Nikon F2AS Field Test
A $22.00 F2AS. That's right. It had a broken release lever on the finder. Easy enough to fix with spare parts from another finder (once I get the thread locker to release, that is).

Like all F2's, this is a good handling camera, but unlike all the others I can now use my AI, AIS, and AF-S (up through the D series) lenses with it. Non-AI lenses can still be used in stop-down mode by flipping up the aperture catch lever on the finder, and you can lock up the mirror for those old style super wides and fisheyes that protrude too deeply into the camera.

I used the remains of a roll of Ilford Delta 100 (starting on frame #14) that I took out of another camera that had failed, and two lenses: Nikkor AI 28mm 1:3.5, and Zoom-Nikkor AIS 35-105mm 1:3.5-5.6 while roaming the back roads in Bedford County, VA on February 20, 2018.

Film processing was done at a new to me lab over in Christiansburg, VA which I will never use again. They send out all their b&w to some photographer making money on the side. Spots, and bad agitation are just a couple of the issues I have with that. Then no one at the store seems to know what is supposed to be done with the orders, as I got the wrong resolution on the scans, and some of the rolls were numbered backwards on the disk. Oh yeah, they also crammed all the scans (five rolls worth) on one CD, of which I asked and paid for separate ones for my filing system. I didn't have time to wait for them to redo the CD's, so I left. And I'm never going back. Looks like I'll have to start mailing off my films from now on.

So it's kind of hard to say that some of the metering faults I see are really with the camera, and not with the scans. I use Corel's Paint Shop Pro 6 now, and I'm not liking it. Too many functions are automatically applied, while others you have to constantly reset. I had replaced my Photoshop Elements from version 10 to the 2018, but they really dumbed it down for the masses (and version 10 won't run on this machine now that it runs WIN10). So now it looks like I'll have to sign up for the subscription service for the full Photoshop.

But I do really like the F2AS. I just need to find out if it is really working as well as it's supposed to.

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