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Old 06-11-2015   #1
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Thrift store find

Found this Nikon F2 at a local thrift store today. The meter even works after putting in 2 new 357 silver oxide batteries. It checks fine against several accurate meters..

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Old 06-11-2015   #2
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The key question.... $$?
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The key question.... $$?
$40

The lady told me film is no longer available so I'd only be able to look at it on a shelf...
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$40

The lady told me film is no longer available so I'd only be able to look at it on a shelf...
Probably the same reason the owner donated it...
Beautiful...nice find...
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Probably the same reason the owner donated it...
Beautiful...nice find...
I get that "film is no longer available" a lot..

The funny thing is though, you can get film cameras cheap at yard sales but Craigslist sellers want a mint for theirs.
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What I get is more of a question: "Film is available?" And incredulous looks...

BTW, congratulations, Colyn! That's quite a find!
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What I get is more of a question: "Film is available?" And incredulous looks...

BTW, congratulations, Colyn! That's quite a find!
Thanks..

I'm going to go out this weekend and do some shooting with my (Ai version) 43mm~86mm. Haven't used this lens in several years..
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Found this Nikon F2 at a local thrift store today. The meter even works after putting in 2 new 357 silver oxide batteries. It checks fine against several accurate meters..
That camera looks immaculate.. what a great find!
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That's awesome. Now go out & sh... Put it on a shelf and stare at it because Film is no longer available lol.
I always get things like "You can still buy film?" Its fun talking about it.
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Great find, especially it that condition! Excellent photography tool. Equipped with a strong leather strap, makes a great weapon if caught in a Zombie Apocalypse, as well.

Re: 43-86 a.i...I always liked this lens, even though it wasn't highly reviewed back in the day. Herbert Keppler of Popular and Modern Photography fame, was an exception. He used it extensively mounted on a Nikkormat for travel photography.
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Congratulations on a very nice find! It looks to be in beautiful condition. Enjoy your first roll!
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I get that "film is no longer available" a lot..
Ten years ago my friends and cow-orkers looked upon me as somewhat of a luddite in that I shot film and regularly showed off the prints.

Last spring they looked at me like I was some kind of a time traveler from a previous century when I showed some prints of the Riviera casino and explained that I was trying out a "new" film (Cinestill). Yes, I got a chorus of "you mean film is still around?" and such.

When I tried explaining that Cinestill was respooled motion picture film they also expressed amazement that the motion picture industry still uses film.
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I really can't stand the ignorance of people that REALLY think film is no longer available. It used to be cute and always brought up conversation, but lately it just annoys the crap out of me.
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But we should be thankful for all of their ignorance. Otherwise, we might not be able to discover such great finds as the F2.
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Film is no longer available is true for some, no film is available in costco or Sam club or grocery store.
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That's a good 'un, Colyn. Use it till they really do quit making film, which hopefully is never.

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That's a good 'un, Colyn. Use it till they really do quit making film, which hopefully is never.

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I've got it loaded and ready to shoot tomorrow. Done fired off a few rounds around the yard..
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Overall I am very happy with my find and this camera will get a lot of use. The only thing wrong with it is the missing black dot on the lens release button which I can live with. I would like to find one on a junker body but the only ones I have found so far have been more than I can justify.. The Nikkormats use the same one but those are also high priced..
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Overall I am very happy with my find and this camera will get a lot of use. The only thing wrong with it is the missing black dot on the lens release button which I can live with. I would like to find one on a junker body but the only ones I have found so far have been more than I can justify.. The Nikkormats use the same one but those are also high priced..
You could also try cutting out a round piece from some black vinyl and glue it on with rubber cement or pliobond. Would probably look just as nice.

Great find! F2's are my favorite camera for 35mm.
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Colyn terrific looking F2, I hope it treats you right and gives great shots.
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You could also try cutting out a round piece from some black vinyl and glue it on with rubber cement or pliobond. Would probably look just as nice.

Great find! F2's are my favorite camera for 35mm.
I thought about doing that also. I'll have to check my punches to see if I have the correct size..
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Colyn terrific looking F2, I hope it treats you right and gives great shots.
Thanks

I'll be souping 2 roll tomorrow afternoon..
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