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#1 dwashbur

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 05:07 PM

Someone gave me this camera, and I was fiddling with it, clicking the shutter and working the advance lever (no film) when it just quit working. the lever won't go, the button does nothing. I have no idea what happened, it didn't take a bump or anything like that, it just...stopped. Does anybody have any idea why and how to correct it?

I've contacted Backscatter in Monterey (no answer yet) but if there's something I can do while I wait, might as well.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 08:30 PM

Someone gave me this camera, and I was fiddling with it, clicking the shutter and working the advance lever (no film) when it just quit working. the lever won't go, the button does nothing. I have no idea what happened, it didn't take a bump or anything like that, it just...stopped. Does anybody have any idea why and how to correct it?

I've contacted Backscatter in Monterey (no answer yet) but if there's something I can do while I wait, might as well.


Great camera, but they were prone to salt build up around the shutter advance shaft. Likely, that is the cause of the problem. At one time it was recommended that you keep the camera immersed in fresh water when not being used. Once the salt build up is cleaned, make sure the orings are OK. Nikon repair cleaned a friends Nikonos IV and it flooded on the first dive. Good luck!

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 07:46 AM

Nikonos IV make great door stoppers. :D

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 08:49 AM

taking it apart to find the problem and fix it is probably the easy part here.

having the service kit or replacement parts is probably going to be trickeir.

http://wetlands.simp...manual.pdf.html
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http://wetlands.simp...vice manual.pdf

fairly big file .. but it is the Nikonos IV repair manual
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Posted 26 September 2010 - 08:29 PM

Nikonos IV make great door stoppers. :D

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Could be. In the meantime, if someone has a couple of parts for one that they don't want, let me know. I need the cover for the strobe connection port, and the battery cover since this one is stripped and doesn't screw in properly.

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 05:38 PM

Suggest that you do not disassemble unless you have new o-rings. The old seals should be replaced & this would be a good time to do it. A complete service might be in order just to be sure all is ok before diving.
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Posted 01 October 2010 - 11:27 AM

Just F everybody's I, neither Backscatter location works on these cameras any more. The east coast one referred me to Southern Nikonos. I've contacted them and will pass along any info I get from them.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:30 AM

Nikonos III and Nikonos V were great workhorse cameras. The IV was one of Nikon's worst embarrassments.

To quote Indiana Jones, "it belongs in a museum."...of failed projects.
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 12:18 PM

Nikonos III and Nikonos V were great workhorse cameras. The IV was one of Nikon's worst embarrassments.

To quote Indiana Jones, "it belongs in a museum."...of failed projects.

With all the negative comments about the old VIa, I am truly amazed that I could take so many "keepers" with such a horrible camera.
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