Nikon F-501 (N2020)

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The Nikon N2020 (better known as Nikon F501 outside of the US) was the automatic focusing version of the Nikon F301 (N2000). It was Nikon's first popular autofocus SLR for 35mm film, launched in 1986. The use of AF integrated in the body was introduced in 1983 in the F3AF,

Like it's predecessor N2000, it uses a electronically controlled vertical travel focal plane shutter with stepless speeds from 1s to 1/2000 with a battery powered B mode. Flash sync is at a maximum of 1/125 a sec. The self-timer is electronic and features audible and visual cues with a delay of 10 seconds. The meter has a range of 1 to 19 EV at (ASA 100, f/1.4), settable to film speeds from 25 to 5000 ISO for DX coded film but can also be manually set from 12 to 3200 ISO. The film transport is motorized up to 2.5 fps. It supports automatic first frame film loading, and can be advanced in S (Single) or C (Continuous shooting) modes. It uses four AAA batteries with the MB-4 holder or with the MB-3 holder four AA.


  • Type: SLR body
  • Manufacturer: Nikon
  • Films: 35mm, speeds ISO 25 to 4000 (DX-coded) or ISO 12 to 3200 (manual selection)
  • Lens mount: Nikon AF bayonet
  • Viewfinder: Fixed eye level pentaprism, 0.85x magnification, 92% frame coverage, displays shutter speed, under- or overexposure, ready-light for TTL flash
  • Metering: TTL center-weighted (60/40), meter activated by lightly pressing shutter release button, EV 1 - 19 at ISO 100, f 1.4
  • AutoFocus TTL
  • Shutter: Electronic vertical metallic focal plane shutter, speeds: 1-1/2000 sec
  • Exposure modes:
    • P: normal program, aperture and speed set automatically
    • P HI: faster program (for moving subjects)
    • A: aperture priority
    • M: manual by selecting the shutter speed and
    • B: Bulb
    • Exposure memory lock via button
  • Dimensions: 149×98×51mm
  • motorized film transport with manual rewind
  • Shooting modes
    • S: Single shot
    • C: Continuous shot (up to 2.5 fps)
    • Self timer: 10s
  • Battery: 4AAA (MB4 standard holder) or 4AA (MB3 optional holder) providing 4.8-6V
    • Camera doesn;t work if battery voltage is below 4.5V
  • Data-back: MF-19 or MF-21 Multifunction Data-Back
  • Shutter release MC-12B


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