Question about Nikon Photography

1 Answer

Nikkormat 35mm SLR light meter not working!

I have a really old Nikon Nikkormat 35mm slr, and the light meter isn't working. Help!

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • cclairelynch Jun 15, 2010

    Not a dumb question! I got a replacement battery first thing and replaced the old one and still not joy. When I first got the camera, the light meter worked, but when I tested it again it crapped out.

  • cclairelynch Jun 15, 2010

    Not a dumb question! I got a new battery and replaced the old one, and still not joy. When I first got the camera, the light meter worked briefly (for about 5 minutes) and then it crapped out and hasn't been working since.

  • cclairelynch Jun 15, 2010

    Replaced the battery, no joy. The light meter worked briefly (for a couple of minutes, before I replaced the battery) and then stopped working, so I got a new battery but it still doesn't work.

  • cclairelynch Jun 15, 2010

    I can't tell if this darn thing is posting my replies, so appologies if you're getting multiple replies.



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 55 Answers

1) Clean the battery contacts and put fresh battery.
2) Open the top cover and clean the meter switch ( located and the wind cam )
3) Meter needle maybe stuck at the rest position. Remove the stopper and replace or clean.
4) If none of these help, check the meter cells and resistor band under the shutter dial behind the lens mount ( hard to do.)

Posted on Jun 15, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers


Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Cant see through the viewer on a Nikon NIKKORMAT FT3 35MM SLR Camera

Check to see if you locked the mirror in the up position.

Jun 02, 2014 | Nikon F3 35mm Film Camera

1 Answer

Nikon fg light meter not working

Light meter only works with the back door shut and the film counter is at frame 1 or more !!, Also if the camera is set at M90 or bulb (B) mode, Meter will not work there ether,

Nov 13, 2013 | Nikon FG 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

I have a nikon n65 and there is a blinking F- - what does that mean?

The F-- indicates that the camera isn't communicating with the lens. If you have an old mechanical lens with no electronics, you'll have to set the camera to the Manual exposure mode (turn the mode dial to M) and shoot without any help from the camera's light meter.

If you're using a newer AF lens with electronics, clean the electrical contacts on the back of the lens and in the mount on the camera body.

Jul 13, 2012 | Nikon N65 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

I would like to know if a 24mm Nikon f2.8 Ai Manual Focus Lens will work on a Nikon N75 SLR Camera

Yes and no. It will fit and you can take pictures with it. You'll have to focus manually, of course, and you won't get any exposure help from the camera's light meter. You'll have to use the camera in the Manual exposure mode, setting the shutter speed on the camera body and the aperture by turning the ring on the lens and, as I said earlier, without any help from the camera's light meter.

Mar 17, 2012 | Nikon N75 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

The light meter is starting to not work, could this be battery related? Camera is 28 years old

Having gone over a month without a response to my query, I assume a fresh set of batteries solved the problem.

Sep 14, 2011 | Nikon EM 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

I need to find a manual for my nikkormat fs

I don't see a manual for the FS but you can find manuals for cameras of similar vintage at

Sep 30, 2009 | Nikon F65 35mm SLR Camera

2 Answers

Light meter not working

Make sure the battery lid is securely screwed on, The meter wont work before the '1' frame. i just found out last week about this. make several clicks till the '1' mark appears, now check the meter if its working. [A] - aperture prio

Jun 09, 2009 | Nikon F3 35mm Film Camera

1 Answer

Nikkormat FT

I have a Nikkormat FT, and I can assure you that there is no "timer" button on this camera. There is, however, a timer lever to the left of the lens if you are looking at the front of the camera. As for the light meter, have you tried moving the film advance lever to the "cocked" position, since that turns on the meter.

Jul 01, 2008 | Nikon Nikomat FT 35mm SLR Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Photography Logo

Related Topics:

491 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Nikon Photography Experts

Ric Donato

Level 2 Expert

226 Answers


Level 2 Expert

132 Answers


Level 2 Expert

78 Answers

Are you a Nikon Photography Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides