Ran about 1/2 roll of XP2 through one of my F2's today. I'll finish it off during the week. I love the weight and feel of this camera.
I know! You can hammer nails with it!
Originally Posted by ArtO
Use the F2
Oh yes. It's a beautiful machine. Sometimes with the DP-12 on it or meterless. Mechanical ingenuity....
Originally Posted by Paul Goutiere
My best film shots are with my F2S. Just back from servicing . Check out my portfolio (all F2S:
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Originally Posted by Viggi
Heavy doesn't mean its well built, it just means its heavy...
Efficient engineering means you have a well made product using the minimal amount of material needed to do such a job
I love my F2AS, and its a wonderful camera, but when you walk around holding your camera (not a fan of straps), you notice it real quickly
I'm pretty sure my F3/MD4 combo is lighter without batteries
^ If your F2AS has a MD-1/MB-1 or MD-2/MB-1 with alkalines, yes, that'd be true. Body itself, lighter than the F3/MD-4 combo, but slightly heavier than the F3 alone, which weighs the same as a Nikkormat FTn (also is the same size as said 'mat).
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I'm the same way, I don't like camera straps. The MD-1/2 provides more grip than the camera alone, but its square shape doesn't lend itself to a comfortable grip. It's also heavy. In order to save weight, I've tried using my MD-1 without the battery pack, but I didn't like it. I found I'd grown used to resting my pinky on the battery pack and without it, my finger rested on the hard edge (also, the motordrive obviously doesn't work without batteries, and I use the MR-2 secondary release a lot). I want to try an MD-3; its round shape reminds me of the MD-12, which is extremely comfortable and provides superior grip. The MD-3 doesn't have a rewind feature though, which is something I would miss.
Originally Posted by GarageBoy
The MD-4 is a nice shape, but it gets really slippery since the grip is just painted metal without much texture.
Anecdotal evidence, I know, but still--nothing but (reliability) grief with MD-3; gave up on them altogether entirely after missing shot after shot. I work my drives relatively hard, pretending the digi revolution never happened--MD-2 is worth its weight in gold... Hey, just think you're holding a gold bar, it might work!
Originally Posted by LJSLATER
PS. Have you tried lithium AAs in the MD-2? Noticeably lighter and faster.
Did the gears in your MD-3 break?
Originally Posted by Vilk
I LOVE lithium batteries. I started using them for their lighter weight, but they also seem less likely to leak.