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    Quote Originally Posted by snegron View Post
    I believe he is the ultimate Nikon F collector!
    Yes, he has a few there!


    Steve.
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    I seldom use 35mm, but when I do, I pull out the old F. A great camera. I particularly like to use it when photographing bands. It attracts a lot of attention from the crowd - in much the same way that driving a nice antique car does.
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    Yes, I routinely use my F, bought from a pawn shop in Manassas many years ago. It came with an FTn head, which I replaced with a prism finder I bought in a shop for $90 -- not a bad price. There's just something so solid about the F -- different from my FE2, FM2 and Nikkormat FT3. Put an early 50mm f/1.4 on it, and there you go -- a great shooter.

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    I collect (and regularly use) the following mint condition cameras: F with F36 drive, F2AS/MD2, F3HP/MD3, F4s. My favorite in order is F2 (first), F3 (second) F4 (3rd).

    There is nothing like the Nikon prime's....I have the 20/2.8 (?), 50/1.2, 85/1.4, 105/2.5 and 135/1.4 (I think its that--its really fast) and the 180F2.8. Those lenses with those cameras are great.

    I probably use one each week--I sort of rotate them around.
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    I have an F in great shape I bought used around 10 years ago. I keep it handy around the house, loaded with Plus-X. I usually keep the 50 mm f1.4 on it but also have several other Nikkor primes I use regularly on it. It still makes awesome images. And as others have already said, it's a conversation starter.

    Having it in hand as I walk through sketchy parts of town lends a sense of security - it would make a great weapon if needed.

    I'd like to get another, also an F2 at some point.

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    I have an F with the 67 block. It came with the Photomic FTn that still works, but I use it with an F2 plain prism.

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    I have 2 Nikon Fs that belonged to my Dad. It was finding the key to the trunk that his camera gear was stored in that got me taking Photography classes a little over a year ago. There's something special about using an F, especially one that belongs to my Dad, it takes me back to a time when craftsmanship was the key to a business plan not planned obsolescence. For 35mm I mainly switch back and forth between the Fs and the F3s.
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    I dusted off my old F and changed the batteries in my FTN finder. The needle is moving much quicker now (I think the batteries it had were almost dead). I compared the meter to readings taken with my F100 set to center weight and they are metering the same! Tomorrow I will taking the old F to the zoo together with a few lenses (24mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4 and 105mm 2.5) to get some family portraits of my daughters. It will be interesting to be the "different" one for a change (no large digi-anchor with lens). All I need now is to defrost a few rolls of TriX and Fuji Astia 100F!

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    I can see the "F" sub-category being started at Apug now....

    Time to go count my pennies..
    W.A. Crider

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynecrider View Post
    I can see the "F" sub-category being started at Apug now....


    Now there's an idea...!

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