Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F2 Photomic w/DP-1 Finder


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The original Nikon F2 was introduced with a non-metered eye level viewfinder prism DE-1. Similar to earlier Nikon F introduced twelve years ago, F2 series bodies were also designed to be removable. Other than the standard eyelevel finder which we generally referred it as DE-1, Nikon has three other optional viewfinder for waist level view, a speed finder that provides a comfortable viewing distance and joined in with a 6X Magnification finder later. Years followed with the development of the camera also saw few other metered prisms which also used to differentiate various Nikon F2 model. Such metered finders also use to denote the various Nikon F2 models that followed.
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<<< --- Adding a DP-1 prism that is capable of provide metering to the basic Nikon F2 body is referred as Nikon F2 Photomic - the first among a series of metered viewfinders introduced by nikon for their second professional camera model.

The F2 Photomic viewfinder incorporates a thru-the-lens Centre-Weighted exposure metering system coupled with the shutter speed and aperture diaphragm for easy, accurate exposure reading even under difficult lighting conditions. The shutter speed and f-number in use appear in the viewfinder along with the meter needle and plus and minus marks to indicate over- or underexposure.

While distribution of PDF file is "not encouraged" after the bitter episode I had with Nikon USA earlier with both the Nikon F3 and FA and thus, it is not going to have any "home made" PDF file for this instruction manual for anyone of you to download; but you can still make good use of the info provided in this site to get familiarize with this true classic from Nikon.

Well, for those who has a little time and patience to stay on the Net, you are welcome to bookmark or print all the pages in this site as a ready reference until you have mastered its basics. It is not that difficult after all, with a few moments spend familiarizing yourself with the camera would provide you a greater enjoyment hard to compared with today's modern multi-features SLRs. Lastly, photography without autofocus keeps you awake and tends to think more before you shoot.


Preparation for use: Installing the Batteries | Checking the batteries
Loading the Camera
Film Loading/Unloading | Film-plane indicator | Frame counter | Film-advance lever | Memo holder | Setting the film speed (ASA)| Exposure Controls | Setting the shutter speed | Extra-long exposures | Time exposures | Setting the lens aperture
Exposure Measurement (
Full-Aperture Method) | Turning on the meter | Determining exposure | Choice of shutter-speed/lens-aperture combinations | Extreme low-light metering | Metering range | Unusual light situations | Depth-of-field | Depth-of-field preview button | Depth-of-field scale | Holding the Camera | Reminder Checklist | Focusing and Shutter Release | Flash Synchronization | Ready-light | Nikon Speedlights | Self-Timer | Mirror Lockup lever | Multiple Exposures | Infrared Photography | Changing the Lens | Maximum aperture indicator | Changing the Viewfinder | Changing the Focusing Screen | Interchangeable focusing screens | Exposure Measurement: Special Cases | Stop-down exposure measurement | Repro-copying, slide-copying and photomicrography | Exposure correction for special lens/focusing-screen combinations | System Accessories: Lens Hoods, Filters, Eyepiece Correction Lenses, Finder Eyecup, Motor Drives, EE Aperture Control Unit DS-1 Attachmenet Unit
Care & Maintenance

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