The F2 it's an awesome piece of equipment, I like mine with a regular prism finder from the F.
Did I mention the F's and F2's are fully compatible in screens and finders?
Mike, I might add that if you don’t like the meter on the FM2 – you will probably not like the meter read out on the F2 A2 or the SB.
“I just love my F3hp and was wondering which full manual Nikon to look into next.”
It depends on why you want another body.
If you just need another body to use, I would simply get another F3.
If you want to add it to a collection of “full manual” Nikons, here is what I would choose in order of priority:
1. Nikon SP rangefinder
2. Nikon F2 titanium
3. Nikon F2
4. Any other Nikon rangefinder
5. Nikon FM3a
6. Any other Nikon FM except FM-10
7. Nikon F
8. Nikon FM-10
What do you want your next body to do that the F3 doesn't? That's the question that needs to be answered.
If you like the F3 and want another like it, get another F3.
The FA and F4 will matrix meter your manual Nikkors. That's an advantage.
The TTL on the F4 is far more advanced than the F3's first-generation flash technology.
The FM family are less expensive / just-as-durable backup bodies for the F3, if that's all you're wanting.
Some prefer the FE2 to the FM family. That's always an option. Stay away from the original FE - their SS viewfinder indicators are connected to the shutter speed dial with a single thread that is prone to break - mine has multiple times).
The F2 (or even an F) will give you similar pro options to the F3 without the need for batteries - and have a completely mechanical shutter.
The list goes on and on.
M3, M5, CLE, Minolta XE7, Minolta Maxxum 9, Minolta Maxxum 9000, Nikon F3HP, etc., etc.
FM/FM2 for full manual or older F2, F or FE/FE2 when you want to concentrate on focusing and composition then using the aperture priority. I've used all of these with great satisfaction.
I'm a F3 buff anyway so I advise this wonderful camera everytime I can...
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The only "full manual" Nikons that I can think of are the F2 series and FM series. (My 2 F3HP cameras are not "full manual".).
Originally Posted by Mike Kennedy
If you can get by with a Nikon that requires batteries, you might want to take a look at the FA.
Aberdeen, WA USA
My film cameras are all Nikons
: F3HP, F4s, N90s, N8008, N8008s.
i agree with the FA.. it has matrix metering.. goes up to 1/4000th of second shutterspeed.. i myself is look for one.. next to my FM2n.. but if you want all mechanical tank.. i would go with the F2.. one of my dream cameras..
I really like my FA, I shoot it more than any other Nikon film camera (and I have a few...:rolleyes. But, if I wasn't shooting it, my choice for manuals is almost always my F2A. Like that camera a lot.
I've had a F2a for almost 31 years. I could take it out tonight and run a roll through it and still get acceptable images. It is very tired, and in need of a complete overhaul.
In 1983 I flew to Panama for military training. During the flight some how the meter switch was left on and on arrival I found the batteries had died. Fellow soldiers laughed that I was "not going to get picture" because of "without batteries how" type of thinking.
I shot film for two weeks before getting to town to buy some batteries... every image that I shot came out. I think I shot some HP4 - Pan F or something that was a 72 exposure roll....
SO.. for complete manual control I stick with the F2 series and just remember the "Sunny 16 rule"....
Nikon F2a (semi-retired), Nikon 28mm, Sigma 500mm f8, Vivitar Series I 70-210 zoom
2 Nikon N90s one 70 - 300 AF Macro, one 100 - 300 AF)
Nikon N90 w/ 100 - 300 AF lens, 24-50 AF, 35-70 AF
Mamiya C220 80mm f2.8, 180mm f4.5, 135mm f4.5, 65mm f6.5
Three Sony Mavica Digital cameras, and a Fuji FinePix S2800HD I got after the partner died.. HP Photosmart E327
and some Bushnell Binoculars with digit camera built in.
Omega Super Chromega C-700 6X7 enlarger with 50mm and 80mm lens
So, the question becomes, if you want similar/identical performance, get another F3.
If you want a lighter-weight camera, then look at the FM series. If you want something larger and all-manual, then perhaps the Nikkormat FT3.