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INSTRUCTION
MANUAL

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Thank you for purchasingthe Nikon F50/F50n camera.We are sure


that you will enjoy using this cameraand that it will make photography
a bigger part of your life. In addition to this comprehensiveinstruction
Inu^*I, ihe Nikon F50/F500 comeswith SHOOTING IN SIMPLE
MODE-SHORTCUT TO GREAT PICTURES, a concise,pocketableguide that explains the easiestway to use the F50lF50o.

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CONTENTS

FoREWoRD
.............
USING
AE.LBUTToN............
TOKNOW
GETTING
YOUR
CAMERA
..........4.5 CASES
WHERE
AUTOFOCUS
ISNOT
BEFORESHOOT|NG........
. . . . . . . . . . 6 - 1 2 ACCEPTABLE.............
.............44
M0UNT|NG
LENS........
.............7-8 MANUAL
FoCUS......
..................45
INSTALLING
BATTERY
.................9 IMPRINTING
(forF50o only)................46-49
DATE/TIME
L0ADING
Ft1M........
..............10-11FLASH pHOTOG RApHy ..........................50-5
sFrflNGCAMERA
T0AUTOFoCUS
MoDE
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USING
BUILT-IN
FI.ASH......
..51.55
SHOOTING IN ADVANCED MODE.....13-30
SPEEDLTGHT
COMpATtBtLtTy
.....................56
AVAII.ABLE
EXPOSURE
MODES
14.15
MISCELLANEOUS .............
........s7-71
PRoGRAM
SELECT|0N
GUIDE.......
........16-18 LENSES
..............58-59
INPROGRAMMED
OPERATION
AUTO
GAMERA
CARE
TtpS.........
....60-61
EXPoSURE
M00E.......
.......19-25 NOTES
ONBATTERIES.........
.....62
OPERATION
IN OTHER
EXPOSURE
MODES.....
........26-29
SPEC|F|CAT|0NS.........
.........63-66
RESET
FUNCTION
.....30
ABOUT
F5O/FSOO
METERING
SYSTEM...
.....67
OPTIONAL FUNCTIONS...............:.31-37
LCDpAN
ELAfl
EWFTNDER
tN0tCAT|oNS..................68MEMORY
SETTING
FUNCT|ON...........;.....32-33
AFMoDE
SEIECT|ON................. ................34

rsocoNFrRMATt0N/sETTtNc
....................35
EXPOSURE
COMPENSATION
36.37
OTHER CONTROLS
.38.49
SELF-T|MER
0PERAT|ON
...........
................39
LONG
TIMEEXPOSURE
AT"TIME"
SETTING
...............40
TOSHOOT
ANOFF.CENTRE
SUBJECT..
......41
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CAIbIERA
YOUR
TOKilOTV
GETT]}IG
Learn theparts of Your camera.

eyepiece
to vieMinder
Attach
coverDK-5:
Eyepiece
the
self-timer.
when
using
light
towardoffstray

Speedlights.
shoe:ForNikondedicated
Accessory
Setto OFFwhen
switch:
Power
yourcamera,
notusing

LCDpanel

button
Self-timer

dial
SIMPLUADVANCED

buttons
SeVadjust

lockrelease
Flash

Press
button:
release
Shutter
exposure
toactivate
lightly
meterandstartAFoperation;
torelease
fullydepress
andtakePicture.
shutter

LED
Self-timer
index
Lensmounting
button
Lensrelease

Menubutton

switch
Focus
ring:Donotturnwhenthe
Focusing
issetatAF.(For
focus
switch
45).
seepage
focusing,
manual

lock:Slideleverto lockposition
aperture
Minimum
(0ptional
lensillustrated:
35-80mmtl4-t15.6D)
AFZoom-Nikkor
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AE-L(Arrto
Exposure
Lock)button:
Seepages
42to
43forAutoExposure
Lock.
back
Camera
VieMinder
eyepiece
Filmcartridge
window
confirmation
Camera
strap
eyelet

Camera
back
lockrelease
Rewind
button
Iripodsocket

Learnhow to hold your camera

. Grasp the camera handgrip with your


right hand.
. Use your left hand to cradle the camera
with the elbow propped againstyour
body for support, as you look through
the viewfinder.
. IJse your right hand index finger to
depressthe shutter releasebutton.
. To hold the camerasteady,lean on or
againstsomethingstrong and stable.
This will help ensuresharpimages.

Battery
chamber
cover
Battery
chamber
coverlockrelease
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BEFORESHOOTING
T h i s s e c t i o n s h o w s y o u h o w t o p r e p a r et h e c a m e r a f o r
shooting,e.9.,how to mounta lens,installthe batteryand load
film.
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MOUNTING
LENS

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With a non-GPUlens

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P o s i t i o nt h e l e n s i n t h e
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the mountin-eindices on the lens
and the camera body are ali-uned.
Twist the lenscounterclockwise
until it locks into place.

Usable Lenses
Use CPU lenses {AF Nikkor lensesand AF-t/Al-p
lenses).Other Nikon and Nikkor lenses{non-CPU
lenses) can be mounted, but you have to use an
external exposure rneter, and the only usable
exposure mode is Manual. {See page 58}.
. AF-llAl-P/ensesare for manualfoeusonly.

When the camerais


poweredon with a nonC P U l e n s i.' , ' a n d, " b l i n ki n
the LCD paneland i:r,bl i nksi nsi devi ew fi nder.
For usin-ua non-CPUlens,
seepa-ee58.

When mounting lens-

. Avoid direct sunlight.


. Make sure the camera's power is off.
o Do not touch the lens release button.

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Turn the lens aperturering to its minimum aperture(the largestfn


in orange,on AF Nikkor lenses).Then lock the lens
number,marke^d
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setting(seelens instructionmanual).
minimum
apertureat its

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To remove
While pressingthe lens release
button,turn the lens clockwise.

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When the camerais powered on with a lens not set at its minimum aperture
setting,Errand H blink in the LCD paneland Er blinks insideviewfinder.
With the F50/F50o,all aperturesetting operationsare performed with the
camera'sset/adjustbuttons.Do not move the lens aperturering once it is set to its
smallestaperture(largestf-number).

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INSTALLING
BATTERY

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1 Make surethe camera'spower
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is off. then slidethe lock
releaseon the battery chamber
cover to open the chamber.

,) Inserta 6V lithium packwith


Zr "+" and "-" endspositionedas
shownon the insideof the cover.
Closethe cover by pushinguntil it
clicks.

r Use6V lithiumbatterypack (2CRSor DL245Upe).


. Seepage 62lor "NOTESON BAfiERIES".

Switchthe powerON. Check


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the LCD panelto seeif the
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frame countershows"E" or the
frame number appearsand no
battery mark (o or o) appears.
If - blinks: Battery is nearing
exhaustion.Have a fresh one
ready.
If Errand - blink: Batteryis almost
exhausted.Switch power OFF and
replacebattery with fresh one.
If no indication appearson the
LCD panel:Batteryis completely
exhaustedor improperlyinstalled.
Changethe battery.

FILM
LOADING

1 Slidethe cameraback lock


releaseto open the camera
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back.

Insertfilm cartridge.
2

.To avoid fogging film (especiallyhigh-lSO film)'


do not load/unload film in direct sunlight.
. Usable film speed range for DX-coded film is ISO
25 to 5000.
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Pull the film leaderout to the


red index mark.

. Opening/closing the camera back resets the


frame counter to "E".

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O O 0 O 0 g 0 O 0 O O o o o O 0 g 0 O

Make surethe film is properlypositionedwith no slack and the film


perforationsengagethe sprockets.(Seeillustration.)

oYou can confirm the film speed of installed DXcoded film, See page 35.

unti l the l ock rel ease


J
snaps
closed.
Film automaticallyadvancesto
frame#1.
. If the frame counterstill showsE
(i.e.,if the film doesnot advance
to frame#1). with or without
blinking [rr and 0, the film is
incorrectlypositioned.Reload
film.

