Classic SLRs Series :
The MF-3 auto rewind stop film back, 250 MF-1 and the exotic 750 exposures MF-2 Bulk film back are specialized offerings in their respective class to enhance its capabilities. The unique offering of the Speed Magny Back can instantly transformed the 35mm Nikon into 4x5 film, including Polaroid in 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 film packets.
The F2AS, along with the non-AI version of F2SB was also the most sensitive model Nikon has ever produced.
FA (60/40 + Matrix)
* Best performing camera model highlighted in Green; worst specifications in Red followed by below-average performer colored in orange column. F2SB and F2AS both have metering range from EV MINUS -2 to EV17. Referring web projects for specific SLRs mentioned above: | EL-2 | FT-3 | FM | FE | EM | Nikon F3 | FM2(n) | FE-2 | Nikon FA |
The F2AS, although it does not make sense to change its very much sought after DP-12 finder, has a basic F2 body and therefore will still accept the other five optional alternative non-metered finders (DE-1, DE-1/T, Waist level, 6X magnification and Speed Finder) with 4 'scaled down' metered versions (DP-1, DP-2, DP-3 and DP-11) which has also made the F2 has the most extensive in this specific options in any 35mm SLR system. The interchangeable focusing screens is equally impressive in numbers and varieties to suit any demanding photographic needs.
IF you are looking for a camera for casual photography while also aim preserving your initial investment, the F2AS could well be a very good model to look at. It is quite pricey even in used condition, if your primary objective is just to acquire a hard to crack mechanical camera for frequent rough shooting, buy a Nikon FM2(n) would, most of the time, provide you a similar objective of safe, trouble free usage.
Why ? If only monies can inspire you to think - why would I "risk" a mint condition USD700-00 F2AS where I can still get the job done with a USD200-00 used FM2 ? Unless yours is a war torn condition F2AS, then just don't bother what I have said earlier and go ahead, smash it just like how Bon Jovi or the laste Jimmy Hendrx treat his Guitars, guess it will still survive your treatment...
May be due to an overall improvement in the quality of living, F2AS has gradually evolved into a collector item status from a working professional grade SLR camera. While I think most would agree it is a camera that is in a different league than any of those FM series models, but as a friend of mine correctly interpret it - "... you don't need to enroll a 1954 Ferrari Vintage sports car for motor-cross just to prove how good it can handle the terrain..".
That again boils down to the fact and decision of whether to invest into a camera which offers simplicity of use, easy maintenance and good current product support such as any of those smaller Nikon FM series bodies or a camera with a distinctively rich and colorful background behind and a likely possible appreciation in collector value over time, all packs within a ultra-rugged, highly modular body construction Nikon F2AS.
Nikon system (download a PDF File (700k) of Nikon system as at Nikon f2AS)
Perhaps only drawback is, lack of current product support by its manufacturers and most of the system accessories designed around the body has to be source around in the secondary used markets. Update (a little personal): I have added another F2AS in my F2 collection - Errr......before the rich Japanese and the Taiwanese starts sweeping the "floor" clean in the used markets.
BEFORE skipping this page to next section, please be reminded the Instruction Manual for DP-12 Finder in HTML is also available in this site. Please don't mail me for any PDF version.
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System Accessories: Motor Drives / Prisms / Screens / Macro / Film Backs / Flash Other Accessories: DS-1 / DS-2 / DS-12 / eyepiece / DH-1 / cases / Cable releases / Miscellaneous
| History & Background | Semi-FAQ | Various Features and Functions - 6 Parts |
| Message Board | for your favourite Nikon F2 Series SLR model(s)
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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
Nikon F | Nikon F2 | Nikon F3 | Nikon F4 | Nikon F5 | Nikon F6 | Nikkormat / Nikomat |
Nikon FM | Nikon FE/ FA | Nikon EM/FG/FG20 | Nikon Digital SLRs | Nikon - Other models
MIR Supports for Photographic Community: Various Message Boards/Community Forums
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Nikon FM-series|Nikon FE-series|Nikon FA|Nikon Digital SLR series|Various Nikon Models|Nikkor Optic -shared
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Apple's Mac Public Community Message Board | Windows based PC & Apple/Mac Public Community Trade Exchange Centre
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
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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.