Nice of you to ask. It happens so that I took out my Nikon F2 Pothomic S after 5 years and it is still alive.
It felt like finding an old good friend again. I loaded it with film, hooked it up with an very old 35 mm lens
and will take it out for a spin this weekend. I love shooting film with manual cameras.
Unfortunately, my Nikon F5 and F4s seemed to have died after all these years of not using the cams.
I put in fresh batteries but it didn't do anything.
However, a F501 does work with the batteries. I'll see if I can find someone who can check these two
cameras for me (in Holland) ....
Agree with you that the f2 is a very good camera. It is perhaps the most versatile one of the 35 mm models. Did you ever use an Alpa 10d? It is a legend of mechanical precision, no comparison with the f2. Try it out.
This morning I got the first film back taken with the 1976 F2 with DP1 that I got off ebay last month. Am very pleased with the results so put me down as another F2 user :)
But the F series cameras have one huge advantage over the Alpas - I can afford them.:) What I have spent on my F, a half dozen lenses, an Ftn Nikkormat, and accessories wouldn't buy me a clean user 10d body.
F2A and FM both get used every week.
Last year I bought a black F2 Photomic. This past spring I got a chrome F2AS with a defective meter and sent it to Sover Wong for complete overhaul. I've ran about 4 rolls thru the Photomic and so far just one test roll in the AS after it got back from Sover. The AS is awesome-metering down to 10 sec and I prefer LEDs to match needle as it's easier to see in low light. I have so many film cameras that I'll probably never use any one regularly. However, I do plan on using the AS more than my other 35mm bodies in the near future.
Mine's a bit of a beater - a £60 body that was re-covered in griptac by a previous owner, and sports a battered DE finder - but it regularly rides along with me, especially whenever I think I'll need a camera that can handle a few knocks.
I've just treated it to a 5.8cm f/1.4 Nikkor-S, and a 10.5cm f/2.5 Nikkor-P.
I just got a black F2AS w/ 50mm f1.4 in excellent + condition from the NM Unclaimed Property auction that was just held. For some reason there was not a lot of bidding on this group (also had a ex+ Minolta 110 Zoom). Paid $100 for everything. Now just need to go and shoot.
F, F2, F3, use 'em all the time.