Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F2 - Camera Body and Features Part V

 
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The SIX F2 Nikons + more....

The entire life cycle of the Nikon F2 has seen production of Six Nikon F2 regular production models and a few more special production units which were built as solution to certain professional requirements. But Why so many of the F2 Nikons? You have to understand they were actually products of their respective time intervals and production cycles. There were at any one time, not less than two Nikon bodies were offered on the shelf:

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The basic all mechanical, meterless F2 camera was followed by a twin offering of metered Nikon F2 which came with varying metering capability and purpose.

Nikon F2, 1971; Nikon F2 Photomic, 1971; Nikon F2 Photomic S, 1973; Nikon F2SB, 1976; Nikon F2A Photomic, 1977 and lastly, Nikon F2 Photomic AS, also in 1977. Two variants were also commercially available: Nikon F2/T, 1976 and F2H, was made in 1978.

The Nikon F2 (with DE-1 Finder for Nikon F2, DE-1/T for Nikon F2 Titan)
(
Instruction manual for DE-1 Eye-Level Finder or Nikon F2 camera body or a more detailed dicussion at the Prism section).
The Nikon F2 Photomic (with DP-1 Finder)
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Instruction manual for DP-1 Photomic Finder or Nikon F2 Photomic camera body)
The Nikon - F2S Photomic (With DP-2 Finder)
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Instruction manual for DP-2 Photomic Finder or Nikon F2S Photomic camera body with DS-1 or DS-2 EE Aperture Control Attachment Unit)
The Nikon - F2SB Photomic (With DP-3 Finder)
(
Instruction manual for DP-11 Photomic Finder )
The Nikon - F2A Photomic (With DP-11 Finder)
(
Instruction manual for DP-11 Photomic Finder or Nikon F2A Photomic camera body)
The Nikon - F2AS Photomic (With DP-2 Finder)
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Instruction manual for DP-12 Photomic Finder or Nikon F2AS Photomic camera body)

Nikon system (download a PDF File (700k) of Nikon system as at Nikon f2AS)

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Press the finder release button button before you can remove the finder (to remove, you will need to press release button on the finder side). In order to slot in a focusing screen into place, you have to press this button as well.

What defines a "perfect camera" varies from individual to individual, from requirement to requirement. Even by the standard of the Y2K's modern SLR, you will not find an camera that fits to claim as the "perfect camera". Nikon narrowed down the conflicting demands of critical photographers to three main types in later years which formed the backbone of the Nikon System as the F2 Nikons. As all the these F2's essentially have the same basic F2 body, and it was differentiated only by their respective exposure metering capability.

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However, two camera models introduced in 1977 have an updated Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing ("AI") feature incorporated into the metered prism. This has enabled Nikon to facilitate a more convenient and responsive way of performing lens changes, not to mention years that followed, Nikon cameras have become more competitive in the market place with many features riched SLR cameras being introduced.

Physically, Nikon F2 looks more compact than earlier Nikon F primarily because the power cell is being designed to incorporate in the camera body (Base) rather than at the finder. This has enabled F2 to be able significant reduce its body weight and dimension of the metered prisms.

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Among many other things, there was also a very interesting accessory designed by Nikon. It is called "EE Aperture Control Attachment Unit", it was designed to be used independently or with a servo motor-powered EE Aperture Control Attachment to provide fully automatic exposure setting. Basically, the device would, technically, convert the mechanical Nikon F2S/SB/AS into a camera capable of providing automatic shutter priority exposure control (You select the shutter speed the EEunit will turn to the matching aperture for correct exposure.

| Instruction Manual for EE Aperture Control Attachment Unit DS-1, DS-2, DS-11 & DS-12 | | Main Reference Map for EE Aperture Control Attachment Unit DS-1, DS-2, DS-11 & DS-12 |

When used with the EE Aperture Control Attachment, the finder feeds exposure information to a servo motor that turns the lens aperture ring to make exposure settings automatically. This also explained WHY the EE Units cannot work with all F2 finders. There were three EE Unit models to choose from; DS-1 and DS-2 were essentially the same except DS-2 permiting with the use of PC terminal at the front of the camera via an opening; DS-12 was introduced in 1977, it was an AI-spec EE Unit which was specifically designed for AI-spec Nikon F2AS w/DP-12 Finder.

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Note: Correct exposures are indicated by a pair of signal lights in the viewfinder instead of the conventional meter needle.

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Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm |
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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