.With a non-DX-codedfilm, film speed must be set


manually.See page 35.

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MODE
TOAUTOFOGUS
CAMERA
SETTING
Regarding the F50/F50D'sautofocus
feature

Autofocus should be usedfor most picture-taking


situations,including moving subjects.In general,it is
bestto leavethe focus switch setto AF.

Your F50/F50o is factory-setto Single Servo AF


operation.This meansthat onceyour subjectis
in focus, focus remainslocked as long as the
shutterreleasebutton is lightly pressed.You can
recomposethe picture, and the subjectwill
remain in focus, provided you maintain the same
distance.(Seepage41 for
subject-to-camera
details.)If the subjectmoves,take your finger
off the shutterreleasebutton,then lightly pressit
again to restartautofocusoperation.
. In the ADVANCED mode, in addition to
Single ServoAF, you can chooseContinuous
Servo AF which keepsautofocusoperation
going continuouslyas long as you keep lightly
pressingthe shutterreleasebutton.(For details,
seepage34.) Use ContinuousServoAF for
sportsand other action photography.

. For situations where autofocus is not possible'


see page 44.
r For manual focusing, see page 45.

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SHOOTINGIN
ADVANCEDMODE
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This section shows you how to set your desired Programor exposure
mode.
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MODES
EXPOSURE
AVAILABLE

In the AdvancedOperationMode, you cari selectany of four exposue


modes-ProgrammedAuto (P ), Shuner-PriorityAuto 15 1,Apernrertio.ity ,tuto 1A)andManual(M).

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In ad-ditionto the four hograms in SIMPLE mode-r
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General-pumose
Close-Uo.?-four moreProgramsare availablein
q-,
eOVef.iCgp mode:Spoft SilhouetteE!, Night
Sceneffl andMotionEifectE.
ttre F50lfS0ocamera'smicrocompukrautomatically
choosesthe combinationof shutterspeedandaperture
for a correctexposure.
For featuresand samplepicturesof eachProgram,see
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Shutter-PriorityAuto ExposureMode

You manuallysetthe shutterspeedandthe camera


setsthe matchinglens aperture.To freezeaction,usea
high shutterspeed;to createmotion effects,choosea
low shufterspeed.For moreinformationon ShutterPriorityAuto. seepages26 to 29'

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Aperture-PriorityAuto Exposure Mode

Manual Exposure Mode

You manually set the apertureand the camerasetsthe


appropriateshutterspeed.Smaller aperturesmake the
backgroundand foreground sharper(recommendedfor
landscapepictures)while largeraperturestend to blur
the background(recommendedfor portraits).
For more information on Aperture-Priority Auto, see
pages26 to 29.

You selectboth the shutterspeedand aperture.This


mode lets you experimentwith and producedifferent
creativeeffects(e.g.,intentionalblur, intentional
under-or overexposure).
For more informationon
Manual ExposureMode, seepages26 to 29.

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The Programmed,Aperture-Priority and ShutterPriorityAuto Exposuremodes employ either 3D
Matrix Meteringor Advanced Matrix Metering,
dependingon lens type in use.

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metering is used. For details about this metering


system, see page 67.

GUIDE
SELEGTION
PROGRAM

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General-PUrpOSe

Prosram
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Suitablefor most situations.Use
this program if you are not sure
which program is right for Your
subject,or for shooting a variety of
subjectswithout switching
programs.

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Program
LandscaPe
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Use this Program wheneverYou're
making a picture of a distant scene.
Don't use flash-the scenemay be
too far.

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Portrait Program
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Use this Program wheneverYou


are taking pictures of PeoPle.It
createsan artisticallYblurred
backgroundto accentuateYour
main subject.

Prosram
Glose-UP
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sport Program
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Use this Program when you are


taking picturesup close-a flower,
an ornamentaldetail, a butterfly, or
if you are copying a picture.

Use to freeze actron.Recommended for use with ContinuousServo


AF (page 34). Do not use flash
becauseit restrictsthe available
shutterspeed.

SilhouetteProsram
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Effective only when the background is bright and the subjectis
in shadowor comparativelydark.
The result is dramaticwith a
wideanglelens-2Smmor wideralthougha telephotocan also be
used.Excellentfor sunsetsor
picturesof peopleagainstthe sky.
Do not use flash.

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NightsceneProsram
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Use this Programin the eveningor


at night. To capturethe beautYof a
night scenein availablelight, such
as illuminated monument,traffic
lights or neon signs,shootwithout
flash. As the automaticallYset
shutterspeedis ratherslow, use a
tripod to avoid camerashake.With
flash, this Program capturesall the
lighting in the scene,including the
foregroundsubjectwhich is
illuminated by the flash, and the
background.
1B

Motion Effect Program


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Use this Programto expressmovement.Stationarysubjectswill come out
in sharpimagesand moving subjectsin blurred images.Also suitablefor
when your subjectis moving and you are following along with your
camerain a panningmotion. The subjectwill come out relatively sharp,
with the backgroundbecoming a blurred streakof colors and shades.

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IHPROGRAMMED
OPERATIOH
AUTO
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1 Switch power ON and set the cameradial to
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ADVANCED. The LCD showsthe lastselected
exposuremode/Program.(The original factory setting
is for General-Purpose
Program.)
. Steps2 and3 explain how to set a Program.If the
Programshownis what you want, skip steps2 and3.

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Pressthe menu button O to accessthe exposure


modemenu.thenpressthe buttonaboveFfz .

With the Exposure Menu, pressing the menu button activates the
Optional-FunctionMenu (see page 31).To return the LCD to the
Exposure Menu, press the menu button again.
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Program)
(Example:
Close-Up
Setting
The Program menu contains eight Programs in
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three t.t!tnt. Pressingthe button above * or
J
moves the menu to the following or previous screen.
Select and set the desired Program by pressing the
button above it.

For example, set to Close-Up Program:


a. Pressthe button above *.
b. Pressthe button above #. Close-Up Program is
now set.

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Look through the viewfinder and positionthe focus bracketson your


subject.

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LCD panel
The shutterspeedset on
the camerais slow and
may causepicture blur.
Seepage23.

releasebuttonto activate
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autofocusoperationand the
exposuremeter.

ln Single Servo AF mode, if a stationary subject


moves, remove your finger from the shutter
release button, then lightly press it again to
restart autofocus.

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Confirm that O (in-focusindicator),the shutter


f
U speed(from 112000to 30 sec.)and an aperture
(numberwith F) apPearbelow the viewfinder screen.

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Fully depressthe shutterreleasebutton to take


I the picture.The film will automaticallyadvance
by one frame.

'r I "r6ould be read as a reciprocal


Shutter $peed indication without
"15!r " for 15 secondst'15t'
standsfor 1 115second,
fraction,i,e.,

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Viewfinderlnformation
x I blinks-Overexposure possible
Use a filter such as the Nikon ND filter.
to blinhs-Underexposure possible
Use built-in flash or accessoryNikon Speedlight.
recommended
I blinks-Flash
Not enough light. Use built-in flash or accessoryNikon Speedlight.
Shutter speed indication blinks inside viewfinder (and S blinks in the LCD
panel)-Picture blur possible
The aqlpTatically selectedshutter speedis slow and picture blur may occur due to
camera shake.To reduce the possibility of blur, hold camera very steady,use a tripod
or use the built-in flash or an accessoryNikon Speedlight.
o blinks-Unacceptable
autofocus condition
Subject characteristicsdo not allow autofocus operation. Set focus switch to M and
rotate the lens focusing ring until the image in the viewfinder appearsclear and
sharp. (Seepage 45 for manual focusing.)

For En indication, seepages 68 to 70.

