light meter kicks in.
Posted on Apr 03, 2010
Sorry, but there is nothing else you can do without dismantling the camera and giving it a full service. It's not a DIY job so will have to go to a repair specialist.
Note that unlike some similar Nikon models of the time, the FG's complex electronics mean that your camera may now only be good for spare parts as it's likely that the main circuit board has failed and replacements simply are not available and arevery difficult and expensive to fit if you're lucky enough to locate one. The reputation for failure of this model due to ageing circuitry means that it's now unpopular and near worthless.
A repair specialist can certainly tell you whether the camera is repairable before undertaking any serious work on it.
Personally, I'd just advise you to sell it as is for spares or repairs and to obtain a working example or even the mechanical Nikon FM/FM2 which are still plentiful, easily serviced and repaired, and available fairly cheaply or even free (via FreeCycle).
Posted on Apr 08, 2010
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M90 is a battery independent setting - it requires no battery power to function. If it won't advance until put on M90 from other settings, then either you're not allowing for proper exposure, have the settings incorrectly set (film speed, etc), or you have shutter issues. The shutter is electronically controlled on all settings except M90. In the auto setting, your lense MUST be set to the smallest aperture (biggest number). On any other setting, you can use it however you'd like. I'd suggest unloading any film, setting the shutter speed dial to 1/125 or so, opening the back and looking thru and firing the shutter. If it's not snapping open and immediately closed, theres an issue and you need to consult a repair technician either locally, through Nikon, or through KEH Camera online.
Posted on Sep 04, 2011
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