Question about Nikon N70 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

Photos are coming out foggy.

My nikon n70 works fine, but the pictures are coming out looking cloudy or foggy. Is there a chance of a light leak, or is it something that I could be doing wrong?

Posted by on

  • dam1owh Jun 03, 2008

    I have a similar problem with a Nikon Pronea 6i which is very like your N70 except that it takes APS film (What's that?)

    Assuming you have eliminated the possibility of light leaking in
    through the film back then chances are your problem is the same as mine.

    I have traced my problem to light leaking in through the viewfinder and spilling onto the film "around the mirror".

    I find that if I fire off 2 or 3 shots in quick succession, only the first shot is noticeably affected by the leak.

    I think this shows that the effect of the leak builds up while the part
    of the film at the is in position at the focal plane waiting to be

    The longer I wait between shots the worse the leak appears to be and
    again I think this shows that the fogging takes time to build up.

    I traced the source of the problem as follows:

    1. Remove lens.

    2. Set camera to Manual and BULB

    press and HOLD the shutter so that the mirror locks up

    3. Shine a high intensity LED torch in at the view finder

    4. Look into the camera body.

    5. Turn the torch ON and OFF a few times.

    If your problem is the same as mine you will see small pin-***** size
    rays of light appearing around the mirror as it sits in the locked up
    position. Sitting in a darkened room will help here but will also raise
    some comments from your partner or strange looks from your cat.

    My reasoning is, if the light leaks around the mirror when locked up
    then the chances are it will also leak while the mirror is covering the
    film in the normal position.

    Sorry I don't have a fix for this. I only finished 'diagnosing' the problem last night.

    I think paying to have the N70 repaired would be worthwhile as it is a
    very good camera. I'm not sure yet if I will pay good money to have the
    pronea repaired.

    If you want to do it yourself then Jon Goodman has some very good
    information and products for repairing light seals on older cameras at:

    Maybe there will be enough information there to get you going.

    Good luck.


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    One Above All:

    The expert with highest point at the last day of the past 12 weeks.

    Top Expert:

    An expert who has finished #1 on the weekly Top 10 Fixya Experts Leaderboard.


    An expert that got 20 achievements.

  • Nikon Master
  • 96,571 Answers

It could be. One way to attempt to find out would be to take a picture with the lens cap on. You'll have to go to Manual mode and take a guess as to the exposure. I would also investigate the possibility of a dirty lens. If you have another lens, try that and see what the pictures look like.

I assume you're not using expired film, nor subjecting the film to extreme heat or humidity.

Posted on Jan 16, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


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



Related Questions:

1 Answer

In p and ps modes on nikon n70 screen flashes F E E and will not take pictures. I do not recognize this error message

Check that you have the aperture ring on the lens set to minimum aperture, biggest f stop number. It should lock in that position, and there may be a small button to keep it locked there.

Dec 25, 2010 | Nikon N70 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

Nikon N70 back of camera and area covering that opens up to expose film, the individual "strips"covering that opening were inadvertantly pushed in and need to be reset into opening...How?

They can't. You've destroyed the shutter assembly and it must be replaced which is a professional job. You cannot simply push the shutter blades back into place and expect them to work correctly; they're a precision assembly manufactured to very fine tolerances.

N70's are now near-worthless, so repairs make no economic sense at all. Just look on FreeCycle/Freegle and get a replacement for free: it's where I get most of my Canon and Nikon 35mm SLR's and also where I get occasional Mamiya or Bronica medium format models.

Aug 05, 2010 | Nikon N70 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

How do set the self timer in Nikon F70

Press the SET/timer button (top left of the camera, behind the FUNCTION button, marked SET with a one-handed clock icon) and confirm that the one-handed clock begins blinking on the LCD panel. While pressing the SET/timer button, rotate the command dial one click to stop it blinking. Proceed normally (frame and compose picture, half-press shutter release button to meter and autofocus, etc). Fully depress the shutter release button to take the picture after a ten-second delay.

If you need a manual, you can download one from . Look for "N70", which was the name used in the USA.

Apr 29, 2010 | Nikon 35mm SLR Cameras

1 Answer

Image through nikon f80 dark and cloudy

I'm unfamiliar with the F80 but on models like the f65 and f75 the viewfinder screen has an lcd overlay and when the battery is exhausted or removed the viewfinder goes dark and blurry.

Looking at a picture of the f80 it looks like it's just an update on my f75 so it strongly suggests that you just need to insert a fresh battery. The lcd does draw power from the battery even with the camera turned off.

I hope that you found my answer useful, once you've tried another battery to confirm what I've suggested I'd appreciate it if you return the favour by rating my answer.

Jul 20, 2009 | Nikon F801S 35mm Film Camera

1 Answer

Image through Nokia F80 viewfinder dark and cloudy

Please also ignore this answer, (see askers comment above). I've only posted it so that this question doesn't continue to appear as an unanswered one.

If anyone else has this problem please go to
for an answer.

Jul 20, 2009 | Nikon F801S 35mm Film Camera

1 Answer

Change battery door

whell it should come off when you try to push and then tier it site ways. dont know which way.

May 15, 2009 | Nikon N70 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

Nikon EM (1979?) Won't wind film, photos don't come out

Not necessarily. The EM has an M90 setting which will fire the shutter at 1/90th of a second. The meter is inactive on this setting. It was put on the EM so that if the batteries fail, you can shoot at 1/90th and take a guess at the exposure. There is also a small button (blue or chrome, depending on the production run) which lights up a red LED if the batteries are good. The light meter doesn't work until the frame counter is at 1 or higher. Before the #1, the shutter will always fire at 1/2000th of a second to speed up the film loading process. You can tell that the meter is working by observing the meter's scale/needle on the inside of the viewfinder. If it is pointing out of the red zone, it's OK to shoot (proper exposure). If the needle is in the red zone (indicating under or over exposure) the camera will "beep" as an audible warning. Check the battery condition first.

Mar 16, 2009 | Nikon EM 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

Nikon N70

Nikon should have a down loadable manual available for this model.

Jun 10, 2008 | Nikon N70 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

N70 FE E error in LCD and view finder - lens locked properly

Yes, the error is due to your lens not being set to highest F number. Solution : set lens to the highest number ( f 16 or f 22 ) and lock it in ( on the lens ). Your camera will work find now.

Oct 07, 2007 | Nikon N70 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

Bought used N70 "err" Help

I have the same problem.... I have a Nikon 80-200 AF Nikkor 1:4.5-5.6D. I installed my Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.3-5.6 G and still have the problem...

The 28 and 80-200 work well on my Nikon F65.

Aug 18, 2007 | Nikon N70 35mm SLR Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Nikon N70 35mm SLR Camera Logo

Related Topics:

129 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Nikon 35mm SLR Cameras Experts


Level 3 Expert

96518 Answers

Ric Donato

Level 2 Expert

225 Answers

Bart Pulverman

Level 2 Expert

354 Answers

Are you a Nikon 35mm SLR Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides