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Nikon F6 serial numbers - post yours!
Old 03-26-2015   #1
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Nikon F6 serial numbers - post yours!

Post your serial numbers folks. Lets see if we can get an idea of how many Nikon F6s are out there!

I've seen serial numbers as high as 0036xxx which would indicate only about 36,000 units have been manufactured. Not many for a 10 year production run, but also unsurprising for a film camera in the digital age.

Mine is 0012429
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I have 0030478
Thanks, I just added them to the list.

A bit of browsing through eBay and local used camera shop websites dug up some more serial numbers which I've also added.

0001488
0001563
0001603
0001738
0001775
0001946
0002332
0002737
0002826
0007238
0007380
0007459
0008331
0009041
0009380
0011258
0012299
0012429
0012519
0012846
0013067
0013177
0013427
0013870
0014343
0014523
0014886
0015730
0015782
0016270
0016319
0016355
0017109
0017981
0018415
0018513
0019199
0019677
0020302
0020377
0020744
0020797
0022492
0022507
0026108
0029536
0030478
0031318
0031901
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Thats a lot of browsing, well done! ^^^

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Post your serial numbers folks. Lets see if we can get an idea of how many Nikon F6s are out there!
Mine has 00314xx.
Bought brand new with MB-40 vertical grip and MV-1 data reader six years ago.
So at least more than 31,400 samples were produced until that time point.

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I've seen serial numbers as high as 0036xxx which would indicate only about 36,000 units have been manufactured. Not many for a 10 year production run, but also unsurprising for a film camera in the digital age.
Are you really shure that you have seen 0036xx numbers?
Two months ago I heard from someone who has bought a new one with a 00347xx number.

I probably will buy an additional second F6 this summer, brand new (as I am often shooting colour and BW parallel that makes sense for me).
And the F6 is the perfect camera. By far the best I've ever used (and I've used so much different models in the last decades).

When I've bought the new one, I will report here about the number.
As the F6 is still manufactured in Nikon's factory in Sendai, Japan, I hope lots of others also decide to fulfill their camera dream and buy a new one, that this outstanding and unique camera can be kept in production for the next generation of younger film photographers.

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Thats a lot of browsing, well done! ^^^

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I had a bit of time to kill this afternoon

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Are you really shure that you have seen 0036xx numbers?
Two months ago I heard from someone who has bought a new one with a 00347xx number.
Yes, I'm pretty sure. It was a new camera in a Tokyo camera store. I didn't think to make a note of it at the time, but will next time.
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0024123

And once again I'll thank Jon for having the generosity to buy this camera in Japan for me and send it to OZ.
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Yes, I'm pretty sure. It was a new camera in a Tokyo camera store. I didn't think to make a note of it at the time, but will next time.
That is very interesting.
When was it?
Recently?

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0024123

And once again I'll thank Jon for having the generosity to buy this camera in Japan for me and send it to OZ.
I hope you're still feeding it film every now and then

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That is very interesting.
When was it?
Recently?

Cheers, Jan
Maybe four or five months ago. I remember thinking that serial numbers were getting close to 0040000 but weren't quite there yet.
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14306 and 15265 for me. Anyone aware of where one can get F6 firmware update?
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0012594 is mine. Purchased new.
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0033829 purchased as a refurb at B&H Jan. 2015...
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My friend has 34000 purchased from Japan in Like New condition 3-4 months ago.
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14306 and 15265 for me. Anyone aware of where one can get F6 firmware update?
It's not something you can do yourself, so you'll have to send your camera to Nikon. I took mine into the Nikon Service Center in Tokyo just a few weeks ago, and they did it for me in about 30 minutes. It's a free service.

FYI here's the announcement in Japanese dated March 28, 2005 (10 years ago today!) about the firmware update. Serial numbers from 0018754 already have the updated firmware. Besides the firmware, the announcement also says Nikon adjusts the battery check level to display the battery level more accurately.
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List now updated. Thanks everyone. It paints a pretty clear picture I'd say. My guess is that there are no serial numbers below 0001001. I wonder if we'll reach 0040000...

0001488
0001563
0001603
0001738
0001775
0001946
0002069
0002332
0002737
0002826
0007238
0007380
0007459
0008331
0009041
0009380
0011258
0012299
0012429
0012519
0012594
0012846
0013067
0013177
0013427
0013870
0014306
0014343
0014523
0014886
0015265
0015730
0015782
0016270
0016319
0016355
0017109
0017981
0018415
0018513
0019199
0019677
0020302
0020377
0020744
0020797
0022492
0022507
0024123
0026108
0029536
002984x (purchased in 2008)
0030478
0031318
00314xx (purchased in 2009)
0031901
0033829 (purchased in January 2015 as a refurb)
0033976 (used camera listed at Map Camera on April 15th, 2015)
0034000
00347xx (purchased in late 2014)
0034843 (new stock on shelf at Yodobashi Camera, Shinjuku, March 2015)
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List now updated. Thanks everyone. It paints a pretty clear picture I'd say. My guess is that there are no serial numbers below 0001001. I wonder if we'll reach 0040000...
Well, the F6 in the original Nikon F6 print brochure has the number
0000000.

And as with all other professional Nikon F cameras, several months before the official production started dozens (hundreds) of professional photographers worldwide had first F6 samples for intensive daily testing (pre-series / pre-production models for finding weaknesses).

I ordered mine brand new in December 2008, it was shipped late January 2009, serial number is 3147x.
Just today I was again on a lovely photo trip with this outstanding camera, shooting BW reversal film for projection.
I just can congratulate the excellent Nikon engineers for this masterpiece of film camera engineering!!

Thank you very much Jon for your efforts with this list and keeping us up to date with the serial numbers of new F6 in Tokyo's camera shops.
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Well, the F6 in the original Nikon F6 print brochure has the number
0000000.

And as with all other professional Nikon F cameras, several months before the official production started dozens (hundreds) of professional photographers worldwide had first F6 samples for intensive daily testing (pre-series / pre-production models for finding weaknesses).
Interesting! That would be this camera (photo found here).


A bit of googling also dug up this photo of prototype camera no. P930045 (photo found here).
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Hello. Purchased NEW in October 2014 from ADORAMA, F6 number 0034748, along with an MB-40. Not that I am losing any sleep over it, but the MV-1 Reader seems to not be stocked anymore, anywhere. Sellers seem to have been out since long before I got the camera, which I speculated over for quite a while before purchase. I wonder if sales on the MV-1 were so low that they discontinued it? ALTHOUGH, no mention of it being discontinued has surfaced. What I REALLY find amusing is the F6 copied Canon's "Imprint" feature. Imprinting between film exposures where the info gets cut in half when negatives are cut? (Unless you specify NO CUT at your developer.) Plus the info would be covered in a slide mount, too. DUH! PERHAPS the imprint feature is useful to a forensics lab, but who today would use a film camera for that. Anyway, I just want to put in my two cents that personally I find the relatively useless imprint feature a rather amusing selling point on a fantastic camera. Anyone out there using this feature?
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I use the imprint feature. Not for anything other than letting me know that the negs i'm looking at came from the F6 and not one of my other film cameras.
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STOP tempting me to buy an(other) F6 everybody...!

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STOP tempting me to buy an(other) F6 everybody...!

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A few years ago the F6 was going for quite a lot of money used ... I happily paid the going price for mine because they are a fabulous camera and I really needed to own one. (GAS)

Now I see them for well under a grand in near mint condition.
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........... personally I find the relatively useless imprint feature a rather amusing selling point on a fantastic camera. Anyone out there using this feature?
Absolutely. I need mostly the date on my negative strips. The other possible data could be interesting/useful sometimes, I suppose.

I used the imprinting data back on my F4 too.
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The imprint feature is very helpful. I had it on my F5 using the MF 28 data back. The F6 is so much more elegant but the F5... Wishing I had never sold it. The F6 is just the best!
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I'm a fan of the imprint feature too. If you scan your film in one strip, the shooting data is right there.


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Interesting! That would be this camera (photo found here).


A bit of googling also dug up this photo of prototype camera no. P930045 (photo found here).
Yes, Jon, exactly!
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The imprint feature is very helpful. I had it on my F5 using the MF 28 data back. The F6 is so much more elegant but the F5... Wishing I had never sold it. The F6 is just the best!
+1.
Especially as the F6 offers different imprint options. You can just choose the one that fits your needs best.
I am using the imprint feature which imprints a continuous number before picture 1.
So it is very easy for me to archive my films. Each film has its own, unique number.