Auto Rewind

Using Built-ln Flash

When the film reachesthe end of the roll, auto rewind begins.
During rewinding, Q and !l Utint in the LCD pa1el. After rewind
autom-aticallystops,frame counter shows E and Q blinks for a
few seconds.You can then remove film cartridge.
. When battery power is very weak, or when the temperatureis
very low, film may not rewind at the end of roll and Errappears
in the LCD panel.In this case,replacebatterywith a fresh one,
or wait for the temperatureto rise and then pressthe rewind
button.

Use the built-in flash not onlY


when the ready-lightblinks, but
also when your subjectis in
shadowor backlit.
Seepages5l to 55.

To rewind film at mid-roll: Pressthe rewind button on the


camerabottom.

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To change a combination of shutter speed/aperture


In the General-PurposeProgram,you can changethe combination of
shutterspeed/aperture
by pressingthe button aboveV or A. Press
the button aboveV for faster shutterspeed/wideraperture(smaller
f-number); pressthe button aboveA for slower shutterspeed/
smaller aperture(larger f-number). Pressingand holding the button
down changesthe shutterspeed/aperture
combinationrapidly. F+
appearsin the LCD panel and.. rD appearsinside the viewfinder,
indicating the changein shutterspeed/aperture.
. The original shutterspeed/aperture
combinationfor GeneralPurposeProgramis recalledwhen the LCD indication
automaticallyswitchesoff, when you turn the camerapower off,
when you switch to SIMPLE mode or when you use flash.

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MODES
EXPOSURE
INOTHER
OPERATIO}I

1 Switch cameraon and set the dial to ADVANCED. The LCD showsthe previously
selectedexposuremode/Program.(The original factory setting is for GeneralI
PurposeProgram.)
. Step 2 explains how to set an exposuremode. If the presentexposuremode is what you
want, skip step 2.
Pressihe menu button to activatethe ExposureMode Menu. To set the exposure
a
mode. pressthe button abovethe desiredindication.
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. With the ExposureMode Menu, pressingthe menu button activatesthe OptionalFunction Menu (seepage 31). To return the LCD to the ExposureMode Menu, press
the menu button again.
To adjust the shutterspeedand/or aperture,pressthe button aboveA (up) or V
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A Look through the viewfinder and position the focus brackets( [ ] ) on the main
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subject.f-lgtrtfy pressthe shutterrilease button to activateautofocusoperationand
the expoiute -et"t. Confirm that the in-focus indicator O appearsin the viewfinder.

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Shuttor-Priority Auto

Aperture-Pfority

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Auto
Yourselected
aperture
andtheautomatically
set
shutter
speed
areshown
below
theviewfinder
screen.

Tochange
aperture
rapidly,
hold
thebutton
down.

Yourselected
shutter
speed
andaperture
are
shown,
alongwiththeexposure
indicator,
below
theviewfinder
indication.
r':'- Correct
exoosure
:i:'- Overexoosure
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For"TIl'lE"-setting,
seepage40.

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Using Built-ln Flash


Use the built-in flash not only when the readylight blinks, but also when your subjectis in
shadowor backlit.
Seepages51 to 55.

picture. The film automaticallyadvancesby one


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frame.

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i.e., nt$rrstands for
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.ln Single Servo AF mode, if a stationarysubject
moveq remove your finger from the shutter
release button, ihen lightly press it again to
restart autofocus.
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Auto Rewind
When the film reachesthe end of the ro11,auto
rewind begins.During rewinding, and !l Utint
in the LCD panel. After rewind automatically
stops,frame counter shows E and fi Utinks for a
few seconds.You can then remove film
cartridge.
. When battery power is very weak, or when the
temperatureis very low, film may not rewind at
the end of roll; Errappearsin the LCD panel. In
this case,replacebattery with a fresh one, or
wait for the temperatureto rise and then press
the rewind button.
To rewind film at mid-roll: Pressthe rewind
button at the bottom of the camera.

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Viewfinder information

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n I blinks-Overexposure possible*: Selectsmaller aperture(larger f-number) and/or


faster shutterspeed.Or, use a filter such as the Nikon ND filter.

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io blinks-Underexposure possible*: Selecta wider aperture(smaller f-number)


and/or a slower shutterspeed.Or, use the built-in flash or an accessoryNikon
Speedlight.

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I blinks-Flash recommendation: Not enough light. Use the built-in flash or an


accessoryNikon Speedlight.

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Shutter speed indication blinks (and & blinks in the LCD panel)-Picture blur
possible**: Automaticallyselectedshutterspeedis low and pictureblur may occur due
to camerashakeor subjectmovement.To reducethe possibility of blur, hold camera
very steady,use a tripod or use the built-in flash or an accessoryNikon Speedlight.
Selectinga wider aperture(smaller f-number) resultsin a faster shutterspeed.

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o blinks-Unacceptable autofocus condition


Your subjectis inappropriatefor autofocusoperation.Set the focus switch to M and
focus manually.(Seepage45.)

For Err indication,seepages68 to 70.


*For Shutter-Priority Auto and Aperture-Priority Auto exposuremodes.
**For Aperture-Priority Auto exposuremode

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To returnto the General-Purpose


Program(whenMemoryFunctionis not
set)*
Pressand hold the menu button for at leasttwo
seconds.
*With the Memory Function set,pressing and holding
the menu buttonfor at least two secondsrecalls the
memorisedexposuremode/Program.(Seepages 32
to 3 3 .)

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To resetthe camera'smode to the


originalfactory setting
Simultaneouslypressthe menu and self-timer buttons
for two seconds.This will activatethe GeneralPurposeProgram and cancel Optional Functions.

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OPTIONALFUNCTIONS
The AdvancedOperationMode also offersfour OptionalFunctions:
lb Memory Setting (pages32 to 33)
When Memory is set, you can easily set the desired exposuremode or desired
Programby pressingthe menu button for at leasttwo seconds.
dFAF Mode Selection (page34)
You can switch the AF mode from Single Servo Autofocusto ContinuousServo
Autofocus.
H0ISO Confirmation/Setting (page35)
With DX-codedfilm, you can confirm ISO film speed. With non-DX-codedfilm, you
can manuallyset the ISOfilm speednumber.
E Exposure Compensation (pages36 to 37)
You can compensateexposurefrom -sEV to +58/ in 1/2 steps.
ln SIMPLE mode, the Optional Functions you have set will be ignored.

This section is for ADVANCEDmode only.


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FUIICTIOH
SETTIHG
MEMORY

, . E oo - o
=-=br-l

\tr--t,

f ,,m-nrIt[-H
1 With the ExposureMode
menu.pressthe menu button
I
to activatethe Optional-Function
Menu. Pressthe button aboveLE.

Blinking b appearsabove the frame counter,indicating that Memory


a
settingmode is activated.To selectexposuremode, pressthe button
L
above the correspondingsymbol. (In the example shown above,ShutterPriority Auto exposuremode is selected.)

1-l rl'

The svmbol for the selected


a
.*po*.. mode or Programis
J
displayed.Pressthe button above
the symbol to have it memorised.

32

A Memory is set.lh stopsblinking and the LCD showsthe exposure


+
mode/Programthat was set before you activatedthe OptionalFunction Menu. (Example illustration shows General-PurposeProgram.)
To recall the memorisedexposuremode or Program' pressthe menu
button for at leasttwo seconds.

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&O , Q 3 ;

\'/ \,-/' 't-' (l

,-(@'l'-'l'- -'l'-*-

i;ffis{'Ff$*H, >

\t--

To clear memory,

r
t-

I
I.l

': --

-'-l,'

-rlz-rlz- -'l'-tl:
,.rA /sri f+hlQr
:+llFI

,l ! !i,;! iEtJrr'''!f!l

i \ !

l+fuFg

' /

While memory is set,LE appearsin place of LE in the pptional-Function


Menu. Pressthe button abovelE. LE is replacedwith LE and lh above the
frame counter disappears.

r Pressingthe menubutton while& is blinking


abovethe frame counterrctums the LCDto the
ExposuneMode Menu.

o Releasing the shutter while h is blinking above


the frame counter activates the previously set
exposure mode or Program.
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AF[fr00ESELEGTl0ltl
SingleServoAF and
GontinuousSeruoAF

E
t
a())t' I r'rl

The default AF setting is Single _

you can lock focus by keepingthe


shutterreleasebutton lightly
pressed,but be sure to maintain the
samesubject-to-cameradistance.
In the ContinuousServo AF mode,
autofocusis maintainedas long as

'- -

_;/':-,

jr

.r;..1.,

,)
t _-

'

(t ' 1 It
1^l,-l1-.;

ffir6:-fi^fi{ggr$$/
i[_r$r.
l"#:,t*it!:'i,"';'nry;i
=.$:
1 With the ExposureMode
Menu, pressthe menu button
I
to activatet^heOptional-Function
Menu. Pressthe button aboveIF.

