I think the F100 makes more sense for someone (like myself) who uses both film and digital systems, especially if the lenses are of G and/or VR type. Some of the newer lenses are very nice to be able to use on film (14-24; some of the VR's). In that sense it is not a lateral move. But that is not the OP's situation, I think. I agree he/she may find more reward in pursuing photographic possibilities than gear at this stage. I only became able to afford "better" gear in my mid-thirties. Looking back, I wish I had spent more of that money on travelling and day trips, rather than on gear that becomes obsolete all too soon.
That's ok Soeren! It can be at times confusing as the early F90 had the shutter speeds in 1/2 stops increments.
Originally Posted by Soeren
You're absolutely right Aja, sorry.
After adjusting the Customs Settings on the F100 one can operate the aperture setting with the: 1) thumb wheel or 2) aperture ring on lenses so equipped, which makes for stepless setting.
Fed 2, 5
Olympus OM-1N, OM-2N, OM-4, OM10
A bunch of Nikons
You are partially correct; I do use digital equipment, but only reluctantly; and most of my equipment and lenses are from the film era, and very few lenses are autofocus. I like the electronic rangefinder on the N90s; it makes using AI lenses easy. I think the thread here has confirmed that for now at least, I'm not missing too much. Also I confess I rather like the ergonomics of the N90 - kind of old school. I will put my GAS on hold and make good use of what I already have - which is not inconsiderable. Thank you all for helping me with this!
Originally Posted by dorff
I think you made a good decision. I have several Nikons, the most modern is a N90s. I really like it and use is more than any of the others, and although I have never used a F100, I suspect the N90s if more technically capable than I am when it comes to photography.
I have the N90s and they are beans to buy, I think the F100 has kept much more of its value, it much more like the modern DSLRs than the N90s is. I don't have the F100 but I do have the F80 and I can imagine the F100 would have much better ergonomics, and I assume it's quieter, the F80 is really quiet.
Their was a rumour at one point that as film camera declined Nikon were going to replace the F100 and F80 with a camera priced between them, I don't know if that was true.
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I got an F90 basically free with a lens. I wanted an 28-70 f3.5 AF-D from the auction site, but they always went for more than I wanted. Then I noticed this F90 for sale with what looked like a 28-70 on it from a very blurry photo, so I bid for it and got the camera and lens for less than the lenses were going for. It turned out to be the right lens, but then I had this spare F90, which I didn't actually need. I thought about re-selling it so I cleaned it up (the usual rubber coating was coming off the film back), and ran a roll through it. I have an F100, so I thought there was no way I needed it, but found I actually really liked it! So I'm going to keep it for black and white HP5 shooting. This is a really nice camera, and they are going for virtually nothing at the moment, much less than an F100. The only extra that seems to be useful for me for the F100 is using the thumbwheel to set aperture on CPU lenses, which is no big deal for me as most of mine are manual focus non-cpu anyway.
I started my Nikon addiction on a brand new 1992 F601 AF. I call it my screaming pig. It made all the nicest pictures on E6 and C41 of my growing up kids, but oh man this thing screams! I'm waking up all neighbours when using it. No street machine you can see. Therefor I started buying around (and GASing a little bit) some 10 yrs ago ( and that has stopped now). A lot of Nikons came and went: F401 came and went, another F601 came and went,F65 came and went too, the F100 came and stayed, some cheapo Canon(!)rangfinders came and went, but it was never "in love" with them... then I made a mistake then and bought a beaten up F4S. Only troubles with it so far. I like the beast for it's knobs and handling but it's weighing in a ton, a pro machine indeed but end of life full of defects it's worth zero. Then I stood back and decided to try out the F90X. And there it was: love... Is it because I started on plastic 1992 camera's that I want it to be plastic,... and therefor light(er)? Is it because the damned things are so cheap(50€/F90X)? Is it because they are no bother to me and don't stand in between the subject and the mind? It's that too. So my conclusion: search until you find "your machine" and stick with it, learn the tricks and the quircks of it. There's probably nothing better for you out there...
PS off topic: I wondered through all olympus Mju models too because it's such a nice and everyday usable type of (pocketable)camera. Got myself the Mju zoom 38-70 (made in japan) and the MjuII classic f2.8 to get along for the rest of my life. Full stop here too. they will do the job, everywhere... weathersealed... what'd you want more?
Well put. I know I've gone down the GAS trail too much in the past 8 years... Was it worth it? Nope. The tons of cash that I dumped into gear could've gone toward a LOT of film and processing. I probably would've been very happy if I'd continued shooting with my original FM2n and never laid hands on the F3P that replaced it.
Originally Posted by dorff
APUG: F3P, F2AS, Nikomat FT2
Nikkors: 18-70/3.5-4.5G AF-S DX (f/D2x), 20/3.5 UD, 24/2 AI, 35/2 O, 50/2 H, 50/1.4 S, 85/1.8 K, 105/4 Micro AIS, 180/2.8 PC
'tax gear: Spot II, 55/1.8 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
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Very very sane advice!
Originally Posted by epig
Ill try that next time GAS intervenes!
Life interfered and stopped my GAS episode. So now I just take photos with the gear I did acquire.