I am also using the MV-1 data reader, which gives me all shooting data (just like EXIFs) for every picture.
I transfer the data to the computer in an excel sheet, print that and archive it together with the film or contact sheet.
It's perfect.
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STOP tempting me to buy an(other) F6 everybody...!

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No.
Because our duty is to give you (and all other forum members) the best information .
So as we have the long year experience with the F6, we have to share it .

Do you need more information ?
Here you go:
Some more info about the F6 from other sources:

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/film.../pdf/f6_4p.pdf

http://www.nikon.de/tmp/DE/241986527...3152926346.pdf

Excellent, detailed test report from the German high-quality film photography magazine "PhotoKlassik":
http://www.aphog.de/wp-content/photo...sik_I.2014.pdf

Detailed test from Tom Hogan:
http://www.filmbodies.com/cameras/ca...f6-review.html

Customer reports at B&H:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Autofocus.html

The F6 project:
http://www.nikonf6.net/

Short review by the Film Photography Podcast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y1Q...ature=youtu.be
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Hi,

I just had a telephone call with a friend in Germany, who was totally excited because his absolutely brand factory new F6 arrived today.
I've asked him what serial number it has, and he said it is 003501x.
So definitely more than 35,000 F6 has been sold so far.
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Thanks for the update, very interesting!

Any news from our members in Japan, which serial numbers have been sold recently in Japan?

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My F6 has serial number 0016319.

firmware:
Is there a way to determine what version of the firmware is installed?
lenses:
I've mostly got everything I want, but a fast-ish 100mm AF lens would be a good addition to the kit (I've got 35/2AF-D, 50/1.8G AF-S, 180/2.8AF-D now). Because of its special capabilities, I'm thinking of the DC 105/2 AF-D. Anyone else using this lens?
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This thread inspired me to look up the imprint feature. That's cool; I knew it was there but hadn't really looked into it yet. I'll probably turn it on.

The MV-1 is discontinued AFAIK, based on a conversation with Nikon USA recently.

A third party is making a device and software that replaces it, and provides more functionality as well. It's called meta135 — see http://www.meta35.com for details. I've ordered one of these.
The F6 inspired me to expand my Nikon kit again, and acquire a D750 so that I have a digital Nikon body to use with my Nikon lenses and accessories. Quite an expensive little lark into Nikon gear ..!

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firmware:
Is there a way to determine what version of the firmware is installed?
I've gotten the firmware upgraded on several Nikon F6s. Pre upgrade, they all showed the F6 Nikon logo (see 3rd image here) on the LCD panel. Post upgrade, the F6 Nikon logo was gone. Just my observation though, and I'm not sure if its a definitive way to tell if the firmware has been upgraded.
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is there a firmware number? I'll check my friends tomorrow.
I wonder what the updates do?
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is there a firmware number? I'll check my friends tomorrow.
I wonder what the updates do?
IIRC there's nowhere to check the firmware version in the F6 menu. Also, I think there's officially only been one firmware update (but it wouldn't surprise me if Nikon has made other unannounced firmware tweaks over the years that they apply to cameras that come in for servicing). The original announcement in Japanese is here. The announcement was also on the Nikon USA website in English but was deleted long ago.

The announcement says the firmware update fixes some problems that sometimes occur when the data back exposes shooting data onto the film and, more importantly, corrects the battery level check display which previously indicated that the batteries were being consumed faster than they actually where. I also suspect that the firmware update addresses the problem experienced early on by some users where the F6 locked up when the voltage from the 2 x CR123A batteries dropped below a certain level.
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My F6 has serial number 0016319.

firmware:
Is there a way to determine what version of the firmware is installed?


If you don't have any problems (especially not the battery indication problem), then you have the recent firmware.
For about 8 eight years now I have not heard anymore from anyone reporting that problem. So most probably those former cameras with that firmware problem have all been updated by the Nikon Service in the meanwhile.

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I've mostly got everything I want, but a fast-ish 100mm AF lens would be a good addition to the kit (I've got 35/2AF-D, 50/1.8G AF-S, 180/2.8AF-D now). Because of its special capabilities, I'm thinking of the DC 105/2 AF-D. Anyone else using this lens?


A friend of mine. It's stunning. One of the best lenses Nikon have ever made.

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