Review (+ video, + examples on rare lenses) of Nikon’s TOP film SLR camera - Nikon F6

According provided by huge Nikon F6 camera thanks to the store you can find a huge number of different used photographic equipment, including similar cameras.

I do not review film cameras, Nikon F6 (from this review) and Nikon AF N8008s are exceptions.

Nikon F6

Nikon F6


Briefly about Nikon F6

Nikon F6 is the sixth generation of professional film cameras. The first cameras in this series date back to 1959 and are updated approximately every 8 years:

  • Nikon F - 1959
  • Nikon F2 - 1971
  • Nikon F3 - 1980
  • Nikon F4 - 1988
  • Nikon F5 - 1996
  • Nikon F6 - 2004

Nikon F6 is one of the best film SLR cameras from Nikon. Many photographers consider it to be the very best in the entire Nikon film SLR lineup. Of course, the Nikon F6 may be inferior to some other TOP or highly specialized SLR cameras from other manufacturers in details, but overall the Nikon F6 is simply gorgeous.

The Nikon F6 camera was announced on September 16, 2004 and became Nikon's latest film professional SLR camera. I prepared this review at the beginning of 2016, at this time on the official website camera Nikon F6 was still listed as current modern camera. At the same time, among the film cameras that are still being produced (or sold new), Nikon had only two Nikon F6 models (worth $ 2.669) and Nikon FM10 (worth $ 569).

Prior to the announcement of the Nikon F6, Nikon DX series digital crop cameras were already released: Nikon D1, D1h, D1x, D100, D2h, D70 и Nikon E Series Full-Range Digital SLR Cameras: E2, E2S, E2N, E2NS, E3, E3S. The world of digital photography has practically supplanted film from many genres of photography. First of all, reportage photography was increasingly drawn to digital cameras and few expected that Nikon would take and release another reportage film camera.

Along with Nikon F6, an excellent digital camera was also announced. Nikon D2x, which became the first camera with the classic CMOS sensor, setting the tone for the further development of Nikon cameras.

In short, the Nikon F6 is interesting in the following features:

  • Protected enclosure
  • Focusing system with 11 points (9 of which are cruciform)
  • Maximum burst speed - 8 fps
  • CompactFlash (CF) card support
  • Large LCD on the back of the camera
  • Advanced metering system exposure with 1005 pixel RGB sensor
  • Support Nikon CLS
  • JVI with 100% field of view coverage
  • Data imprinting about shooting directly on film (on the frame itself, or between frames, or on the zero frame).
  • A lot of nice little things

Unlike Nikon F5 (previous model), the new camera was aimed a little at other users.

Nikon F6

Nikon F6


When getting acquainted with the camera, there is a clear feeling that in the hands is not Nikon F6, but Nikon D200... The control of these cameras is almost the same. If you delve into the technical characteristics, then we can summarize that the Nikon F6 is a cross between the Nikon D2h / D2x and Nikon F100.

Camera control is easy. For those who shoots a lot of D1-D5 and D200-D810a lines on the camera, there should not be any inconvenience in controlling the Nikon F6. All buttons are in their usual places, setting all the shooting parameters is simple, the menu of the camera is organized at an intuitive level. Unfortunately, the Nikon F6 menu lacks the Russian language.

Nikon F6 is very pleasant and responsive during real shooting. There are 41 items in the menu, with which you can very easily set up the camera for comfortable work, or for the desired scene or shooting style.

Nikon F6

Nikon F6

Build quality

The Nikon F6 has a very high build quality and the Nikon F6 is water and dust resistant. However, in the manual for Nikon F6, I did not find any indication of the level of camera security.

The camera body consists of a cast chassis made of aluminum alloy. The lower and upper parts are made of magnesium alloy. The back (lid of the film compartment) is also made of aluminum alloy. The case has many rubber seals. If you examine, feel and work with Nikon F6, you can quickly come to the conclusion about a very high-quality assembly. Due to the large amount of metal in the case, the camera was not light and weighs as much as 975 grams.

