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

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Adjustments for Film Compensation

Some exposure correction may be necessary when certain types of films are used for copying or photomicrography applications, the amount of correction required, however, will depend on the type of film and the specific application. The following table lists the exposure corrections in f/stops required for various film/shooting requirements. Compensation is possible by adjusting the shutter speed or the aperture by the indicated amount; also, compensation is possible by adjusting the ASA film-speed index ring.

In the example shown, the index ring is set so that the red mark is aligned with ASA 50; this setting is the correct position to achieve a one-stop increase in exposure (three scale graduations equal one stop) as required when performing photomicrography (see table) using ASA 100 Panchromatic film.

Original/Type of Film

Repro/Slide Copying


Letters/Figures on Light Background

Letters/Figures on Dark Background


Panchromatic Film for general use

No Compensation required

+ 1-1/2 Stop

- 1/2 Stop

+ 1 Stop


Intentional multiple exposures for creative effects can be made with the Nikon F2A Photomic camera. To take a multiple exposure, perform the following:

Make the initial exposure, depress and hold the rewind button on the camera's base plate, and stroke the film-advance lever to cock the shutter for the next exposure on the same frame; for each additional exposure on the frame, repeat the same procedure.

At the completion of multiple exposure operation, stroke the film-advance lever once more to release the rewind button, cover the lens and make one blank exposure, and then resume normal operation. Note that during multiple exposure operation, the camera's shutter speed can be changed to any setting for the desired shooting effect. Also, throughout the multiple exposure operation, the camera's frame counter will remain at the same setting as long as the rewind button is held depressed while stroking the film advance lever.


The reflex mirror must be locked up when using either the Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/5.6 or the OP Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm f/5.6 lenses, since their rear elements protrude into the camera body and interfere with mirror movement.

Locking-up the mirror is also necessary when shooting with a motor drive unit at its top speed setting. To lock up the mirror, depress and hold the depth-of-field button and turn the mirror Lock-up lever downward until the white dot is aligned with the white index line. The mirror will remain in the up position until the lever is returned to the normal position.


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The Nikon F2A Photomic camera is designed to synchronize with most types of flashbulbs at almost all shutter speeds and with electronic flash at speeds to 1/80 second. The table below shows which shutter speeds may be used with different types of flashbulbs.

Flash Bulb






X (1/80)








































































Not Synchronized

No special adapters are necessary when using Nikon F2A Photomic camera with Nikon Flash Unit BC-7, or with the Speedlight Unit SB-7E and SB-5.

Other Nikon flash units with ISO-type hotshoe contacts can be mounted on the camera via the Flash Unit Coupler AS-1 ; with the AS-1, no sync cord is required, as it provides full connection via the camera's hotshoe contact.

1) PC sync for cabled flash or multiple flash setup in AUTO/MANUAL mode; 2) F2 dedicated accessory shoe for specific flash units designed for F2 OR standard ISO-type flash via flash coupler AS-1; 3) Flash ready light contact.

Caution: When the reflex mirror is locked in the up position, the shutter will not synchronize with flashbulbs at speeds faster than 1/80 second.

READY- LIGHT (Check the
SF-1 Readylight Attachment)

The camera's Photomic finder has a ready-light built in for use with Nikon Speedlight Units. This unique feature provides for greater ease of operation during flash photography, as the photographer need not remove his eye from the eyepiece to check if the Speedlight unit is ready for the next exposure

This built-in lamp lets the photographer know the condition of the flash (either "ready" when on, or "not ready" when off) at all times even while viewing. (For additional information, see the instruction manual supplied with the Speedlight.)


Good camera care is primarily commonsense care. Treat your Nikon F2A Photomic camera as you would any other precision optical instrument and it will provide you years of trouble-free service. Although ruggedly constructed, your camera may be damaged by shock, heat, water or misuse. By observing the following tips, you will be assured of the longest possible service life.

Fingerprints or dust on lens/prism surfaces will make viewing uncomfortable, and will generally contribute to a deterioration of optical performance. Clean lens surfaces often using a quality lens tissue or a soft lens brush; stubborn smudges should be wiped with lens tissue moistened with methyl alcohol or a quality lens cleaner. Never clean lens surfaces using cloth, paper towels, ordinary tissue, or any other material that might scratch the lens surface; also, use cleaning fluids sparingly to prevent seepage, and resulting damage to mechanical components.

When interchanging lenses, finders, etc., your camera is susceptible to the entry of dust or other contaminants. It is a good idea to clean moving body parts frequently to prevent the built-up of dust; here, a lens brush and blower will come in very handy. When blowing out the interior of the camera, however, avoid contact with the shutter curtains, as they are easily damaged. Also, wipe the outer body surfaces using a silicone-impregnated cleaning cloth to remove fingerprints, etc. quickly and easily. (Note that a silicone impregnated cleaning cloth should never be used to clean the lens. surfaces.)

When exposed to sudden temperature changes or high humidity, condensation may form on the lens surfaces. After using in these situations, always dry the camera thoroughly (and slowly) at room temperature and, then, store in a cool, dry location. Remember that failure to dry out the camera may result in the growth of fungus on lens surfaces - a condition that will render your camera useless.

Should your camera be accidentally dropped on the floor or in water, take it to your dealer immediately for servicing. Thorough servicing can be guaranteed only at an authorized dealer.

Always store the camera in an ever-ready case or compartment case when not in use. And be sure that the lens cap is attached to the lens. Do not leave film in the camera for a long period of time, and never store the camera with the shutter or self-timer cocked.

Never lubricate any part of the camera. Lubrication should be left to an authorized service center. Prior to a holiday trip or important shooting assignment, test your camera (including changing batteries, if necessary) for proper operation.

0bserve normal battery handling procedures for maximum performance at all times. Be sure to: Clean batteries periodically (wiping with a rough cloth will remove residues that might otherwise impede performance); install batteries properly, checking for proper polarity; remove batteries when not using the equipment for an extended period; change weak batteries promptly to prevent leakage within the camera; store unused batteries properly (in a cool, dry location) to maximize service life; dispose of batteries properly (do not burn); and keep out of the reach of children. For details regarding battery performance, refer to the original manufacturer.

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