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First impressions

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Guest

One of the best Film cameras available today.
Best prosumer camera body. Takes all nikon lenses.
In my personal opinion its better than f5 in Size, weight, cost...etc. except for mirror lockup.
 
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Guest

I change F90x by F100 today, and I hope it will be helpful in the furture.
 

psvoorop

New Member
It's a great camera with fine ergenomics,i have it now for a couple of years and i'm very font of it.
The only thing i mis indeed is the mirror lockup and it has a high consumption of battery's.
 
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thecbeav

I have owned the F100 for about 4 months and it has been a great camera. You are right about battery usage. What's the deal on prosumer? I've heard this term describing everything from the upper Coolpix models to the F100. I guess Ron Crist isn't a pro because he uses a F100 instead of the F4 or F5. Teasing aside, the F100 metering systems and the camera is a winner.
 
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cartfan51

I love my F100 as well. Just one question though. I was wondering if anyone else has noticed any "slop" between the lens and body. I noticed that you are able to twist the lens (Sigma 50-500) back and forth ever so slightly (about 1/32 inch). I just noticed because it was the first time I used a tripod with this lens. Is this normal or am I being too nitpicky?
 

yogi

Well-Known Member
I believe it is normal for most lenses. I'm not sure how extensive your lens collection is, but some have more movement than others, bull all have 'some' movement. I Especially notice it more in my 3rd party lenses and converters. ie. Kenko and Tokina (3rd party lenses I own) I have less of an issue with my Nikkors (70-200 VR, 105 Prime, 50 prime, 24 prime etc..), but still there is movement.

I'd say not to worry about it as it will not affect the picture. They need some tolerance. 1/32 won't affect electrical contacts either.
 
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cartfan51

Thanks, that sets my mind at ease. I only own 3rd party lenses right now so I've never had a Nikkor lens on it yet to compare. Thanks again.
 
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daveraaum

I got my F100 earlier this month and mated it with my old 28-70mm lens that I used with my 6001. I love the camera but it feels HUGE compared to my backup camera, the FM2/T. My first experience with the camera caused me to fire off a couple of useless shots when I pressed the shutter release too hard - it is very sensitve compared to my old cameras. I since learned how to use the AF button on the back of the camera for instant focus (yes it is that fast).

I also got the SB-80DX speedlight and the pictures I made with it are outstanding. Just the right amount of light with no obvious shadows or glare. In fact it is very difficult to see that I used a flash. I guess that is the mark of a good fill-flash. All in all I am so happy with this camera that I would recommend it to all. I can put off the chase for the perfect digital camera for a few more years. Let the function increase and let the price decrease.
 

af0706

New Member
What kind of film do you use with the F100? I just got one and the instructions say to use DX? Where do you find DX and is it necessary to use DX?
Thanks!
 
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daniloj

Hallo! I have purchased a F100. It's fantastic camera. But I have a problem: I have an old flash Metz BTC4 that works very well.
I read on F100 instruction booklet that it is not possible to use non-nikon flash because it's possible to damage both the camera and flash unit.
It's true or it's a part of nikon business policy? Can I use my Metz with my F100 without risks?
Thanks
Danilo Janno
 

lnbolch

Well-Known Member
> It's true or it's a part of nikon business policy?

If you think it is part of Nikon's business policy, go ahead and use any flash you want. If they are saying this to sell flash units, why pay any attention to them?

Hope you have money for a spare F100 however once the blue smoke pours out.

> Can I use my Metz with my F100 without risks?

I did not check, but probably not with an F100 or a Canon EOS or a Hasselblad H1, or any other camera that is not purely mechanical. I have a case of Vivitar 283s, none of which I would trust for any electronically controlled camera. They were built during the days before digital electronics and could have trigger voltages as high as 600V! Nikon says most of their 35mm cameras can take 12V, while Canon recommends no more than 6V.

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If you choose to think this is just a marketing tactic, go ahead and ignore the warnings. If you believe that camera manufacturers and flash makers have dropped their voltages 100-fold just to sell new equipment, and screw you out of your money, by all means use your old stuff. No kid really understands mother's warnings until they touch the stove for themselves. Try it, the camera can always be replaced.

