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Nikon F2AS Photomic w/DP-12 Prism
Instruction Manual - Part IV

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Multiple Exposures:

Intentional multiple exposures for creative effects can be made with the Nikon F2AS Photomic camera. To take a multiple exposure, perform the following: Make the initial exposure, depress and hold the rewind button on the camera's base plate, and stroke the film-advance lever to cock the shutter for the next exposure on the same frame; for each additional exposure on the frame, repeat the same procedure.

At the completion of multiple exposure operation, stroke the film advance lever once more to release the rewind button, cover the lens and make one blank exposure, and then resume normal operation. Note that during multiple exposure operation, the camera's shutter speed can be changed to any setting for the desired shooting effect.

Also, throughout the multiple exposure operation, the camera's frame counter will remain at the same setting as long as the rewind button is held depressed while stroking the film advance lever.

Mirror Lock-up Lever

The reflex mirror must be locked up when using either the Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/5.6 or the OP Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm f/5.6 lenses, since their rear elements protrude into the camera body and interfere with mirror movement. Locking-up the mirror is also necessary when shooting with a motor drive unit at its top speed setting. To lock up the mirror, depress and hold the depth-of-fleld button and turn the mirror Lock-up lever downward until the white dot is aligned with the white index line.

The mirror will remain in the up position until the lever is returned to the normal position.

Flash Synchronization

f2asflash.jpg The Nikon F2AS Photomic camera is designed to synchronize with most types of flashbulbs at almost all shutter speeds and with electronic flash at speeds to 1/80 second. The table below shows which shutter speeds may be used with different types of flashbulbs.

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X (1/80)








































































Not Synchronized

No special adapters are necessary when using Nikon F2A Photomic camera with Nikon Flash Unit BC-7, or with the Speedlight Unit SB-7E and SB-5. For other Nikon flash units with ISO-type hotshoe contacts, mounting on the camera is via the Flash Unit Coupler AS-1 ; with the AS-1, no sync cord is required, as it provides full connection via the camera's hotshoe contact.

1) PC sync for cabled flash or multiple flash setup in AUTO/MANUAL mode; 2) F2 dedicated accessory shoe for specific flash units designed for F2 OR standard ISO-type flash via flash coupler AS-1; 3) Flash ready light contact.

Caution: When the reflex mirror is locked in the up position, the shutter will not synchronize with flashbulbs at speeds faster than 1/80 second.

Viewfinder Ready light

The camera's Photomic finder has a ready-light built in for use with Nikon Speedlight Units. This unique feature provides for greater ease of operation during flash photography, as the photographer need not remove his eye from the eyepiece to check if the Speedlight unit is ready for the next exposure.

This built-in lamp lets the photographer know the condition of the flash (either "ready" when on, or "not ready" when off) at all times even while viewing. (For additional information, see the instruction manual supplied with the Speedlight.)

Finder Illuminator

When shooting under low-light levels, the finder's shutter speed indicator (located just below the viewfinder image) is often difficult to read.

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To solve this problem, the Photomic finder is fitted with a finder illuminator. To operate, slide the illuminator switch at the top of the finder toward the rear of the camera; with this action, the shutter speed setting will glow red.

Care, Maintenance and handling

Good camera care is primarily common sense care. Treat your Nikon F2AS Photomic camera as you would any other precision optical instrument and it should provide you years of rewarding and trouble-free service. Although ruggedly constructed and aimed to withstand the most abusive treatment by hard working professionals, the camera may still be possible damaged by shock, heat, water or misuse. By observing the following tips, you will be assured of the longest possible service life.

Fingerprints or dust on lens/prism surfaces will make viewing uncomfortable, and will generally contribute to a deterioration of optical performance. Clean lens surfaces often using a quality lens tissue or a soft lens brush; stubborn smudges should be wiped with lens tissue moistened with methyl alcohol or a quality lens cleaner. Never clean lens surfaces using cloth, paper towels, ordinary tissue, or any other material that might scratch the lens surface; also, use cleaning fluids sparingly to prevent seepage, and resulting damage to mechanical components.

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