For ContinuousServo AF,


n
pressthe button above C for
L
Single Servo AF, pressthe button
above S .
The LCD showsthe last selected

mode/Prosram
exposure

ffi;?Ti":::tiiff'J"3lT,iT
focus distancechangesbecause
either you or your subjectmoves.
In either AF mode, the shutter
cannotbe releasedwhen the
subjectis out of focus.

AF Mode Selec'tion can be performed regardless of the locus switch


position (A or M).

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lS0C0lfFIRMAT|
1'lG
0lllSETTl
b

Press
to adjust

1-n
--=1,-:1:-.H-

Press
to complete
setting

ri-rihfiFf$Bk
_-

To confirm ISO film speed for DX-coded


film:
Usable film speedrange of DX-coded film is ISO 25
to 5000.
With the ExposureMode Menu, pressthe menu button
to activatethe Optional-FunctionMenu. Pressthe
button aboveI50.The LCD showsthe ISO film speed
of the loadedDX-coded film.
To return to the last selectedexposuremode/Program,
pressthe button aboveI50.

With a DX-coded film, film Epeed is automatically


set on the camera body; you cannot adjust.

To manually set ISO film speed for nonDX-coded film:


When using non-DX-coded film, manually set the ISO
film speednumber. Usable film speedrange is ISO 6
to 6400.
If you have installed non-DX-coded film and closed
the cameraback, the ISO setting screenis
automaticallyactivatedon the LCD panel. Adjust the
film speedby pressingthe button above the A (up) or
V (down) indication. To changefilm speedrapidly,
hold the button down. To completethe setting,press
the button aboveI5[.The LCD showsthe last selected
exposuremode/Program.
. Until setting is completed,the shutterremains
locked, and the menu button is deactivated.
. If you want to recall the ISO setting screenafter
completing the setting,activatethe OptionalFunction Menu and pressthe button aboveI$[.
QA

t
GOMPENSATION
tl EXPOSURE
By compensatingthe exposure,you can vhry the
exposureresultsto createdifferent versionsof the
samepicture or put creativeemphasison a specific
part of the picture.
You can compensateexposurefrom -5 EV to + 5 EV
rn Il2 steps.

\
I
I

tu

(overexposed)
c0mpensation
Without

(correctly
exposed)
Withcompensati0n

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Press
to adjust
Press
to complete
setting

/F@*rr'=
r YI J *E . E
T

:
.:!:-----,4.:

o i,lt
1 With the ExposureMode
Menu. pressthe menu button
I
to activatethe Optional-Function
Menu. Pressthe button above the
El indication.

- \',

Y a

/l

Ft.ii

,) Adjust the compensationvalue by pressingthe button above the A


(up) or V (down) indication. + value is for overexposure; - value is
L
for underexposure.To changethe value rapidly, hold the button down.
To completethe setting,pressthe button above El . ttre LCD showsthe
last selectedexposuremode/Program.When you set exposuremode or
Program, E appearsin the LCD panel and inside the viewfinder,
indicating that the exposurehas been compensated.
. If you want to cancelthe exposurecompensationbefore completing the
setting,pressthe menu button. The LCD panel will return to the
ExposureMode Menu.

I
After shootingwith compensatedexposure,makesure to resetthe
compensationvalueto 10.0.
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OTHERCONTROLS
This sectionshows you variousphotographictechniques-how to shoot an
off-centresubject,what you should do when autofocusis impossible,how
t o o p " i " t e t h e c a m e r a l s s e l f - t i m e r ,a n d h o w t o p e r f o r m a l o n g t i m e
exposure.

This section is for both SIMPLEand ADVANGEDmodes.

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OPERATION

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ooa-O

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l t l

g -

1 Set desiredexposuremode or
I
Program.then pressthe selftimer button. r$ appearsin the
LCD panel.
. To cancel self-timer and make r$
disappear,pressthe menu button.

,)
,L

Look through the viewfinder, lightly pressthe shutterreleasebutton,


and confirm focus and exposure.
Fully
depressthe shutterreleasebutton to start self-timer operation.
2
The self-timer LED startsblinking and r$ in the LCD panel also
J
blinks. The shutterwill releaseafter 10 seconds.The LED blinks for eight
seconds,then stopsblinking to tell you to get ready.
After the shot, self-timer operationis automaticallydeactivated.
To cancel self-timer operation before shooting: Turn the camera's
power off.

In ftogramrnad Aufo, thutter-Priori*Auts or


Aperture-PriodtyAuto el(posurernode,attach the
eyepiecocover DK-5 {provided}to the vieurfinder

eyepiecebeforesettingself-timer.The DK-s
preventsstray light from enteringthe vievrrfinder
and affectingexposure.
39

o$lv)
mode
(npvnnsED
AT"TIME.'$ETTlillG
L0ilGTl[fiEEXP0$URE
In the Manual ExPosuremode, You
"TlME" to
can set shutterspeedto
leave the shutteropen as long as
desired.
When performing long time
exposure,you must use a triPod to
avoid camerashakewhich maY
causepicture blur.

lvl
,'I

V
T?

F**ffi

r t li i
o

Ft.ii

self-timer LED blinks.


After the desiredduration,lightly pressthe shutterreleasebutton to
a
completeexposure.
J

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ANOFF.CENTRE
SUBJECT

&

In the following procedure, you can take an in-focus picture with an


off-centre, stationarysubject.However, when shooting a moving
subject,always position the viewfinder focus bracketson the
subject.

1 Positionfocus bracketson the


I
subjectand lightly pressthe
shutterreleasebutton to activate
autofocusoperation.

,) Confirm tharO (in-focus


.L indicator)appearsin the
viewfinder. Focus remainslocked
as long as you keep the shutter
releasebutton lightly pressed.

eThe above procedure is for Single Servo AF mode


(originalfactory setting ). lf you have set
Continuous Servo AF mode in Optional Functions
(see page 34), lightly pressingthe shutter release

While keepingthe shutter


2
releasebuttonlightly pressed,
J
recomposethe picture, then fully
depressthe shutterreleasebutton.

button will not lock the focus.


oTo maintainsubject exposure,use the AE-L
(Automatic Exposure Lock) button. (See pages 42
to 43.)
41
^

AE-LBUTTON
U$ING
When your subjectis off-centreor very small against
an extremely bright background,your subjectmay
in the picture.Or,
come out too dark (underexposed)
with a backgroundthat is too dark, the subjectmay be
washedout (overexposed).In such situations,to
correctly exposeyour subjectin the auto exposure
mode,use the AE-L (Auto ExposureLock) button.

f,
Lightly pressthe shutterreleasebutton to activate
autofocusoperationand the exposuremeter.
/Confirm O (in-focusindicator) and exposure.

1
42

Composeyour subjectso that the circle in the


viewfinder is fully coveredby the subject.

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Pressthe AE-L button and hold it.

In Single Servo AF mode, if recomposing the


picture could Chang,esubisct-to-camera distance,
refocus by briefly removing your finger from the

While keepingthe AE-L button pressed,


recomposethe picture, then fully depressthe
shutterreleasebutton.

A
-T

shutter release button and lightly- pressing it again


{while holding the AE-L button}.

43

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!
f
I

1.

