Chrome, lever has 12 fine diagonal grooves, sharp corners and a horizontal depression below the grooves. Back side is hollow (machined out). The screw has a dull chrome finish. The lever has an index mark below the screw and the corresponding marks are located at 12, 2 and 4 o'clock.
Recorded body numbers between 6400001 and 6412383.
Chrome, lever has 8 diagonal grooves only and therefore the spacing between the grooves is wider. It is moulded with rounded corners and a horizontal depression below the grooves. Back side is moulded hollow (not machined out).
Recorded body numbers between 6409436 and 6410891. Very few cameras are found with this lever variation (production much less than 1,000 bodies). See also Matthew Lin's web site.
Same as type 2, moulded with rounded corners but with 12 diagonal grooves again.
Recorded body numbers between 6409740 and 6424447.
Occasionally this type is also found on earlier bodies, e.g. 6400436, 6400457, 6401824, 6402731, 6403962, 6405235.
Same as type 3, but with vertical grooves.
Recorded body numbers between 6424607 and 6501273.
Same as type 4, but the lever now is solid and has no longer a horizontal depression below the vertical grooves.
Recorded body numbers between 6501758 and 7359214.
Chrome lever with a black plastic cover with a vertical white line (like F2 bodies, also called Apollo-look). Screw with polished chrome finish. The lever has an index mark on the left side of the screw. The corresponding marks under the lever are located at 3, 5 and 7 o'clock.
Recorded body numbers between 7350161 and 7450960. Earlier cameras which appear to be original have been found. Nikon F instruction booklet with print code (72.2.CO)&-26 shows body #7256811 with F2-cosmetics.
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