Nikon F100 Almost as Good as The F6

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

  1. I got a package from them today too! Canon 70-200/2.8 IS something or another. :) I love KEH!
  2. KEH listed one in BGN condition, and it taunted me for a I just need to get it loaded and go out and shoot with it.


    It's very similar in size to the F100, but is much more solid feeling(my F100 is sitting at a funny angle in this photo because of the QR plate on it)

  3. Nice. Very nice.How does it smell?
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  4. Like a woman. ;-)
  5. Always that one....
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  6. After you went out and shoot with it tell me if they are close except for the 2 both use 35mm film and Nikon F mount lenses.
  7. Haven't finished my first roll through it yet...

    The difference between it and the F100 isn't huge, but the ergonomic differences/improvements made since the F100 was designed are noticeable.

    In a lot of ways, it is like using a D2x, although obviously a lot smaller and lighter.

    Of course, I don't expect any difference in IQ, aside from the fact that the meter is certainly a lot better than the one in the F100.
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  8. FWIW
    Error in link to Nikon F80 (N80) in coment above LINK
  9. I've owned the F6, and now own an F100. I wouldn't compare the two.

    The F6 is a "natural" successor to the F5. I added the MB-40 grip because I like the heft of my F5. The F6, while a great successor, has no options for software upgrades for a camera sold in the 21st Century. While timing is a factor, the F6 won't handle the newer E/M apertures, but it does a lot.

    For me, the F100 is a successor to the F90X/N90s model. I just added one to the stable yesterday, and my first impressions dry firing it, setting exposure modes, etc., seems to be what I expected. I didn't expect an "F6 Light", but the F100 does have a lot going for it. The A/F is lightning fast. Time will tell.

    I'm probably biased because of the length of time I've owned my F5, I just never got to love the F6. I traded it in on a Hasselblad 500 C/M, and got cash back.
  10. This is probably one of those things that will always be contentious, but I do think that the F100/F6 comparison has merit.

    I have both of them, along with an F5, and like all three for different reasons.

    Before I had the F6, I grabbed the F100 in favor of the F5 almost every time because I liked the smaller and lighter size of it. I have an F100 battery grip but never use it-I'm happy with the 4-cell in handle grip, much as I generally run my F3s, F2s, and FM2s without motors. I also have both the F4(4 cell) and F4s(6 cell) and use the plain F4 90% of the time.

    The F6 gets me all of the nice little tweaks that happened between the F5 and F100(illuminated AF points, etc) plus the D2 series focus module. I don't really do a lot that calls for more AF points(especially not on film), but do appreciate the fact that the center point both needs less contrast and works in lower light than the F5/F100(I lump those two together for this since the AF module is the same). In addition, I like that it has a reasonably easy to use/intuitive data back that can do a whole lot(between the frame imprinting, exposure data, etc, not just in frame dates like the F100 back) and isn't a rare-as-hens teeth expensive accessory like the equivalent for the F5.

    Also, I REALLY like the fact that I can get things like the fully featured data back and pro build quality(no plastic rewind fork, thank goodness) in a package that's only slightly larger than the F100.

    There again, it's not a camera for everyone, and I'll freely acknowledge that. The differences between it and the F100 are minor at the end of the day, and the argument for paying $1K+ for a used F6(or $2600 for a new one) vs. $100-200 for a used F100 can be REALLY tough to make. Still, though, I think it's worth it and use my F6 a lot. That doesn't mean that it's the right decision for everyone.
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  11. I bought an F100 a few months ago, after going back and forth over whether to buy it or an F5. The F6 was out of my price range, so it wasn't even up for consideration. I finally decided on the F100 because it has most features that the F5 have -- features that I consider important -- plus it's more compact and weighs a lot less. But if for some reason I miss all that weight, I can always get an MB-15 grip for it. Haven't gotten the grip yet, but I'm still thinking about it.

    Just for the sake of full disclosure, I also own an F4 and an N80, in addition to a variety of MF Nikons. The F4 is a beast, but it has great ergonomics, so the weight isn't as apparent. The N80 is just the opposite. Very light, very quiet.

    I haven't had a chance to put much film through my F100 yet, but I have enjoyed it when I did. AF is very fast and accurate. Miles better than the F4's, especially when I'm shooting rapidly moving subjects. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase. Now, as for the F6, I'll probably add one to my collection one day -- a clean used one, once prices have (hopefully) dropped a bit further.
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  12. I suspect that for 95+% of us reading this forum, the limiting factor is us (the loose nuts behind the cameras <grin>). That would mean in our hands, the Fxxx is as good as the F6.

    The one possible exception would be in flash photography. The F6 uses CLS while the F100 uses just TTL. I know when I got my F100 to replace my old FTn, the flash seemed "magic". The step up to CLS, while not as great, would be observable in many circumstances, especially multi-flash.

    Jean-Claude, that is a very nice image, but I suspect it is mostly a product of the photographer, the lens, and the film and would look the same taken with an F100 or even an F4. (Of course having a photogenic subject helps, too.)
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  14. Looks like an out of country operation with costly shipping. I hope someone figures it out here, NIKON SHOULD, for the piss poor design. I love my F100 and still use it.
  15. My F100's door latch appears to be sturdy enough. I take good care of my gear and I suppose if one doesn't beat the camera half to death, the latch might actually last a while.
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  16. I was of the same opinion until my baby came apart spontaneously. When it happens, you will say the same thing I would say, wtf! I was careful because I had read the same stories and thought not me I take care of my geat. The bottom line is that plastic has a short stress life. The piece in question is in tension when in use and eventually this piece will fracture. It's science. ;-)
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  17. Hmm . . . I wonder if it can be repaired with JB Weld?
  18. I tried JB Weld when mine went and it didn't work. Glueing plastic, even with JB Weld, is hard. I tried, JB Weld and several types of hot glue and it just did not work. I was sick to my stomach as I really love this camera. I even looked at buying a databack, but they were hard to find and when I found one, the cost was astronomical. In the end, I bought a broken F100 from Japan and stripped it of parts, including the back. I still use my F100, but my F6 has taken most of my use. If I could find a reasonably priced metal upgrade for my F100 back, I would do it.
  19. I just got another idea. These days, with the prevalence of 3D printers, it seems the broken part could be duplicated easily enough. Might even be able to fabricate a metal replacement using that technology?
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