Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F2s Photomic w/DP2 prism
Instruction Manual - Part II

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Exposure Control:

Setting the Shutter Speed The Nikon F2-S Photomic can be set for any shutter speed from 1/2000 to 10 seconds either before or after the shutter is wound. Speeds from 1/2000 to l second are set by using the click-stopped shutter-speed selector.

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The numbers on the shutter-speed scale stand for fractions of a second. The red line between 1/60 and 1/125 indicates the X synchronization setting of 1/80 second, the highest shutter speed which can be used to synchronize with a Speedlight Turn the selector until the desired speed appears opposite the white dot. You can also use intermediate settings for more precise exposure except at speeds slower than 1/80 second. At the "B" (bulb) setting, the shutter remains open as long as the shutter-release button is held down.

Extra-Long Exposures

For exposures of 2 to 10 seconds, set the shutter-speed selector at "B" (
A). Lift up and turn the T-L finger guard so that the black-dotted slot in the ring points to "T" (B). Then turn the self-timer until the desired exposure time in seconds around the lever appears opposite the black dot (C).

13a.jpg 13b.jpg 13c.jpg Note: When the shutter is not released with the self-timer, the shutter-release button will not return to its normal position until the TL finger guard is returned to its original position with the slot between T and L. The self-timer cannot be cocked when the black dot is in the red region.

When the shutter-release button is pressed, the shutter will immediately open and it will remain open for the indicated number of seconds and close automatically. The shutter-release button will pop out again as soon as the film-advance lever is stroked for the next exposure.

Time Exposures

To make an exposure longer than 10 seconds, set the shutter speed dial at "B" and turn the T-L finger guard to "T" as described earlier. Press the shutter-release button to open the shutter. It will remain open until the ring is turned to its normal position. The ring can also be used to prevent accidental exposure when the shutter is cocked. Pull up and turn the ring so that the slot points to "L" (lock). The shutter cannot be released in this position.

Setting the Lens Aperture

To preset the lens aperture, turn the aperture ring on the lens barrel until the desired f/number is opposite the black dot on top of the milled ring. The aperture diaphragm can be set for intermediate openings between the click-stopped settings for more precise exposure.

Exposure Measurement (Full Aperture method)

The exposure meter of the Nikon F2-S Photomic features a center-weighted thru-the-lens metering system coupled to the shutter-speed and lens-aperture controls. The meter reads the light over the entire focusing screen but favors a central area. This allows you to make precise reading of the selected subject area.

The meter takes advantage of the automatic diaphragm feature of Nikkor Auto lenses to measure light at the maximum aperture of the lens, naturally all those AI and AI-S (except Series E and AF Nikkor) that has a meter coupling shoe atop the aperture ring on the lens would be able to couple with the metered finder.

This insures a bright viewfinder image for viewing and focusing and minimizes the influence of light entering through the finder eyepiece. In order to measure exposure at full aperture with lenses of different maximum apertures, the meter must be adjusted to the maximum aperture of the lens in use.

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This is done each time the lens is attached or changed by turning the aperture ring of the lens through its entire range.

Turning On the Meter

The film-advance lever also serves as an on-off switch for the exposure meter. To turn the meter on, pull out the lever just enough to uncover the red dot on top of the camera.

Warning: Older camera such as the F2 does not provide with a energy saving circuit. When the meter is not in use, press the lever flush against the camera body to avoid battery drain. When a motor drive (MD-1, 2 or 3) is attached, there is no need to pull the film advance lever to stand off position to activate the meter.

Determining Exposure

The Photomic finder has two signal lights in the finder view field, one with the plus (+) sign for overexposure, the other with the minus ( - ) sign for underexposure. To determine the correct exposure, first switch on the meter and either of the two signal lights comes on. Then turn the aperture ring and/or the shutter-speed selector until both signal lights light up.

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The signal lights are arrow-shaped so that by the direction of the arrow you will know at a glance if the exposure must be increased or decreased. For added convenience, the actual shutter speed and aperture selected also appear in the viewfinder. Either the aperture ring or the shutter-speed selector (except for speeds slower than 1/80 second) permits reliable intermediate settings for more precise exposure.

The signal lights also appear on top of the finder for convenience when the camera is held at waist level or mounted on a tripod.

In low light, the two signal lights may light up at "B" setting on the shutter-speed scale. If so, correct exposure time is 2 seconds.

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