The camera shutter is rated for a minimum of 150.000 shots. The shutter is made of the mysterious 'KEVLAR' material combined with an aluminum alloy. These shutter materials make the shutter curtains very light. Also, in the official press release of the company it was indicated that the shutter has a self-diagnostic function, but what it is and how it helps in real life I could not figure out.

Focus system

The Nikon F6 focusing system is based on the Multi-CAM 2000 focusing module, which was first used in a digital camera Nikon D2h (date of announcement - 22.07.2003). Later the same module was used on D2hs cameras, D2x и D2xs. Multi-CAM 2000 includes 11 focus points, 9 of which are cross-shaped and located in the center of the frame, forming a 3x3 square.

I used two autofocus lenses with the Nikon F6: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G SWM (with built-in focus motor) and Nikon 180mm 1: 2.8 ED AF Nikkor MKIII (without a built-in motor and without transmitting the distance to the subject). With these lenses, the Nikon F6 focused accurately and did not release the subject when moving it.

On the back side, the camera has a four-position lever for choosing the focus method: single-zone AF mode, dynamic AF mode, group dynamic AF mode, dynamic AF mode with the priority of the closest subject.

In the Nikon F6 menu, you can set the priority for working in S and C modes (focus priority, shutter release, and combinations thereof).

It is believed that the Nikon F6 has the best focusing system of all Nikon film cameras.

Nikon F6

Nikon F6

Metering system

The Nikon F6 inherits from the Nikon F5 its “3D Color Matrix Metering System” based on a 1005-pixel RGB sensor. This metering system exposure was used on a huge number of TOP and advanced digital SLR cameras: D1, D1h, D1X, D2h, D2hs, D2x, D2xs, D70, D70s, D200, D3, D3s, D3x, D700, D300, D300s, Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro, Fujifilm FinePix IS Pro. Truly legendary Nikon D3s and D3x use parts from Nikon F5 / F6 film “oldies”.

Measurement exposure works great. There are several settings that allow you to set the change step. exposure, select a measurement method exposure, select zone diameter for center-weighted metering mode exposure.

Key feature of Nikon F6 is accurate metering exposure while working with flashes. Nikon F6 Supports Nikon i-TTL Flash SB-600, SB-800 (apparently, all new flashes with i-TTL), as well as the SU-800 remote flash control unit. Also, Nikon F6 can work with the system Nikon CLS and remotely control external flash units (if only the Nikon F6 is equipped with a flash with the “master” function, since the camera does not have a built-in flash). Also, unlike the Nikon F5, the new camera supports Nikon FP high-speed sync. In normal sync mode, the minimum excerpt synchronization with the flash is 1 / 250s (versus 1 / 300s in the Nikon F5).

To prevent exposure metering flare by JVINikon F6 has a metal the blind of your eyepiece.

Nikon F6

Nikon F6

Work with manual optics

Nikon F6 works wonderfully with manual optics. On the basic version of the Nikon F6, you can install any lens with a Nikon F mount, released after 1977 and shoot for your own pleasure. With this Nikon F6, unlike all other Nikon film camerasallows you to use matrix metering with any lens for metering. Nikon F4 also knew how to do matrix metering, but only with AI manual lenses. AI-S type. Nikon F5 was completely deprived of such an opportunity. To use matrix metering, you need to set the focal length and maximum relative aperture of the manual lens used in the camera menu (Menu-> NON-CPU LENS -> set parameters).

For added convenience, you can set the FN programmable button to the 'LENS DATA' parameter (CSM MENU -> Controls-> FUNC. Button-> Lens Data). After this manipulation, if you press and hold the FN button, rotating the front command dial will change the manual lens stored in memory. Nikon F6 can memorize values ​​for 9 manual lenses. By the way, this was the first time such a function appeared in a digital camera. Nikon D2h.

Unfortunately lenses NON AI (PRE AI) cannot be used on this camera. But there is one very good news, you can upgrade for Nikon F6 and replace the diaphragm rheostat ring with another... The replacement of the rheostat is provided by the design and is done at the official Nikon center. After replacing the diaphragm rheostat will have a rotating mating lever that can be “hidden” during operation with NON AI (PRE AI) lenses. This is the same rotating arm technology used by Nikon in its retro digital camera Nikon DF. I had a review of a non-upgraded Nikon F6 camera, so I could not use an old manual lens on it. Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm NON-AI (I hoped that the TOP camera should support all native lenses at once in the basic kit).

