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How do I change the ISO on my Nikon N55/F55?

Henry Wilkins , Feb 26, 2004; 01:48 a.m.

How do I change the ISO on my Nikon N55/F55? Its driving me crazy and I can't find it in the manual anywhere. Can I do it at all?


David H. Hartman , Feb 26, 2004; 02:29 a.m.

Your camera has exposure compensation of -2 EV to + 2 EV. This is covered on page 64 of the F55 manual. Unfortunately the compensation is only in steps of 1/2 stop. I don’t own the F55 or N55. I downloaded a manual from Nikon UK. You can use exposure compensation to achieve similar results to changing the film speed. The only real difference is ISO speeds are in 1/3 stops.

If you want to change your film speed in the conventional way you’d need to buy an N80 or better or a "classic" Nikon. If it’s worth the trouble I understand there are DX code stickers.

Hope this helps,


Nick Withers , Feb 26, 2004; 02:30 a.m.

You need to use exposure compensation or buy DX override stickers for the film cassette. Nick

Ian Brunton , Feb 26, 2004; 03:28 a.m.

Or set your exposure manually (the camera may revert to C/W metering for this - the F65 does). Tedious, yes, but you will think about what you are doing and why, and it will help your photography. On the other hand, I did once have a roll of Scala (ISO 200 b/w slide film) pushed to 800 by shooting in A mode (matrix) with -2EV compensation, and things came out well.

Don't rush into buying another body just because of this. I've always had contempt for the F80 simply because it in the UK it was almost twice the price of my old F65, and it still won't meter with manual-focus lenses, focusing screens can't be changed, the viewfinder wasn't a great improvement and so on.

But those things were important to me. They may not be to you. And there is virtue in overcoming apparent limitations without buying new equipment. Not that that stopped me from selling the F65 and getting two better cameras.

Matt Needham , Feb 26, 2004; 09:04 a.m.

Why does Nikon leave such basic features off of their entry level SLRs?

I sold cameras for three years and, I wish I had a buck for everytime a customer brought back an entry level Nikon SLR and chewed me out because it lacked this feature. It's such a basic feature that came on every 35mm SLR for decades that people just assume that it's there.

Spencer Hahn , Feb 26, 2004; 01:18 p.m.

Because more buttons = more confusion when it comes to entry-level SLR's.

Vincent J M , Mar 01, 2004; 01:24 a.m.

Not necessarily more buttons.

You don't have to have more buttons. It can just be one entry on a menu accessed by pressing a single button. Even the bottom of the barrel c**** SLR's do that. That's easily manageable. Looks like a cost cutting measure, just like c**** doesn't have a spot meter on most low - mid range bodies.

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