Typology of Early Nikon F2 Bodies

The first 1,600 (?) Nikon F2 bodies had some details that were different from the remaining production. Here you find some of these variants.

Front Cover (part 30FB-2)

Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Type 2: the Nikon engraving on the front cover has flat characters and on chrome bodies it is laid out with black enamel.
Examples: 7103176, 7103240, 7105870, 7112996, 7128758, 7135889, 7473382, 8060912.
Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2012. On apron type 2 they changed the height of the characters (but not the width of the «Nikon» name). Now the characters are hidden under the DP-1 finder, but the lettering looks quite strange and different compared to other Nikon products (corporate design?).
Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Type 2: on black bodies the engraving is NOT laid out with white enamel.
Examples: 7134379, 7452108.

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Finder Holder Screws (part 30FB-845)

Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Type 2: the four screws holding the finder holder lever (part 30FB-138) have a head with a fine slot.
Examples: 7103176, 7103240, 7105870, 7112996, 7128758, 7135889, 7452108, 7473382, 8060912.

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Neck Strap Eyelets (part 30FB-18)

Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Type 2: the chrome eyelets are larger and reinforced with steel inserts.
Examples: 7103176, 7103240, 7105870, 7112996, 7128758, 7134379, 7135889, 7452108, 7473382, 8060912.

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Take-Up Lever (subassembly 30FB-A33)

Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Type 2: the rear side of the wind lever is rounded. From below we can see that the metal part of the lever has a more rectangular tip.
Examples: 7103176, 7103240, 7105870, 7112996, 7128758, 7135889, 7452108, 7473382, 8060912.

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Leatherette (parts 30FB-32, 33, 623 and 624)

Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Type 2: the black leatherette has a dull finish and a larger structure.
Examples: 7452108, 7473382, 8060912.

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Screws (parts 30FB-783 and 885)

Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Type 2: bayonet and front plate fixed by cross recessed head screws in chrome or black finish. On later black F2 bodies the screws holding the top and front plates are black.
Examples: 7452108, 7473382, 8060912.

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Rewind Crank (part 30FB-313) and Rewind Crank Knob (part 30FB-314)

Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Type 2: the tip of the rewind lever is larger and has a better grip due to the vertical ribbing. The crank is thicker and somehow stepped.
Examples: 7452108, 7473382, 8060912.

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Bottom Cover (part 30FB-7)

Copyright © Richard de Stoutz 2008. Type 2: the rewind button pit on the bottom cover is smaller (about 9 mm only).
Examples: 7452108, 7473382, 8060912.

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