Can someone tell me which Nikon cams which accepts battery for the meter but is optional, the camera can function without battery (without the meter) and its able to use AF Nikkors with a aperture ring?
I have come to the fact that digital stuff, is not as well built and pricey and its endless fashion game of being outdated.
For $200, I'd look at a real nice FM2n. The Nikkormats are nice, but, like the F, are a bit clunky, and parts are harder to find. But, not impossible to find. Sometimes, you can find parts on oBoy, or at Pacific Rim Camera in Oregon, but the FM2n gets my vote if you want something small. That said, I really do like the F2's with their 100% viewfinders. -J
P.S. Make sure you get a black FM2n... Looks MUCH better than the chrome version. Same with an F2, if you decide to go with an F2 eyelevel...
I'm currently waiting for two DE-1s: one chrome, one black. The plain F2 is SLR perfection: no meter; total freedom; photographic intelligence at its zenith in tandem with the second-most solid camera ever built...
Magus! Put a plain ground glass focusing screen in it. I used to use type D but any without marking and focusing aid is perfect. What you see in the viewfinder is the image you're going to capture and nothing else with 100% accuracy. I don't have the F2 any more but if I remember correctly with the DE-1 you have no ADF nor shutter speed readout in the viewfinder. With no meter it is compatible with almost all Nikkor F mount lenses from pre AI to the newest AF lenses (except for the G lenses). No stop down metering neccessary either. I really think it's the ultimate 35mm SLR. You have everything you need to take the best photographs but nothing else.
On the footnote, it fits the description of "battery optional" as you can put your 2 MS-76's in the battery chamber and they simply do nothing.
>Welcome to the MF world. > >The bodies that will work: > >Nikon F eyelevel >Nikon F2 eyelevel, F2A, F2AS >Nikon FM, FM2, FM2n, & FM3A >Nikkormat FS, FT3. >Nikkorex F > Ah, someone else who remembers the Nikkorex series.
>If you add the rabbit ears to the aperture ring, you can >also use any metered Nikon F, the Nikon F2 Photomic, F2S, >and F2SB, and the Nikkormat FT, FTn, and FT2. >... These all pass the original post's specs with any F-mount lens since meter function was not part of the question.
Actually, ALL pre-AI metered F mount Nikons will work AND METER with the E-series, "gelded" AI & AIs, and AF lenses without the addition of the old shoe (rabbit ears). With the TTL meters bodies, you simply need to set the camera appropriately, method varies with body/finder, and hold the depth-of-field preview button to do "stop down metering". The rabbit ears are only needed for full aperture metering.
Also, most of the early electronic Nikons will limp along without the battery with only two shutter speeds: Nikkormat EL, EL2 - Bulb and 1/90th F3 - Time and 1/80th FE - Bulb and 1/125th FE2 - Blub and 1/250th