Great camera! If I got an AF Nikon again, it would be this camera. The battery grip (MB-15) is nice and gives you the option of using dedicated rechargeable batteries, plus vertical controls. Definitely download a manual. A suggestion - put in fresh batteries, then before you put any film in, test the shutter by firing the camera at all shutter speeds from one second to about 1/250th. You should be able to hear the difference in the length of the shutter speeds in this range (if it all sounds the same, something is wrong). Also, again before loading the camera, check that the lens stops down by repeatedly shooting with the aperture set to the various f-stops from f/1.8 all the way through f/22. Then do the same thing with a roll of film, trying various combinations. You want visual, auditory, and on-film confirmation that the mechanics are working.
LikeVedmak I found the the "Zone System for 35mm Photographers" by Carson Graves to be a very readable book and it will tell you a lot in a simple way. Can be bought secondhand quite cheaply.
Wow, thanks for all the helpful and welcoming responses!
I'm actually a undergrad studying in California (but currently in Massachusetts for the summer).
Originally Posted by Ron LarFor4X5
hahahaa, yeah, I usually hate creating usernames so I just typed the first thing that popped into my mind.
So I've downloaded and looked over the user manual and I think I have a basic understanding of the camera now. I will also be going to a library to check out some of the books that you guys have mentioned.
As for the film, the more I look into the different types of film rolls, the more I'm uncertain as to which type of film I should get or where I should get them from. Can anyone recommend me a affordable but OK quality film? I was thinking of buying bulk, maybe from amazon?
Film: Are you thinking prints or slides? Black and White or Colour?
First of all there are no bad choices.
Black & white Kodak Tri-X or Ilford HP5+
Color print Kodak NC 400 [Normal Color]
Color slides ... Im not current enough to suggest one over another. See line 2.
Thanks for your responses!
I more interested in the color roll films. I'm not sure if there specific types of films (I know there's transparency film...but I'm only looking for the regular film roll).
Is Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 color film rolls good for landscape/cityscape photography?
Do look into the film choices from freestylephoto.biz instead of Amazon - especially if you from LA you could just pick up whatever you want from their store. Depending on how much you plan on shooting, bulk loading can be more economical (after the initial fixed cost of the loader itself).
Originally Posted by staphkills
You can google to learn more about the characteristics of the different films. I don't have much experience to comment about color, but there are tons of options for black & white.
Nice camera, the F100. I've one and it's not nearly as tough as you'd think to figure out. First off, forget all the other books, etc. writen by the so-called experts. They're really good devices designed to separate you from your money and don't offer anything that isn't covered in the owner's manual. You don't need to use AF lenses either. I regularly use mine with old manual focus lenses, and it works just fine thank you.