AGCEPTABLE
I$ FIOT
AUTOFOCU$
IIITHERE
CASE$
Autofocus operationdependson generallighting, subjectcontrastand
detail, and other technicalpoints. In thoserare situationswhere autofocus
is not possible,O blinks inside the viewfinder.

. Very dark subject


Focus manually (page 45). Or for
autofocus,focus on another,
brighter subjectlocatedat the same
distance,recomposewith the
shutterreleasebutton lightlY
pressed,then shoot.
You can also use the built-in flash,
or an accessoryNikon SPeedlight.

44

. Low-contrast subject
Focus manually (page 45). Or for
autofocus,focus on anothersubject
at the samedistancebut with more
contrast,recomposewith the
shutterreleasebutton lightlY
pressed,then shoot.

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When the focus bracketsare


positionedon the following
ignore insubjects/scenes,
focus o indication and focus
manually:
. Sceneswith subjects
located at different
distances
. Bright subjects with a
shiny surface, such as
silver or aluminum
. Strongly backlit subjects
. When'using a linear
polarizing filter, or a
special filterr .9.ra softfocus filter. (Circular
polanzing filters can be
usedfor autofocus.)

NfiAHUAL
FOCU$

1 Setfocusswitchto M.
I
[f vour AF Nikkor lenshasan
A-M switch, setit to M.

Look through the viewfinder and rotate the lens focus ring until the
subjectappearssharp.

For maximumfocusingaccuracywhen usinga


zoom lens, it is best to focus at the lens' longest
focal lengthsetting.Focusingat the shortestfocal
lengthsetting and then zoomingup to the longest

focal lengthsettingwill magnifuany slight


imprccisionin focusingand could resultin unsharp
pictures.

45

You can imprint date/time-Year/lVlonthlDay,


Day/Flour/IVtinute,Month/Day N eat, ot
DayAvlonth/Year---on your picture.

Monthindicator
Yearindicator

-PRINT

Dataimprintindicator
Timeindicatorcolon

['':i'-i:i i5|

Date/time

YearlMonth/Day

tTIi-,:rrTl
DaylHourlMinute

ADJUSTbutton:Push
to adiustdate/time.

1----.-l
No imprint display
t

[ :i lI Ii,-il

MODEbutton:Pushto
selectone of the five
availabledisplays,

SELECTbutton:Pushto select
date/timeto be adiusted.

Month/Dayf/ear

[15 :l'':l'll
DaylMonthNear

+o
I

When the LCD becomes faint, replace lithium battery installed in the
camera back. (See page 49.)

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SELECTADJUST

0s0 .ru
Setyear.

SELECTADJUST

Setmonth.

Setting date and time


For example,to setMarch 15,1994,choose
Year/Month/Day display. (To set date,choosedisplay
other than D aylHour/IVlinute. With D aylHourAvlinute
display,only time can be set.)
Push SELECT button so year sectionstartsblinking
indicating that it can be adjusted.PushADJUST
button to set the year. To changenumerical indication

To ect tir'e to peciso second:


A&ance the time one minute and ahead of actual
time f.e., if actualtime is 1259, se{ tfle time to
1S:00). Tttffi pudl Sf;LECT button so tirne indicator

Setday.

ry

Setting
hasbeen
completed.

rapidly, hold the ADJUST button down. Set the month


and day in the samemanner as for year. To complete
setting,push SELECT button while the day display is
blinking. The newly adjusteddate and the imprint
indicator - appearswithout blinking.
To set time, selectDay/Flour/Minute display and set
the hour and the minute.

colon starts blinking.When actual time coincides


with the time you set, push ADJUST button to reset
the secondto 00.
47

lmprinted Date/Time

- P R IN T

sELEcrADJUsr

rl

ld
\\Jtlnl
\rr/{nl
v
\J

\,/

lmprinting date/time

Selectyour desireddisplay by pushing MODE button and


confirm date and time are correctly set.Then fully depress
the shutterreleasebutton to take picture with imprinted
date/time.To confirm whether date/timeis imprinted, check
to make sure the imprint indicator - blinks for approx' 2
sec.,immediately after taking the picture.

lmprintingdateltimomay be difficult to read against


bright colourc such as white or reddishcolours.
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YeariMonth/Day

Day/Hour/Minute

Replacinglithium
batteryfor imprinting
function

l. Make sure that film is not


loaded,open the cameraback.

2. Loosen the silver screw on the


inside of the cameraback.
Remove the battery chamber
cover.

SEITSTADJUST

)00n

)00n

3. Removeusedbatterv.

4. Insert new battery with "+"


terminal facing upward.

5. Replacethe battery chamber


cover and tighten the screw.

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FLASHPHOTOGRAPHY
The thunderboltsymbol (t) inside viewfinderwill blink if you need
f l a s h t o t a k e a p i c t u r e ,f o r e x a m p l e , i n d i m l i g h t . Y o u c a n t h e n
activatethe F50/F50o'sbuilt-inflash and use it. But rememberthat
you can also use flash in bright lightto fill in shadowswith extra light.
This feature,which works with the F50/F50o'sbuilt-in flash or any
dedicated Nikon Speedlight,is called Matrix BalancedFill-Flash.lt
operatesin all the Programmedexposuremodes, as well as in the
S h u t t e r - P r i o r i t yo r A p e r t u r e - P r i o r i t yA u t o e x p o s u r e m o d e s ,
automaticallyassuringa correct and well-balancedexposureof both
the main subjectand the background.In the Manualexposuremode,
meteringto
Fill-Flash,which uses Centre-Weighted
Centre-Weighted
exposethe background,applies.

This section is for both SIMPLEand ADVANCEDmodes.


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BUILT.IN
USING
FLASH
Notes on using built-in flash

. Do not touch the flash when it is firing;


normal operationcan causeit to heat up.
. Never fire the flash more than 20
consecutivetimes at intervalsof 5 sec.
or shorter.This may impair flash
performance.After eachcontinuous
firing, let the flash rest at least 10
minutes before firing again.
When you continuouslyfire the flash,
the camera'shandgripmay becomehot;
this is normal. Continuousfiring will
result in a longer interval before the
ready-lightcomeson becauseit takes
longer for the flash to recharge
automatically.

,l When subjectbrightnessis insufficient, the ready-light


I
t blinks inside the viewfinder when you lightly press
the shutterreleasebutton to activatethe exposuremeter.
Pressthe flash lock-releaseto releaseand activatethe builtin flash.
You can use the built-in flash anytime, regard-lessof
ambient lighting. For example,if your subjectis backlit, you
can use the built-in flash to illuminate your subjectand fill in
shadows.
rWhen the built-in flash is activated, an aecessory
Speedlight will not fire. When using a Speedlight, keep
the built'in flash in the locked-down position.
r For usable lenses, see page 5$.

Flash shooting distance


ilt

Ft.ii

ISO film speed

25 50 1 0 0 200 400 800


2
2
Make surethe subjectis within the flash shooting
a
.L distance range and confirm that the ready-light
( t ) is on. Fully depressthe shutterreleasebutton to
take a shot with flash.
After shooting,check the ready-light again.If it blinks
for a few secondsafter shooting, the light might have
been insufficient. Confirm shootingdistanceand, if
necessary,move closer to the subjector selecta wider
aperture.

2
o
L

E
o
o-

2.8 4
4

5.6

5.6 I
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5.6 8

2.8 - 9.2m

5.6

2 - 6.5m

5.6

1 . 4- 4 . 6 m

11

1 . 0- 3 . 3 m

2.8 4

2.8 4

2.8 4

2.8 4

Flashshooting
distancerange

11 16

O . 7- 2 3 m

1 1 1 6 22

0 . 6- 1 . 6 m

1 1 1 6 22 32

0 . 6- 1 . 2 m

1 1 1 6 22 32

0.6 - 0.8m

Guide for flash shooting distance range in


SIMPLE mode (at ISO 100)

Using guide number to estimate the


maximum shooting distance

For outdoor subjects


on sunnyday
For outdoor subjectson
cloudyday or in shadows

You can also estimatethe maximum shootins distance


by guide number of built-in flash.
Guide number
= Maximum shootingdistance
Lens full aperture

0 . 6- 1 . 6 m

0.7- 2.3m
O . 7- 4 . 6 m

For indoorsubjects

Guide number for each ISO setting (m)

ISOfilm speed
",

Use the listedrange only as a guide for a lens


having maximumaperture of f/2.8 or faster. With
slower /enses,the maximum shooting distance will
be reduced.

