Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F2 Photomic w/DP1 Prism- Instruction Manual
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When the frame counter indicates that the last exposure has been made, or when the film-advance lever can no longer be stroked, the roll of film has been exposed and should be removed.

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To unload the camera, first press the rewind button on the camera base plate; then, unfold the rewind crank, pull it up to the first detent position and turn it in the direction of the engraved arrow, using a smooth, even pressure.

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After opening the camera back, pull the rewind knob up as far as it will go and remove the film cartridge. Note that as the film advance lever is stroked for the next exposure, the rewind button will be released to engage the film-advance mechanism.

Caution: Be careful not to push the rewind button during film advance operation. Should this occur, the film transport will temporarily stop and double exposure may result.

Note*: The camera back can be removed from the body by depressing the locking catch on the hinge. Removal of the camera back is necessary when the camera is used with any accessory back such as the 250 Magazine Back MF-I or the Camera Back MF-3, both for motorized photography.

Note**: The film can also be rewound using the Motor Drive MD-1 or MD-2 (NOT possible with MD-3) in approx about 7 seconds. For details see the instruction manual for the Motor Drive section in this site.

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Film-Plane Indicator

With the advancement in 35mm camera, it is a hardly use feature where old days, photographer make use of this feature in macrophotography where you would require to measure the film-to-subject distance in close ups or macrophotography to determine precise magnification ratio.

Anyway, for whatever the reasons now, the exact position of the film plane can be determined by picturing an imaginary line drawn along the top edge of the digits which make up the camera serial number.

Frame Counter

The frame counter works automatically to show how many frames have been exposed. It is calibrated in even numbers with odd numbers indicated by dots and the figures S. 12, 20 and 36 in red. The counter stops just past the 40-frame mark and resets itself automatically to "S", two frames before "O", when the camera back is opened for reloading.

Film-Advance Lever

The film-advance lever simultaneously advances the film, cocks the shutter and operates the frame counter. It also switches the exposure meter in the Photomic finder on and off.

Stroke the film-advance lever with the right thumb in a single stroke of 120° or a series of short strokes. A built-in locking device prevents the shutter from being released unless it is fully cocked and the film has advanced a full frame. The lever springs back to its original position, with a 20° angle of clearance for the thumb after each complete stroke.
Note: It is not neccesary to pull the film adavance lever to stand off position to activate the meter when a motor drive is attached.

Memo Holder


A special holder is provided on the camera back for convenient storage of information pertinent to the photography. A piece of paper or the end-flap torn from the film carton can be inserted to serve as a reminder of the film type, film speed and number of exposures.

Setting the Film Speed (ASA)


The exposure meter of the Photomic finder must be set for the ASA speed of the film in use, otherwise incorrect exposures will result. Lift up the milled ring around the ASA film-speed dial and turn it until the red arrow points to the speed of the film loaded in the camera. The meter is sensitive within a range of ASA 12 to 6400.

WARNING: Wrongly set film speed at the ASA ring section from film in use inside the camera could result wrongly exposed pictures (OVER or UNDER exposure) if camera meter values are used.The film-speed dial has two dots between each pair of numbers for intermediate settings such as 64, 80, 125, etc.

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