Nikon F2 T - Titanium body, new condition

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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]This is what you are looking for - a well-preserved F2/T, one of the most sought after Nikon SLR models in the used market and highly prized by collectors worldwide, for sale from the original owner at no reserve.[/FONT]


    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] I want someone who will value this beauty and fill a gap in their rare Nikon collection. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] In 1976, Nikon introduced a F2 model that was the ultimate choice for those who demanded a camera that would provide them a level of dependability even being assigned to hell .. .. The F2/T utilizes genuine Titanium material - for its exterior cover (Top cover/bottom cover) and pentaprism section; the rear film back and section around lens mount panel was also generously provided with such similar tough metal.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] In 1976 I was a college kid who did occasional photojournalism for UPI, and fancied myself a fine photographer. I had (and still have) a Nikon F2 with an MD-2 motor drive and a set of fast lenses. Great shots but weigh a ton. I heard the head of the local UPI office talking about a more durable F2 body that had just been released by Nikon, and I decided that I should have one, too. I found one in a camera store an hour away, and bought it.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] Why did I never use this camera? At the same time, I discovered Kodachrome, and started shooting a film that required a very accurate meter. This new camera had none. Also, I saw the F2T camera that was owned by the head of UPI - the black paint turned out to be very fragile, and he had scratched his up and it looked awful after only a few weeks of hard use. I resolved to never scratch mine. I gingerly ran three or four rolls of Tri-X through it on a trip, but was so paranoid that I never put a strap on it or let it out of the case. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] I then put it on a shelf next to my mom's vintage brownie and my dad's Argus c-3, and there it has sat for more than 30 years. Every now and then I would take it out and fire it a couple of times just to enjoy it's distinctive sound and feel and put it back. Now I want someone who values it to have it.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] Exact production seems to be un-reported, but obviously rare. I've heard estimates of up to 5,000 cameras. The top plates, bottom plate, back door, and prism cover are Titanium. This provides the toughest coverings for the most extreme professional use. Strangely enough, the leatherette is a slightly different pattern than the regular F2's -- which means if you need a replacement back the regular ones won't do. Though the standard prism for all three F2 Titaniums was a meterless Titanium prism finder, all standard F2 meter prisms -- as well as all standard F2 motor drives and backs -- will work fine on the Titaniums.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] The black F2 Titanium is painted with a thick black paint which provides a mottled, textured finish. F2 Chrome Titaniums are confirmed to exist, but are extremely rare. Probably only a handful were made at the very start of F2 Titanium production, being quickly replaced by the unmarked F2 Titanium, (which is what this one is) which was replaced by the "Titan" version. The unmarked Titaniums are rarer than the marked ones. Generally the F2 Titans start with a 79 serial number, and the plain versions with 92, though exceptions have been noted. This is 9204410[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] Basically, it will react and behave like any other normal F2 except it has a different feel. The Titanium was actually beneath a layer of heavy industrial coating and it is the SOLE model in the entire Nikon F2 series that has that unique feel and appearance. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] This camera has two flaws that I can see. At some point in storage, a small nick was made in the gloss paint just under the self timer. It is in the rim edge of the bottom body, and I never noticed it until taking the photos for this sale. It always just looked like a shadow. Also, I noticed that the frame counter does not reset completely. I talked with a Nikon repair guy and he says it is a simple fix. As I wasn't sure about who would buy this, I have left it unrepaired. He says he could fix it for $90 if I wish. If you buy it and want me to get it repaired for you, just add the $90 to the price. I remember seeing the end flap of the box out in the garage a while back - if I can find that, you can have it, too. No promises - I have moved three times since then...[/FONT]


    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Listed on eBay with no reserve at item #[/FONT]



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