Photography help...noob alert

TugarTugar Senior MemberPosts: 1,844 Senior Member
I inherited what looks like a Nikon F2 and there are a few lenses. About all I know is what ASA is higher the number, the better for low light. I am attaching a picture in the hopes of a quick primer. My wife and I are going on a day trip in a few days for a quick fall vacation. Mostly outdoor shots. I need the most help with A/F and shutter settings as well as what these lenses are good for. Hoping to take a nice shot or two to commemorate as we are also taking some of his ashes. With the weather cooperating, it should be really nice.

There appears to be some 200 film in the camera...but I plan on using it up now beforehand so I know what in there for the weekend. I have an idea what the 2x converter is for but not much clue on the polarized filter.

Any help is appreciated.

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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,957 Senior Member
    Nice camera! :up:
    The 52mm lens is good all around lens for scenic and closer 'people' pictures. You'll use it a lot.
    The 28-70 is another good all around lens, and the lower 28 setting is great for getting everybody in the picture if space to back up is an issue. And it can also be used to take closeups of things within the focus range of the lens. The AF on the lens should be the designation that the lens is an Auto Focus lens. I don't have any experience with them, but they are supposed to auto focus with a little motor inside the lens.
    The 28-200mm lens will be nice for getting close up to animals and things, without getting close up to them, like elk, bison, and deer. And anything that might get spooked at your approach. Also good to get closer to things that are inaccessible and you want a larger image that the shorter focal length lenses don't provide.
    The 2X extender fits between the camera body and lens, and doubles the power of the lens, but cuts down light transmission a bit.
    Polarizing filter is GREAT for reducing glare off objects. Just rotate it until the glare and flare disappears.

    Make sure the camera is set for the ASA rating of the film to prevent overexposure or underexposure of the film.
    Shutter settings: the camera shutter speed should have a lot of settings for that, and maybe an Auto setting. If you can find a downloadable manual for the specific camera, it should give you guidance on that F-stop setting.
    I haven't shot 35mm film pics in years, but one thing to keep in mind is that the higher the ASA of the film, the grainier the pictures will be if enlarged beyond the 3x5 or 5x7 inch sizes.
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  • kansashunterkansashunter Senior Member Posts: 1,427 Senior Member
    Hopefully someone with more recent experience will answer but I will try to tell you what I remember. I never had an f2 but I had a nikkormat and I think they operated the same. It should have a built in light meter and when you push part way down on the shutter release it will come on and you can adjust your shutter speed and f stop to get it right. Short course is faster shutter speed is better and f stop will change the depth of field. There should be a preview button to show what it will look like ( depth of field) when you take the picture. Play around with it some and you should get the hang of it.
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,365 Senior Member
    Here's what I learned about 35mm.

    For every roll of 36 exposure film...one ends up keeping 2 or 3 photos. The rest aren't quite right satisfactory.

    So, if you insist on film...use slide film. Have them developed as slides. First, the colors are richer and the photos look better from the get go. It's cheaper to buy and develop. And, those 2 or 3 photos can be reproduced for a fraction of the cost of developing film.
    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,844 Senior Member
    Between you guys, youtube ( for the f2 overview ) and the camera shop, I think I am ready. We will see if the results are worth it. Since it has a built in timer, I might even take an analog selfie :D
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,957 Senior Member
    Tugar wrote: »
    Between you guys, youtube ( for the f2 overview ) and the camera shop, I think I am ready. We will see if the results are worth it. Since it has a built in timer, I might even take an analog selfie :D

    Selfies have been around since those built in timers on the old SLRs made their appearance. And these young pups think they invented something new! :roll2:

    Have fun with that thing, and don't be afraid to take photos with the f-setting above or below what the built in light meter tells you. Film is pretty forgiving in that respect as long as you don't go crazy! :tooth:
    Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.


  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    The F2 is a terrific tank of a camera! Thirty years ago I was shooting professionally, using a pair of F3HPs with an F2 as a backup. It never failed me, even when the electronics in the other went down from weather or dying batteries. That was rare, but still.

    I miss that gear.
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