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    Quote Originally Posted by LJSLATER View Post
    If you can get a battery pack with the AA holders, lithium batteries work great. They make the camera top-heavy though.
    Please explain how adding batteries to the bottom of the camera make the camera "top-heavy."

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    Quote Originally Posted by narsuitus View Post
    Please explain how adding batteries to the bottom of the camera make the camera "top-heavy."
    'cuz they're light

    to the original question--three in rotation, at least one works every day

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    I hate this thread cause it gives me F2 itch!

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    Paul,

    At the moment, my two main cameras are a Nikon F Photomic FTn (late "apollo" version - seen in my avatar) and a Nikon F2AS. I also have a Nikomat FTn that I use from time to time, and a Nikon F4s that needs a couple pieces to be useable (MS-21 insert for MB-21 and the DP-20). Both the F and F2 currently have motor drives on them. The F wears an F-36 with cordless pack that's missing the little contact plug, and the F2AS has an early MD-2/MB-1 drive on it. To make the drive lighter, I have lithium AA's installed.

    Re: the nylon gear issue, it only affects later MD-2's, usually the ones with the black plastic anti-twist tabs. You'll probably be safe with a motor drive in the 400xxx-429xxx serial range. Mine is in the 423xxx serial range and works fine.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    I haven't used one since 1984 when someone stole my F2AS. I would probably still use it often today if I still have it.
    Dia,

    Why not replace it? They're very cheap these days, at least, when you compare their prices to what they were 3-4 years ago. KEH has BGN grade black F2AS bodies for $254.00, plus shipping. The MD-2/MB-1 drives have also come down in price. Not uncommon to be able to get one for about $100.

    If you've the funds necessary, head on over to the KEH site and pick one up. Who knows, it might even wind up being your old camera.

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    I use it a lot... along with a Hasselblad 500CM

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFstooges View Post
    I hate this thread cause it gives me F2 itch!
    Quote Originally Posted by Vilk View Post
    to the original question--three in rotation, at least one works every day
    dang! make that four...

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    I have 2 and use them every other month or so.
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    I use an F2AS/MD2-MB1 as my "insurance policy" whenever I am shooting on back-country excursions, when batteries have a curious tendency to fail. As well, I rotate in and out throughout the year an F2A and a pair of F2s (DE1s, all with drives) in order to keep all in working order. No techno-phobe, I also use an F6 and a trio of F5s...
    An assortment of F-series Nikons (F to F6, excluding the F4) with quite a few Nikkors, a pair of M6s with some Leitz glass, a pair of 500c/ms with a wide range of Zeiss optics and, just to help keep Duracell solvent, a D800.

    Favourite films: (1). KE ("Kodachrome Era"): 35mm: PKM25 and PKR64, HP5/Tri-X; 120: PKR64, PanF, FP4. (2). PKE ("Post-Kodachrome Era"): (a) 35mm: E100G, HP5 Plus/Tri-X and Delta 3200; (b) 120: E100G, PanF Plus, FP4 Plus, TMax 100.

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    Does anyone still use their Nikon F2 regularly?

    As evidenced by my .sig, I now have a pair of F2's. Black AS with MD-2/MB-1 and a chrome A.
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