Nikon F2 Photomic

A brief outline of the Nikon F2 Photomic manual focus SLR film camera

This page is dedicated to the superb Nikon F2 Photomic camera produced by Nikon, this was a F2 body fitted with the DP-1 viewfinder fitted. The DP-1 was similar in specifications to the FTn viewfinder made for the Nikon F, it was smaller partially due to the batteries now being in the cameras base rather than the viewfinder but still used a CDS cell as a light level sensor and Nikon's 60/40 centre weighed metering system, the exposure was still displayed by a moving coil meter and the aperture set on the lens was still transmitted to the metering system by Nikon's famous "bunny ears".

Nikon F viewfinders had been all powered by two 1.3 volt mercury batteries, the F2 uses two smaller S76 1.5 volt silver oxide batteries, these are easily and cheaply obtained or can be replaced by one 3 volt lithium battery, the older mercury batteries are no longer made, this is due to the negative environmental issues now associated with any batteries containing mercury, Zinc-air Wein cells are the only alternative but lack relative capacity as well as in-camera shelf life once activated.


The Nikon F2 Photomic is probably the most common F2 metered variant found second hand, it's performance is not as good as the later metering heads and this is reflected in second hand prices. The best of the metered viewfinder heads is generally said to be the  DP-12 and as these were the last to be introduced (Nikon F2AS Photomic) they included all the advances of a decade, they value of these is probably twice that of the Nikon F2 Photomic cameras on today's second hand camera market.


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Basic specifications of the Nikon F2 Photomic MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1971 to 1973
Lens meter coupling type Nikon prong ("bunny ears")
Maximum aperture coupling range f/1.2 to f/5.6
ASA film speed range ISO 6 to 6400
EV range at ASA 100 EV 1 to 17
Meter sensor type if applicable TTL 60/40 centre weighed CdS
Shutter type and curtain material Horizontal Titanium foil focal-plane mechanical
Shutter speed range 10 to 1/2000 second (using self timer) + Bulb
Auto exposure modes available None
Flash exposure type and maximum sync speed Electronic flash 1/80 second
Interchangeable focusing screens 19 + others by third parties
Interchangeable viewfinder heads Yes - (DP-1 as standard)
Interchangeable backs MF-10 (36exp) MF-1 & MF-11 (250exp)
Film advance method Single stroke lever
Motor drive or Auto winder availability MD-1 (5 fps) - MD-2 (5 fps) - MD-3 (2.5 fps)
Film rewind method Manual folding crank
Self Timer Yes - 2 to 10 seconds
Battery type and number required Two S76 1.5v silver oxide batteries
Body weight without lens attached 840g DP-1 Photomic viewfinder fitted

Nikon F2 Photomic back view


Nikon F2 Photomic top view

Nikon F2 Photomic


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F2 Photomic


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