Well it was a good Christmas Eve other than finding out that my F2 has bit the big one. Whilst getting ready to go see family tonight and getting the camera ready I found a tear in the shutter. It has always had a small wrinkle in it, but no light leaks. But it must have just given out. I guess that would explain some dark streaks on my last batch of negatives. I didn't put two and two together. At first I was in denial, but after a check with the flash light in total darkness, I had to come to reality. So now I have another piece of camera equipment headed off to the auction block. I would love to have it repaired but the camera is a user, and from what I have read a shutter replacement is a really expensive proposition. So I guess I sell it for parts. Hate to do it but no point in keeping a non functional camera around. I still have the F3 and the Nikkormat FTN so all is good. At least I can say that I once owned the mighty F2, and got some tremendous pictures from her. Not to mention got a lot of fun out of it and odd looks from other photogs for carrying around such a dinosaur. Just wishing that I hadn't spent so much time and money on NAS for F2 goodies. Just more stuff headed to the auction pile. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you MF'ers
"There is something about the mystery of what is on a roll of film that keeps me shooting, none of that digital instant gratification for me."
Keep it as a donor, then find yourself an F2A that's in decent shape, when you're ready to replace it. You'll still have parts for the F2A, if it develops issues (other than the shutter, of course), and, when you're using non-AI lenses, just swap the DP-1 onto it.
F5, F4 (FrankeNikonstein), F3HP, F2A, F FTn, FM2n - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
Marsbars, I've got an old scrapped F2 that might have a useable shutter. It was part of a lot of three stripped bodies that I bought for a black F shell, so I didn't pay any attention to the F2 body. If you're interested, let me know, and I'll dig it out and if it indeed has shutter curtains, I'll mail it to you, so you can use it to have yours replaced.
Marsbars, I dug out the old F2, and while the shutter doesn't work (when I try to cock it, the curtain moves part way across and then "slips" back) the titanium curtain itself appears to be intact, so it might be usable for your repair. After all your shutter still works; it just has a hole in the curtain. Get me an address where to mail it and I'll send it off to you. The only proviso being that you in turn have to do a good deed for someone else. Deal?
I've been eaves dropping on this conversation and decided to dig out my original F2 that dropped from the top of a tripod when I didn't get the quick release attached properly. The result was that the bezel underneath the lens mount cracked. On mine, it's the darker piece under the lens mount and the thin aluminum decorative bezel. Does anyone have one they'd give up on the chance that I can get this nice old F2 back in service? I'm not sure if that's all that's wrong, but it looks like that might get it going again.
w0gm, Yup. My parts F2 has the black base under the lensmount that you were talking about. I also have a decorative piece that sits over top and surrounds the lensmount. However the one I have came in a bag of miscellaneous parts and bits that I got from somewhere, and the chrome was scraped or sanded off down to the brass(?). If you can use it as is, or perhaps spray it silver or black, I'll let you have it and the base underneath from the parts body. You'll also have to email or PM me an address where to send it. Same deal as I've proposed to Marsbars and the others I sent stuff to; you must in turn do a good turn for someone else. Whatcha think? And while I'm chopping this body up, is there anyone else who needs a chunk?
>Yup. My parts F2 has the black base under the lensmount that >you were talking about. I also have a decorative piece that >sits over top and surrounds the lensmount. However the one I >have came in a bag of miscellaneous parts and bits that I >got from somewhere, and the chrome was scraped or sanded off >down to the brass(?). If you can use it as is, or perhaps >spray it silver or black, I'll let you have it and the base >underneath from the parts body. You'll also have to email or >PM me an address where to send it. >Same deal as I've proposed to Marsbars and the others I sent >stuff to; you must in turn do a good turn for someone else. >Whatcha think?
Deal. Email on the way. The decorative cover on mine is bent, but I may be able to carefully get it back in the right shape. If no one else needs yours, just send it along in case I can't get this one back into a usable shape.
Just to keep Marsbars (Aaron) and w0gm (Bill) up to speed: I was unable to remove the piece under the lensmount because I don't know the sequence of steps to get it clear of the other pieces which sit on top of it and thus prevent it from coming off. However, my repair person, Mr. Fung is away until about the end of the first week of January, at which time I'll get him to take the piece off. Then, I can send it and the front bezel to Bill and the rest of the body with the shutter curtain inside it to Aaron. Sorry for the delay guys, but sometimes even the best laid plans of mice and men..... I suppose I really should get myself the repair guides for the F and F2 if for no other reason than to strip a body of parts.
I have just bought a plain F2+DE-1 to Aperture Photographic, in London, UK. I sent it directly to Sover Wong, also in UK. He is a truly expert in F2. He has specialized in this camera and doesn't do any other. He has a very comprehensive spare stock and does some modifications (see here: http://www.geocities.com/sover_wong/Nikon_F2_Repair_Service.html )
Marsbars/w0gm, I dropped the camera off this afternoon to Mr.Fung, who will partially dis-assemble it, so I can mail off the seperate parts to you guys. I'll letcha know when I get it back, and am mailing the bits out.