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charles76

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Anyone have an F100 that they still shoot with? And have any tips for using it that they can offer? I haven't shot film in so long I almost forgot how to. Almost. That said, my other film cameras are all Canon. Yes, I said the dreaded C-word. And manual to boot? This is a whole new world to me...Anybody?



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The F100 is easy to use, if you are prepared for it's quirks.

  • Dynamic AF works differently in S and C modes. Sit down with the camera and the manual and try to understand the differences.
  • When you change film, have a rocket blower handy. Always look for dust in the film chamber when you open the camera back, there are no dust seals because of the plastic back.
  • The F100 eats alkalines. Use Eneloops or, if you have the MS-13 use A123 lithiums.
  • If you have to use alkalines, switch auto-rewind off because it will sooner or later rewind mid-roll when the battery gets low.
  • Remember that the matrix metering is the same 10-segment version as in the F801/N801. It works very differently than the matrix metering in more modern cameras. I prefer the predictability of centre-weighed metering, especially if you use other cameras as well.
  • The custom functions make nearly everything possible to tweak, but they are very cryptic and the manual is not the clearest I've read.

What kind of film will you use, and will you scan it or use an enlarger? Slides have to be spot on or slightly underexposed, colour negs spot on or slightly over for scanning, can be a bit more over for darkroom enlargement. B/W is easier to both scan and enlarge if they are on the denser side, so absolutely no underexposure.



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+1 on what Merco says... you can pretty much set the thing up the way you prefer, for focus and metering etc.

I found Thom Hogan useful on this camera, and I bought one of his period Nikon Field Guides that covers the F100, it's not necessarily more clear than the manual, but may explain some things better.

 

http://www.bythom.com/F100.htm



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Should your F100 fire without film loaded. Mine will not. Is there a way to do this or adjust in settings?


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I don't remember for certain, but I think it locks up without film if it is set to read the DX code on the canister. Many bodies from that era did. You could try setting ISO manually and see if it fires then.



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I'm almost certain that Merco is right. My F100 is thousands of miles away right now, but when I had it in action I was rolling my own film cans, which had no DX coding and so to set the camera
to manual DX. I recall it firing without film.


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Should your F100 fire without film loaded. Mine will not. Is there a way to do this or adjust in settings?


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There are a lot of custom settings available. This is one. Google for the manual.

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