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Nikon F2 w/DE-1 Eye level Finder - Part IIb

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The Nikon F2 offers complete interchangeability of its viewfinders. The camera body equipped with a non-metered Eye-Level Finder DE-1 is called the Nikon F2 camera. These are quite a number of metered finders which will also change the designation of the camera. The removable finder is interchangeable with three other special purpose (also non-metered) finders - the Action Finder DA-1, the Waist-Level Finder DW-1 and the 6X Focusing Finder DW-2.

DE-1 is the smallest finders among all available choices. The viewfinder of the camera shows 100% of the area recorded on the film, enabling the photographer to compose right to the edges of the screen. The brightness of the finder ensures easy viewing and focusing. The image magnification ratio is 0.8X with the normal 50mm lens set at infinity.

The Eye-Level finder (similarly with other Photomic finders) accept a host of screw-in eyepiece attachments, such as Right Angle Viewing Attachment, Eyepiece Correction Lenses, Rubber Eyecup, Eyepiece Magnifier and Photomic Illuminator.

The DE-1 Eye-Level finder has a ready-light lamp for use with the Nikon Speedlight Unit. The ready-light adapter is slid onto the accessory shoe of the camera to make contact with a pin on the side of the viewfinder as well as with the hotshoe contact. Then, a cord from the adapter is plugged into the synch socket of the Nikon Speedlight Units like SB-1 or other equivalent Nikon flash units.

The ready-light lamp lights up when the Speedlight unit is fully charged and ready for firing, so that the photographer need not remove his eye from the finder. However, if a dedicated specific designed-for-F2 flash is used, there is no need for any adapter.

NOTE: Contained in the base plate of the F2 camera are two silver oxide batteries (1.5V) for powering the exposure meter. Compared to the conventional mercury battery, the silver oxide battery is more efficient in cold weather, ensuring stable meter performance while in many countries, the hazardous nature of Mercury cells are generally regarded as not environmental friendly and they are not easily available in many continents now. This feature has also enabled the Nikon F2 to be designed more compact than the F because the metered finder does not require to have a battery compartment to power the metering circuitry In the case of Nikon F2 w/DE-1 finder combination, there is no metering available and thus, it is not relevant.

Operation of the Nikon F2 is entirely manual, based on the film speed of the film type you are using, where you select the appropriate aperture value match with the shutter speed you deem right for an optimum exposure. Such selection is purely based on experience or you may make use of a third party handheld meter for exposure guide.

Frame Counter

The frame counter indicates the number of frames exposed. Calibrated in even numbers from "0" to "40", it resets itself automatically to "S," two frames before "0", as the camera back is opened.

Rewind Button/Multiple Exposures

To facilitate film rewinding, a new feature - the film rewind button - has been added to the Nikon F2 camera. When the button is pressed, the film winding sprockets are disengaged, and the film is ready for rewinding. The button pops up again as the film advance lever is stroked.

The rewind button couples with the rewinding mechanism of the Motor Drive MD-1 or the MD-2 (MD-100, a modified version of the MD-2 was designed as companion drive specially working with F2H; however, power film rewind feature is NOT available in MD-3 - essentially a scale down version of the MD-2).

Moreover, by pressing the rewind button to release the sprockets and stroking the film advance lever to cock the shutter, the photographer is able to make exact multiple exposures. Double exposures operation with the F2 has improved greatly from earlier Nikon bodies. It was made more precise and assuring than older uncertain operation with the F. To operate: After making the first exposure, stroke the film advance lever, pressing the rewind button to release the sprockets. This cocks the shutter without advancing the film. Any number of exposures may be made on the same frame by repeating this process.

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