For successful focusing on the manual lens in the lower left corner there is a green dot, which serves as confirmation of successful focusing. Also, an electronic range finder in the form of two arrows near the green dot helps to focus. The arrows indicate which direction it is best to rotate the focus ring for quick and accurate focusing.

In the camera menu, you can enable or disable the backlight of the active focus point while working with manual optics.

Nikon F6

Nikon F6

CF card support

Like a digital camera, the Nikon F6 records shooting parameters to its internal memory for each shot. You can set different amounts of recording data for shooting. At the time of recording the maximum amount of data, the Nikon F6 can store data for 31 films of 36 frames. In the maximum version, the frame number is recorded, excerpt, aperture, focal length, maximum relative lens aperture, metering method, exposure mode, flash sync mode, exposure compensation amount, flash output compensation amount, flash mode settings, mode multiple exposures, VR mode, shooting date and time, etc.

In fact, Nikon F6 stores in its memory EXIF filmed data. And the best part is that using a special Nikon Data Reader MV-1 reader, data EXIF can be transferred to a CF memory card and viewed on a computer. The same function is supported by two more cameras: Nikon F5 and Nikon F100.

If you do not even use MV-1, then the shooting parameters of any shot frame can be displayed on the camera display. The output of information about the parameters of the previous frame is sometimes very, very useful.

Nikon F6

Nikon F6


Nikon F6 without additional accessories can shoot at maximum speed 5.5 frames per second... If you buy an additional Nikon MB-D40 battery pack, then the F6 accelerates to 8 frames per second. Unfortunately, as I wrote in my post 'Confrontation systems Nikon / Canon. Part 2. Performance', it's too bad that Nikon cameras require the purchase of additional accessories to achieve maximum burst speed.

The camera itself is very responsive, with instant response, low shutter lag, and fast blackout. The only annoying thing at times is the freezing of the LCD on the back of the camera when working in the cold.

Nikon F6

Nikon F6

My experience

Me really liked the Nikon F6 camera. After my Nikon AF N8008s this camera seems to be the peak of perfection.

However, I still want to highlight a few points that I would like to improve or refine on the Nikon F6:

  • I do not like that in order to reach 8 fps, you must definitely buy a Nikon MB-40 battery handle. Nikon F5 (previous model) had a built-in battery handle and could immediately shoot at a speed of 8k / s.
  • I don’t like that the camera does not have a shutter button lock. When I carry the camera not in a photo bag, but in my usual bag for the city or in a regular backpack, the camera often turns on automatically, and sometimes the shutter is released. More than once my camera Nikon D700 turned on independently and took hundreds of "black" frames. If for a digital camera an extra frame is not a problem, for a film camera it is a wasted valuable film.
  • don't like rare CR123A batteries. I found such batteries only after visiting the fifth store.
  • the CS (Continuous Silent Slow) mode, which is supposed to provide “quiet” shooting, does a very poor job.
  • rear monochrome display poorly displays information, sometimes you have to look closely at the displayed data. The upper information display is much better.
  • Nikon F6 uses a stupid eight-position selector (joystick) with a very inconvenient central button. The central button is pressed as uncomfortably as in models Nikon D2h, D2hs, D2x, D2xs, D200 и D300.


Sample photos were taken using lenses Nikon 180mm 1: 2.8 ED AF Nikkor MKIII и Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G SWM... We used Kodac color 200 film. It was digitized in a photo lab, what exactly is unknown.

Also, Vitaly Raikovsky shared his examples of photographs with Radozhiva; the shots were taken with the camera shown in the review. Vitaly used a lens for shooting Nikon 50mm 1: 1.2 Nikkor (AI-S)

Lens Nikon Nikkor 105mm 1: 1.8

And more examples

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Nikon did its best - Nikon F6 turned out to be just a gorgeous camera. It's nice that the F6 ended the Nikon film era.

