Caution when fitting film N90s to DCS back

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Caution when fitting film N90s to DCS back

Post by precertvideo » Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:58 pm

Pardon me if this has already been posted-I couldn't see it anywhere.

Having just nearly found out the hard way, when fitting a N90s body that has been used with film to a DCS 400 series back, apart from the obvious battery compartment/film back removal, there is also a small screw that needs removing just above the shutter as per photo below.

I don't think I damaged the CCD, but the photo's came out blurry as the CCD couldn't sit flush with the camera body! Presumably it is there for film alignment.

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little screw

Post by nikonnl » Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:40 am

Hi, this screw 'tells' the camera whether there is a film in it or not. If you remove that screw and close the normal film back, the camera wont work.
You'll find this screw also on the F801/N8008-series with film- or digiback (kodak).
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Re: Caution when fitting film N90s to DCS back

Post by Ashley_Pomeroy » Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:37 pm

This is an ancient thread, but I have half a mind to temporarily convert my DCS 460 back into a film camera (my only other film SLR, a Canon EOS 100, doesn't feel as tough, and the N90s body has a few features that the Canon doesn't, not least the ability to add a vertical grip). Spare backs are readily available on eBay, as are battery holders and indeed the MB10 grip, but this screw seems like a fly in the ointment.

Is it available anywhere? Is there a way of spoofing its function with e.g. Blu-Tak or a toothpick? Is this exact same pin present in a much cheaper used Nikon body? E.g. there's a "spares or repair" Nikon F401s on eBay.co.uk right now. There's also a broken F90x, but I suspect the bidding will hot up because it's not *very* broken. In theory I could buy an actual second-hand F90, but that would be silly, because I then wouldn't need the pin, I could just use the second-hand F90 instead of converting the DCS 460.

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Re: Caution when fitting film N90s to DCS back

Post by nikonnl » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:44 am

Hi Jonathan,
on ebay (USA) there are several F90's/F801's etc. offered; so you'll have a back, a battery door and that pin. Try ebay seller 'betteroffblu', who has a lot of old Nikon gear, maybe she (it's a Texan lady) has some parts as well, as she doesn't list everything. If not sent me your email address and I'll have a look for that pin.
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