Nikon F4 and slide film

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Paul Goutiere, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Paul Goutiere

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    I have a Nikon F2 and a Nikon F3. Pretty good performers all 'round but I'd like to know if there may be an advantage in using the metering system in the Nikon F4 for slide film.

    Any thoughts?

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    If you can, get an F5 or F6 or F100 instead.

    Haven't worked with the F6, but have owned the F, F2, F3, F4, F5 and F100.

    My favorites are the F2, and the F100. The F6 has the same metering system as the Nikon D2HS, and D2XS digital systems. Very worthy.

    F4 had some falling apart issues went I owned it (like the F3), and is more bulky then the F5.
     
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    The F4's matrix metering is pretty good. It's not as sophisticated as the F5's, but it's decent. There is a small learning curve but it will definitely let you get more reliable exposures more quickly.

    If you plan to use a lot of manual-focus lenses, the F4 is a great body because you can't use matrix metering on the F5 with manual-focus lenses.

    The F6 will let you do this, but it's orders of magnitude more expensive than either the F4 or the F5.

    Of course, if you want to use AF lenses, the F5 and F6 drive them much, much more quickly and the choice of sensors makes AF a lot more usable.

    Jim
     
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    An F4 is a great camera, the matrix metering works with AI lenses and its bulk might give you comfort when the thunder roars. However, I must confess that I find it too bulky and heavy in nearly all other situations. If you don’t use auto-focus lenses I would stay with your F2 and F3 and buy an incident lightmeter instead. If you do use AF lenses and speed is important – I would go with the advice above.
     
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    The F4 has a spot meter that the F2 and F3 don't have and the matrix metering is nice, but, in the end, if you intimately know how your meter reacts to things, it doesn't matter too much.

    Also depends on what & how you shoot.

    I've shot all three of these cameras with slide film and enjoy using them all.

    This is probably not too helpful, huh?


     
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    To throw another option on the table, the F90x/N90s. It was the top end prosumer model that a lot of pros bought in the mid 1990's when the F4 proved not to be quite the successor to the F3.

    The F90x/N90s came with Matrix and centre weighted metering and worked well with Ai/AiS and Autofocus lenses. I don't own one, my brother does and prefers it to his F4. The only advantage with the F4 is you can use ANY lens in the Nikon line up (pre AI in stopdown mode).
     
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    I love my F4s. Spot meter works great imo, much better than the f3 center weighted. I apprecaite my F4 even more when conditions outside are not so good.
     
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    Wow, these are all good ideas and information. Thank you all very much.

    I have been using the incident light method with my handheld lightmeter but it is slow.
     
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    I love my F4s for the same reason's others mentioned: the maxtrix meetering with manual lens.

    Try to get the (rare) Sport Finder (I like the extra viewing area). I think its a DA-30.
     
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    I've got both an F4 and an F6, and I shoot almost exclusively slides in 35mm. I think that the F4 does a slightly better job of metering than the F6, and I generally leave both of them on matrix metering and program.

    There are some situations that will fool any meter, but the Nikon matrix metering is very good for 95% of what I encounter.

    There are other reasons to go for an F6 over an F4, but I don't think metering is one of them.
     
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    Yesterday a friend loaned me his excellent F4 for the day. I didn't put film in it but I dry fired the thing a bit. I may be able to borrow
    it again and at this time I'll have some good side film for it.

    It was enough of an experience to be impressed by the camera's weight and numerous knobs, dials and switches. Considering it is a 35mm
    camera there certainly is a lot of metal around that tiny little 24 x 36 opening ......and then you put a lens on it.

    When I cycled it I noticed there was very little vibration from the mirror and overall it was relatively quiet. I like being able to view all the settings so easily in the finder. (There was even a film frame indicator.) I have relatively large hands so it fit well with all the controls easily under my fingers.

    At first, this camera seemed to be more of some kind of industrial device than a artists tool, but now I see otherwise.
     
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    I just got an F4 and have run 3 rolls through it. It's my first Nikon so I can't compare to other Nikons but as far as the meetering goes, it rocks. I love the weight of it (I'm a pretty big guy) most other 35mm cameras are just too small for my hands and the F4 is rock solid when I fire it so there is less shake, for me anyway.

    D.
     
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    Same here, my F4E is my first Nikon, but I only shoot slide and the matrix metering worked lovely so far.
     
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    "I've got both an F4 and an F6, and I shoot almost exclusively slides in 35mm. I think that the F4 does a slightly better job of metering than the F6, and I generally leave both of them on matrix metering and program."

    Light meter in F6 is the best built-in meter ever made, beter than in Leica R8/R9. If you do not beleive me get minolta Flashmeter-V and Gossen Starlite and compare on the gray and all colors. It will change your thinking. Might be you do not use it properly.