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Nikon F2 Photomic w/DP1 Prism- Instruction Manual
Part II

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Exposure Measurement:

The Nikon F2 Photomic camera can be set to the desired shutter speed either before or after the shutter is wound. Speeds from 1 second to 1/2000 second are set via the shutter-speed selector fitted on the finder; the selector is also provided with a "B" setting for longer time exposures.

To set the shutter speed, turn the selector until the desired speed is aligned with the white dot, When aligned with settings of from 2 to 2000, the actual shutter speed will be a fractional value of from 1/2 second to 1/2000 second. The red line provided between the 1/60 sec. and 1/125 sec. settings indicates 1/80 second- the fastest shutter speed providing X synchronization for use with electronic flash units.

The numbers on the shutter-speed scale stand for fractions of a second. When more precise settings are required, intermediate shutter speeds of from 1/80 sec. to 1/2000 sec. are also usable.

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At the "B" setting, the shutter speed remains open as long as the shutter-release button is depressed. When the shutter-release button is pressed, the shutter will immediately open and it will remain open for the indicated number of seconds and close automatically.

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The shutter-release button will pop out again as soon as the film-advance lever is stroked for the next exposure.

Time Exposures/ Using T-L Fingerguard

The shutter-release button of the Nikon F2 Photomic camera is fitted with a finger guard that also doubles as the shutter operation mode selector. Set to the middle position, the finger guard provides for normal shutter release via the shutter button.

To lock the shutter to prevent accidental release, lift up and turn the finger guard until the index dot aligns with the "L" (lock) marking. For time exposures preset via the camera's built-in self timer, lift up and turn the finger guard until the index dot aligns with the "T" (time) marking.

The ring can also be used to prevent accidental exposure when the shutter is cocked. Pull up and turn the ring so that the slot points to "L" (lock). The shutter cannot be released in this position.

Setting the Lens Aperture

To preset the lens aperture, turn the aperture ring on the lens barrel until the desired f/number is opposite the black dot on top of the milled ring. The aperture diaphragm can be set for intermediate openings between the click-stopped settings for more precise exposure.

Exposure Measurement (Full Aperture method)

The exposure meter of the Nikon F2 Photomic features a center-weighted thru-the-lens metering system coupled to the shutter-speed and lens-aperture controls. The meter reads the light over the entire focusing screen but favors a central area. This allows you to make precise reading of the selected subject area.

The meter takes advantage of the automatic diaphragm feature of Nikkor Auto lenses to measure light at the maximum aperture of the lens, naturally all those AI and AI-S (
except Series E and AF Nikkor) that has a meter coupling shoe atop the aperture ring on the lens would be able to couple with the metered finder. This insures a bright viewfinder image for viewing and focusing and minimizes the influence of light entering through the finder eyepiece.

In order to measure exposure at full aperture with lenses of different maximum apertures, the meter must be adjusted to the maximum aperture of the lens in use. This is done each time the lens is attached or changed by turning the aperture ring of the lens * through its entire range and the window should display the maximum aperture of the lens mounted. i.e turn aperture to f/5.6 and mount the lens onto camera, and turn to extreme right and left with the aperture ring.

* Warning: ALL AI or Non-AI Nikkor lenses will work - EXCEPT those AI lenses that do not carry with a meter coupling shoe on the apeertre ring e.g. Series E and current AF Nikkor lenses.

In order to take advantage of the full aperture metering with lenses having different maximum apertures, the meter must be adjusted to the maximum aperture of the lens in use. All Nikon F2 metered finders (EXCEPT the AI DP-11 (F2A) and DP-12 (F2AS)) do not have such a window. This is done each time the lens is attached or changed as follows:

Maximum Aperture Indicator The above adjustment can be verified by checking the maximum aperture Indicator in the window on the Photomic finder. The scale has a range from f/1.2 to f/5.6. For example, if the 28mm f/2.8 lens is mounted on the camera, 2.8 should appear in the window.

Turning On the Meter

The film-advance lever also serves as an on-off switch for the exposure meter. To turn the meter on, pull out the lever just enough to uncover the red dot on top of the camera.

Warning: Older camera such as the F2 does not provide with a energy saving circuit. When the meter is not in use, press the lever flush against the camera body to avoid battery drain. When a motor drive (MD-1, 2 or 3) is attached, there is no need to pull the film advance lever to stand off position to activate the meter.

Determining Exposure

The Photomic finder has two signal lights in the finder view field, one with the plus (+) sign for overexposure, the other with the minus ( - ) sign for underexposure. To determine the correct exposure, first switch on the meter and either of the two signal lights comes on. Then turn the aperture ring and/or the shutter-speed selector until both signal lights light up.

<<<<<<<<<< ---- The top of the finder is another meter window which will illustrate similar purpose. In this way, you need not have to always peep through the finder to check exposure. External Metering Window Indicator is provided on all versions of F2 Metered Finders.

IF the needle moves erratically or cannot be centered even after all possible aperture-shutter speed combinations have been tried, then the light is too bright or dim for the meter's range.

The white window under the meter indicator is to illuminate the metering needle inside the finder.

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