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

 
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Although many Nikon observers would regard the F2 is an upgrade of the legendary Nikon F. I don't think everyone would disagree in saying Nikon F2 is more than just an upgrade of the original F-model.

But you could have realize Nikon F2 system is still by far the MOST comprehensive system ever existed in any 35mm photography; personally I don't think that was accidental. Primarily, F2 has a far superior and well thought out modular design of the camera body design than the F. It enables the significant expansion of the entire Nikon photographic system to such an awesome state.

So, I would rather rate the F2 as an entire different breed of system rather than just an upgrade. Its run away success has certainly cast a strong influence into the Japanese camera manufacturing industry and many are using the F2 as the virtual system to compete. Even when Nikon prepared their next generation professional F series Model, the F3 - the strong shadow of the f2 was very apparent as evidence by a few of Early Prototypes of Nikon F3 featured in Hiura's site.

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Prototype
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Seemingly the success of the F2 has generated a lot of pressure for Nikon designers. The F2 "flavor" was all over the prototypes and probably the pressure could have been putting too much restriction for any in house designer to come out with a free flowing design for the next important model - "important" because the proposed next flagship F-model also need to convince buyers to accept automation in a highly demanding top level professional users market place !

Credit: Hiura Shinsaku®, Nikomat ML, Japan

Eventually, Nikon resorted to Industrial designer (Giorgetto Giugiaro of Giugiaro Design, Italy), and the resultant body was a worthy classic F3 camera design.

Many of the F2 system accessories remained an exclusive and last of its kind in 35mm camera manufacturing, examples are: The mighty 750 exposures bulk film back was the first and last of its kind and probably will never be seen in any 35mm system anymore. The Data camera set, although primitive compared with modern SLR, but the hand written data encoding was quite unique and that have created some evolution in quite a few imitating models from rivalry brands. The subsequent Nikon 250 Exposures Data Back MF-17 Set was also offering similar capability but the normal 36 exposures version is not available as with the MF-10 for F2.

Come to think of it, other than the F2 Data Camera Sets (w/MF-10 and MF-11 Film back); there was not a Data Back designed for the Nikon F2. Impossible ? Well, I think if an accessory such as the MF-12 can be designed for the Nikon FM and Nikon FE, why can't such a module be designed for the Nikon F2 ? I was puzzled. The MF-12 uses a cord that plug into the PC Terminal to synchronize the data imprinting and thus it will work with even the mechanical FM which was not provide with a databack contact at its back. Technically, Nikon does has an option in the F2 camera Set in the MF-10 data film back, but as that was essentially a handmade set and thus it was not cheap. That probably explained why it was so scarce in number in the used market.

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Now, what do you think of this camera ? Simple question but tough to answer.

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I would believe most of us would not disagreed that this is one hell of a great camera. But remembering those glorious days of mechanical camera is one thing, boiling down to actual usage is another. I am quite certain mechanical camera such as the F2 here is hard to convince any new young photographer to be their first SLR - unless the camera was inherited from someone else. In this case, the rich tradition behind the F-signature and the abundant of features and variations found in this great camera would not be a major buying factor. Basically, it is about comfort, ease of use and greater yield of successful photography aided by automation & technologies versus photography of hard thinking, experiences and do it all by yourself styles of full manual control with mechanical cameras.

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Probably age group may play a significant role. Old man like me who had my fabulous time sailed through the '70 & '80 busy changing gal friends could be more sentimental than someone who have just started photographic journal in the mid of late '80 where the era of autofocus was just budding. Needless to say, for those who had been through the busy early to mid-nighties in a fast pace autofocus upgrades - the Nikon F2 sounds just like a stone age collection rather than a fine photographic imaging tool.

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I had two units of F2. A non-AI F2S and a meterless F2/T. The F2S landed in my office desk while the F2/T remains laid on my living room as decorative purposes.

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I am more incline to use my old faithful F3/T which I bought back in 1983 or occasionally use with a FM2n/T for its light weight and simplicity of use for my photography. Please do not mistaken me, I am NOT a PRO and nowadays, neither I think I would be ended up as a very serious photographer. So, strangely, I raised the thought of collecting some fine good photographic hardware, but probably because I don't think I have the time or energy chasing perfection through the viewfinder.

Well, neither I would be getting another F2 (but the strong desire of owning a F2AS w/DS-12 and MD-2 for collection purpose is still very powerful ... ) since I have quite a few Nikon bodies now to toy around with for leisure photography. So sometimes, I really thought that what I am doing right now was quite shameful because I didn't unleash the full potential of the camera for a true photographer. Well, at least, such confession makes me feel a little better....

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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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