Nikon F2SB Photomic

A brief outline of the Nikon F2SB Photomic manual focus SLR film camera

This page is dedicated to the superb Nikon F2SB Photomic camera produced by Nikon, this was a F2 body fitted with the DP-3 viewfinder fitted. The DP-3 viewfinder was introduced to replace the existing DP-2 viewfinder, it addressed the previous viewfinder's high power consumption which had proved an annoyance and also improved the accuracy and response of the exposure meter  by replacing the CdS sensor with a superior silicone diode sensor.

The Nikon F2SB Photomic's DP-3 viewfinder retained the 60/40 centre weighed metering system used by it's predecessor but aded a LED indicator to the top of the prism housing to indicate correct exposure when the photographer was unable to access the eyepiece for any reason.

The Nikon F2SB Photomic retained compatibility with the optional DS-1 and DS-2 shutter speed priority automatic exposure units as had been supported on the DP-2 viewfinder equipped Nikon F2S Photomic.


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Basic specifications of the Nikon F2SB Photomic MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1976 to 1977
Lens meter coupling type Nikon prong ("bunny ears") ("bunny ears")
Maximum aperture coupling range f/1.2 to f/5.6
ASA film speed range ISO 12 to 6400
EV range at ASA 100 EV -2 to 17
Meter sensor type if applicable TTL centre weighed SPD (Silicon Photo diode)
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 Shutter Priority with optional DS-2
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-3 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 with Photomic DP-13 viewfinder fitted

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F2SB Photomic


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