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Nikkormat EL2 - Viewing/Viewfinder Info


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Viewing/Metering Functions

The Nikon EL2 is fitted with a fixed pentaprism finder that offers a convenient eye-level viewing and focusing system: the only drawback is that it doesn't provide interchangeable screen as the later Nikon FE. The image formed by the lens is, by means of the camera's reflex mirror and pentaprism combination, viewed erect and unreversed on the camera's focusing screen.

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Carefully matched to the optical characteristics of Nikkor lenses, the EL2's viewfinder system provides a reasonably bright and contrasty images for comfortable, clear viewing and focusing. Even when using super-telephoto lenses, the image is quite clear and bright across the whole screen.

Also, the use of a larger-than-normal reflex mirror minimizes the image cut-off normally associated with lenses of these focal lengths. Viewfinder coverage is approximately 92% (same as the mechanical Nikkormats, although dimension of the EL series is slightly more compact than those) of the actual picture area recorded on film, corresponding to almost the entire picture area of a
mounted transparency or cropped picture from the colour lab.

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The Nikon FE finder has a "M" setting when you are in manual mode, the needle will rest at the "M" (bottom, just below the "B" indicator). On top of that, the FE has a ADR (Aperture Direct Readout) window, displaying the aperture in use at the top of the finder.

You can compare this with the EL's finder for cross reference.

To the left of the screen, adjacent to, but not encroaching on, the viewing area are the shutter speed scale, meter needle (black) and shutter speed setting indicator (green); all of these provide the photographer with essential exposure data, yet do not distract from viewing and focusing.

The focusing screen is generally known as the type K, and comprises a central split-image rangefinder spot and circular microprism grid, both surrounded by a fine matte outfield. Since there isn't any optional screen available as with the FE, where you can have the option to change to type B (Plain) or Type E (Grid), the split-image rangefinder can be used as tri-function screen. The microprism grid is best for rapid focusing in action or sports photography. The fine matte outfield is ideal for use with telephoto lenses of small aperture or in close-up and macrophotography.

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The depth-of-field button is conveniently located, so that only a slight pressure of the right index finder is required for stopping down the diaphragm to the actual aperture; this allows the photographer to see the precise effect that the depth of field will have in the final picture.

This is particularly useful for close-ups, portrait or telephoto photography as it permits the photographer to check that there is sufficient depth of field or, conversely, to ensure that a distracting background can be eliminated by restricting the depth of field.

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When using automatic-diaphragm Nikkor lenses that do not couple to the camera's metering system, the preview button allows the photographer to set the exposure, using the stop-down metering method - thus retaining all the advantages of the camera's built-in meter.

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