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

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Filters: Nikon filters are made of optical glass, ground and polished so that both surfaces are optically flat and parallel. Nikkor lenses and Nikon filters are made for each other. For best results, use Nikon filters on Nikkor lenses. The filters are available in both screw-in and series mounts, depending on the lens.

Note: If you wish to leave a filter on the lens to protect the lens against accidental damage, the use of the L37 filter is recommended. If the lens is pointed toward the sun or toward a very bright light at night, it is best to remove any filter, including the L37, since light reflected from the filter surface may form ghost on the film.

No exposure compensation for filters is necessary with the Photomic finder. The built-in exposure meter reads only the light passing through the lens and therefore compensates for the loss of light.

Eyepiece Correction Lenses

The nine eyepiece correction lenses are designed to permit nearsighted and farsighted users to view and focus without their glasses. Available in -2, - 3, - 4, - 5, 0, +1, +2 and +3 diopters, each representing the combined dioptry of the lens and the finder. Simply screw into the finder eyepiece.

Finder Eyecup

The soft rubber finder eyecup screws directly onto the finder eyepiece to prevent extraneous light from entering the viewfinder.

Camera Care and Maintainence: Good camera care is primarily common-sense care. Treat your Nikon F2-S Photomic as you would any valuable precision instrument and it will last a lifetime. Although the Nikon F2-S Photomic is ruggedly constructed to stand up for years under normal use, it may be damaged by shock, heat, water or misuse.

The following are some basic tips for keeping your camera in top condition.

Storage: Keep the camera in an eveready case or compartment case when not in use to protect it from dust. Avoid storing the camera in excessively hot, cold or damp places. Always attach a body cap when the camera body is stored separately. Do not leave film in the camera for a long period. Never leave the shutter or self-timer cocked if the camera is to be stored overnight or longer.

Camera Body: Brush the inside of the camera periodically using a soft brush. Do not exert pressure on the shutter curtain as this may damage it. Keep the mirror free from fingerprints and dust. If smudges or fingerprints persist, use lens tissue moistened slightly with alcohol.

Lens: Keep the lens surface free from fingerprints and dust as far as possible. Use lens tissue to remove dust, never use cloth or ordinary tissue. If smudges or fingerprints persist, use lens tissue moistened sparingly with alcohol. Remember: Even an approved lens cleaner can cause damage if it seeps into the lens mount.

Keep the camera away from water: Avoid excessive moisture. When using the camera near water, guard against splashes, especially salt-water spray.

Never oil any part of the camera: Lubrication should be left to an authorized serviceman. Prior to taking a holiday trip or being assigned an important photo job, test your camera by making a few trial exposures. Check the meter in the Photomic finder. Remember, it takes at least two or three weeks for processing the test film and making any needed repairs or adjustment. Follow this important precaution and you will have pictures to remember.


Type: 35 mm single-lens reflex camera.
Lens mount: Nikon F bayonet mount.
Viewing system: F2S Photomic Finder with 100% frame coverage, exposure data visible in the viewfinder. Type A Focusing Screen supplied as standard equipment.
Titanium focal-plane shutter with speeds from 10 to 1/2000 sec., plus B. T and X synch.

Depth-of-field preview button: Coaxial with mirror lock.
Automatic instant-return type with lock-up feature.
Self-timer: Can be set for 2-, 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-second delay.
Film-advance lever:
Winds film, cocks shutter and operates frame counter with a single stroke or a series of strokes. Also switches meter on or off. Play angle of the lever is 20° and working angle 120°.

Frame counter:
Additive, automatic reacting.
Flash synchronization: At any speed except B. X and T with flashbulbs, and speeds up to 1/80 sec. with electronic flash.
Camera back:
Hinged, detachable type.
Multiple exposure: Provided
Motor-drive link-up: Complete interchangeability.
F2S Photomic Finder:
TTL CdS meter featuring center-weighted metering at full aperture with Nikkor auto lenses; two light-emitting diodes indicate correct exposure; ASA range 12 to 6400; metering range EV-2~17 at ASA 100 (8 sec. at f/1.4 to 1/2000 sec. at f/8 with 50 mm f/1.4); aperture coupling range, f/1.2~f/32; maximum aperture setting range, f/1.2~f/5.6; shutter-speed coupling range, 1~1/2000 sec., plus B. on direct coupling, and 10~2 sec. with manual override; powered by two 1.5V silver-oxide batteries. Has built-in ready-light for use with Nikon speedlights.
152.5mm long x 65mm wide x 110mm high
880g without lens

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