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Nikon F2 - Camera Body and Features - Index Page

 
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Compared with many of the top notch SLR camera from various manufacturers, the Nikon F2, although considered bulky in its size when compared with many mid-compact Nikon SLR models, it offers serious photographers the ultimate in precision, speed, responsiveness and flexibility - all without sacrificing versatility or ease of handling which is even more important than the size constraints. It is designed to perform virtually in any type of photography under even the toughest conditions. And it incorporates a host of improvements to make picture-taking more convenient and wide-ranging than ever before.

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Some of the F2's outstanding features are even comparable to the electronic Nikon F3 - Nikon professional model which was almost a generation later, eyebrow raising features include marked shutter speeds all the way from 1/2000 second to 10 seconds, electronic flash synchronization at 1/80 second, motorized photography at speeds up to five frames per second (with motorized rewinding in seven seconds) - plus many more design innovations inside and out.

To go along with the F2, Nikon designed a motor drive system which comprised of 4 outstanding drives, each with their own features and varying degree of performance and features. Some includes interchangeable magazine backs that can fire up to 880 exposures without reloading, and a revolutionary metering system for automated EE aperture setting just like an Shutter priority AE camera. Yet the F2 still uses all the Nikkor lenses and most of the accessories in the system which has been the overwhelming choice of top professionals for more than a decade since the debut of the Nikon F back in 1959.

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The Nikkor lenses also have gone through the most important stages along with the Nikon F2 in 1977. The "AI" (Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing) was introduced with F2A and F2AS Photomic bodies. * (Read !)

In many ways, I still think the Nikon F2 represents a true worthy upgrade for the original F - although the F was every inch a classic in its own time, but still fall short of a true user friendly 35mm camera. Built in the same tradition of highest quality, reliability, durability and versatility that earned the Nikon camera its worldwide reputation.

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Nikon F2 represents an era where the best of mechanical engineering combined with excellence of human thoughts and creativity best exhibit in this precision imaging tool measures in a robust 152.5mm wide x 102mm high x 66mm deep construction.

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It is indeed very DIFFICULT for someone who does not appreciate and recognized the marks of mechanical engineering in the course of development of 35mm SLR photography; you cannot just ignore the fact where mechanical evolution is part of the history in the course of such development while take for granted the current autofocus SLR camera were a product born naturally from the wizardry of electronic brains.

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To a collector or someone who still has some taste of appreciating old craftmanship, a well worned F36 powered Nikon F like shown at far left would make one's heart beats faster than 10 AF F60s combined .... but in terms of operational ease, one unit of entry SLR camera such as the auto everything F60 can be more convenient than combined force of 5 Nikon Fs.

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The Nikon F2S Photomic shown here was coupled with a Nikon MD-2 Motor Drive, DS-2 EE Aperture Control Unit.

Credit: Image(s) appeared herein courtesy of Mr. Vincenzo Montalto from Bestdeals$$$® <bestbuycamera@aol.com> "Bestdeals$$$", who also operates a very popular Ebay Store, selling many unique camera equipment of various brands and labels and some of the images shown here was kindly granted permission by the Company. All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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Standard
Lenses -
45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm |
Super-Telephoto
Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |
Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm
MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm |
35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm |
100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

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Credit: Chuck Hester, US for his patience, encouragement and help to setup the various content in this site; Robert Johnson for some of his original images on the F2H-MD appeared in this site; my ex-staff, KiaSu for his superb 3-D logo appeared in this Nikon F2 site; Marc Vorgers from Holland who generously provide me with some of his images of F2AS; MCLau®, who has so much time with me to re-edit the content in this site and not to mention buying a Nikon Coolpix 990 just for this site. Keat Photo, Kuala Lumpur for providing their Nikon F2A to take some images for this site; again, Mr Edward Ngoh the great camera collector who provides us his collection of F2AS with MD-2; hawkeye.photographic.com for their images on the Speed Magny film backs; Sean Cranor for his image on Nikon F2 25th Anniversary Model; Ted Wengelaar®, Holland for his continuous flow of input on some of the early Nikon bodies; CYLeow ® , photo editor of the Star newspaper, Malaysia for some of his images used in this site. Ms Rissa Chan, Sales manager from Shriro Malaysia who has helped to provide some of the very useful input. HiuraShinsaku®, Nikomat ML, Japan for some of his images on various F2 models; my staff, Wati, Maisa, Mai and my nephew, EEWyn®, who volunteered and helping me did so many of the film scanning works. Contributing photographers or resellers: Jen Siow, Foo KokKin, Arthur Teng, Mark Fallander, John Ishii, Ed Hassel, YoonKi Kim, Jean-Louis, M.Dugentas (Dell Corner.com.), Mr "Arsenall" and a few images mailed in from surfers with no appropriate reference to their origin. Dedicated to KU Yeo, just to express our mutual regrets over the outcome of a recent corporate event. Made with a PowerMac, broadcast with a Redhat Linux powered server.

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