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

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To HELP you visualize what is in a mechanical camera such as a F2, we take the example of the 100% view field of the F2 viewfinder; Nikon F2 body makes up of 1,506 component parts while a comparing midrange mechanical SLR such as Nikkormat may made up of around 860 over components.

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The number consists of the die cast aluminum alloy shell, base plate, mirror box, front cover, top plate, bottom cover and camera back; with each of this thousand of components which may comprised of high quality gears, joints, fitting, mirror, strings in steel or metal parts; they were then, process, milled, finish and assembled them into a camera. Tolerance and quality in manufacturing has to be of exacting standard so as to achieve a 100% image field coverage.



BIG must have been saying. But other than the Nikon F-series of F, F3, F4 and F5; but a fact remains - So far there has never been a camera manufacturer* which came close to achieve such exacting standard except for two high profile AF camera introduced in Y2K: Canon EOS-1v and Minolta's 9Ti.

Both these cameras are products that took their respective makers almost 30 years to equal a standard which the F2 has already been offering back in 1971 - further, both of these cameras achieved via a fixed pentaprism design while the Nikon F2 has a more demanding requirement of ensuring all its metered Prisms and special purpose finders within the 2 system will fit perfectly on the top mount opening.

I would believe automatic camera such as Nikon F3/F4/F5 or any of the camera mentioned above do not have similar degree of mechanical sophistication; which also means a lesser degree of mechanical components inside to be assembled
(while sophistication in electronic form can be horrific !); but just to think assembling the 1500 + mechanical parts into a highly functional camera while maintaining high degree of precision good enough to be a professional camera truly deserve a more respectable remarks by those who never gave a shit about mechanical cameras.

You may be asking "..what the hell is it ?

It looks more like an interior of a consumer electronic item rather than a camera. Oh.. this is just an image of a partially dismantled mirror box section of a Nikon F5 camera. Regardless it is a Canon, Minolta or even say a ... Leica R8, all these AF camera bodies will look quite a like after taking off their "cloths"... these are the essential components that has helped you solve your metering problems, multi programmed exposure control modes and rapid firing and tracking of the subject and with such camera, it is almost impossible to make a badly exposed shots nor a out focus picture.

Without battery power, the camera will just drop dead like an expensive electronic toy.. so 80% of your nicely exposed pictures may be the effort of these electronic inside.

Anyway, the point is, it would not take long for even the newest beginner to photography to realize that there is a bit more to the F2 than merely another system camera. And even old-timers who think they are reasonably familiar with Nikon cameras may sometimes have little idea of just how extensive the F2's capabilities really are. For, with the F2, words like "system camera" or "photographic system" fall far short of the mark. This is because in actuality there is not one but SIX Nikon F2 with another few more special production models, each not only with its own individual spec and functionality as a basic picture-taking tool, but each also possessing the capability for virtually endless change by utilizing to the full the almost inexhaustible resources of the extensive F2 System.

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If you want to pick on something out of nothing, Errr,,, perhaps, "Size does matter" is the only issue you can complaint about.

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