When flood waters made it into our house the other day, I rescued some of my photography equipment from the hall closet. Among the items there was a case containing some older cameras, one of them the Nikon F2 camera body I bought new in 1977. My 1967 model Nikon F may still be the mightiest camera on the planet, but this F2 comes mighty close. Included here are some photos taken today of that F2, plus something from the first roll of film run through it, including this couple enjoying a leisurely lunch at Shreveport’s Columbia Park. The metal on those old cameras was fine workmanship. As the photos show, it could take a licking, too. Note that this camera had no light meter. Back then, I used a hand-held light meter for most things. Also not on it: a motor drive or autofocus. Motor drives were pricey additions at one time. Autofocus hadn’t been invented yet. In fact, neither had autoexposure modes. Today’s emerging photographers might be flummoxed.