25

50

100

200

400

800

6.5

9.2

13

18.4

26

36.8

'*.:{*-^

Iry

rThe wider the aperture (the smallerthe f-number)


you select, the farther the maximum shooting
distance,whereasthe smallerthe aperture (the
largerthe f-number),the shorter the maximum
shooting distance.

oWithii'*lor", shutterrp"tff, W

automatically selected, resulting in a shorter


shooting distance range.

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.In Shutter-PriorityAuto or Manual exposure


mode,if you setthe shutterspeedat lll80 sec.
or faster,the cameraautomaticallyshifts to
Ill25 sec.as soonas the built-in flash is
activated.
.In Aperture-Priority Auto exposuremode, the
shutterspeedis fixed at lll25 sec.for flash
sh o o t ing.

SB-27,58-26, SB-25 or SB-24 users


The automaticadjustmentfunctionsfor film
speed,apertureand zoom-headpositioncannot
be usedwith the F50/F50ncamera.

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Usable AF Nikkor Lenses with Built-ln Flash


. Usablenon-zoomlenses
35 to 300mm AF Nikkor lens (exceptAF Nikkor
300mmf/2.8 andAF-l Nikkor 300mmfl2.8D)
. Usablezoom lenses
AF 24-50mmf/3.3-4.5*r
AF 2 8 -7 0m mf / 3. 5- 4. 5* l

AF 28-80mm
f/3.5-5.6
D*1
AF 28-85mmf/3.5-4.5*z
AF 35-70mm
f/2.g*3
AF 35-70mmf/2.gD*3
AF 35-70mmf13.3-4.5

AF
AF
AF
AF
AF
AF

35-80mmf/4-5.6D
35-l05mm f13.5-4.5
35-105mmf13.5-4.5D
35-l35mm f13.5-4.5*2
70-210mmf/4
70-210mmfl 4-5.6

ti 13.313ilil
i,ii,.i?
"

AF 80-200mm
f/2.8*4
AF 80-200mm
f/2.8D*4
AF 80-200mm
f/4.5-5.6D:

-1>..-

*l Cannot be used at a
focal
*2 cannot be userJat afocal
setting, shoot within 2m.
*3 Canrutt be used at a
focal
*4 Cannot be used at afocal

length shorter than 3Smm


length shorter than 35mm. At 35mmfocal

length

length shorter than 50mm.


length shorter than l00mm.

. Do not use a lens hood; it could cause slight


? vignetting.
I

oWith zoom lenses,do not shoot within the macro


range (indicatedby the orange line on the lens).

BILITY
COMPATI
SPEEDLIGHT
Cameraexposuremode
1'l
A
s
F

NikonSpeedlight

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes Direct

No

No

Yes

Yes

Direct

TTL auto flash

Yes

Yes Yes

Ygs

Via SC-23

Otherflashmode

No

No

Yes

Yes w i th A S -15

TTL auto flash

No

No

No

No

Otherflash mode

No

No

Yes

Yes

SB-23, TTL auto flash


SB-24,
SB-25,
sB-27,S8-26,
SB-168
SB-20,
sB-22,SB-21B.1,
Otherflashmode
s B - 1 4 0s, B - 1 4 ,
SB-11(withSU-2)
sB-21A.2
sB-16A.2

Connection

-1 Although
andCentreFill-Flash
possible
MatrixBalanced
withSB-218,
photography.
With
forclose-up
arenotrecommended
Fill-Flash
Weighted
mode
flashexposure
usetheSB-218at manual
camera,
theF50/F500
*2 Thedifference
and
SB-16A
andSB-218,orbetween
SB-21A
between
(Fordetails,
seeSpeedlight
attached.
is thetypeof controller
SB-168,
manual,)
instruction

Via SC-13or sync cord

Via 45-6

: MatrixBalancedFill-Flash
Fill-Flash
: Centre-Weighted

Controlled aperture in SIMPLE mode with an


accessory Nikon Speedlight (at ISO 100)
f/B
Foroutdoorsubjectson sunnYdaY
Foroutdoorsubjectson cloudYdaY
f/5.6
or in shadows
t/4
Forindoorsubiects

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LENSES
The Nikon F50/F50o is designedfor autofocusphotographywith AF
Nikkor lenses(exceptAF-Nikkor lensesmade specifically for the
Nikon F3AF camera).To take full advantageof the F50/F50o
camera'sfeatures,you should use AF Nikkor lenses.
However, the lenseslisted on right can be used under the following
conditions:
When an AF-I or AI-P Nikkor lens is used:
. Set the focus switch to M and focus by rotating the lens focusing
ring*.
When mountable non-CPU Nikkor lensesare used:
. Use an externalexposuremeter.
. Set exposuremode to Manual. (In other exposuremodes,shutteris
locked.)
. Shutterspeedindication appearson the LCD panel and inside the
viewfinder. Set shutterspeedby pressingthe set/adjustbutton.
The f-number of the apertureset will not be visible in the LCD panel
and inside the viewfinder. Set the apertureby rotating the lens
aperturering.
. Adjust focus by rotating the lens focusing ring until the subject
appearssharpinside the viewfinder.*
* Uilessyour subjectis not acceptable
operation(page44),you
for autofocus
can confirmthe in-focusindicator.Centrethefocus bracketson thesubiect,
and rotatethefocusingring whilelightlypressingtheshutterreleasebutton.
Whenthesubjectis infocus,thein-focusindicatoro appears.

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Mountable Nikkor lenses


. AF Nikkorlenses
.Al-P Nikkorlenses
.AF-l Nikkorlenses
oAl-type(Al-S,Al and Al-modified)
6mm
NikkorlensesexceptFisheYe
OP 1Ommf/5.6,
f/5.6and Fisheye
f/B (No.174166or
180-60Omm
200-600mmf/9.5 (No.
smaller),
360-120Omm
300490or smaller),
f/11 (No.17408Tor smaller)
. NikonSeriesE lenses
. ReflexNikkorlenses
500mm f/B
1000mmf/11 (No. 142360or
'143001or larger)
smaller/No.
(N o.200311or
f/11
20O0mm
larger)
. Medical-Nikkor
12Ommf/4
. Teleconverters
(exceptnonmountableTC-16/fC-1 64)
Use of other /enses maY damage
the camera.

Nikkor lens compatibility


Focusing

Lenses

Autofocus
AF Nikkor(exceptAF-l Nikkorlenses/AF-Nikkor
lensesfor F3AF)

Manual

FI

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AF-l Nikkor/Al-PNikkor

c*2

L-/

Al- or Al-S type Nikkor(includingAl-modified


Nikkor)/ReflexNikkor/SeriesE *1

o'2

o-4

Medical-Nikkor120mm f/ 4

c*4

Teleconverters
(exceptTC-16/TC-164) -'*-^

o"3

o'4

BellowsFocusingAttachmentPB-6
K ringset (K1,K3,K4 and K5)
Auto ExtensionRings
( P K - 1 1 A1, 2 , 1 3a n d P N - 1 1 )

c"3

o*4

Compatible
X Incompatible
*1 Some /enseswithin thesetypes/seriescannot be attached.
Seepage 58.
*2 Manual focus with in-focus indicatorconfirmationis available
with lensesthat have a maximumapefture of f/5.6 or faster.

