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Nikon F6 AF 35mm Film SLR Camera (Body Only)
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- Type of Camera - Integral motor autofocus 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera with electronically controlled focal-plane shutter.
- Exposure Modes - Programmed Auto, Flexible Program, Shutter priority, Aperture Priority and Manual
- Picture Format - 24mm x 36mm (standard 35mm film format)
- Viewfinder - Fixed eyelevel pentaprism, built-in diopter adjustment (-2 to +1m-1)
- Eyepoint - 18mm (at -10m-1) ; Power Source: Battery Holder MS-41 provided (two 3V Lithium batteries) Optional Multi Power Battery Pack MB-40 and AA type battery holder MS-40 available (for eight alkaline manganese, lithium or NiMH batteries or one rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4); built-in battery back up
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|Film Format Type||35mm|
|Package Height||5.3 x 6.5 x 8.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||3.4 pounds|
Uses all Nikon SLR Lenses (except IC) / Top of the line professional film camera Focusing Screen - B Type BriteView clear screen Matte II, interchangeable with six other optional focusing screens Autofocus - TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM 2000 autofocus module AF Detection Range - Approx. EV -1 to EV +19 (at ISO 100) AF Area Mode - Single Area AF, Dynamic AF, Group Dynamic AF or Dynamic AF with Closest Subject Priority Metering System - Three built-in exposure meters; 1005 Pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix II ,Flexible Center Weighted and Eleven Spot meters / Metering Range - (at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens) EV 0 to EV 20 in 3D Color Matrix II and Center-Weighted, EV 2 to EV 20 in Spot Auto Exposure Lock - By pressing AE-L/AF-L Button Film Speed Setting - ISO 25 to 5000 for DX-coded film; ISO 6 to 6400 can be manually set Shutter - Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with built-in shutter monitor Flash Synchronization - In Programmed Auto or Aperture-Priority Auto, shutter operates from 1/250 to 1/60 sec. in normal sync. 1/250 to 30 sec. In slow sync; in Shutter-Priority Auto or Manual exposure mode Dimensions (WxHxD) - 6.2 x 4.7 x 3.1 inches Power Source - Battery Holder MS-41 provided (two 3V Lithium batteries) Optional Multi Power Battery Pack MB-40 and AA type battery holder MS-40 available (for eight alkaline manganese, lithium or NiMH batteries or one rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4)
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Personally, as someone who has been a photographer for over 55 years, I prefer the freedom and creative potential of fully manual operation instead of all this automation, and one can have this with a much simpler camera; since the price of fancy film cameras like this has come down to such incredibly low levels, however, one might just as well use the F6 -which also offers a manual mode-.
For those who like reading, I'd suggest the "behind the scenes" > [...] an old Nikon article that was saved and reposted just for the sake of keeping useful info available to the public.
First and foremost, if you're considering this, you *MUST* be aware AND willing that it works with FILM (sorry but some people don't simply realize it) - this means 36 frames at most that have to be LOADED, SHOT, UNLOADED, TAKEN TO THE LAB/DEVELOPED AND PRINTED (you can also ask for a scan but better pro labs, over here they are a joke, let alone walmarts, costco and the like) - I personally love shooting it with Kodak Portra 160 / 400 and *very* fast Zeiss glass - F6 handles manual focusing very good and for sure better than most of actual DSLRs ( I think its viewfinder is probably the largest / brightest even among modern pro cameras - not sure D5/D4s but definitely so for all the rest )
If you can live with film, the Nikon F6 will probably become your life companion and you'll realize how much you miss it after shooting with the usual DSLRs. I'd like to compare the F6 to a Maserati or Aston Martin: you'll always find a Ferrari, Lambo, Pagani with more HPs but you get the point, when you want to balance performances with finesse, this is the path to take, it's a class apart.
Here's the very point people don't get. DSLRs are of course superb tools and such they are used (and abused) so noone really cares on how they are made (are they waterproof? Have they GPS or the latest super duper gimmick? do they have better autofocus and more fps than its direct counterpart? More megapixels? this is the only questions you usually look in modern cameras) With F6 you can really forget all of it and enjoy USING it, from the very first moment you see and use it, you grasp it, you look into the viewfinder, you'll understand this is NOT "another Nikon". This is THE Nikon. This is the camera to take with you when you want to have something very special with you - think of an environmented portrait or a quiet place or a colourful ethnic dance/gathering and you have the time to ENJOY it. Note, while it can also work very well in a rush, I'd really advice you to take your time ENJOYING it, just like you do when you sip an excellent aged wine or listen to a wonderful piece of music in total relax. Since 2002 I changed/owed honestly too many cameras and lenses but the F6 was definitely the very best of all of them. Really, over here the weakest point are labs, not the camera. If you can, try it. Sure, it will sound awkward at first, especially if you're used with digital workflow only, yet if you allow yourself an open mind and a challenging spirit, the F6 won't fail. No matter how many megapixels will have smartphones (another item which is subjected to obsolescence and trends) or other smaller cameras tomorrow, none of them is as exciting and engaging as the F6, no way. I think it's the only film cameras that's STILL produced (although in small batches) anywhere in the world, along with stellar priced Leicas I guess. My suggestion is to pair it with a SB400 or SB22s which are pocketable and can be tweaked enough to make much more than that for they are officially sold. I might write the whole night and still find good points for the F6. Really a lifetime purchase.
If you love to use the state of the art tools, get F6 while you still can. If you simply love to own beautiful things, get a Leica.