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The Nikon F2A Photomic Finder DP-11 is a compact, precision pentaprism finder assembly designed to fit any F2 Nikon camera body. The DP-11 incorporates the Nikon Centre-Weighted thru-the-lens metering method that concentrates 60% of the reading within the 12 mm-diameter central portion of the view-field; thus, metering is precise for varied lighting situations, and covers virtually 100% of the picture image frame as visible on the focusing screen.

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One outstanding new feature with the DP-11 is the provision for operation with the new Nikkor lenses capable of automatic maximum aperture indexing during mounting on the camera body. The meter coupling lever provided on the DP-11 engages the meter coupling ridge provided on these new lenses to provide for lens/meter coupling and automatic indexing of the lens' maximum aperture.

And the DP-11 is also fitted with a small viewing prism at the base of the front plate to provide for aperture-directreadout from the scale provided on the lens.
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Other merits of the DP-11 include the display of the shutter speed setting (as well as the aperture setting previously mentioned) within the finder, the meter display both inside and outside the finder, full usability for both full-aperture and stop-down measurement as required, threaded eyepiece frame for attaching various viewing aids, and the ready-light built into the eyepiece for convenience when operating with flash units.

To ensure you get the best results from your F2A Photomic Finder DP-11, read the content in this site carefully or print a copy for your future reference until you have thoroughly familiarized yourself with the unit and its operation.


Foreword . . . . . . Preparation for use . . . . . Attaching the finder . . . . . . . . . . Shutter speed coupling . . . . . . . . . Removing the finder . . . . . . . . . . Coupling lever lock/release operation . . . . . . . Setting the film speed . . . . . . . . . Installing the batteries . . . . . . . . . Checking the batteries . . . . . . . . . Eyepiece ready-light . . . . . . . . . . . . Exposure measurement: Determining exposure . . . . . . . . . Metering range . . . . . . . . . . . . . High-contrast lighting situations . . . Stop-down exposure measurement . . . . Exposure compensation adjustments: Adjustments for focusing screens . . . Adjustments for film compensation ......... Care, maintenance and handling . . . Specifications . . . . .


BEFOFE you proceed with the rest of the content baked for you in this site, it will be easier for you to click open a new window with a copy of the Main Reference Map and see if it is useful for your reference.

Note: Off-topic discussion for Nikon Meter and non-Metered Prisms are also available at: the Index Page (10 Parts)


Attaching the Finder

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The F2A Photomic Finder DP-11 attaches to any F2 Nikon camera body without the need for modifications or adjustments, and provides for automatic maximum aperture indexing and full-aperture exposure measurement (via the built-in coupling lever) with all Nikkor lenses fitted with a meter coupling ridge. Additionally, the DP-11 can be mounted on the camera body at any time either before or after the lens is attached.

If the finder is to be used with a lens fitted with a meter coupling ridge, mount the finder as follows: Set the aperture ring on the lens (if attached) to the maximum aperture setting, gently place the finder in the mounting position and, then, press the finder downward until it clicks and locks into place; be sure to press firmly to ensure that the finder mounting clamps engage the seating pins on the camera body. Lastly, check that the coupling lever is released and (if a lens is mounted) that the meter and lens are properly coupled.

If the finder is to be used with a lens not fitted with a meter coupling ridge, mount the finder as follows: Lock the meter coupling lever in the up position (see "Coupling , Lever Lock/Release Operation" in the following section for details), position the finder for mounting and, then, press it downward until it clicks and locks into place; again, be sure to press firmly to ensure proper engagement with the seating pins. Note that operation with lenses not fitted with a meter coupling ridge will require step-down exposure measurement.

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Shutter Speed Coupling

The shutter-speed selector of the DP-11 finder is part of an extender assembly that couples with the camera's shutter-speed dial. After mounting the DP-11 on the camera, turn the selector left or right until it engages with the camera's shutter-speed dial and the two can be turned in tandem.

