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The Nikon F2SB Photomic camera offers the serious photographer the ultimate in quality, performance, convenience and versatility. It was also the most sophisticated metered prism among all finders available for the Nikon F2.

F2SB was also regarded by many Nikon fans and collectors alike as being one of the most collectible among all Pre-AI Nikon bodies. It is essentially a NON-AI Nikon F2AS Photomic because other than the AI-feature, the DP-3 is exactly the same unit as the AI-counterpart and has similar operational features and technical specifications as the DP-12.

It will also accept the EE aperture Control Attachment units of DS-1 & DS-2. Such devices were designed for specifically for specific Nikon F2 with certain metered prisms which have EE aperture control capability, the innovative accessory will, enable certain level of automation on the F2 - which is essentially an all mechanical SLR camera, which can be "transformed" into an automatic camera with shutter priority automation via the EE Units.

Nikon DP3 metered prism / finder as Nikon F2SB
Other interesting features found on the DP-3 Prism includes a built-in Eyepiece Shutter (A), retains the viewfinder flash ready light (B) function; a built-in finder illuminator, a top visible LED meter readout but the most important feature was the adoption of the Silicon Blue Photo Cells which replaced the Cds sensors. This has enables the DP-3 has a extra sensitive light measuring capabilities that can only be equaled by the F2AS's DP-12. The finder provided a marked shutter speed settings down to 10 sec. The DP-3's powered F2SB was the most advanced non-AI Nikon F2 metered prisms.

Credit: Image of this early non-Ai Nikon F2SB with DP3 metered prism coutesy of: Russell Gough® <>". Russell also has a EBAY STORE on his own. All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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The Nikon photographic system, on the other hand, has grown into such a comprehensive system that it helped to open up numerous possibilities with its wealth of system accessories which includes three high performance motor drive units, interchangeable film backs of varying length, not less than 9 metered/non-metered prisms, close to 20 types of focusing screens and numerous combination of macro/close-up accessories.

The "eyes of Nikon" - Nikkor lens family has also grown into an impressive lineup with an array of lenses of over 60 choices of top rated optics which were constantly refined with newer and exciting optical innovations. The Nikkor eventually grown to more than 80 MANUAL FOCUS Nikkor lenses during the early eighties and majority of them have backward compatibility and still can be used with the NON-AI F2SB.

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Most of these optic, Other than those Series-E optics and the current AF Nikkor can be used with the F2SB without any modification (but you can still mount any of these lenses onto the camera and perform manual operation BUT such combination will come without any metering guide).

Nikon DP3 metered prism / finder as Nikon F2SB undernealth
The DP-3 is a great finder. The F2SB is rarely seen at the used market. If you still have a lot of non-AI optics in your camera bags, this camera could be your most desirable "weapon" you can find with a Nikon name tag on it. The main advantage is the vast arrays of cheap system accessories which you can make use to enhance your system. You can also take full advantage of all those extensive AI or a very much cheaper NON-AI Manual Focus Nikkor optics (as long as they incorporate a meter coupling shoe). The main drawback is: it is a non-AI finder and if you have a mixed bags of AF Nikkors and other manual focus lenses (unlikely Series-E lenses could influent such a buying decision), the F2SB may be just gives you a little inconveniences. Anyway, don't forget the basic F2 body is till underneath the prism, if your Nikkor lenses were the main cause of your miseries - just change to a AI-finder !

Credit: Image of this early non-Ai Nikon F2SB / DP3 metered prism coutesy of: Russell Gough® <>". Russell also has a EBAY STORE on his own. All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

While I don't want to speculate and help to add extra premium onto these superb Nikon made metered prisms, but personally, I felt this camera can be an even more worthy investment than many other finders designed for F2.

MORE ILLUSTRATION AT: Prism DP3 section, Instruction manual / overview of Nikon prisms for F2

I have not been able to get a copy of the instruction manual for the F2SB and thus, I don't think I will be doing a site for the User's Manual. Instead, you can use other Nikon F2 bodies as a reference. However, John Craig of Craig camera was generous enough sending me a photocopy of an aged old DP-3 where I have converted it into a HTML version of the owner's manual - you can use that for cross reference.

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