Classic SLR Series
For F2 models that still using older viewfinder design, the match needle meter and shutter-speed displays are usually illuminated by overhead light which enters the viewfinder through a window on top. But when operating cameras in dim light, these displays may become very difficult to observe the data inside the finder. Nikon has designed a Photomic Illuminator accessory that can be attached to the viewfinder eyepiece and extends over the top of the viewfinder. It is made up of a battery and lamp used to cast light down into the viewfinder window to illuminate displays when operating the camera in dim ambient light.
DL-1 Photomic Illuminator
Since other Nikon metered prisms such as the DP-3 (F2SB) and DP-12 have incorporated with built-in finder illumination, this device was designed to illuminate the meter needle in the Viewfinder of DP-1/DP-11, making exposure settings easy when the meter is used in low light.
N O T E : DL-1 uses a single PX13 (1.3 V) Mercury battery cell which may have some difficulties locating them in some countries. Aperture display is by the ADR method and does not become brighter when a Photomic Illuminator is used.
The DL-1 mounts on the eyepiece threads and when switched on, illuminates the internal display of both the shutter speed indicator and the meter needle.
As the name suggested, it is an visual aid accesory which would priovide a useful 2X magnification. Its main drawback is - full picture viewing across the entire picture frame is not possible. However, you may flip the cover up to do normal full frame checking or composition.
Focus and adjust the magnifier by rotating the magnifier eyepiece until the image on the matte surface is sharp and clear - It is then is set for your eyesight. If the magnifier can be misadjusted for your eyesight, it may even indicate correct lens focus when the lens is not properly focused.
The main advantage is its relatively cheap price and high portability which makes it an excellent accessory for those who may not often use this function. It is also provided with a built-in Diopter correction from -4 to +2.
WARNING: The eyepiece magnifier is not primarily intended or designed for use ourely as a focusing aid. It is intended to help you examine fine detail in the matte area of the focusing screen so you can get a sharp focus.
DR-3 Right-Angle Viewing Adapter
This is often considered a poorman's 6x Magnifier - if you cannot afford the high price tag of the special finder. The DR-3 is also usable with many other Nikon bodies, including the mid-compact Nikon SLR bodies within the FM, FE series or the FA.
The accessory provides a right angle viewing when attached to any of the F2's metered or meterless prism. the bonus is its built-in diopter control and a rubberised eyecup is also provided in the standard package.
A good alternative to the more expensive finder if you don't often need right angle viewing. If you need to use the camera on a tripod or stand with the lens pointed downward to photograph something directly below the camera, or if you have the camera at ground level, this is a good accessory for such use. Applications include copying, macro or cases where you often need to work at ground level because it is always easier to get your eye where it needs to be to look through the finder window that way.
SC-4 Ready Light Adapter The Nikon SB-5 uses this accessory to operate the flash ready lght in the Photomic Viewfinder eyepiece. For other camera, a more poplular SF-1 Eyepiece Pilot lamp is used.
The soft rubber finder eyecup screws directly onto the finder eyepiece to prevent extraneous light from entering the viewfinder.
For those who works lengthy hours with their camera, this also provides better eye relief , it is a cheap but worthwhile investment.
When using an eyepiece correction lens with a finder eyecup, it is recommended to use the Nikkormat type eyecup. First, fit the lens into the eyecup in advance. Then screw the assembly onto the finder eyepiece.
Diopters/Eyepiece Correction Lenses
The nine eyepiece correction lenses are designed to permit nearsighted and farsighted users to view and focus without their glasses.
Available in -2, - 3, - 4, - 5, 0, +0.5, +1, +2 and +3 diopters, each representing the combined dioptry of the lens and the finder. Simply screw into the finder eyepiece.
DS-1 EE Aperture Control (Separate Featured Site)
DS-2 EE Aperture Control (Separate Featured Site)
DS-12 EE Aperture Control (Separate Featured Site)
DB-1 Battery Unit: An alternate subsitute to the EE aperture control unit. The main issue using the EE unit is essentially it has limited operating time as the unit is very power hungry. Thus, the DB-1 is particularly useful when you need to operate the unit for a prolonged or extended operating time.
It uses 4 x C-cells that power this unit will far outlast a original fully charged DN-1 battery. I don't have a picture to show how a DB-1 looks like, but here is a DB-4 Battery Unit which is used to power-up the F3AF DX-1 AF finder when operating in cold weather.
DN-1 NC Battery: A 6v NiCd battery cell that powers the EE aperture control units. Although Nikon claimed it can provide up to three hours of continuous servo operation but user's feedback claimed only an hour. The addtional fact is, the cell also supplies power to the metering circuitry during EE aperture control operation.
DH-1 NC Charger: This charger is used to charge the DN-1 battery. It can charge a fully depleted battery, bringing it up to 80% capacity in three hours while full charged may takes 6 hours.
Th big plus point is its variable Voltage selector at the back control panel. An Indicator lamps on the face of the unit inform the user when charging is in progress. (Separate Featured Site)
DM-1 Connecting Cord: Connecting the DB-1 or MA-4 (AC/DC Converter) to EE control unit.
Viewfinder Cases for the Nikon F2: Nikon offers two leather cases for the F2 finders: one for the waist-level finder and one that accommodates each of the prism finders, including the action finder.
DS-1 H Aperture Control Attachment Case: When not in use, use the DS-1H which made of synthetic leather to house EE control device.
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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
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