The iconic vintage Nikon F series

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Cursitor Doom, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. HI all,

    There are a number of variants within the Nikon F series and I was
    wondering what the differences are between the various models in the F
    and F2 series in particular. It just seems to me - I could be wrong -
    that the pinnacle of Nikon professional quality occurred a handful of
    years either side of 1970 and began to slip away on the arrival of the
    F3 and subsequent models. Any views on this subject?


    Cursitor Doom, Apr 5, 2014
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  2. Cursitor Doom

    Noons Guest

    Try this one for starters:
    Noons, Apr 6, 2014
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  3. Cursitor Doom

    Mike Trainor Guest

    I went from F to F2 to F2S to F3. All still work just fine, but
    processing film is next to impossible (no private dark room).

    In the main, I will agree that the slippage started at F3. To
    me, the F2S had the best overall performance: very good
    centre weighted metering (hardly missed a shot in 30
    years compared to the heartaches with the D 300) and I
    loved to "full manual" approach where you can set the
    aperture in a snap for the effect you want. The
    uncluttered viewfinder with just the LED lights was very
    easy to use.

    Lost interest beyond the F3 as it was just adding features.

    Also, one must mention ruggedness. I dropped the F2S
    on to a concrete platform from about 15 ft. Hit on the
    edge of the lens, putting a nice bend on the UV filter
    rim. Was hell to unscrew. But, nothing ever changed
    as far the the body and lens were concerned. OTOH,
    I dropped a D 70 about 3 feet and the lens went

    Mike Trainor, Apr 6, 2014
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