Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F2AS Photomic w/DP-12 Prism
Instruction Manual - Part V

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Changing Viewfinder

In addition to the F2AS Photomic finder included with the camera, four other interchangeable viewfinders are available. To remove the F2AS Photomic finder in order to mount one of the other units, press the finder release lever inward and rotate toward the front (this action releases the mounting clamps); then, depress the finder release button at the rear of the camera body and lift the finder out of the camera.

To attach a viewfinder other than a Photomic-type model, set it in position and press down firmly until it clicks and locks into place on the camera.

liftfinder1.jpg Mountfinder2.jpg (A) MountConfirm.jpg (B)

To attach a Photomic-type model (including the F2AS Photomic finder included with the camera), first set the aperture ring of the lens (if mounted) to the maximum aperture setting; then, gently position the finder on the camera and firmly press it down (A) until it clicks and locks into place. Once in place, turn the finder's shutter-speed selector left or right until it engages with the camera's shutter-speed dial (B) and the two can be turned in tandem.

Note: if the finder is an Al-type model fitted with a meter coupling lever, the lever should be released prior to mounting the finder on the camera body.

Changing Focusing Screens

Nineteen different types of focusing screens are available for use with the Nikon F2AS Photomic camera, each designed to meet specific focusing requirements. The Nikon Type K screen comes with the camera as standard equipment.

Interchangeable Focusing Screens
(Locates in a
Separate Section to reduce download time)
Screen Selector Chart
Caution: The rear surface of the screen is made of acryl resin. Special care should be taken to protect it from scratching or excessive pressure.

Note: The Screen Selector Chart presented here is the 1977 version. Newer version would have included newer screens, such as Type S and others.

To change the focusing screen, first remove the finder as Described on the preceding page. Then, turn the camera body upside-down and press the finder release button a second time to release the screen.

To mount a screen, simply place it in position with the flat side facing downward and the "Nikon" mark to the front of the camera. Then, press the finder release button and the screen will drop into place.

Caution: When changing the focusing screen, be careful not to touch the optical surfaces. When removing the screen, it is advisable to place a clean, dry cloth over the palm of the hand to catch the screen as it drops free of the camera.

Other System Accessories:

EE Aperture Control Attachment DS-12

Specially designed for operation with the Nikon F2AS Photomic camera and Al-type Nikkor lenses, the EE Aperture Control Attachment DS-l 2 brings the F2 user the convenience of automatic aperture control.

With the DS-12, the photographer can be freed to concentrate fully on the subject while the attachment's built-in servo mechanism is automatically adjusting the aperture setting as necessary for perfectly exposed photographs under even changing lighting conditions. Power for DS-12 operation is via any of three optional power sources.
Lens Hoods

The use of a lens hood is recommended at all times to prevent extraneous light from striking the lens surface and causing flare or ghost, and to protect the lens against damage. Nikon lens hoods come in four types, depending on the lens: screw-in, Snap-On, slip-in and built-in. They are calculated precisely for each focal-length Nikkor lens to provide maximum protection against stray light.

To attach or remove the Snap-On hood, first depress the spring latch - which is marked with an arrow - and slide it in the direction of the arrow. The hood will also fit directly over a screw-in filter, so both can be used on a lens at the same time. When not in use, the snap-on hood can be reversed for storage on the lens, and the lens and its hood can be stored together in the ever-ready case.

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