Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F2A Photomic w/DP-11 Finder
Instruction Manual -
Part II

 
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PREPARATION FOR USE

Installing the Batteries

The exposure meter in the Photomic finder is powered by two high-performance silver-oxide batteries mounted in the battery chamber in the base plate of the camera.

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To install the batteries, first remove the battery chamber cover (turn it 90° counterclockwise using a coin or similar object); then, place two - 1.5V silver-oxide (button-cell type) batteries in the chamber, making sure that the polarity of the cells - (+) side of each unit faces out.

After inserting and properly seating the batteries, replace the cover and lock it to secure the assembly.

Note: Remember to remove the batteries when the camera is not to be used for a long period; this will prevent leakage within the camera. Also, keep the camera as warm as possible when operating under cold-weather conditions; otherwise, the batteries may fail to function.

Checking the Batteries

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The camera's film-advance lever serves as the ON-OFF switch for the Photomic finder. To check battery power, pull the lever out just far enough to uncover the red meter ON index on the top of the camera, press the power check button and check the meter window at the center of the finder for indication of the power level.

If the needle within the window swings to the right edge of the front notch (or beyond), battery power is sufficient. If the needle fails to swing, battery positioning should be checked; then, if the needle still fails to move, replace batteries.

Loading the Film

Fold out the O/C key at the base plate of the camera and turn it counterclockwise 180° until the arrow points to the "0" (open) mark and the camera back pops open. Pull up the rewind knob as far as it will go, and drop a standard film cartridge or a special Nikon reloadable cassette into the left-hand film chamber with the film leader aligned along the film guide rail.

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If necessary, release the shutter and, then, stroke the film-advance lever slowly to make sure that the leader winds smoothly on the spool and that the film edge perforations engage with the film sprocket roller.

When satisfied that the film is properly feeding and is traveling correctly along the film guide rails, close the camera back and return the O/C key to its normal storage position. After positioning the cartridge and film leader properly push the rewind knob down to hold the cartridge in place and insert the end of the film leader into any of the slots in the film Lake-up spool.

Prior to Shooting

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An old traditional but fail safe way to confirm film is properly loaded and taken up by the spool is to observe the rewind knob turning the opposite direction while you manually wind on or power film advance via a motor drive.

Fold out the rewind crank and turn it gently in the direction of the engraved arrow until you feel a slight tension; this tension indicates that there is no more slack in the film cartridge, (Be sure not to rewind the film back into the cartridge.)

Advance the film and make two blank exposures to dispose of the initial portion of the film exposed during loading. While advancing the film, check that the rewind crank turns in the direction opposite the arrow. Crank rotation indicates that the film has been loaded properly and is being advanced. Then, fold the crank flat for storage.

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After advancing the film two frames to dispose of the initial portion of the leader, the frame counter at the upper right of the camera will indicate "0"; now, advance the film one more frame to prepare the camera for taking the first exposure.

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

The camera's exposure meter must be adjusted to the speed of the film in use to ensure correct measurement; thus, a film-speed scale (ASA graduations) and an index ring are provided on the finder.

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To adjust, lift the milled ASA film-speed index ring and turn it until the red index triangle is aligned with the ASA value for the film in use. The meter is sensitive across the full range of from ASA 6 to ASA 6400.

The film-speed has two dots between each pair of numbers for intermediate setting such as 64, 80, 125, etc.

OPERATION OF CAMERA CONTROLS

Setting the Shutter Speed

The Nikon F2A Photomic camera can be set to the desired shutter speed either before or after the shutter is wound. Speeds of 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.

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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. When more precise settings are required, intermediate shutter speeds of from 1/80 sec. to 1/2000 sec. are usable. At the "B" setting, the shutter speed remains open as long as the shutter-release button is depressed.

Setting the Aperture

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The ring fitted at the base of the lens adjusts the size of the aperture (or opening) in the iris diaphragm. To preset the lens aperture, turn the aperture ring until the desired f/number setting on the scale is aligned with the index mark provided on the lens.

The iris diaphragm can also be set to intermediate apertures between the click stop settings for more precise exposures.

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