locked out of my Nikon F2

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Father Kodak, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. Father Kodak

    Father Kodak Guest

    I just managed to lock my self out of one of my F2 bodies.

    On Ebay I bought a metal film cassette, specifically made for the F2.
    Years and years ago, I used such cassettes when I did a lot of black
    and white bulk-loading.

    So, I put this cassette into my F2, closed the back, etc. THEN I
    tried to OPEN the back to remove the cassette. NO GO. The Open knob
    goes about 2/3 of the way from closed to open, but no further.

    So, is it wise to simply remove all the screws from the bottom plate
    of my F2? Any web sites or other resources?

    Father Kodak
    Father Kodak, Jul 6, 2005
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  2. Father Kodak

    Rox-off Guest

    That sounds very strange. I don't think opening the base plate is going
    to help. Are you able to move the film rewind lever? Maybe try pulling it
    up to remove the engaging fork and turning the open knob at the same time?
    Rox-off, Jul 6, 2005
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  3. Father Kodak

    Father Kodak Guest

    Sorry for not replying sooner. I can pull up the rewind lever and
    ring, no problem. I can twist the bottom plate unlock ring about 2/3
    the way from closed to open. But then the ring stops. And i'm afraid
    to force it open.

    So, it is time for the repair shop?
    Father Kodak, Jul 14, 2005
  4. Are you shure the open-close key is properly attached to the body?
    (it can be removed by unscrewing it, in order to attach an MD-1 or
    MD-2 motor).
    Secondly: the o-c key not only opens/closes the back but also
    closes/opens the AM-1 cassette.

    Regards, Gijs Sandberg
    Gijs Sandberg, Jul 14, 2005
  5. I finally finshed the roll of film that was in my F2 (Yay film!), so I
    was able to look around inside:
    Taking off the bottom plate would be useful; you could then use a small
    screwdriver to reach the back release. Unfortunately, it appears that to
    completely take off the bottom plate, you need to take off the motor
    drive power coupler, which requires a special tool.
    You could try taking all the screws out of the bottom plate (as well as
    the battery compartment cap & the open-close key), you might then be
    able to move/rotate the bottom plate enough to access the release catch.

    Good luck!
    Chris Loffredo, Jul 15, 2005
  6. Father Kodak

    Father Kodak Guest

    Which I'm sure only authorized repair shops have ...
    Can I do this without getting off the bottom plate in full?

    Thanks. Probably at least $100 worth!

    Father Kodak, Jul 16, 2005
  7. No. Any camera repair shop/person should have one (even I do). If you
    are brave, you might get the job done with needle-nosed pliars, but that
    might not be necessary (see next answer):
    I think so. It certainly looks as if - even with the motor drive coupler
    in place - the bottom plate could be rotated. Try it!
    Chris Loffredo, Jul 17, 2005
  8. Father Kodak

    Father Kodak Guest

    OK. You gave me the courage to try it! And ...

    It worked!!!!! That is, I was able to lift up the bottom plate just
    enough to release the latch holding the back in place. I wasn't able
    to actually rotate the bottom plate, but that was unnecessary for my

    So now I can deal with the root cause of this problem. Which is a
    Nikon metal film cassette that somehow isn't working right. But at
    least I can get at the cassette (which I got for $1 on ebay.)

    Thanks so much. Or at least, thanks $100 worth!!

    Pere Kodak
    Father Kodak, Jul 17, 2005
  9. My pleasure; I hate to hear an F2 suffer!

    Chris Loffredo, Jul 17, 2005
  10. Father Kodak

    Father Kodak Guest


    Hey, the F2 is fine. It was the F2 --owner-- who was suffering from
    self-induced stupidity!! Fortunately, this was an easy one to fix,
    once I screwed up my courage to take screwdriver to Nikon.

    Father Kodak, Jul 19, 2005
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