I have an F2A and a couple of FM2n's. Between the two I prefer the FM2n for every day use and abuse. It is a newer camera and as mentioned before it is more readily available and less expensive than an F2. It can be easily replaced if lost or broken.
On the other hand, my all time favorite Nikon film SLR is the F3HP. It is simply an amazing tool. It is very rugged, reliable, accurate meter, and when fitted with an MD-4 it is a fast performer that fits well in large hands. It was the longest lived pro F series camera in production because it was an outstanding camera. Sorry for the biased comments on the F3HP!
Of the three options, the F2 is far superior to either the FM2 or FE2. There's really no comparison.
Mmmm... I've owned all three, and I think there's a pretty good comparison to be made. Depends on what your intended use of the camera will be. The FM2 and FE2 are both smaller and lighter, but none the less professional level cameras. And they offer an advanced flash interface. My FE2 is still one of my favorite cameras.
I would get an F2 with a DE-1 (non-metered) finder, send it to Sover Wong o be overhauled and it will be good for another 50 years.
That's the most expensive option for an F2, over $400 on KEH for a BGN rated one due to the collectibility of the plain F2 prism.
I'd go for an F2A or, approaching but not equalling the price of the F2/DE-1, the F2AS. Manual indexing is a bitch.
Hi, My Nikon FE has just died today, I want to use my original lensbaby on a similar camera and I see from the lensbaby site that I can use either an F2, FE2 or FM2 / I use the camera to mainly take candids of my kids, I'm not worried about advanced metering or complicated widgets just a solid camera I can sling in my rucksack! any advise gratefully recieved. Cheers Andy
Why not the original FM? I have two of it and they work fine. They don't seem to wear as much as other older cameras in the same age range do...
I own a F2 the DP1 meter head and its a great solid camera, however I recently got a Nikon F3hp as a Christmas Present. Guess what I am going to recomend: the F3HP, echoing the other posters, it is perfection and built like a brick s++t house.
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