nikon f100 viewfinder

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  1. northeast16th

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    I'm considering getting a Nikon F100 body, but I'm wondering about the viewfinder. It seems the only real option I have is an F3hp body because of its great viewfinder for those who wear glasses. I can't get my hands on one to check it out, but for those who have, is the viewfinder easy to see like and F3hp?

    I'm hopeless with an FM2, for example, and many other Nikons because of the viewfinder, which is hopelessly hard to see full frame, but the F3hp is great.

    Let me know for those who've used the F100, and thanks very much in advance for your responses.

    Scott
     
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    I like the F100 finder - quite large and clear. I loved it more before I looked through an F6 though ;-) Still, I don't think anyone would say the finder is a negative with the F100 - it's really nice and I wouldn't imagine you'd be disappointed. It's not 100%... about 94% from memory.
     
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    Stuck with an astigmatism it seems like the diopter in cameras will either let me choose to see either the image or the viewfinder info clearly...never both (unless the glasses are on). The viewfinder on the F100 suits well to wearing glasses in my case. Everything is bright, clear and no real drawback. The rubber on the exterior of the viewfinder helps prevent scratches and is easily replaceable if it becomes worn, which is a plus.

    Best of luck
     
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    I wear glasses, and have both an F100 and an F3HP. The F3's finder is really nice with glasses, there's no denying that. I can see the whole thing and with the right diopter correction, it's sharp as all heck. But the F100 is no slouch, and the built in adjustable diopter makes it awfully easy for me to use.
     
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    I can wear glasses with my F100. The viewfinder is higher than 94% (it's either 96 or 98%, I can't recall) but not 100%. If you want a 100% finder, the F5 is a terrific bargain these days but more than the F100.
     
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    Also wearing glasses here. The F100 has nicest viewfinder of my Nikons (FE and D200), it's very comfortable. Not as good as the F3hp (which I resisted buying in the end because I thought it was too redundant and too heavy/bulky). The F100 will give you access to shooting with G lenses (the ones without aperture rings), which is quite nice and means you can use the latest & the greatest from Nikon if you wish. The Tokina 11-16 makes a decent ultra-wide bargain for 35mm imho (if you can live with unsharp corners, not so good for landscapes but perfectly fine for that near-far + distortion effect).
     
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    I've given up on wearing my glasses with any of my cameras: I have myopia in both eyes and astigmatism in my left eye, but since it's my right eye that I use to peep through the viewfinder, I just go glasses-less and use auto-focus (Nikon N80) or figure it out with my rangefinders (Bessa R and Leica IIIc), and do pretty well.:D

    With best regards.

    Stephen
     
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    The f100 VF is not quite as nice as the f3hp, but I use it with glasses and... no problems.
     
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    I have an f100 and wear glasses as well. I love the camera. I have owned an F3HP and sold it. The F100 is a terrific camera!
     
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    I'm thinking, the only way to be sure is to try it out in person. I have no problems with my F100 or any other view finders. But, I have experienced similar issues with microscopes. Except for few brands, I am not able to merge the images. (binocular)

    To me, the view finder in F100 is nice, large, and bright. That doesn't mean it will work for you though.
     
  11. Vincenzo Maielli

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    I own a Nikon F100, that i use to take pictures of my nephews and friends of mine that play in some rock bands. I'm a spectacle user and never encountered any problem with the F100 viewfinder.
    Ciao.
    Vincenzo
     
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    F100 no problem wearing glasses

    F100 is no problem with glasses at all :smile:. FM2n is known to give problems with people wearing glasses (my fm-10 is no problem).
    I myself have -6.5 in both eyes, so I don't even bother buying the -3 diopters.

    I suggest www.bythom.com

    Thom Hogan is a true Nikon specialist. He wears glasses and has small hands. In his excellent reviews he always tells how the viewfinder works with glasses.
    And besides he is also a fine photographer, so a highly recommended site (most other sites are very subjective, and the more technical sites are often by people not photographing).
    :cool: