Using my old Nikon F60 film camera again

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This thread is sort of a continuation from my pondering film vs digital thread. Where I am now no longer pondering such thoughts, I have actually got my old film camera back out, oh and I have also managed to get hold of some film, but it is only a measly 10 exposures, but hey ho here we go.

Batteries in showing full, loaded the film up and shut the cartridge door, nothing happens, no whirring sound of film advancing. Not sure what's happening, maybe not lined up properly. Investigation further. :thinking:
 

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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but you never know.

You are pulling the leader out to the red mark on the right? Oh, and camera turned on?
 

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Ok, so where are all the film buffs? :)
I'm Here John but tbh I'm not familiar with the F60

What Jack mentions about DX coding may be the issue.

Is it imperative that the F60 uses DX coded film or can the system / menu be overidden ?.....I personally don't know.

Other folk will be along soon no doubt so don't frett, we'll get you up and running, or should that be shooting ??( certainly less strenuous! :LOL:)
 

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The dx coding will not effect loading.
 

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The dx coding will not effect loading.
Just goes to show what I know dunnit! lol

I can't be doin' wiv these "modern" battery ; electrically operated gadgets, they're too technical! :thinking:
.Give me a concertina, a lens and a DDS and I'm sorted;)
 
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Is there a DX coding on the film case? if there isn't this might make a difference, not sure though.
No Can't see that code.
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but you never know.

You are pulling the leader out to the red mark on the right? Oh, and camera turned on?
Yes, done all that and turned on.
I'm Here John but tbh I'm not familiar with the F60

What Jack mentions about DX coding may be the issue.

Is it imperative that the F60 uses DX coded film or can the system / menu be overidden ?.....I personally don't know.

Other folk will be along soon no doubt so don't frett, we'll get you up and running, or should that be shooting ??( certainly less strenuous! :LOL:)
No idea about that.
 
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I have always loaded film in this blooming camera no problem, but now. Maybe I have been messing too much with SD cards, I now no longer can handle film.
OFF to read the flipping Manual.
 
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Manual says

Only DX Coded film can be used with this camera. Looks like @JackBell was right..

Ahh already spotted that. lol


Already been mentioned above, I was too slow typing.
 
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I assumed it was the same as the F80.

Apologies.
 
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Ahh well never mind, it felt good handling the film, and the camera. Will be going out tomorrow, so I will see if I can pick up some compatible film.
Just make sure it has the DX on the box, it was that long since I used film, I forgot the little I did learn about film. :(
 
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Thinking about it, they probably don't have a recognised DX code for just 10 exposures? Anyway, put the film away in it's box, store it in the fridge and keep it a while, because if you get bitten by the film photography bug you'll probably end up buying another old 35mm camera (possibly a manual wind and manual focus job) and a test film is always handy!
 
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Thinking about it, they probably don't have a recognised DX code for just 10 exposures? Anyway, put the film away in it's box, store it in the fridge and keep it a while, because if you get bitten by the film photography bug you'll probably end up buying another old 35mm camera (possibly a manual wind and manual focus job) and a test film is always handy!
Already fridged away. I might have a family member who has an old film camera, will try it in that.
 
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Well I did not manage to dip my toe back into the world of film photography, but I will do. I will be out shopping in the City Centre, possibly next week, so I will see if I can pick some up. If I fail to pick any up, on my travels, I will order off the internet. :)
 
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Well I did not manage to dip my toe back into the world of film photography, but I will do. I will be out shopping in the City Centre, possibly next week, so I will see if I can pick some up. If I fail to pick any up, on my travels, I will order off the internet. :)
Try a dedicated camera shop first - even somewhere like Jessops. Otherwise Boots usually tend to have a few rolls in stock still, and places like Max Spielmann do too.

Online though, the world's your oyster.
 
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Try a dedicated camera shop first - even somewhere like Jessops. Otherwise Boots usually tend to have a few rolls in stock still, and places like Max Spielmann do too.

Online though, the world's your oyster.
I will certainly follow this through, it is my own fault, I should have checked the film before I bought it.
 
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I did do a bit of reading up on the DX coding thing. I was reading a hack, whereby you could over ride this, or edit in some way, by using a felt pen on the cartridge case, in some way fooling it. I did try it, still nothing happened. Oh well no worries, simply another quick scout around for some film.

It was fun this morning, going into shops and asking sales assistants, if they had any 35mm film. I knew asking anyone about thirty years younger than me, would result in a bewildered open mouthed stare. But asking in shops were folk were of a similar age to me, would reply "eh, I don't they do that no more".

As I was saying, if I don't find any in the shops, I will order online. It is just I hate buying things online, I hate waiting in, and wondering will it turn up. When I order things online, something tends to go wrong.
 

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I knew asking anyone about thirty years younger than me, would result in a bewildered open mouthed stare. But asking in shops were folk were of a similar age to me, would reply "eh, I don't they do that no more".
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I did do a bit of reading up on the DX coding thing. I was reading a hack, whereby you could over ride this, or edit in some way, by using a felt pen on the cartridge case, in some way fooling it. I did try it, still nothing happened. Oh well no worries, simply another quick scout around for some film.

It was fun this morning, going into shops and asking sales assistants, if they had any 35mm film. I knew asking anyone about thirty years younger than me, would result in a bewildered open mouthed stare. But asking in shops were folk were of a similar age to me, would reply "eh, I don't they do that no more".

As I was saying, if I don't find any in the shops, I will order online. It is just I hate buying things online, I hate waiting in, and wondering will it turn up. When I order things online, something tends to go wrong.
You probably can hack the DX code on the film you have. The camera has a series of contacts that touch the film canister, so you would need to scratch the canisters coat to reveal the metal underneath (in the right places). However, for the 10 exposures you have there, I think I’d just buy a new roll of pre-encoded film. If you’re not developing the film yourself, it’ll cost the same to get it processed whether it’s 10 exposures or 24/36.
 
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You probably can hack the DX code on the film you have. The camera has a series of contacts that touch the film canister, so you would need to scratch the canisters coat to reveal the metal underneath (in the right places). However, for the 10 exposures you have there, I think I’d just buy a new roll of pre-encoded film. If you’re not developing the film yourself, it’ll cost the same to get it processed whether it’s 10 exposures or 24/36.
Yes you are right, not really worth the effort. But I was more itching to get the film to work, I just wanted to hear that motor winding, just to say I got it working really. That is the thing with me, I keep fiddling and fiddling, determined not to be beaten.

But I think I will call it a day, with the film I do have.

Been a long time since I regularly bought film. But is most of the DX coded film marked on the outer of the box? Excuse my ignorance, but I have forgotten the very little that I did know about film. :confused:
 

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An example.

The DXN relates to DX coding, some films like Fuji may have just the letters DX and not as visible as Ilfords ( ie not in bold coloured lettering and located in the corner of one side of the box.)

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Is that the Poundland film? They are taking the p*** with uncoded 10 exposure rolls! Any mainstream film from the big brands like Fuji, Kodak and Ilford etc. will be DX-coded. I don't know if any non-specialist high street shops still carry film, apart from Boots (where I saw some just the other week). Do any of the supermarkets?

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It was fun this morning, going into shops and asking sales assistants, if they had any 35mm film. I knew asking anyone about thirty years younger than me, would result in a bewildered open mouthed stare. But asking in shops were folk were of a similar age to me, would reply "eh, I don't they do that no more".

As I was saying, if I don't find any in the shops, I will order online. It is just I hate buying things online, I hate waiting in, and wondering will it turn up. When I order things online, something tends to go wrong.
Your local Boots should have some. They used to have a tasty BOGOHP deal, but this seems to have disappeared. Their prices are a little higher than you'd get in most online stores, but if you're buying a small quantity, eg for a trial run, the postage would make Boots cheaper. It's also worth checking the dates, because if you find some a little out-dated and make a bit of a sob story to the store manager, you might well get a very good reduction. Nothing wrong with a bit of slightly out-dated consumer film, but don't tell anyone else that!
 
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Your local Boots should have some. They used to have a tasty BOGOHP deal, but this seems to have disappeared. Their prices are a little higher than you'd get in most online stores, but if you're buying a small quantity, eg for a trial run, the postage would make Boots cheaper. It's also worth checking the dates, because if you find some a little out-dated and make a bit of a sob story to the store manager, you might well get a very good reduction. Nothing wrong with a bit of slightly out-dated consumer film, but don't tell anyone else that!
I will be popping out later this morning, and there is a Boots near where I am going, but it is one of the smaller shops, so not sure if they will have any film. But I will pop in and have a quick nose.
 
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Is that the Poundland film? They are taking the p*** with uncoded 10 exposure rolls! Any mainstream film from the big brands like Fuji, Kodak and Ilford etc. will be DX-coded. I don't know if any non-specialist high street shops still carry film, apart from Boots (where I saw some just the other week). Do any of the supermarkets?

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Yes it is Poundland stuff. Oh well never mind, it was only £1. I will be popping out after, I will have a look in my local Boots, even though it is only a small shop, they just might have some in. Not sure if it's even worth taking that film back to Poundland, as I am passing there later on today.
 
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Been racking my brains looking at film, and the costs involved with the development etc. I did fire the camera without film, and it is so bloody noisy. I think I will put this on hold for a little while, just to get my thoughts around the whole process.

I do want to get out soon with my camera, going to try some street shots, I think my small digital camera, will favour these conditions better.
 

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I do want to get out soon with my camera, going to try some street shots, I think my small digital camera, will favour these conditions better.
Just remember if you’re out taking street shots with a digital camera you’re just another weirdo with a camera, if you use a film camera you’re hip and quirky and interesting. You’re choice ;)
 
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Just remember if you’re out taking street shots with a digital camera you’re just another weirdo with a camera, if you use a film camera you’re hip and quirky and interesting. You’re choice ;)
I am not omitting film entirely, just for the time being. I am putting film on hold, for a little while. It is just I am not focused on the whole concept of getting back into film, not just at the moment. I thought I was ready to go film again, but obviously I am not.

It was just a case of having to buy film off the internet, then send it off to get developed. Then the whole process of scanning them to a computer, meaning the film photos end up as digital images anyway.
 
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