Nikon recalls 16-year-old film camera due to EU legislation

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Nikon has released a partial recall of the Nikon F6 – its last 35mm film camera, which was launched in 2004 and is remarkably still in production today.

The recall is due to the presence of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) detected in certain production runs of the Nikon F6, in quantities which exceed the restrictions imposed by European Union legislation.

The F6 is widely regarded as one of the finest film cameras and one of the finest Nikon cameras ever made. And, as evidenced by the fact that it’s still in production – 16 years after its launch, and at a time when film cameras are all but dead – there are photographers still buying it and using it.

Unfortunately, some batches of F6 contain DBP, an endocrine disruptor that can cause developmental disorders, including birth defects and cancerous growths. As a result, concentrations of the compound (which is used as a plasticizer) are highly regulated around the world – and in this case, they exceed the safe amounts legislated by the European Union.

“Although Nikon has taken great steps to ensure the high quality expected of Nikon products, it has come to our attention that certain components contain levels of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that potentially exceed the standard value specified in the regulations of European Union, RoHS Directive,* have been used in certain F6 film SLR cameras manufactured and/or sold after July 22, 2019,” the global service advisory reads.

“For those who have previously purchased an affected F6 film SLR camera and would like to have their camera repaired to correct this issue, Nikon’s service center will repair the cameras free of charge according to the customer’s needs, including service charges. shipment of affected F6 SLR cameras to Nikon, as well as their return to customers, even if the warranty has expired.”

The recall affects a total of 152 cameras, with the following 7-digit serial numbers:

0035842, 0035862, 0035867, 0035868, 0035869, 0035870, 0035871, 0035872, 0035873, 0035909, 0035910, 0035911, 0035912, 0035913, 0035914, 0035915, 0035916, 0035917, 0035918, 0035919, 0035920, 0035921, 0035922, 0035923, 0035924, 0035925, 0035926, 0035927, 0035928, 0035929, 0035930, 0035932, 0035934, 0035941, 0035942, 0035943, 0035944, 0035945, 0035946, 0035947, 0035948, 0035949, 0035950, 0035951, 0035952, 0035953, 0035954, 0035955, 0035956, 0035957, 0035958, 0035959, 0035968, 0035969, 0035970, 0035971, 0035972, 0035973, 0035974, 0035975, 0035976, 0035977, 0035978, 0035979, 0035980, 0035981, 0035983, 0035984, 0035985, 0035986, 0035987, 0035989, 0035990, 0035991, 0035992, 0036010, 0036011, 0036014, 0036015, 0036019, 0036019, 0036020, 0036021, 0036022, 0036023, 0036027, 0036028, 0036029, 00360, 0036031, 0036032, 0036033, 0036031, 00360 0036035, 0036036, 0036037, 0036038, 0036039, 0036041, 0036042, 0036043, 0036045, 0036046, 0036047, 0 036.048, 0.036.049, 0.036.050, 0.036.051, 0.036.052, 0.036.053, 0.036.056, 0.036.057, 0.036.058, 0.036.062, 0.036.112, 0.61.1.6, 0.6036.1 0.036.130, 0.036.133, 0.036.134, 0.036.135, 0.036.136, 0.036.137, 0.036.138, 0.036.139, 0.036.140, 0.036.141, 0.036.142, 36,0396, 0.07196 0036153, 0036154, 0036155, 0036156, 0036157, 0036158, 0036159, 0036160, 0036161, 0036162, 0036165, 0036177, 0036181, 9618, 6 0033

Who said cinema was dead? Certainly not Nikon, which goes out of its way to keep film alive – even for 16-year-old technology!

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