Removing the Finder

To remove the DP-11 from the camera, press the finder release lever inward and rotate toward the front (this action releases the mounting clamps); then, depress the finder release button at the rear of the camera body and lift the finder out of the camera.

Coupling Lever Lock/Release Operation

The DP-11 finder is fitted with a meter coupling lever that provides for coupling between the finder's metering circuit and the lens' meter coupling ridge. When the camera body is used with lenses offering automatic maximum aperture indexing, the lever remains in the normal position.

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However, when the camera body is used with lenses and/or accessories not provided with this feature, the lever must be locked up to permit exposure measurement via the stop-down method.

To lock up the lever prior to mounting the lens, simply push the lever upward and to the right until it clicks and locks into position. To release the lever for operation with a lens or accessory capable of automatic maximum aperture indexing, simply slide the coupling lever release (located just above the lever) to the right until the lever returns to its normal lowered position; then, mount the lens or accessory as normal.

Setting the Film Speed

The exposure meter of the DP-11 must be adjusted to the speed of the film in use to ensure correct exposure; thus, a film-speed scale (ASA graduations) and an index ring are provided on the finder.
To adjust, lift up the milled ASA film-speed index ring and turn it until the red index triangle is aligned with the ASA value for the film in use.

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The meter can be set across the full range of from ASA 6 to ASA 6400. The film-speed dial has two dots between each pair of numbers for intermediate settings such as 64, 80, 125, etc.

Installing the Batteries

The F2A Photomic Finder DP-11 is powered by two high-performance silver-oxide batteries loaded in the battery chamber in the base plate of the camera.

To install the batteries, first remove the battery chamber cover (turn it 90° counterclockwise using a coin or similar object); then, place two 1.5V silver-oxide (button-cell type) batteries in the chamber, making sure that the plus (+) side of each unit faces out. After inserting and properly seating the batteries, replace the cover and lock it to secure the assembly.

Caution: Remove the batteries when the camera is not to be used for a long period. At below-freezing temperatures, the batteries may malfunction or cease to operate until the temperature rises again. Be careful not to expose them to severe cold for long periods.

Checking the Batteries

The camera's film-advance lever serves as the ON/OFF switch for the DP-11 finder. To check battery power, pull the lever out just far enough to uncover the red meter ON index on the top of the camera, press the power check button and check the meter window at the center of the finder for indication of the power level. If the needle within the window swings to the right edge of the front notch (or beyond), battery power is sufficient. If the needle fails to swing, battery positioning should be checked; then, if the needle still fails to move, replace batteries.


READY- LIGHT (Check the SF-1 Readylight Attachment)

The DP-11 finder has a built-in ready-light for use with Nikon Speedlight Units. This unique feature provides for greater ease of operation during flash photography, as the photographer need not remove his eye from the eyepiece to check if the Speedlight Unit is ready for the next exposure; this built-in lamp lets the photographer know the condition of the flash (either "ready" when on, or "not ready" when off) at all times even while viewing. (For additional information, see the instruction manual supplied with the Speedlight.)


The exposure meter of the DP-11 features a Centre-Weighted TTL metering system coupled to the shutter speed and aperture controls. The meter reads the light over the entire focusing screen but favors the central 12mm-diameter area. This allows you to make precise readings of the selected subject area, resulting in balanced overall readings.

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The amount of light reaching the film is determined by a combination of the lens aperture and the shutter speed. Of course, since the two are interrelated, different combinations will give the same amount of exposure when carefully chosen.

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The best combination for your needs will depend on the results desired. Use fast shutter speeds to freeze motion, or use slow speeds to create deliberate blur. Small apertures give greater depth of field, while large apertures restrict sharp focus to the main subject. The table below shows how control settings are interrelated; all combinations shown give the same exposure. (more info is available at a | separate section | on teh topic "Exposure" and its relation to Shutter Speed and Aperture).

Shutter speed (sec.)






Aperture (f/number)






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