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Comments: 211, on the topic: Review (+ video, + examples of rare lenses) of the TOP film SLR camera from Nikon - Nikon F6

  • Pirkl

    CR123A batteries are not a problem - there are lithium-ion Akums for 600-1440 mA in the same size at a price of 150-300 rubles (there is an unpleasant nuance on film cameras - if the charger recharges to 4,7 V instead of 3,7, then it may not work correctly the electronics of the photo apparatus is not lethal ... after discharge to 3,4, my canon eos 300n starts working normally, everything is fine on the Nikon SB-50DX flash and at 4,7v charge ...

    • BB

      For Li-pol batteries, a charge of up to 4,2 V will be normal (which is what decent chargers do). When connecting two batteries in series, we have 8,4V. While the new CR123a batteries have a voltage of 3,0; x2 = 6,0V.
      Six volts, Karl! And you want to feed him eight and a half! The instructions for my F80 say in black and white: do not exceed the supply voltage. If you want to burn the device - go ahead.

      A reasonable replacement would be power supply from a stabilized converter - AC-DC or DC-DC, depending on the tasks. You can also try 4xNiMg, with a full charge they have about 1,4 volts, x4 = 5,6V.

      • Alexey

        The absence of CR123a batteries is treated with a MV 16 stick under 4 AA, with ali for 1000 rubles.

        • Alexey

          To clarify, this is for the F80, for the F6 - MV 40, as written in the review, and the price is not at all rosy.

        • BB

          The F80 cost me about 150 UAH. together with delivery. Does it make sense to buy a baht. block for the price of two devices?

          If there are not enough batteries, you can insert one lithium battery and a dc-dc converter. All this will fit into the native battery compartment. Finished board price - $ 0,40

          • Alexey

            We are asked for F80 from 3000 rubles, in this situation, and the price for CR123a from 200 rubles apiece, is probably worth it. And not everyone can solder the collective farm on their own.

  • SashOK

    Thank you for reviewing and testing this wonderful car. As the saying goes "the poet's dream." I do not understand why everyone is whining that the high price is prof. Technics! Although sellers are also not sickly folded. Yes, the film is not so actively used by the same pros, but the camera itself remains a professional technique. And it doesn't have to cost a penny. I don't think that in 10 years the same Nikon D4, D3 will cost like a soap dish, so that all sorts of mediocrities can buy and go with a show-off to click. Well, I repeat here is the factor of the seller's greed. Recently I saw a woodpecker on OLX selling an old Nikon D2H (I think) for UAH 10. I hope no idiot buys.

    Your mistake Arkady was that you gave the film for scanning to some dirty collective farmers and they screwed up all your work. I can’t imagine where it was possible to collect so much dust. It’s just that you made a bad advertisement in this camera and film as a whole for owners (not photographers, namely owners) of digital mirrors.
    I read here some of their comments and stupid jokes like “pouring sand on the matrix, it will be the same” ... Looks like it was not enough to look further at the pictures of other photographers. And the pictures are great. If such buttons were ever filmed on film, then probably on a plastic box with the inscription Skina with acc. result. But now his Nikan D 5200 or Kenan 60D - pressed the button and shydevr. Turned on the serial shooting and immediately 5 masterpiece !!! And there is no need to show any dust. You can immediately go to the cable car or some dull online gallery, where everyone likes everyone so as not to offend the 100 thousandth shydevr with a cat or a flower.

    • SashOK

      I love to film, it’s a pity that now because of the rate of this fucking dollar, it has tripled in price. And of course I have not F6, but a simple F55.
      Here's an example

      • anonym

        Is it Kharkov?

  • Evgeny_d60

    It's funny that someone this f6 as a personal insult turned out. It does not encroach on your d7000, it was released in 2004, when it was 4mp d2h and waited for 12mp d2x. And it was clear that this was the last film-maker.
    Arkady is read by different people, and someone considers himself to be a fierce professional, bringing buckets of money from the wedding seasons. And I look at a photo of such a man with a cool technique (“a summer residence near St. Petersburg,” yes) and I think you ought to tear your hands off. As Arkady said 100 times, HOW is important. But film and commerce are now, of course, a special case, and in our Palestinians they are quite rare.
    It’s funny when you spit on govnolaby. Dear, you bought 36 frames, the value of each of them is orders of magnitude higher than the click of your number. Empirically, find a normal lab or forget about an experiment. As for digitization, it is only in a special case, I think so.
    My experience with film is one on f55 and one on Zenith11. The exit from Zenith is more interesting; there was Helios. With f55, there is a pair of very atmospheric ones (color, tone and blablabla). Also, when giving photos to friends, the feeling of the frame’s uniqueness plays a role, that it’s only with you, and not with friends and Facebook.
    As a result, this is a very interesting experience for amateurs, and the cost is very low. FED or Zenith costs like two or three films, and they give a unique feeling. Beginners are encouraged to try