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Exposuremode

*3 Manual focus with in-focus indicatorconfirmationis avaitabte


with lensesthat have a maximum effectiveapertureof f/5.6
or faster.
*4Camera's exposuremeter does not work. Seepage 58.

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T IPS
CARE
CAMERA

l.Do not touch the


camera'sreflex mirror
or focusing screen.
Remove dust with a
blower brush.

2.Do not touch the


shuttercurtains.

5.Clean glasssurfaces,such as the lens or the


eyepieie, with a blower brush; do not use lens tissue,
riti6on type eyeglasstissue,etc. To remove dirt and
smudgei, use-softcotton moistenedwith denatured
alcoh6l and wipe surfacesin a spiral motion from
centreto periphery.Do not leave traces.

3.Do not touch the DX


contacts.KeePthem
clean with a blower
brush.

4.Clean the viewfinder


eyepiecewith a soft,
cleancloth. Do not use
alcohol.

Caution!
A spray gun-type blower may damagethe
opticaiglass ii used to clean the lens,especially
if nO ghss is used for the front lens element.To
avoid damage,hold the blower upright with its
nozzle more than 30cm from the lens surface,
and keep the nozzle moving so the stream of air
is not concentratedin one spot.

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6.Do not lubricatethe


camera.

10.Ifthe cameramalfunctions, take it immediately to an


authorisedNikon
dealeror service
centre.

I .Do not leave the


camerain an
excessivelyhot place.

8. Keep the camera away


from water or moisture. When using the
cameranear water,
guard againstsplashes,
especiallysalt water
spray.

9.Make sure not to drop


or bump the camera
body/lensagainsta
hard surface.Strong
shockmay cause
malfunction.

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11.Store the camerain a cool, dry place away from
naphthaleneor camphor (moth repellent).In a
humid environment,store the camerainside a vinyl
bag with a desiccantto keep out dust, moisture and
salt. Note, however, that storing leathercasesin
vinyl bags may causethe leatherto deteriorate.

I2.To maintainthe built-in


flash condenserin peak
condition, thereby
enabling you to use the
flash for many years,
fire the flash a few
times
every month.
.
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ONBATTERIES
NOTES

1.Keep batteriesout of
children'sreach.If
someoneaccidentally
swallows a battery, call
a doctor immediately.

2.Do not disassemble,


short circuit or heat
batteries.Do not
chargebatteries.

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3.If you do not intend to


use the camerafor a
long time, remove the
battery.

4.Battery power
diminishesat
extremely low
temperatures-make
sure the battery you
buy is fresh, and wrap
the camerabody in
something warrn.

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1LJJF4N
5.When replacinga
battery,be sure to use
a fresh battery.

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6.Do not throw used


batteriesinto fire.

7.If the battery chamberis contaminatedby battery


leakage,take the camerato an authorisedNikon
dealer.

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..SPECIFIGATI0NS
Type of camera

Integral-motor
autofocus35mm
single-lensreflex
Picture format
24mm x 36mm (standard35mm
filmformat)
Lens mount
NikonF mount
Lens
AF Nikkorlenses(exceptAFNikkorBOmmf/2.8,ED 2O0mm
I/3.5 lF,and autofocusconverter
TC-16/TC-164), and non-AF
Nikkorlenses(withlimitation)
available
Operation mode
SIMPLEand ADVANCED
Focus modes
Autofocusand manual
Autofocus mode
SingleServoAF and Continuous
ServoAF*
" Continuous
Seryols posslb/ern
ADVANCED
modeonly
Autofocus
TTL phasedetectionsystemusing
detection system NikonadvancedAM200 autofocus
module
Autofocus
Approx. EV -'l to E\/ 19 (at ISO
detection range 100)
Autofocus lock
Possible,in SingleServoAF mode,
once a stationarysubjectis in
focusas longas the shutter
releasebuttonis lightlypressed
Focus tracking
Automatically
activatedwith a
movingsubject

ExpOsuremodes

Programmed
Auto exposure
control

Flexible Program
Shutter-Priority
Auto exposure
control
Aperture-Priority
Auto exposure
control
Manual exposure
control

ProgrammedAuto in SIMPLE
mode; ProgrammedAuto,ShutterPriorityAuto,Aperture-Priority
Auto
and Manualin ADVANCED
mode
Both shutterspeedand aperture
are set;in SIMPLEmode,GeneralPurposeProgram,Landscape
Program,PortraitProgramand
Close-UpProgramare available;
in
ADVANCED
mode,GeneralPurposeProgram,Landscape
Program,PoftraitProgram,CloseUp Program,Sport Program,
Silhouette
Program,Night-Scene
Program,and MotionEffect
Programare available
Possiblewith General-Purpose
Programin ADVANCEDmode
when flashis off
Apertureautomatically
selectedto
matchmanuallyset shutterspeed
Shutterspeed automatically
selectedto matchmanuallyset
aDenure
Both apeftureand shutterspeed
are set manuallv

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Pressingthe adjustbutton
changesshuttersPeedor
aoerturein 1/2 steP;holdingdown
changes
the adjustbuttonraPidlY
shuttersPeedor aPerturein one
step
AvailablebYPressingthe AE-L
Auto exposure
buttonwhilethe exPosuremeteris
lock
on
Possiblein ADVANCEDmode
Exposure
t5 EV rangein 1/2 stePs
within
comPensation
ExposuremeteringMatrixMetering(forProgrammed
Auto,and
Auto,Shutter-PrioritY
Aperture-PrioritYAuto exPosure
modes);Centre-Weighted
Meteringfor ManualexPosure
mode
Exposure metering EV 1 to EV 20 at ISO 100 with
f/.1.4lens
range
Activatedby lightlypressingshutExposure meter
ter releasebutton;whenthe LCD
switch
oanelshowsthe ExPosureMode
menu,Programmenu,OPtionalFunctionmenu,or OPtional
Functionsettings,staYson for
approx.60 sec.;whenthe LCD
panelshowsthe Program/
exposuremode,staYson for

ShuttersPeed/
aperture
adiustment

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Shutter
Shutter release
Shutter sPeeds

Viewfinder

Eyepoint
Focusing screen
Viewfinder
information

Viewfinder
illuminator

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approx.8 sec.with the built-in


flish off or 15 sec. with the built-in
flashon
ly controlledverticalElectronical
shutter
travelfocal-Plane
Electromagnetic
sec.to 30 sec.;electro1/2OOO
controlledTime
magneticallY
settingis Provided(forADVANCED
mode)
FixedeYe-levelPentaPrismtYPe;
with SOmm
O.7Bxmagnification
aPProx.90%
lensset at infinitY;
frame coverage
Approx.18mm
FixedNikonadvancedB-tYPe
BriteViewscreenwith centralfocus
bracketsfor autofocusoPeration
indication'
ln-focus/AF-impossible
correctexposureindicator,shutter
speed,aPerture,exposure
and exPosure
information
compensationindicatiorare shown
in LCD readout;alsoshowsflash
-/readY|ight
recommended
when
activates
AutomaticallY
exoosuremeteris on

Film speed range

ISO 25 to 5000 for DX-coded


films;ISO6 to 6400 for non-DXcoded films(forADVANCEDmode)
Film speed setting Auto for DX-codedfilms;manual
settingfor non-DX-coded
films(for
ADVANCEDmode)
Film loading
Filmautomatically
advancesto
frameone when cameraback is
closed
Frame counter
Accumulativetype (countsdown
duringfilm rewind);displayedon
the LCD panel
Film advance
Filmautomatically
advancesone
frame at approx. 1 sec. when
shutteris released;film advance
stops automatically
at end of film
. roll
Film rewind
Automaticbv built-inmotorat end
of filmroll;manualmid-rollrewind
possibleby pressingrewindbutton
Self-timer
Electronically
controlled;10sec.timerduration
Reflex mirror
Automatic,instant-returntype
Hingedback;unchangeable
Gamera back
Accessory shoe
StandardISO-typewith hot-shoe
contact,ready-light
contact,
monitorcontact,TTL flashcontact

