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| p.4 #5 · Nikon Df - Steve Huff's thoughts |
I never remember people whining about the Nikon FM ergonomics being different from the F2 or EL2. I don't remember whining about it having a fixed screen. Or a top shutter speed of 1/1000th then the F2 had 1/2000th. When the FM2 and FE2 came out with 1/4000th sec top shutter speed no one whined that they could not live without 1/8000th. Or that the MD-11 had a top speed of only 3.5FPS.
How did people survive.
Back then 3.5fps was fast, and ISO 100 was a mid-speed film. 1/1000 was a usable max shutter for even f1.4 in daylight when you were shooting ISO 25 film pulled a stop to ISO 12 (or even two to ISO 6). Today it's not hard to bounce off 1/4000 without getting wide open.
Today, when you are at ISO 100 for your max DR and IQ, and you want to shoot wide open you need a few stops more shutter speed to get the same results (or a ND filter). The same goes for the low sync speeds, they were a lot easier to deal with due to the low ISO film available. 1/125 on an FM is a lot more flexible with ISO 25 film pulled a stop than 1/250th is today with an ISO 50 minimum.
Give me ISO 12, or even 25 and I'll stop complaining about a 1/4000 max shutter.
Modern sensors have done incredible things for high ISO's (and that once meant ISO 400), but we've lost a massive amount of flexibility in lower ISO's. A film camera generally offered ISO 6-6400 for range, and even today you can get B&W films which can be shot quite well at ISO 6.