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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

The Nikon F2a

The Nikon F2a was a great camera in its day, one of my favourites.

If you are looking for a reliable, versatile and classic 35mm SLR camera, you might want to consider the Nikon F2a. This camera was introduced in 1977 as an upgrade to the original F2, and it featured a new metering head that could automatically detect the maximum aperture of AI lenses. The F2a was one of the most popular professional cameras of its time, and it was widely used by photojournalists, wildlife photographers and even astronauts.


The F2a has a solid metal body that can withstand harsh conditions and rough handling. It has a horizontal-travel focal plane shutter with titanium curtains that can reach speeds up to 1/2000 second. It has a mirror lock-up and a depth-of-field preview lever for precise control. It has a non-ISO hot shoe and a PC socket for flash synchronization. It has a self-timer that can be set from 2 to 10 seconds. And it has a removable back that can be replaced with a 250-exposure magazine or a motor drive.


The F2a is compatible with a wide range of interchangeable lenses, focusing screens and viewfinders. You can choose from over 70 Nikkor lenses, from ultra-wide angle to super-telephoto, from macro to fisheye. You can also use some third-party lenses with an adapter. You can select from 19 different focusing screens, depending on your subject and preference. You can swap the standard eye-level prism with a waist-level finder, a sports finder, or a magnifying finder.


The F2a is a camera that offers you endless possibilities and creative freedom. It is a camera that will challenge you to master your skills and express your vision. It is a camera that will reward you with stunning images and lasting memories. It is a camera that I love and cherish, and I hope you will too.

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