Specialist Nikon F2 Repair & Restore Services
My name is Sover Wong and you may have heard of me from various Nikon related web sites. (If you haven't, then please do a Yahoo or Google search on my name.) I am a regular contributor to the Yahoo NikonMF, NikonRepair, Flickr, Facebook F2 and MIR groups, as I am a serious Nikon F2 user, collector and repairer. I have repaired hundreds of F2 bodies, prisms and motors over the years, and I am now offering my personal service to you. I specialise only in F2 repairs and nothing else. I have a good stock of new and used spare parts, so I could still repair your F2 even if it is damaged or missing parts. Also, I have many F2 bodies, finders and motor drives for sale, from ugly to mint- condition. I am completely independent, and not associated with any organisation or shop. My works is totally honest, open and transparent.


I offer five levels of body repair/overhaul services :

Basic - clean, lubricate, calibrate, plus all external foams replaced (entire mirror housing, body and back door). Excludes removal of the front assembly/mirror housing. Please see F2 body service options for more details.
This service is suitable for recently (<10 years) serviced F2's.

Standard - clean, lubricate, calibrate, plus all external and internal foams replaced. Includes removal of the front assembly/mirror housing. Essential if the camera is jammed, 1/2s or 1s speeds are too slow/stuck open, power not getting to the prism, or the battery contact is loose because the battery chamber is broken. Please see F2 body service options for more details.
This service is recommended for most F2's.

Extended - clean, lubricate, calibrate and complete refoam. Includes removal of front assembly/mirror housing. Also, disassemble internal parts for cleaning. Please see F2 body service options for more details.
This service is only required for F2's with fungus or rust.

Maintenance - For F2s I serviced up to 7 years ago. Similar to the Basic service, but without refoam.

Check-up, clean and refoam only - Report on all shutter speeds, clean camera, and refoam the complete F2, without any calibration or repair. This is my lowest level of service, but it's probably the equivalent of other repairers standard service.


As a collector, I will treat your F2 like my own so your prized F2 will be in safe hands. Your F2 will be calibrated to factory specifications - all or most shutter speeds to within 1/4 stop accuracy. This is actually twice as good than other repair shops as they only calibrate to the official Nikon repair specification at 1/2 stop accuracy. I can do this, because I truly love the F2, and I am not under the same time and volume pressures as the repair shops. I spend about 3, 5 and 7 hours on the above services, respectively. Also, I'll send you photos of your F2 while it is being serviced.


Unprecedented zero damage/tool mark pledge

I have developed unique tools and techniques that guarantee your camera would not be damaged in anyway, including the advance lever cover cap, hot shoe cover plate and hot shoe plastic flash sync insulator. If I damage any part of your camera, then I will replace it with a better one. Actually, your camera will leave here looking better than when it arrived, guaranteed.


I don't just repair the F2's, I restore them.

My fees are very reasonable. They are regionally priced and not subject to currency conversion changes.


F2 body (without finder) service prices :

UK
Basic = GBP90
Standard = GBP130
Extended = GBP180
Maintenance = GBP65
Check-up, clean & refoam = GBP50

EU
Basic = EUR110
Standard = EUR170
Extended = EUR230
Maintenance = EUR85
Check-up, clean & refoam = EUR 60

US, CAN , AU, NZ & ROW
Basic = USD130
Standard = USD190
Extended = USD260
Maintenance = USD95
Check-up, clean & refoam = USD70


The prices of my Standard and Extended services include :

- All internal parts (except the shutter curtains)

- A full shutter speeds "before and after service" report

- Detailed service report with photos

- A free CD containing service details, Nikon repair and instruction manuals

- A free aluminum 1 Yen Japanese coin (to turn the battery cover without damage)

- A free micro fibre cloth (to clean the mirror, lens and prism without scratching them)

- A free set of rubber strap protectors

- Government taxes.

Return shipping and insurance is extra, at USD 55 to the US, and EUR 35 to Europe, for airmail with web tracking and GBP 250 insurance.

My turn around time is very short, usually under two weeks after arrival, as I only service this one camera.


