Nikon F100 Almost as Good as The F6

Discussion in 'Modern Film Cameras' started by Henricvs, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. Before I bought my F6, I owned the F100. The latch for the back on my F100 broke, as they are prone to do and I was frantic to fix it. Ultimately, I bought a used F100 for fifty odd bucks and stripped it of parts, back included. I felt sure I could keep my old F100 running forever on these extra parts. That is how much I love this camera. When I retired, I finally could afford an F6, so I bought one and all my affections were instantly transferred. Well, maybe not all my affections, but at least I felt I had a newer updated fancier F100. And that is my point. The F6 is a great film camera, but IMHO, it is a younger, finer, shapelier, and faster F100. If you can't afford an F6, get ahold of the ole' F100 until you can afford an F6.

  2. I've lusted after an F6 for a while, and have even thought about buying a new one(as foolish as that would be).

    Still, though, I look at the F100 and think about how difficult it would be to improve on it. Matrix metering with manual focus would be nice, but that's about the only thing I can think of(and I can get that with the F4).

    I still would like to own an F6, but it nice to hear an opinion that an F100 is almost as good.
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  3. I think the Nikkormat FT3 is almost as good as the F6.
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  4. No it is not.
  5. If so then the F100 is far from the F6.
  6. Sure BeBu. Whatever you say.
  7. Why is the FT3 even being discussed in relation to the F100 and F6?

    Aside from taking 35mm film, using the F mount, and metering with AI lenses they don't have a lot in common.

    Putting all of that aside, the FT3 has the annoying shutter speed dial concentric with the lens mount that makes me dislike using all Nikkormats aside from the EL. Actually, come to think of it, I even dislike the EL since I use Fs and F2s most of the time with my non-AI lenses, which allow you to have the aperture set to any setting before mounting as opposed to f/5.6 on the Nikkormats. The only Nikkormat-type body I like using is the EL2.
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  8. As a follow-up to my last post:

    I know I'm not the only one who wants a film camera to co-exist with my digital kit. As much as I like my older lenses, often times I find myself carrying AF-S and G lenses these days, especially as the optics of older lenses reveal their shortcomings on even my D600(24mp).

    There are also superb lenses-like the 14-24 f/2.8 or the 24-120mm f/4 VR I use as a walk-around-that really don't have an AF-D equivalent.

    The F4 has some level of compatibility with these lenses, and I have a pair of F4s that I use a fair bit. I lose VR on those, though, and also can't use my preferred aperture priority with G lenses. The N90 and N70 have much the same feature set, although they can't matrix meter with manual focus lenses.

    We basically have four film bodies that give us all AE modes and VR with newer lenses(although E and AF-P are still out). Those bodies are the N80, F100, F5, and F6.

    The N80 is nice and lightweight and I actually rather like it, but the back catches will break if you look at them wrong. It also can't meter with non-CPU lenses, something that's also important to me.

    The F5 is arguably one of the best 35mm SLRs ever made and can make screwdriver-focusing lenses feel like they're going to fall apart, but it weighs a ton and to be honest if you need 8 fps these days you should probably be shooting digital.

    The F6(which I've never used), aside from the overall refined and improved feel that most users report, also gives matrix metering with non-CPU lens-the only other film SLRs that can do that are the F4 and FA(and then only with "real" AI lenses). It's also expensive.

    Then there's the nice, quiet, refined, and inexpensive F100. Unless you need the other features of the F5 or F6, or want to save weight with the N80, I'd argue that it's the overall best choice for a person who wants a film SLR to go in their bag next to a digital kit.

    Like I said, though, that doesn't stop me from wanting an F6-aside from being Nikon's most refined film SLR, it's also one of the few that I don't have an example of(I also don't have an FM3a).
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  9. It would take pictures as good as the F6.
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  10. So would my Pentax Spotmatic, but that wasn't the point of the original post.
  11. That was my point because besides from having the same film size and lenses the F100 is no where near the F6.
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  12. Good grief.
  13. Is there any obvious path to arrive at that conclusion from original "the Nikkormat FT3 is almost as good as the F6" that I am missing?

    Still have an F100 on the shelf (my wife's actually) - nowadays definitely preferable over the heavy F5. Can't comment on the F6 - never even seen one in real life.
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  14. To me, the evolution from the F100 to the F6 is pretty clear. The D1 is kind of a weird amalgamation of a digital F5 body with some of the changes/improvements made to the F100 incorporated in it. The D2 series is a pretty far step forward from the D1, but none the less an evolution of it. If I'm not mistaken, the F6 incorporates a lot of D2 features-like the AF module-but in a package that's significantly smaller than either a D2 or F5 and only a bit larger/heavier than an F100.

    Also, if my bag is full of G lenses, which it often is these days, an FT3(or my preferred compact manual body, the FM2n) could not take the same photos as an F6 or F100 since I'd be stuck at minimum aperture and wouldn't be able to use the meter.
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  15. I have both and used the F100 for years. The F100 lineage is clear once you use it. If the F6 had not appeared, the F100 would have been the pinnacle Nikon film camera.
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  16. Oh, I did forget the Nikon F5, but that is a different thread altogether.
  17. I owned a new F100 a few years ago. On my 1st day in BENIN (Africa), I made a shot against the sun. The viewfinder indicated 1/8000 of a second I remember and all of a sudden, nothing worked on the camera any more. I couldn't rewind the negative, nor press the shutter, the camera was totally dead.

    I kept pressing the shutter, again and again, and all of a sudden it worked ! The next day, same problem. First totally dead, then after pressing and pressing the shutter again and again, it came back to life. I came home with about 30 films I shot (+/- 1000 photos) and developped them my self in my darkroom. All, yes ALL the frames were cut off very sharply by 25%. It took a while before I discovered that it was 1 part of the curtain that was missing!

    Today with the screen at the back of digital cameras, one can see if a picture is properly taken or not. Unfortunatelly, the film cameras do not inform you that something is wrong, there is no alarm signal and that's why I kept shooting for a total of 30 films! I cried my eyes out.

    I bought a like new F100 and a few month later, same problem. I threw it away and bought a F6.

    Nothing to compare, absolutely nothing. The difference between a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo....Once you drive a Ferrari or shoot wit a F6, you don't even think of looking at a F100. That is at least my opinion.
  18. I have both. One I'm paranoid of damaging ('cuz it's so expensive), the other gets the ฯƒhit used out of it.
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    F6 image
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