Here in the last few months I was given a mint Nikon F4. The guy I got it from retired and had it in his locker. beuatiful camera. it came with three lens and flash. Where I'm I going with this...? As most of us use medium format cameras I'm fighting in my head in regards to go shoot with Rollei or go out and shoot the F4. Do you guys go back in forth in regards to shoot a particular format, regardless of camera? Do you alway go back to the old faithful? I'm always thinking if I see something and have the wrong camera. I'll have regret not shooting it with Rollei.The insanity!!
It's all a personal thing. Some people are one camera, one or two lenses, one film and one developer. Wonderful for them. As long as they don't get all high and mighty about it...
Personally I love shooting many different cameras and have extensive sets I've collected thru the years both MF and 35mm. As my mood or spirit changes I feel drawn to different systems at different times not only for the results I get but how differently the systems handle and the fun of seeing what I can do and get with different lenses and th different approaches each system or set demands or encourages in me.
Obviously you got very lucky here getting such a nice camera and set of lenses. Have fun and see what you think. If it's not for you sell it off or pass on the favor to another close friend.
But don't decide such too quickly! Give it a year or two and at least 3-4 strong solid tries with the F4 system before you decide to move on from it.
I've got a pretty big f4/f3 nikon system, and a nice compact MF setup; I guess I don't see a lot of overlap between them- I use the f4 when I want to burn a lot of exposures or need something it offers, I use the MF for my premeditated photography when I know I won't need many frames to get what I want. I wouldn't use MF for sports, for example- I've tried, but was unhappy with the success rate vs. processing time for the number of exposures.
As I see it, the F4 has decent tracking AF, TTL flash, long telephoto capability & 37 consistent shots per roll. These are things I need sometimes. I could probably use the f4 for all my MF shots, but they would lack the look I was attempting to achieve, but I simply could not use MF for many of my f4 work.
If you feel you can't use it, you can send it to me. I'll keep you updated on how I use it. You may as well send the lenses, too, they're just taking up space on your shelf.
I have both Bronica SQ-A and Nikon gear. I enjoy using them both. Give it some time, you may find out you like using the F4. If not, you know how to get a hold of me...
+1. I, too, have several systems (Hasselblad, Nikon and Leica) and bounce back and forth depending upon mood and what I happen to be interested in (or "planning") to shoot at the time. The Hasselblads - loaded with PanF/FP4/E100G/E100VS) are generally (but not always) my go to set for landscape or fine art work. The Nikons, for their part, get called on for sports or wildlife shooting (anything requiring long glass). And the M6 is usually my choice for a "walk around" when I feel a certain want of ambition and don't feel like carrying around a bag of gear. That said, I just enjoy shooting and tend to move quite easily between the three systems. And, too, sometimes it is interesting to "bounce around" between cameras just to see how the choice of equipment influences what and how I see, and how I will shoot what I see.
Originally Posted by rich815
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The f4 and system is great for anything dealing with more action and/or lower light than medium format is good for; things I mostly use the DSLR for. Back in the 90's I used one to shoot mucho sports, groups, concerts, events, weddings, etc...
It doesn't get as much use for me at the moment since I do small format digital, mf/lf film. but that's me.
for what it's worth, here is what I do:
MF whenever possible for almost everything. (Camera, 3 lenses, 2 backs). For me the image quality is the big deciding factor and I am willing to schlep a heavy bag and tripod around as a result.
When it is not possible to be carrying such a large camera system I will use my 35mm SLR (also 3 lenses). This includes on tour when travelling by plane, or out anytime I can't carry much gear. Also I opt for the 35mm most times I am taking candid pictures of people or need to take pictures handheld and or quickly. 35mm I also use for short exposure low light situations (F1.4 vs F3.5 makes a difference).
If I find myself in a situation where I can't really carry anything except in my pocket, or I want to be super discreet, I use a compact fixed lens rangefinder. It has a good quality 40mm F1.7 lens so is pretty versatile for a fixed lens.
In practical terms this means that even though I will always try and shoot MF, I also end up with tons of great pictures from my 35mm cameras. The image quality is not the same, but if a picture is good, it will be good no matter what camera was used, and sometimes 35mm allows me to take those good pictures where my RB67 would not have been able to.
Really? Is this true?
Originally Posted by ToddB
By this statement, I assume you mean, “most of us who participate in the APUG Medium Format Camera forum use medium format cameras.”
Originally Posted by ToddB
When I shoot film, I have definite format preferences.
Originally Posted by ToddB
Close-ups – usually small format or medium format; rarely large format
Macro – small format is my only choice because I do not have macro equipment in any other format
Portraits – medium format is my first choice; small format is my second; never used large format because equipment and film cost was prohibitive for me
Black & White Images – medium format or large format because I have never been satisfied with small format B&W images
Sports/Action – usually small format; for night or indoor events I prefer medium format if I need to sync a flash at shutter speeds faster than my small format camera will sync
Architecture – large format if I need image detail, perspective control, and depth-of-field control; medium format if I only need image detail; small format if only need an image
Travel – small format first choice due to size and weight constraints; medium format second choice if landscapes and scenic shots are the primary subjects
Candid – small format rangefinder first choice due to small size and quiet operation; small format SLR second choice; second choice is medium format TLR for its quiet operation and waist-level viewfinder
Hand-Held Available Light – small format camera with fast lens is my only choice