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The Rangefinder || The Nikonos || Compact Cameras
SLRs -
1959/1979 | 1980/1990 | 1991/1999 | y2k/2003 | 2004 ~

Nikon F2, 1971

Nikon F2, August 1971

The full-featured Nikon F2 website
| Instruction Manual for Nikon F2 and links to other User's Manual on other F2 Models |

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Replacing the Nikon F as the second generation Nikon 35mm professional SLR camera system. Main features include: a wider shutter speed range from 10 sec to 1/2000 sec. steplessly. Built in ready light and incorporated with a larger size reflex mirror. Removable interchangeable hinged back film back with option of either data-imprint back, 250 exp. or 750 exposures bulk film backs. A very much improved automatic film advance system with Motor Drive MD-1 (& other models such as MD-2 or MD-3) which permits continuous firing rate of up to 5 fps, a 100% viewfinder coverage with the standard F2 was came with a meterless eye level prism but it has a host of other interchangeable prisms/finders. On the other hand, the Nikkor lense section was even more exciting with many upgrades went through this era. Among them, for an instance, the Nikkor-N Auto 1:1.4 f=35mm, which was the first Nikkor to feature Nikon's NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating) - a uniquely Nikon multi layers coating process. The basic F2 weighs approx. 840 g. Serial number started from 710001. The F2 era represented the best of applied mechanical engineering in photography.

Also check some selective versions of the Nikon F2
prototypes models.

Nikon F2 Photomic, 1971

Nikon F2 Photomic, 1971

| Instruction Manual for Nikon F2 Photomic model |

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The full featured Nikon F2 website

The F2 Photomic was actually introduced at the same time with the basic eye-level F2 but it provides TTL metering function with its rather oversized DP-1 finder. The viewfinder enables full aperture, center-weighted average exposure metering. Its shutter speeds and meter needle are displayed inside the viewfinder. A front view of this model is available by clicking on the icon above.

Nikkormat EL, 1972 .Image

Nikkormat EL, 1972 Black Image

Nikkormat / Nikkormat EL, December 1972
Shown above at the right hand side is a black chrome version of the Nikon's Nikkormat EL.

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EL-Series models section

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The Nikkormat/Nikomat EL was the first Nikon to offer aperture-priority automatic exposure control (the first Nikon that offer Shutter Priority AE was the Nikkorex AUTO 35). Serial number for this model could have began from 5100001. Along with its offers AE mode, the shutter speeds range from 4 sec to 1/1000 sec with additional setting "B" plus "A" selectable on the shutter dial. Mirror-Lock-Up is possible. Battery check and indicator light are also provided at the back to monitor its power level. However, there is no exposure compensation dial like the subsequent Nikkormat EL2 but it was compensated with a memory lock. Note: the lense coupling for the maximum aperture coupling lever was a pre-Ai (semi Auto Indexing) type. One of the most noticeable difference as compared to the mechanical FT series was its shutter speed ring has moved up to the top panel of the camera body. The EL was also the first Nikon that has a standard ISO-type accessory shoe rests atop at the pentaprism. Metering range from EV1-18 ASA 100 on 50mm f/1.4.

The introduction of the Nikon F2 series also saw many releases of either revised or new Nikkor lenses. A few new entries was occurred in 1972. The widest and fastest fisheye in the world (until today, 2005), a fixed focus type Fisheye-Nikkor auto 6mm f/2.8 was made available; together, the longest focal length lense in applicable 35mm photography, the Reflex Nikkor 2000mm f/11 was introduced as well.

Nikon F2 Photomic S, 1973

Nikon F2 Photomic S, 1973
| Instruction Manual for Nikon F2 Photomic |

Nikon F2 Main Index Page

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With a metered prism DP-2. This was the first Nikon that used LED for exposure display inside the finder. But it was also the first Nikon model that can convert to shutter priority automation with a device called

EE Aperture Control Attachment DS-1.

The Nikkor lens lineup was not spared in new releases too. As one of the widest angle of view interchangeable wideangle lense for 35mm photography at that time of its introduction,
Nikkor 15mm f/5.6QD.C Auto was introduced. Together, the Nikon first full-frame fisheye, the Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 Auto was also made available at the same year.

The Nikkormat FTN was given a little facelift in 1973. The self timer lever and the film advance lever was improved slightly for better handling.

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Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:-
Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm |
Lenses -
45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm |
Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm |
35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm |
100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E


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