Built-in TTL flash


Flash synchronisation speed
Automatic
Balanced
Fill-Flash

Flash ready-light

Power source

Guidenumber:13 meters(at ISO


100, 20'C ); angleof coverage:
35mm or longerlens
1/125sec,or slower
Possiblewith built-inTTLflashor
NikondedicatedSpeedlights
such
as S B -27,38-26,S B -25,S B -24,
sB-23, SB-22,SB-20,SB-18and
SB-168; MatrixBalancedFill-Flash
in Auto exposuremodes;CentreWeightedFill-Flash
in Manual
exoosuremode
Withoutflash:Blinkswhen using
flashis recommended
With flash:Lightsup whenbuilt-in
flashor Nikondedicated
Speedlightis readyto fire;blinks
afterflashshootingto warn of
insufficient
lightfor correct
exposure
6V lithiumbatterypack (2CR5or
D1245type)

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Numberof 24-exposure(36-expoiure)film rofls per fresh


battery*
at 2O"C

at -10"C

Withoutflash

100(80)

40 (30)

With flashfor half


of all exposures

2 0 (1 5 )

1 3( 1 0 )

* For autofocus operationwith AF Zoom Nikkor35-B0mm f/4'


f/5.6 D lenscoveringthe full range from infinityto the c/osesf
distanceand back to infinitybeforeeach shot,at 1/125 sec',
or fastershutter speed

Dimensions
(WxHxD)
Weight (without
battery inside
camera body)
Optional viewing
accessory

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FSO:Approx.149 x 96 x 70mm
F 50 o Ap
: p ro x .1 4 9x 9 6 x 7 .1 mm
F50:Approx.5BOg
Approx.5909 (including
FSOo:
batteryfor date/timeimPrint
function)
RubberEyecupDK-9

For DatelTime imprinting function (F5ODonly)


Day/Hour/
lmprint functions Year/Month/Day,
Minute,No imprint,Month/DaY/
Year and Day/MonthNear are
selectable
: 24-hourbuilt-inclock
withtimingaccuracywithin+90
secondsa monthat normal
temoerature
One 3V lithium(CR2025)battery
Power source
APProx.threeYears*
Battery life
" Mayvarydepending
on extentof data
imprintuseandfilmsPeedin use.
(20C),
Withfreshbatteryat normaltemperature
anddesignaresubiectto changewithoutnotice.
Specifications

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ABOUT
THEF5O/FsOD
METERING
SYSTEM
The Nikon F50/F50o has two types of exposure
metering systems-Matrix Metering and CentreWeighted Metering.

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Matrix Metering

Centre-Weighted Metering

With D-type AF Nikkor lensesincluding AF-I Nikkor: When you ser a


Program,or Shutter-PriorityAuto or Aperture-Priority Auto exposure
mode, 3D Matrix Metering automaticallyactivates.Even in extremely
complex lighting situations,the six-segmentMatrix Meter analyzesscene
brightnessand contrast,automaticallyadjustingeverything to ensure
correct exposure.In addition, the microcomputerbuilt in the D-type AF
Nikkor lens sendsthe information about camera-to-subjectdistance,
enabling the camera'smicrocomputerto perform more preciseexposure
a n a l ysi s .
If non-D-type AF Nikkor lens or AI-P Nikkor lens is used,Advanced
Matrix Metering is activated;althoughthere is no information about
camera-to-subjectdistance,correct exposureis assured.

When you set Manual exposure


mode, the cameraautomatically
switchesto Centre-Weighted
Metering. Centre-Weighted
Metering placesspecialemphasis
on brightnesswithin the 12mmdiameter central area of the
viewfinder, and useful to base
exposureon a specifrc areaof the
scene.

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INDICATIONS
EWFINDER
LCDPANELAII
Ul:il:ri::rlLtlL:ir

Blinking Symbol

Blinking Symbol

r:|i: !ir:r'r::r"

:a'

.:, Shutter
Can be released

gt!!
E

Batteryis just aboutexhausted,Turnthe poweroff


and replacebatterywith new one.

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Reloadfilm.
a)Filmis not correctlypositioned.
b)Batteryis exhaustedduringfilm rewind.Turnthe
poweroff and replacebatterywith new one.

H;irr'#'h
t!!
I

i--!i'iii"i
i ii: i.:.ii

il,!iil i,,ii,':i'i,.j
F
i!"F:i'!
$";;'9," !.i..i:::.:
!!
!!
!!::::

ii
l:
::

!i
!:
::

!
'-

!-'!
:

!
L!

lirr

DX
filmor filmwith unacceptable
Non-DX-coded
code is loaded.Switchto ADVANCEDmode and
set film speedmanually,

Err

Lensattachedhas no CPU;or no lensis


attached.AttachAF Nikkoror Al-P lens.

(inP /$ /A)
!!

i..!!

Can be released

(in 1.1
).

i;i;iii
ff,.,,,,,,
t,,,!i H
!f."

!'irii'i

H:rr

Batteryis nearingexhaustion.Havea freshone


reaoy.

lirr

Lensattachedhas no CPU (seepage 5B);or no


lensis attached.
Lens is not set to the smallestapefture(largestfnumber)setting.Set lensto the smallestapefture.
Cameradetectsa malfunctionduringfilmadvance
or film rewind.Turnthe camera'spoweroff, and on
agarn,

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iri'' LCD Banel


"Blinking Symbol

' :fl;i,+*t;il;;jftil;jf.,'t"=*''1r:;.+.;1i,

,,].,-.tfirl,vfifid*t,,.i
Blinking Symbol

Locked

Autofocusis impossiblewith the subject.Set focus


mode switchto M to focus manuallyby rotating
the lensfocusingring.

HI

ri i

Can be released

Overexposure
may occur.

Lo

ln

Can be released

Underexposure
may occur.

Can be released

Automaticallyselectedshutterspeed is too slow


and pictureblur may occur.Use a tripodto avoid
camerashake,or use built-inTTL flashor Nikon
Speedlight,

Locked

"TIME"is set in Shutter-Priority


Auto exposure
mode.Set anothershutterspeed,or set exposure
modeto Manual.

Can be released

Yoursubjectis too dark.Usethe built-inTTL flash


or NikonSpeedlight.

(inP /$ /A)
(inP /$ /A)
d-:*

=!:,...!:!=
! .

-a

f-

. :

ii::: :::l.i

,^

-l

( inS I M P L mode)

rk

a:-

Shutterspeed
indicator
(inP /A in ADV JCEDmode)
: .
: :...
:.,,..

. t
...! t
...J

'!iF'3 !ir.rii!f-F
ii li iiTliir=F *r
ii ,!!, !!'!iA= E*,E i

lir r

(withoutflash).

iiril'ritsElr$ff fi$|,
Blinking $ymbot

F** =

L= I TTI.
(inP/s)

,,rti

iinjlrilll

Blinking Symbal

' -1

Cause and Remedy

srrutter

(afterflash
shooting)

Locked

Confirmshooting
Lightmightbe insufficient.
distanceand, if necessary,move closerto the
subjector selecta wider aperture.

Err

Locked

Speedlightattached is not set at TTL. Set the


Speedlight'sflashmode to TTL. Or, use AperturePriorityAuto or Manualexposuremode.

wsi8e{iw,

oThe camera uses a Liquid Grystal Display (LCD) of


the highest quality which, under conditions of
normal use, should provide severalyears of
reliable operation. After this period, contrast may
deteriorate and display information may start to
fade. You can have the LCD replaced at a nominal
charge by contacting an authorised Nikon dealer
or service facility.
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rAt temperatures between freezing, the LCD's


response time slows down; it goes back to
normalwhen the temperature rises.
oAs the temperature rises, the LCD turns reddish;
as the temperature drops, the LCD tums bluish.
These changes do not affect normal use.

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Nikon cannot be held responsiblefor any


malfunction resulting from the use of the camera
other than as specified in this manual.

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