Nikon F100 Camera Review by Sonia Marfatia-Goode

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Written by Sonia Marfatia-Goode

Nikon F100 Camera Review by Sonia Marfatia-Goode on Shoot It With Film

My history with the Nikon F100 35mm film camera (find at KEH Camera or eBay) is pretty simple. My digital experience was with the Nikon d40x and Nikon d610, which made the transition to the Nikon F100 was rather seamless. All of my lenses were compatible, so I didn’t have to buy any new lenses. (Did I buy any additional lenses? That’s another story, because I have a severe case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome!)

Nikon F100 Camera Review by Sonia Marfatia-Goode on Shoot It With Film

Ease of Use

The Nikon F100 was one of the first cameras I purchased when I got into film. Everything about it was SO EASY. I tried to do the responsible thing by reading the manual first (you can find the manual to the Nikon f100 here), but it was so easy to jump right in.

The F100 a 35mm camera, so you’ll get 24 or 36 exposures, depending on the film roll. It’s light to carry around and is compatible with almost all Nikkor lenses, both manual and auto focus. You can find the lens compatibility chart here.

The camera works on 4 AA batteries, which is great, because you always have AA batteries around or can pick them up anywhere. I prefer Energizer rechargeable batteries (find on Amazon). Many other film cameras use batteries that are often hard to find.

Nikon F100 Camera Review by Sonia Marfatia-Goode on Shoot It With Film

Loading the Nikon F100 and Using the Internal Meter

Loading the camera is easy peasy. Insert film, pull out leader, lay on track, close back, hit shutter once, and bam. Once it’s loaded, I usually set the ISO and shoot in manual using the internal light meter.

The internal meter is pretty accurate with matrix metering. Just pay attention to the aperture and shutter speed and you’re good to go. When I shoot with the F100, I leave my external light meter behind and just use the internal light meter. The F100 also has auto, aperture priority mode, and shutter priority functions as well.

Nikon F100 Camera Review by Sonia Marfatia-Goode on Shoot It With Film

Double Exposure and Flash Functions

There’s an option to do double exposures if you’re interested by turning the mode dial to the overlapping image symbol. You can find more specific instructions on page 60 of the manual. Mastering double exposures is a goal of mine to work on.

You can also hook the Nikon F100 up to strobes or flash. The max shutter sync speed is 1/250, which gives you a lot of flexibility. Shooting with strobes has been a game changer, especially in the winter time, when light is limited.

Nikon F100 Camera Review by Sonia Marfatia-Goode on Shoot It With Film

What I love about shooting with this camera is how easy it is to shoot documentary, action shots, and portraits. It’s such a versatile camera. And it’s pretty light to carry, depending on the lens you’re using. Basically, despite having so many camera systems, this is the one I always depend on.


Thank you so much, Sonia! You can also check out more of Sonia’s work on her website and Instagram, business Instagram, or Facebook.

Leave your questions about the Nikon F100 below in the comments, and you can pick one up for yourself at KEH Camera or on eBay.

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With the Nikon F100, at least with the oldest versions (I’ve read that during the years Nikon went back to metal, but I am not sure if it’s true or not), watch out for the plastic film shaft.

When the Nikon F100 first come out, I immediately bought one and I managed to break the said plastic film shaft while closing the back, changing roll in a hurry, at a concert.

The roll wasn’t properly seated, and in the pitch dark hall I couldn’t tell, so I ended up pushing very gently on the back when I felt a crack…it was the film shaft. I ended up selling the camera straight away and keeping instead the MUCH better made F4s.

Thank you so much for the info about the plastic film shaft! So helpful!

And heres a tip how to fix that:
https://mindenhezis.hu/nikon-f100-hatso-ajto/

Sorry for the hungarian language, but you can use the images to have an idea.
Nice camera by the way

Thanks for sharing, but the film shaft I was referring to is the piece that keeps the roll seated into the camera, i.e. the two bits that go one on top, one on the bottom of a film canister. On pretty much every camera I ever seen are made of metal, on the F100 I owned at least the “fork” was instead made of some kind of plastic, hence it broke. Still really useful information, even for other cameras!

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