Classic SLRs Series :
In 1976, Nikon introduced a F2 model that would convincingly made any photographer that Nikon F2 was the ultimate choice for those who demands a camera that would provide them a level of dependability even being assigned to hell .. .. The F2/T utilizes genuine Titanium material - for its exterior cover (Top cover/bottom cover) and pentaprism section; the rear film back and section around lens mount panel was also generously provide with such similar tough metal.
Titanium is one of the world's strongest, yet lightest materials; it has has a very unique metal characteristic where its specific gravity is approximately half that of brass, yet its hardness is almost the same as that of steel, while its corrosion resistance is greater than that of stainless steel. However, titanium is a very difficult material to process and thus you won't find a lot of camera models made in Titanium. The use of Titanium adds another layer of strength to the already robust structure of standard production Nikon 2 body. Well, most would believe any camera that made of titanium should be very durable. It should be tough and more than good sufficient to protect all the internal precise mechanisms against external shock and hard knocks. Such belief also has made the F2/T one of the most sourced after Nikon SLR models in the used market and highly prized by collectors worldwide.
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Photo Showcase on Nikon F2/T with "Titan" inscription
Nikon F2/T without "Titan " word inscription
All Nikon F2/T came with a serial number that starts from "F2T 92xxxxxx" and it does not mean it was produced in 1992. Actually, there were all together three known versions of Nikon F2 models which made of Titanium. The standard version of F2/T was in Nikon product listing since its debut in 1976 and remained until 1980. The next version was a little exotic with its background.
The similar model carries with the word "Titan" inscribed in front of the camera was believed to be tailored for the U.S. Space program. This "juicy explanation " has caused "F2/T Titan" became one of the most pricey Nikon body ever. Actually I don't think I should complaint too much either, because ... Errrr... I own one of these specially produced bodies of F2/T.
Sometimes, additional premium over preserving the originality of the equipment packing.....apply even for a standard production unit at an auction sale.
SIX fabulous images of Nikon F2/Titan contributed by Luigi Crescenzi (NEW)
The third and fourth Nikon F2 model which was made of Titanium was hard to reach but also hard to use "Nikon F2 High Speed Motor Drive camera". It was virtually a Nikon F2/T except it has has a few modifications (Or omission) of features from the standard F2/T. However, the most significant difference in at its main reflex mirror section.
The Nikon F2 High Speed Motor Drive Camera employs a fixed (non flipping) reflex Pellicle mirror similar to that of the early original Nikon F High Speed Motor Drive camera or the later Nikon F3 High Speed Motor Drive camera. Other interesting things are:- It has only 1/1000 sec maximum speed setting on its shutter speed dial, the self timer lever has been removed. It has to bundle with the companion MD-100 with MB-100 pack in order to achieve such blistering speed. What was the fourth model ? Err.. the 4th is actually the same with the High Speed Motor camera but it was called "Nikon F2H-MD" because it was introduced during the 1984 LA Olympics which was after the Nikon F2 was discontinued and replaced by the electronic Nikon F3 in 1980.
Well, another by-product of the Nikon F2/T was a meterless Nikon F2 Eye level finder DE-1 which was also carries with a Titanium external shell. Although no official designation was given, some smart cookies crowned it with DE-1/T which I thought that was quite appropriate. Well, the only drawback of the F2/T series was actually the meterless Prism DE-1/T. However, you can substitute the finder with your choice; if you want a AI-capable Nikon F2, couple it with a DP-11 or DP-12. If you have a mixed blends of AI and non-AI Nikkor lenses to work with, use it with any of your metered prism such as DP-1 Photomic, DP-2 or DP-3.
I bought my first F3 back in 1983. It was a Nikon F3/T; I finally made up my mind with an F3 because after the first initial few years - like many others, I thought comfort level with an "electronic Nikon" was well established from words of mouth that this electronic professional F-series camera wasin also a mean beast. The F2/T Titan shown here in this page was bought late 1993/4 - I am still using the F3/T and the F2/T remains on my display shelf at home. I always thought all those mechanical SLRs of the '70 were truly marvelous, testing and stretching human imagination to the extreme in mechanical and precision engineering. They are art piece now, other than just simple imaging tool. I am not a good photographer and thus I just ended up as a small collector of camera hardware.. now.. | NIKON F3/T | Nikon F3 Titan Limited EDITION |
Basically, it will react and behave like any other normal F2 except it has a different feel. The Titanium was actually beneath a layer of heavy industrial coating and it is the SOLE model in the entire Nikon F2 series that has that unique feel and appearance. Lastly, would you like to see a view of an "oddly looking" Nikon F2/T-AS ?
Other references that may also help: Nikon F2/T, Gold plated Nikon F2, Nikon F2H-MD, Nikon F2 DATA Camera Set, Nikon F2A 25th Anniversary model, Nikon F2 Pin camera, Nikon F3 H-MD4/H; Hiura Shinsaku's Rare Nikon Models, Nikon F3 Limited Edition, Nikon F3 SpecialEdition, Nikon FM2n Millennium (Year of the Dragon), Nikon F5 50th Anniversary Model
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Other references that may also help: Nikon F2/T, Gold plated Nikon F2, Nikon F2H-MD, Nikon F2 DATA Camera Set, Nikon F2 Slidemagic SS-F2 system, Nikon F2A 25th Anniversary model, Nikon F2 Pin camera, Nikon F3 H-MD4/H; Hiura Shinsaku's Rare Nikon Models, Nikon F3 Limited Edition, Nikon F3 SpecialEdition, Nikon F3 Oxberry Pro; Nikon FM2n Millennium (Year of the Dragon), Nikon F5 50th Anniversary Model
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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
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Credit: Chuck Hester, US for his patience, encouragement and help to setup the various content in this site; Robert Johnson for some of his original images on the F2H-MD appeared in this site; my ex-staff, KiaSu for his superb 3-D logo appeared in this Nikon F2 site; Marc Vorgers from Holland who generously provide me with some of his images of F2AS; MCLau®, who has so much time with me to re-edit the content in this site and not to mention buying a Nikon Coolpix 990 just for this site. Keat Photo, Kuala Lumpur for providing their Nikon F2A to take some images for this site; again, Mr Edward Ngoh the great camera collector who provides us his collection of F2AS with MD-2; hawkeye.photographic.com for their images on the Speed Magny film backs; Sean Cranor for his image on Nikon F2 25th Anniversary Model; Ted Wengelaar®, Holland for his continuous flow of input on some of the early Nikon bodies; CYLeow ® , photo editor of the Star newspaper, Malaysia for some of his images used in this site. Ms Rissa Chan, Sales manager from Shriro Malaysia who has helped to provide some of the very useful input. HiuraShinsaku®, Nikomat ML, Japan for some of his images on various F2 models; my staff, Wati, Maisa, Mai and my nephew, EEWyn®, who volunteered and helping me did so many of the film scanning works. Contributing photographers or resellers: Jen Siow, Foo KokKin, Arthur Teng, Mark Fallander, John Ishii, Ed Hassel, YoonKi Kim, Jean-Louis, M.Dugentas (Dell Corner.com.), Mr "Arsenall" and a few images mailed in from surfers with no appropriate reference to their origin. Dedicated to KU Yeo, just to express our mutual regrets over the outcome of a recent corporate event. Made with a PowerMac, broadcast with a Redhat Linux powered server.