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Focusing Screens for Nikon F2 Series Bodies - Part III

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type K: A combination of Types A (split-image) and J (microprism) screens where it comprises of Matte/Fresnel with Horizontal Rangefinder and Microprism. This screen has a center 3mm diameter split-image rangefinder surrounded by a 1mm-wide microprism.

There is another 12mm circle that defines the area of Nikon heavy centered weighted metering area. Suitable for general photography. Supplied with the Nikon F2 as standard screen at later stage and since then, it is the standard screen for all manual focus Nikon bodies. A good all round screen for various photographic assignments.

"...... This is the standard screen that came with the F2. I find it much more useful than the A, although they are generally similar, except for the microprism donut. This donut is genuinely useful, and the split-image gives great results when used with unforgivingly shallow-DOF lenses, such as the 85f/1.8 wide-open...." - Michael Liu -

type L: Matte/Fresnel with Diagonal Rangefinder. Similar to Type A screen, but with the split-image rangefinder line at a 45° angle. Especially effective when focusing on an object with both vertical and horizontal lines. It is a good all round screen for genral photography.

"...... Similar to Type A. Because the world is not solely made out of vertical lines, this screen is more useful than A. Because composition dictates that subjects should not always be in the middle of the frame, this screen is probably less useful than you think...." - Michael Liu -

type M: Fresnel with Double Cross Hairs and Scales. It comes with a double cross-hair reticle and scales on a clear surface. Recommended for photomicrography, close-ups and other work involving high magnification. This screen provides a brilliant viewing even in low light situation. The markings are good for determining image size and magnification ratios. Requires viewfinder with focusing control. (6X finder or 2X magnifier with variable diopter eyepiece)

"... Again, get the 6x finder before considering this one..." - Michael Liu -

type P: Quite similar to Type K but with a diagonal split image like the L screen. It has a Matte/Fresnel field with a central 3mm-diameter split-image rangefinder divided at a 45° angle. A 1mm-wide microprism band and a 12mm-diameter reference circle surround the rangefinder. The etched horizontal and vertical lines which divides the field into 4 equal rectangles also serves to facilitate composition and aligning objects or for registering subject in multiple exposure photography. Suitable for general photography,

".... In other words, Type P is to Type K as L is to A..." - Michael Liu -

type R: Matte/Fresnel with Horizontal Rangefinder and Grid. It has a Matte/Fresnel field with a central 3mm-diameter circular split-image rangefinder and etched horizontal and vertical lines. No image darkening in the rangefinder even with the lenses having maximum apertures between f/3.5 and f/5.6. The grid lines which segment the view field is Ideal for architectural, and commercial photography where you can make use of them for excellent aids in picture composition and aligning subjects.

"..... Incorporates (3) etched horizontal and (5) vertical grid lines. Excellent for architectural photography. If I didn't know that my eye would be irresistibly drawn to the center of the screen because of the RF, I might have considered this one instead of the Type E. When Nikon claims that the RF doesn't black out with slow lenses, they mean that the RF accuracy is decreased even more by having a shallower angle to the splitting prisms -- so that it might transmit more light to an off-axis eye...." - Michael Liu -

Special Type-S screen for Nikon F2 Data Camera Set

Nikon description: Matte/Fresnel field with 3mm diameter BriteView (horizontal) split-image rangefinder spot surrounded by 1mm wide microprism donut. Rapid, accurate focussing for subjects with both straight and ill-defined contours. Shows area masked on left side of screen by hand-written data plates. Designated for MF-10 and MF-11 Data film back only. Similar to Type K. This is the appropriate screen for collectors of F2 Data's.

Special TV format Screen

Nikon was the only manufacturer that make this screen. Similar to the Nikon F3's type where it also has the same screen type. It is to make photos for use on TV, a special focusing screen is available with engraved lines to define the picture area that will be seen on properly adjusted TV receivers. It's a Type A screen because it uses a split image focusing aid, the same as a normal Type A screen.

Unlike changing screen with Nikonmid-cmpact bodies where those models have a fixed (non-intechangeable) pentaprism and has to resort to change the screen by removing the lens; changing screen with any F-series model would require you to remove the prism first (removal of the lens is not neccessary though).

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Changing Viewfinder

In addition to the F2AS Photomic finder included with the camera, four other interchangeable viewfinders are available. To remove the F2AS Photom ic finder to mount one of the other units, 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.

To attach a viewfinder other than a Photomic-type model, set it in position and press down firmly until it clicks and locks into place on the camera.

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To attach a Photomic-type model (including the F2AS Photomic finder), first set the aperture ring of the lens (if mounted) to the maximum aperture setting; then, gently position the finder on the camera and firmly press it down (A) until it clicks and locks into place. Once in place, turn the finder's shutter-speed selector left or right until it engages with the camera's shutter-speed dial (B) and the two can be turned in tandem.

Note: if the finder is an Al-type model fitted with a meter coupling lever, the lever should be released prior to mounting the finder on the camera body.

Changing Focusing Screens

Any of the 19 different types of focusing screens mentioned earlier are available for use with any of the Nikon F2 bodies regardless what prism it is mounted with, each of those screens is designed to meet specific focusing requirements. The Nikon Type K screen comes with the camera as standard equipment while some earleir F2 models may be fitted with a tType A screen as standard.

Interchangeable Focusing Screens
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Screen Selector Chart
Caution: The rear surface of the screen is made of acryl resin. Special care should be taken to protect it from scratching or excessive pressure.

Note: Content used in the Screen Selector Chart here is old and unalter. This is meant for preserving originality of the time of availability of the screen type during the '70.

To change the focusing screen, first remove the finder as described earlier. Then, turn the camera body upside-down and press the finder release button a second time to release the screen. I don't particularly enjoy this part and I think the F3's way is easier and more safe.

To mount a screen, simply place it in position with the flat side facing downward and the "Nikon" mark to the front of the camera. Then, press the finder release button and the screen will drop into place. Well, on the other hand, on a positive note, the F2's screen mounting and locking provide a better and more confident way than the F3.

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Caution: When changing the focusing screen, be careful not to touch the optical surfaces. When removing the screen, it is advisable to place a clean, dry cloth over the palm of the hand to catch the screen as it drops free of the camera.

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