Nikon F2A Photomic

A brief outline of the Nikon F2A Photomic manual focus SLR film camera

This page is dedicated to the superb Nikon F2A Photomic camera produced by Nikon, this was a F2 body fitted with the DP-11 viewfinder fitted.

The DP-11 is a CdS sensored viewfinder with a moving-coil meter as an indicator as the DP-1 was on the Nikon F2 Photomic camera, the important difference is that the lens aperture coupling was made via the new AI system rather than the old prong or "Bunny Ears" method.

It should be remembered that the Nikon F2A Photomic will not work fully with pre-AI lenses as the meter remains uncoupled but the F2 Photomic camera will work correctly with either lens type as the meter prong was still fitted to the new AI lenses for backward compatibility.

Older pre AI lenses could be converted by Nikon to AI specification to overcome this problem, however this service is no longer available.


The  DP-11 viewfinder fitted to the Nikon F2A Photomic lacks the necessary electrical contacts to connect to the DS-1 so automated shutter priority is not possible with this camera although this is of little significance as the DS-1 was a bulky and power thirsty device by later standards.

The DP-11 equipped Nikon F2A Photomic is the second most numerous variant of the Nikon F2 series and this fact is reflected in relatively low second hand prices.


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Basic specifications of the Nikon F2A Photomic MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1977 to 1980
Lens meter coupling type AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)
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-11 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 880g DP-11 Photomic viewfinder fitted





F2A Photomic


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