• Nikon F2AS vs. F3 preference?

    From Noons@21:1/5 to Michael on Mon Sep 14 23:45:46 2015
    On Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 3:18:58 AM UTC+10, Michael wrote:
    On 2015-08-06 14:28:07 +0000, mohawk51@yahoo.com said:


    Original post is 16 years old. OP probably lost interest by now.
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    Michael



    OMG! Do they do this on purpose?
    How is it possible to be so much in lah-lah-land?

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  • From James Dillard@21:1/5 to All on Sat Jul 16 08:34:06 2016
    I personally would go with the F2SB.
    The meter is much better, and it is superb.
    I also have the F3, and it is also very good, but the meter seems to favor the lower half of the frame to meter. Its fine if you are aware of it, but between the 2, the F2SB is my favorite.

    -Jim

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  • From Scott Schuckert@21:1/5 to James Dillard on Thu Jul 21 08:01:45 2016
    In article <2eaa6a02-27e6-4452-bae5-352fd5bff174@googlegroups.com>,
    James Dillard <kd4hlt@gmail.com> wrote:

    I personally would go with the F2SB.
    The meter is much better, and it is superb.
    I also have the F3, and it is also very good, but the meter seems to favor the lower half of the frame to meter. Its fine if you are aware of it, but between the 2, the F2SB is my favorite.

    -Jim


    Agreed. I sold both when new, and have used both extensively. The F2
    (any meter head) is superb, and the 'SB especially.

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  • From Michael@21:1/5 to mohawk51@yahoo.com on Sat Aug 8 13:18:56 2015
    On 2015-08-06 14:28:07 +0000, mohawk51@yahoo.com said:

    On Monday, December 14, 1998 at 2:00:00 AM UTC-6, Tamara Fullerton wrote:
    I just had my Trusty F2A stolen and was thinking of replacing it with
    either a F2AS or an F3. From what I have seen on the net there seem to
    be problems with the F2A meters which is why a direct replacement seems
    like asking for trouble. The meter on the F2AS seems easier to read
    than the F3's. I don't use a flash so flash related features are
    irrelevant. The F3 feels awkward but after 22 years of using the F2A I
    would not expect otherwise. Any thoughts in their respective vices and
    virtues?

    Thanks
    Bill

    They both have their merits for sure. However, the F2AS is hard to
    beat. As mentioned in this blog, they are solid. You could probably
    knock someone out with this weapon if you had to. I go back and forth
    with using two finders. The
    DE-1 and the DP-12. That said I wish the F2 had the 80/20 meter
    sensitivity. That would be a huge plus...

    Original post is 16 years old. OP probably lost interest by now.
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    Michael

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  • From mmonochrom1967@gmail.com@21:1/5 to DReberNEWS on Thu Jun 15 12:42:50 2017
    On Monday, December 14, 1998 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-8, DReberNEWS wrote:
    Bill-
    The F3 will "grow" on you. Give it time. The manual advance lever is smoother.
    The metering is 80/20. The body ergonomics are rounder... just think of it as a
    F2 that has become better "fit" and still has the same "genes". If you add the
    MD-4 motor you will also appreciate the same changes. With the age difference the parts availability (F2-meter) will also help.
    Enjoy- the tradition continues...
    Don Reber

    I've had both, and prefer the F2A over all other Nikons (I like the needle).

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  • From Scott Schuckert@21:1/5 to mmonochrom1967@gmail.com on Fri Jun 16 07:22:19 2017
    In article <829a1c00-dbf4-4192-b700-2bdeca8c5305@googlegroups.com>, <mmonochrom1967@gmail.com> wrote:

    On Monday, December 14, 1998 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-8, DReberNEWS wrote:
    Bill-
    The F3 will "grow" on you. Give it time. The manual advance lever is smoother.
    The metering is 80/20. The body ergonomics are rounder... just think of it as a
    F2 that has become better "fit" and still has the same "genes". If you add the
    MD-4 motor you will also appreciate the same changes. With the age difference
    the parts availability (F2-meter) will also help.
    Enjoy- the tradition continues...
    Don Reber

    I've had both, and prefer the F2A over all other Nikons (I like the needle).

    I've shot with every model (owned a camera store at the time) and I'd
    go with the F2AS over the F2A. While I like the needle, too, the faster response of the silicon cells over CDS wins it.

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