F2 body service warranties :

Basic = 6 months, limited (excludes slow shutter speeds and battery connection problems, because the inside of the camera wasn't checked or serviced.)

Standard and Extended = 12 months.

Parts and labour inclusive. Also, my warranties are internationally transferable to different owners.


Finder service prices :

Please see DP-n service options for details.

DP-1/11 Standard = GBP65         Extended from GBP95
DP-1/11 Standard = EUR85         Extended from EUR120
DP-1/11 Standard = USD100       Extended from USD150
New 2013 made Cds cells = GBP20, EUR25, USD30 (for 1 pair)

DP-2/3/12 Standard = GBP85      Extended from GBP120
DP-2/3/12 Standard = EUR110    Extended from EUR150
DP-2/3/12 Standard = USD130    Extended from USD180
New DP-3, DP-12 super ring resistor = GBP25, EUR30, USD40

DE-1 Preventative refoam service = GBP50
DE-1 Preventative refoam service = EUR70
DE-1 Preventative refoam service = USD80



F, F2, F3 and Nikkormat foam kits :

If your F2 is working fine, then I can just sell you a complete F2 foam kit for USD10.

I can also provide F foam kits at USD4 each, and F3 & Nikkormat foam kits at USD8 each.

Worldwide airmail postage and packaging is USD3 for any number of foam kits.


I also repair MD-1/2/3 motor drives.

AW-1, MD-2, MD-3 & MD-100 re-gearing services


I can now repair DS-1/2/12 servo units.

If they can only turn the lens aperture ring one way to the open aperture position.
Price is USD 90, EUR 70 or GBP 55


I can also lubricate the focus ring of prime lenses

If they feel dry or loose.
Price is USD 45, EUR 37 or GBP 30 each


And I can enhance or customise your F2 :

1) Remove the push-to-turn action of the mirror-up lever, so that you only have to turn the lever for mirror-up. A ball bearing click stop is also added, so the lever won't slip that easily. This modification is available for the Standard and Extended services only, at USD65 extra. Otherwise it's USD100 extra.


2) Mill a slot on your F2 body and make up to 5 different masks, so that you can to imprint personalised data between frames. This modification is only available for the Standard and Extended services, at USD80 extra. Otherwise it's USD110 extra.

Data imprint modification service


3) Add integrated night lights to your DP-1, DP-11 or DP-12, from USD60 extra.

Integrated DP-1/11/12 night light modification services


4) Change the dim DP-3/12 top LED to a brighter one, so that the shutter speed readings are as bright as the meter readings, for USD20 extra. No charge with the DP-3/12 extended service.

Note : the brighter top LED does not turn off even when the batteries are low. It still works even when the meter LEDs fail due to low battery voltage.


5) Add a vertical trigger to your MD-1/2/3/100 or MB-1, from USD50 extra.

Vertical trigger modification services

More vertical trigger modification services


6) Replace the seldom used self-timer with a more useful shutter release button, for USD160

Front shutter release modification


7) Add extra back seals for superior dust protection, for USD30 extra

Double back seals


8) Replace the worn DP-3 & DP-12 ring resistor with a life time warranty one, for just USD40 with the DP-12 standard service

Super ring resistor


9) Replace the self-timer with a momentary finder power on button, and battery voltage check LED, for USD85

Power on button


10) Replace the 35+ years old DP-1 and DP-11 Cds cells with new 2013 made ones, for USD40

New Cds cells



Appraisal service for collectors, sellers & buyers :

Having found the fake F2T and some fake very early F2s, a number of people asked me would I provide an expert appraisal service. I have finally decided to offer this service, because I can determine if an F2 and its finder are 100% original or has been modified. From my extensive database, I can date the F2 body, finder and MD to within 3 months of manufacture. This is done by examining the correctness of their internal components, and not looking at their serial mumbers. The fee is $80, which includes full shutter speed and meter accuracy reports. A valuation report is also included.


