What is your favourite Nikon Film camera?

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    What is your favourite Nikon Film camera and why?
     
  2. ssmed macrumors 6502

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    FE2. Delightful to shoot. Must be some consensus as the used prices tend to be high (for a film body).
     
  4. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    For 20 years I used a couple of Nikon FE bodies (one black for transparency film, the other silver for b/w or high-speed film). Lovely little cameras with very solid build. The best? I don't know. But they served me well...
     
  5. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    F100; was the only serious film camera I ever owned and I cannot count the many rolls of Velvia I shot with it. It is not one of the older Nikon work horses but a nice body none the less.

    On a side note I recall when digital was new and how long it took for digital to catch up to fine grained film. When I first switched to digital I missed the sound of the film auto winding back into the cartridge.
     
  6. dwig macrumors 6502

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    IMO, the F3/HP is the best handling film Nikon, though there is a bit of a soft spot in my heart for the plain prism F.

    I've owned F, F Photomic, F Photomic TN, F Photomic FTn, F2 Photomic, F3, and EL2 and have used F2, FM, FE, FM2, FE2, FA, EM, FG, FG-20, N8008, N2000, N2020. I've also handled and very briefly used several other Nikons. I've also owned or used many (>30) other 35mm SLRs, not to mention RFs and other format cameras, over the last half century.
     
  7. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I liked the handling of the F3, but the metering display in the viewfinder was awful. +/- just wasn't enough information. If I could have had an F2 with the HP viewfinder, that would have been nice. The F4 was my favorite, though.
     
  8. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I bought my first Nikon when the Nikkormat line was phased out. My choice was between an Olympus OM-1 and the Nikon FM. I ended up with the Nikon primarily for lens reasons. I will say the FM and FE line remain my favourite to this day. In fact I have one FM2 that is in near mint condition that I keep as a personal remembrance of those days.
     
  9. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

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    I thought film cameras are dead and you can no longer find flim
     
  10. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    f4

    why on earth no one invents something that is just a 35mm sensor and storage card that you can replace the film door with on those cameras?
     
  11. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Kodak did it a long time ago with their DCS series of cameras. http://www.nikonweb.com/files/DCS_Story.pdf
     
  12. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    wow, thanks for that.

    those things were huge, but what the hell it was the 90s... I bet today it could be done in something the same size of the film door even with a LCD.

    market would probably be too small tough, not many high end cameras like the f3/f4 around these days. sad
     
  13. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    F3HP......but that is all ancient history. Today I only do mirrorless.
     
  14. chrfr macrumors 603

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    They were huge and the DCS 460/560/660 cost somewhere around $25-30k. The integration with the body that current digital cameras offer is a massive improvement over trying to put a back on a film camera.
     
  15. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    I was astonishingly lucky last year when my wife's uncle was clearing out a cupboard. I scored an excellent Nikon FM and a Canon AE1. They are in fantastic condition.

    As silly as this sounds, i havent shot a full roll of film through them yet. Intend to take a shot now and then and havent done the 72 as each one feels like I have to be really selective. No digital run and gun allowed.

    They are lovely pieces. Both fitted with 50 f1.8 standard lenses. The canon makes a weird screech which apparently is a known problem on them.

    Thing is, it is so wierd how much harder it is - for me anyway - to shoot film.

    And I had that daft moment when fitting the film for the first time. I wound the rewind level and took the unused £7 a roll film and wound it backwards back into the spool thus making it a useless lump of plastic. :) oops.

    I am better at it now.... i think.

    So I think the FM is my favourite of the 2 mainly because it doesnt make the noise and the focus screen is easier to work with.
     
  16. Hughm macrumors member

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    Nikkormat FT2. Incredibly tough, simple.
     
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    Not a battery in sight.
     

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  18. bhtwo macrumors 6502a

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    My old F followed closely by my F2A... built to last and they have!
    Well... cept for the F2 which has a broken film transport due to a dodgy motor drive.
    I would still use but film is just too expensive for me.

    mrnikons.jpg

    I have a Nikkormat Ftn too, which is nice.
     
  19. georgeinnj macrumors regular

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    Yep, those Nikkormats are tough. I had bought mine back in the early 70s and while on vacation in upstate NY I had left the camera in its case on top of car, I got distracted packing the kids into the car :) , and we took off to town. The road had some sharp curves and on one of them I heard some thumping but I didn't see anything in the rear view mirror or feel anything in the way the car drove so I continued driving to town. It wasn't until we got there and we started our walk that I realized I had left the camera on the car roof. At that point I guessed that the thumps I heard was it flying off and so I got back into the car and drove back to the spot. After a quick search I found the camera in a cow pasture off the road. The leather on the camera case was ripped but the steel case underneath was only scratched up a bit. Opening up the case I found that the lens had popped off but after putting the lens back on it appeared that the camera was still functional. When we got back home I sent the Nikkormat off to Nikon for a check up and the only thing that they had to do was recalibrate the built in meter, everything else was fine. What a tank for a consumer level camera.
     

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