When you see blue smoke, inhale deeply. It will be the most expensive substance you will ever snort. Enjoy the moment. However, it will be up to you - not Nikon - to take responsibility for such behaviour.

larry!
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gjames52

Well-Known Member
Hallo! I have purchased a F100. It's fantastic camera. But I have a problem: I have an old flash Metz BTC4 that works very well.>

Probably not, but you could check with Metz, of course you would be ignoring Nikon's warning. Metz does produce 54MZ3 and 54MZ4 etc. and specifically designed SCA adapters to work with Nikon's including the F100.

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I have used my 54MZ 3 with Hasselblad 203, Nikon F100, OM2, Contax N series, and 50 year old Contaflex and I have not let the smoke out yet.
But, remember the unit was designed to work with today's technology.

If you only plan to use the flash on a Nikon then I would check out the latest Nikon flash units as I believe the F100 is too good of a camera to take a chance with an old flash unit.

Good Luck

Gilbert
 

f8lee

Active Member
WHile I won't use my VIvitar 283 on the F100, I can report that it works very well with the Panasonic Lumix 5MP digital camera (Z20 or something like that) - set the camera to aperture preferred f2.8 or f4, set the flash as well, and bingo! great lighting for large areas without the annoying shadow caused by the lens shade blocking the pop-up flash.

BobF
 
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daniloj

Ok! Thank You! I have measured the trigger voltage of my Metz: 240V! I think that it's better to buy anoter one for my F100!
I don't want to "see blue smoke"

Thank You Larry!!
 

scott_lin

Member
I have recently thrown caution to the wind and bought a new f100. (by caution I mean ignoring the digital revolution) It malfunctionned briefly today and now I'm left with a sinking feeling. Basically I was shooting in some combination of the AF modes and suddenly it simply would not autofocus. No error message -- in fact it behaved exactly as it would if I was holding down the af lock button (which, incidentally, I had just used for the first time and YES I let go of it before trying to focus again)in that the middle af point still lit up red but the motor simply wouldn't drive.
I turned it on and off -- nothing. I took the camera off the tripod and I guess I must have took up the rotational slack that Rich Walton mentionned in a previous post and this seemed to solve the problem. It was nonetheless quite disturbing. I was using an afs lens and an afs teleconverter that I've used without issue on my f80. Is it possible that since it is an afs with an internal motor, then the contact for this probably draws a larger current than those that are purely for data purposes, causing it to be more prone to dirty contact syndrome? Could the 'taking up the slack' have re-established the connection? If this was so, this problem could never show up on a non-afs lens since they are 'screw-driver' driven. Perhaps it has nothing to do with the contacts and I'm just trying to provide some sort of explanation to make myself feel better. I would be happy to know if this has happened to someone else and that it is a fairly common glitch and that I don't have to send it off to Nikon where they will surely not be able to reproduce let alone diagnose such a subtle problem.
 

photographer_nz

New Member
> Scott, I tossed caution to the wind and purchased a D70 in December last > year. Twas the best move I ever made. I've taken 16,676 images on it so > far, and the 'Ole F90x has been collecting dust ever since. I too have had > the AF come to a grinding halt. After a few major panics I have found that > a slight tweak of the lens seems to get things going again. I've just given the camera and lens pins a clean with meths and a cotton bud. Seems to have sorted out the problem as they had a fair bit of dirt on them. I'm running a Sigma DC 18-125 and a Sigma 70-200 2.8D EX APO. I also have the Sigma 2x APO Tele Converter. I found out, by accident, that 1 has to place the converter on the lens 1st, and not onto the camera body 1st, otherwise the AF gets real exciting. The order didn't matter when I was using MF lens years ago. I hope this may help. Cheers, Ian Thornton.
 

scott_lin

Member
Thank you for the prompt and relevant feedback, Ian! It is quite a relief to hear that dirty contacts can in fact be an AF issue and that my camera may not be a dud! Just so I fully understand, this happened for you on the D70 or on the f90?

Thanks
 

tom_rains

Active Member
> Guys, this can also happen if you have your flash set to red-eye reduction, as it sometimes takes a brief moment for those laser machine gun bursts to get out to the subject and back and then for the computer to calculate the distance and focus. I learned this a couple years ago and since then have never used red-eye reduction on my flash settings at the camera. >
 
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