I accept the following forms of payment :

1) Bank transfer
2) Western Union
3) International bankers cheque
4) Cash in any currency
5) Personal cheque (UK only)
6) Postal Order (UK only)
7) Paypal


Please email me for more details, a quotation, or just any discussion on the F2.

soverf2repair@gmail.com

I always reply within 24 hours. If you don't receive my reply by then, then please check your spam folder, as gmails are automatically sent there by some mail servers.

Anyone who is an F2 user, collector or repairer is a friend of my.






                            MY GOLD PLATED F2

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About me

My location

My workshop

My special tools

My stock of parts bodies and finders

My Super DP-3 & DP-12 replacement ring resistor

My new DP-1 and DP-11 replacement Cds cells

My first two years (2003 - 2004)

My second two years (2005 - 2006)

My third two years (2007 - 2008)

My first 10 year in business (2003 - 2013)

Number of F2s I have serviced from
August 2003 to August 2014 = 782


Complete list of all the F2s I have serviced

My customer references

My eBay feedbacks

Extract from Professional Photographer magazine 9/09

My F2 body service options

My DP-1 and DP-11 service options

My DP-2 service options

My DP-3 and DP-12 service options

DE-1 service

Actual calibrated shutter speeds

Dents minimised in Standard and Extended services

Rubber protectors, free with each service

DP-1 carbon and wire cladded ring resistors

No power to the finder

No winder end-stop

Split shutter curtains

Inside the F2

Typical amount of dirt inside the F2

Rust and corrosion inside the F2

Fungus inside the F2

Foams inside the F2

Foams inside the DE-1

MD-2 guts

F2 productions

Dating your F2 body

Dating your DP-2 finder

Different versions of F2 base plates

Different film cassettes for the F2

Using the F2 at sub-zero temperatures

F2 shutter in slow motion

When not to cock the shutter

Genesis of my gold F2

My unique Stereo F2

My unique Stereo F2 macro

My unique F2 INFO

My unique F2 Recorder

My unique F2SA

My unique F2N

My unique DP-2AN

My unique vertical MB-1

My earliest and latest chrome F2 bodies

My earliest and latest titanium F2 bodies

My earliest and latest F2 DATA bodies

My earliest and latest MD-2s

Ceramic F2A #1

Ceramic F2A #2

F2AF (Auto-focus F2)

Pin registered F2's

Medical F2

Jacobson sound blimp for the F2

F2AS money box

Collection of third party custom F2s

Gold and Olive F2s

F2 with MF-12 back

Strange looking F2AS with rubber coverings

Burnt DP-1 that still works after surviving a fire

Reid Blackburn's burnt out F2 250 on Mount St. Helens

F2 coffin

F2 with gas

F2 copies

Almaz (diamond) F2

F2 Photomic 'Limited'

Nice home made 'DE-1'

F2 Panoramic

F2 Digital

Spike Kilmer with his unique F2 tattoo

F2 memorabilia 1

F2 memorabilia 2

F2 memorabilia 3

MIR site on the Nikon F2

Amazing collection of Japanese F2 brochures

Wikipedia site on the Nikon F2

Best Japanese site on the F2 (and others)

An F2 site in Chinese

Prototype F2 and pre-mass production F2 test report, in French

Thierry Ravassod's web site on the F2 (and others)

Richard de Stoutz's web site on the F2 (and others)

Nikon F2 debut

Nikon F2 history

F2 Uemura

Nikon F2H 250

Nikon F2, Leica M6 and dropped cameras

F2 vs digital

Buying F2's from on-line auctions

Auction lemons

eBay and Paypal

Fake F2T from eBay 1

Fake F2T from eBay 2

Fake F2T from eBay 3

Always use escrow to buy expensive items on line

Nikkor lenses for the F2

AI conversion rings

Yahoo Nikon MF group

flickr Nikon F2 group

Facebook Nikon F2 group

See the F2AS and DS-12 working with the new DN-1 battery

See and hear my F2H (fitted with brass wind and rewind gears) at full speed



Wanted to buy



For sale : Bodies, finders and MDs

For sale : Foam kits

For sale : Replacement DN-1 and MN-1 batteries

For sale : AW-1, MD-2, MD-3 & MD-100 motor gears

For sale : F2 DATA mask




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