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Instruction Manual - Focusing Screens

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Changing Focusing Screens


A beautiful Nikon F2 without an finder will reveal the interior. The focusing screen are interchangeable type. The changing screen operates differently from Nikon F3 or F4, to drop out or insert the screen, press the finder release button at the back of the camera.

Nineteen different focusing screens are available for the Nikon F2-5 Photomic to match exactly any focal-length lens or picture-taking situation. The Type A Focusing Screen comes with the camera as standard equipment and any of the screens may be used with any of the finders available for the camera.


To change the focusing screen, first remove the finder as described earlier. Then turn the camera body upside down and press the finder-release button a second time. The screen will drop into your hand.

To attach a screen, place it in position with the flat side facing down and the Nikon mark pointing towards the front of the camera. Press the finder-release button and the screen will drop into place.

Caution: When changing a focusing screen, be careful not to touch the surfaces with the fingers as this will result in greasy marks. When removing the screen, it is advisable to place a clean, dry cloth over the palm of the hand for the screen to drop onto.

Changing the Focusing Screens

Interchangeable Focusing Screens

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Type A, L

Type A
: Matte Fresnel field with 3mm¢ circular split-image rangefinder spot and 12mm¢ circle. Rapid and accurate focusing. Excellent for general photography. Type L: Same as Type A screen but with split-image rangefinder line at a 45° angle. Best for subjects with horizontal lines.
Type B:

Matte Fresnel Field with 12mm¢ fine-ground matte focusing spot in the center. Good for general photography, especially with long lenses.
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Type C:

Fine-ground matte field with 4mm¢ clear spot and cross hair. For photomicrography, astro-photography and other high-magnification applications, and for parallax focusing on aerial images.
Type D:

Overall fine-ground matte field. For specialized close-up photography and for use with long lenses.
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Type E:

Matte Fresnel field with 12mm¢ fine-ground matte spot and etched horizontal and vertical lines. Ideal for architectural photography.
Type G: Clear Fresnel field with extra-bright 12mm¢ microprism focusing spot for viewing and focusing in poor light. Four models (G1-G4) are available corresponding to specific focal length lenses. Depth of field cannot be observed. Type G Screen.gif
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Type H: Clear Fresnel field with microprism focusing pattern over the entire screen area. Permits rapid focusing on any part of the screen with optimum edge-to-edge brightness in poor light. Available in four models (H1-H4) correponding to particular focal length lenses.
Type J:

Matte Fresnel field with central microprism focusing spot and 12mm¢ circle. Good for general photography.
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Type K: Combination of Type A and J screens. Matte Fresnel field with 3mm¢ split-image rangefinder spot surrounded by 1mm-wide microprism doughnut. Rapid and accurate focusing for subjects with both straight lines and ill-defined contours. Suitable for general photography.
Type M:
Fine ground Fresnel field with 5.5mm¢ clear spot and double cross hair for use in parallax focusing on aerial image, plus millimeter scales for calculation of individual magnification of objects or of measuring objects. Brilliant image in dim light. Suitable for close-ups, photomicrography and other high-magnification applications.
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Type P:

Same as Type K but with split-image rangefinder line at a 45° angle and etched horizontal and vertical lines as an aid to composition. Rapid and accurate focusing for subject with horizontal or vertical lines or ill-defined contours. Suitable for general photography.
Type R:

Same as Type A but with rangefinder prisms of sloping surfaces at a smaller angle and horizantal and vertical lines to aid proper composition. Works best lenses having maximum aperture of from f/3.5 to f/5.6
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Focusing Screen Selector Chart

Click Open a New Window for a separate Image file (35k Gif). To preserve the era of the Nikon F2 S w/DP-2, the corresponding compatibility chart is using an original F2S's Screen Slector Guide as a reference. Naturally, newer series of AI/AIS lenses are not available in this 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.

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