Written by Sonia Marfatia-Goode
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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