    • Lynx

      aha .. find experimentally in a provincial town “good labu”. If there is a maximum of 1-2. Or send to Moscow / St. Petersburg, which is kind of slow (not to mention the price) and increases the cost of a frame by 2 times.

  • Dmitriy

    I didn’t like the examples of scans. Having such a result on hand, for example, I would not have laid out a review of the top filmmaker at all.

    • Lynx

      But you do not have any.

    • Antor

      “BY” is the key word

  • Dmitriy

    Praktica LTL / CZJ Flektogon 35 / 2.4

  • Dmitriy

    Pentax ME / SMC 50 / 1.7

  • Dmitriy

    Pentax ME ...

    • Lynx

      mmya .. it would be better if you didn’t post it .. didn’t disgrace

  • Dmitriy

    Pentax Z-1P / SMC 50 / 1.4

    • Lynx

      Oh, don't be nervous, don't be nervous. I tease.
      Your photo is not much worse than in the review, it will do.

  • Dmitriy

    The above is addressed to the Lynx. Kodak color film + (200)
    And now something for Anonymous, who published data on dynamic ranges on 24.01.16.
    The first picture of Pentax ME ...

  • Dmitriy

    And the next shot is Nikon d90 (18-105 whale) under the same conditions

  • Dmitriy

    Here is a photo

  • Dmitriy

    I would very much like to shoot on a similar camera in the review, I consider it especially valuable to be able to record the exposure parameters of each frame. Arkady has only two reviews of film cameras, however, it is in these branches that high discussion activity is observed.

    The film disciplines and makes you “turn on your brains”. Given its high cost, you often have to shoot without duplicates, so you spend more time on each frame. But the result is not disappointing.

    Comparing with the figure, I will say that the film with high-contrast scenes and light sources in the frame copes, the figure “chokes”.

    • Lynx

      Good evening captain!

      • Denis

        In addition, distortion cannot be corrected on a film photo and vignetting can be removed.

  • anonym

    whatever you like, either print manually, or the film turns into a maximum scanner resolution.

  • Sergeyich

    For those who do not want to shoot on the crop.
    Having recently analyzed the market for new and used digital full-frame cameras, I come to the conclusion that in amateur photography, film still is an alternative to digital full-frame. Even with moderate shooting, even on professional film (Ektar, Portra, etc.), having used up 4-5 spools per year and having printed or scanned a lot of this, it will take about 15-20 years before the cost of photographic materials approaches the cost digital carcass of the initial or (with a stretch) intermediate level.
    And the paradox is that with 36 frames shot, the number of successful ones (and those that got into print) will be more than with three hundred digital ones. At the same time, the quality of the negative is immediately excellent, without using HDR, Pixel Shift, DRO, D-Lighting. This will allow you to concentrate on the shooting itself. There will be no need to pull anything out of the RAVs (since the film has enough photo-latitude), which will allow you to spend time on something else in life, and not on graphic editors.

    • Yarkiya

      The conclusion is absolutely subjective, the desire to tinker with the film may arise in the form of a nostalgic effect in the one who shot it at one time, or in a young enthusiast as an experiment.

      • Viktor

        As you subtly noticed !!! ”… a young enthusiast as an experiment”. I bought a Canon 1N film, having a digital Canon 1D mark3 that's why. But I don’t know what will happen. Perhaps this is still a healthy adventure. Is not it?

  • Sergeyich

    Is it really considered tinkering to hand over the film for development, then view the negatives, select the best ones and print them? I don’t understand ... What, on a digital computer somehow differently, without fuss?

  • Sergeyich

    And further. You interpret my message in the context of the confrontation of the film - numbers, so you did not understand the depth of the issue at hand. Therefore, do not bother, shoot on a crop or pay 40-50 thousand hryvnia for a more or less decent full frame.

    • Oleg

      Commentary from the category “this is not this for you, here you need to understand the full depth of our depths”
      In response, you can hear "it is of course, because sho shozh" ...

    • Yarkiya

      Listen to you, so shoot on the crop, this is something disgustingly disgusting. Of course I won’t bother, I have a great camera on which I want to shoot and shoot, and it doesn’t matter that it’s cropped, but I know that in front of the crop there are only two fortmata ff and medium, and behind it a whole cart and a small cart. And I was not too lazy and figured out Photoshop and color grading and I get great aesthetic pleasure from developing RO files. And it’s not about saving unsuccessful overexposure-overslight. And HDRs with D-Lighting are just a tool, and not at all a necessary tool for getting a good shot.
      I understand that you do not know how to work in Photoshop and you do not have money for a full frame, but you are not alone, the vast majority of them. So, is everyone urgent in the last century for the film? And then everyone will immediately comprehend the “depth”?

      If you like the film, say so: guys, I shot it here and it was great, I liked this and that.
      And you just about the “depths”, crop, photo editors.

  • Sergeyich

    For Yarkiy.
    Your position is clear to me. I realized that the phrase about the depth of the issue hurt.
    But you also wrote in the first answer about Yerema, and I wrote about Thomas.
    Do not be offended, but I don’t understand your activity in the Nikon F6 FILM branch. Yes, we have a free country, you can read and write what you want ....
    But the topics are still of interest and preference, and I do not understand people who climb with a "fly in the ointment" in a completely foreign direction.

    Yes, crop is flawed. Most photo enthusiasts will come to this conclusion sooner or later.
    This format, by and large, was intended to replace film compacts for the mass consumer, where the optics were immediately tuned to a hyperfocal distance starting from one meter. Well, they succeeded. But this has nothing to do with art photography.

    • zengarden

      FF is also flawed. Real pro shoot in medium format :)

      • Oleg

        If you think so, then there is also a wide format for leaflets, film ...

        • Oleg

          ..listed .. Damn AutoCorrect.

          • Sergeyich

            In the early 80s, the book “The Adirondacks” by American photographer Nathan Farb was published. Rizzoli New York Publishing House, A4 book format, A3 spread.
            This is a great photo book that tells about the beauty of the American National Park. A colossal work has been done on which several years have been spent. The pictures were taken at different times of the year, under different weather conditions and time of day. The stunning variety of the natural landscape of this park is conveyed. There are winter and autumn photographs that you want to review again and again ...

            There is a small note about the photo arsenal. Deadorf 30s camera, Kodachrome 8x10 '' (20x25 cm) color slide sheet film. A set of optics - fixes, with focal lengths from 150 to 450 mm. A normal lens for such a camera is 300mm.
            By the way, many pictures in the book are printed on a spread (A3 is obtained).

            The book immerses the viewer in a different, magical world and will not leave indifferent any amateur photography.

    • brighty

      The fact that I am shooting on a number does not mean that I do not understand the film, I am not 20 and not 30 years old and not by hearsay, but from my own experience I felt all the charm of the red lights, bathrooms of photo enlargers, glosses and other junk present in life amateur photographer. This is so that you are not surprised by my activity in the film topic.
      Well, since the country is free, then don’t refuse me the right to read and write what I want, and don’t speak with my teeth Thomas and Yerema, I just noticed that your conclusion is subjective, because you were offended, how about some kind of makrushnik with contemptible crop, dared to encroach on the depths of film mystery.
      And by the way, as zengarden has already correctly noted, FF is the most flawed crop in your understanding, from the medium format, which is also the crop from the large format. Well, if you shoot not on transparencies, but on ordinary negative, even a “professional type”, then you are not among the “chosen” connoisseurs of the depth of slide photography.
      In a word, if we talk about the alternative of the film to ff, then just troubles with trips to the labs, selections, printing or scanning, nullifies all the desire to shoot on film ff. This is not an alternative but a headache. Well, I have a pentax old mirror with a fifty-fifty and a soap dish and a plastic kodak, too, and they stand as cute in a closet for beauty and history, but I still rent at 1,4 and get real pleasure from the process.

