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| p.1 #13 · Nikon F6 or F100? Need reliable AF, comparable to digital SLR. Thoughts? |
I actually had a F100 that I had to return to the ebay seller since it had a corroded battery compartment that kept it from powering on. Luckily the return was hassle free. I did however decide to pick up a F5 instead of finding another F100. The F5 was wonderful! Matrix metering was top notch, but it did have two drawbacks in that the focus points are very difficult to see (if you don't move them around much, then it won't be a problem). Second drawback was the weight. Your stuck with the full size body which I like, but sometimes when I want to go hiking, it's nice to ditch a grip and go smaller.
I just recently moved up to an F6. What an awesome film camera!!! The F6 goes very nice with my D700 and I switch between them with ease. Custom settings on the F6 makes it all worth it if you use them. F100 and F5 have kind of criptic methods that were somewhat of a pain to use. I cannot compare focus speed F100 vs F6, but I do find the F6 just slightly better than my F5.
Price-wise, there is a HUGE difference as you are probably already aware. It all depends how much you are going to shoot film. Some might say $1000 is too much for a film camera these days, but look how much people are paying for Leica M6/M7? Yeah, the Leica is a solid brick, but the F6 is right there with it AND much more capable camera.
For casual film shooting, but the F100 should work just fine, but if you can spare it, the F6 is a dream!