Nikon F2-S 35mm SLR Film Camera Body Only
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- ua_3_msDec 4, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
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- michaelhelmsAug 7, 2006by
Heavy as a tank, but ...
Any variant of the Nikon F2 is as heavy as a tank. To many photographers, that will seem incredibly inconvenient, but let's keep in mind that the F2 was made in an age when quality and durability meant physical mass. And quality and durability are not something that the Nikon F2 lacks.
The F2 was second in the series of Nikon's professional camera bodies, and it doesn't take long to understand why. The F2 is an extremely high quality body in every regard. Since it's the last of the original Nippon-Kogaku hand-made bodies, it represents something of a collectable. Please don't keep this camera on the shelf, though - this is a rugged workhorse, meant to shoot roll after roll of film.
It's got everything a photographer could want: manual shutter speeds from 1 second to 1/2000 second (with bulb and time), mirror lockup, removable prism (with removable focusing screens), a fully-featured dedicated motor drive, and enough accessories to sink a battleship.
I used my F2 when I was living in the cold Alberta climate, and the -40 degree weather didn't faze the F2. It would keep on slugging in temperatures that would send most modern SLR's to an early grave.
With the price of film cameras in free-fall, the F2 is an excellent bargain for students, amateurs, and professionals looking for a backup body. It won't have all the cool gizmos that the new electronic cameras will, but you'll at least learn photography the honest old-fashoned way. And there's nothing wrong with that.Read full review
- junkprospectorJun 20, 2007by
My Favorite Camera Ever!
I've had many cameras - Started with a Pentax K1000 as my first manual camera back in 1992. Since then i've gone through come Canon's, folders, rangefinders, various SLR's, a Nikon D1, F3 HP, Yashica TLR's, Mamiya RB67 and many others - but the F2 is still my favorite. Mine is a 1972 black body that was purchased on ebay a few years ago. I decided on the F2 because i knew that i wanted a manual camera - one where you had to know the operations and real photographic technical skills were necessary to attain a good picture and exposure. I wanted MLU, interchangeable prisms, a multitude of fast lenses still available at a fair price. Flash hot shoe wasn't a real necessity to me as i almost always use ambient light when shooting my F2. It's the camera that legends are made of, when 150,000 shutter-firings were done to ensure that the beast would hold up to the rigors of heavy professional use, and it does. I use my F2 as a wedding photographer, in addition to my Mamiya RB67. I shoot candids with the F2, capturing the images with a photo-journalistic style. I love the feeling of the F2, the weight (although it's very light compared to the Mamiya), the function layout - everything about the camera is in perfect location and feels great. Film loading is fairly easy - but when the film is in place, you know that it's light tight. The door closes with a vault-like feeling. I don't have an electric motor winder or any real accessories for my F2. The photomic meter is still accurate 30+ years later. Swapping lenses is easy once you get the hang of throwing the lens at max apperature prior to removal. This allows the lens to be dismounted without having to remove the pentaprism (which is what i did initially and was a pain!). The camera is great and if you want a serious mechanical camera with all the features you could ever want in an old school camera - this is the one you need!Read full review
- nikoman2010Oct 1, 2010by
Pleasure still in 2010 to own and use vintage Nikon F2S
At the time of introduction the F2S was truly the best mechanical camera by far. The view finders had become refined and DP2 as fitted on this example was very precise on measuring the light for exposure indeed. The great thing is that it still works now in 2010 after decades of use in operation. That is the reason why I started to collect the vintage and older Nikon cameras and lenses. Using film is almost a new challenge after all the years with digital equipment. My first digital camera was the Agfa ePhoto 1680 back in 1992 I think. Incredible to notice the improvements onto D300S and further. Yet still the sensation of holding, composing and taking shoots with F2S and various pre-AI lenses is mayby like parking your BMW and entering the horse carriage for a ride...