      • Sergeyich

        Why are you still shooting at 7100? He’s so cool! My colleague has 16-85 optics at work. This is a beast!
        Or maybe you want 7200 already? Or 7d mark2? Maybe K-3? Or A77-2? There, the screen is rotary and the video is just chic! And Sony released A99-2, and Kenon 5d mark4!
        Oh, you, Yarkiy, do not say something….

        • Yarkiya

          Saving up on F6

          • Sergeyich

            ABOUT! Welcome to our ranks, comrade!

            • Yarkiya

              Sarcasm. If needed.

              • Sergeyich

                That is understandable, but funny.

      • Viktor

        For Yarkiy! Everything is very sensible, we can say nature-like!

    • Lynx

      Do not heypish you like that.
      The mass consumer, for the most part, is also flawed ... But nothing, lives somehow.

  • Sergeyich

    There are two factors that relieve this headache.
    Factor number 1. Availability.
    Film technology is now more accessible than ever. Even a schoolchild can now buy a FED or Zenith (and there are many such cases). Film is moderately available. But it is not needed for kilometers. For a couple of autumn outings, one roll of film is enough with the head. After all, an experienced amateur photographer (and we are all experienced here!) Knows that a photo catch brought home does not depend on the infinite number of frames provided, but on a responsible approach to this occupation. Again, the cost is paltry compared to the digital 24x36.
    And even more - the medium format 6x6 can now also be dealt with. Kiev-60, Kiev-88, Salute and optics for them are now available to many amateur photographers. The cost of the film type 120 does not exceed the cost of the film type 135, just 36 frames, not 12.
    Factor number 2. Years.
    Mr. Yarkiy, but when you were a kid, did you really bother developing and printing at night under a red light and with baths of reagent solutions? No!!! Otherwise, you simply wouldn't be doing it. In our time, this is not necessary. A couple of months ago I went to one of the specialized photo shops and was sincerely surprised at the number of young people who bring film for development. Medium format! B / w, color ...

    Students on the photo labs fly just like that and nothing hurts them, and serious and mature uncles sit at home and click on the mouse. They had already plowed their own.

    • Yarkiya

      Oh-wei, until retirement I still have to plow and plow and I'm not a serious uncle, so in my free time from urgent worries I fly in nature in search of arthropod models, since we have them all year round.

      And why do you strive to answer for me? When I was a kid, it was the development and photo printing that bothered me the most, as I remember all these tanks to the touch in the sleeves of the jacket, how much time it was killed, it is a pity to hell. Photo labs of course were just a breakthrough in this red-light horror, but still this is far from the limit of dreams. It was the figure that brought me back to photography, but even now, I am angry with fate and dream that my older children should process my photo material, and I would only click and click.

  • Alexey

    An excellent review of the last mammoth of the outgoing era, from Nikon. Probably, it makes no sense to save on an expensive film camera today, but to refuse to shoot it for pleasure, if available, is stupid. I like the film’s ability to discipline and value every shot. I really liked the imitation of scratches and dust on black and white frames.

  • Felix

    Thank you so much Arkady for your reviews of photographic equipment! I’m constantly looking through them with great interest!
    I've been doing both film and digital photography for quite some time. And when there is a debate about whether film or digital is better, it just becomes funny. Yes, no digital camera will transmit “medium format” and “large format” in terms of information content and transmission of halftones, because the whole process of image restoration is based on conversion and interpolation algorithms based on the averaging of the output result! there is simply nothing to brag about in the white trial!

  • Yuri Vostrukhin.

    I like the film more! F5 bought a new one for $ 300. A great camera! Here's a shot from it, it's an Agfa / Nikon Coolskan 4000ED slide.

  • Paul

    I wonder why the film is so badly scratched.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Crooked-handed developers.

  • anonym

    It may be good, but photos are not impressive in quality.
    Dmitry. Amateur photographer with 40 years of experience.

  • anonym

    And why do people shoot such crap on film ..? Riddle ...

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