Home  Camera Articles   FOR SALE    Orders     I Buy / Wants     Repairs     Books   Adapters

wpe26.gif (101364 bytes)       Nikon F2 Titanium

The Nikon F2 was made in three Titanium versions:  the "F2 T" without a name plate, the "F2 Titan" with a front "Titan" nameplate, and a modified version for 10 fps high speed operation with a Pellicle mirror and special high speed battery pack,  the F2H High Speed.  Some claim the "Titan" version was developed for  the US Space Program, but this does not seem to be true.    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 was replaced by the "Titan" version.    Although the F2 Titans generally sell for more than the plain F2 Titaniums in the US market, the unmarked Titaniums are actually rarer.    Generally the F2 Titans start with a 79 serial number, and the plain versions with 92, though exceptions have been noted. 

wpe37.gif (98773 bytes)wpe36.gif (98100 bytes)

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.   The standard screens seems to be the K screen.  There was apparently  no special F2 T or Titan instruction book.  

wpe35.gif (90851 bytes)wpe34.gif (88807 bytes)

wpe2F.gif (112657 bytes)wpe33.gif (84816 bytes)

 wpe3B.gif (82249 bytes)  wpe3C.gif (108744 bytes) wpe3D.gif (105445 bytes)

Note the textured black paint.  Shown is a F2 Titan mounting a F2AS finder and a MD-1 Motor.

wpe38.gif (90497 bytes) wpe39.gif (93707 bytes)

Though delivered in a standard F2 box, the F2 Titan had a special sticker indicating its status. Serial numbers precede with "F2T."   

Exact production seems to be un-reported, but obviously rare.  I've heard estimates of up to 5,000 cameras, but I have been unable to verify it.  If you have a F2 Titanium, F2 Titan, or F2 High Speed, please email me the serial #.

Home  Camera Articles   FOR SALE    Orders     I Buy / Wants     Repairs     Books   Adapters

Revised: November 25, 2003 Copyright � 1998-2002  Stephen Gandy. All rights reserved.    This means you may NOT copy and re-use the text or the pictures in ANY other internet or printed publication of ANY kind.  Information in this document is subject to change without notice.  Other products and companies referred to herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders.