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    Any hints about the Nikon F6

    Well, I've got a new Nikon F6 coming in on Monday. I was wondering if anyone who currently uses one has any hints about it. I heard a few things about loading film in it, but can't remember where I saw it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague View Post
    Well, I've got a new Nikon F6 coming in on Monday. I was wondering if anyone who currently uses one has any hints about it. I heard a few things about loading film in it, but can't remember where I saw it.

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    Robert,

    Can't help you out - but do tell us what you think once you start shooting with it.

    Not sure how much longer Nikon will be making film gear. They just announced the D3 (virturally a full frame sensor) and D300 (not) - so the F6 is likely to be the last in a long line of great film SLRs.

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    Loading film can be tricky the first time, I found it seems to work best to slide the top of the can in first and then push the bottom into place. There is a little nub at the top of the film chamber that prevents the canister from just dropping in.

    I found that occasionally I bump the switch that controls the focusing pattern, so you might want to check that occasionally, so you're focusing where you think you are. I've missed a few shots because the switch moved.

    After a few long flights the vibration of the plane loosened the screw that holds the rewind knob on, I noticed when it came loose and the knob wobbled on me when rewinding. I carry a small screwdriver for my glasses, and that worked fine to tighten it up. I should put a small drop of Loctite on it to hold it in place.

    Otherwide, it's a great camera. I think it fits in my hand better than any other camera I used because it's a bit smaller than other F series Nikons with motordrives. A plain F4 (not an F4S or F4E) is similar in size, bit not as comfortable. The AF is leaps and bounds ahead of the F4.

    One thing I do like is the ability to print the exposure and date data between the frames of film. It does slow down the drive speed if that's important.
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    I agree about loading thhe film it takes a little getting used to. Once when I was loading I pushed in one of the DX sensors and it didn't read my asa correctly. Besides that it is a wonderful camera very easy to get accustomed to. I also like the imprinting between frames of shooting data.

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    Does anyone know why it has the plastic bump which makes film loading more tricky than it should be? Bring back the Pentax 'Majic needle' system; so simple, so neat.

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    No idea what that bump is for. When I got the camera I called Nikon professional services ( or somethign like that) and spoke to a technician and he said not to remove the piece. Instead he told me of the easier way to load film and that has worked well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Loading film can be tricky the first time, I found it seems to work best to slide the top of the can in first and then push the bottom into place. There is a little nub at the top of the film chamber that prevents the canister from just dropping in.
    That seems to be similar to the way the F5 loads.

    Otherwide, it's a great camera. I think it fits in my hand better than any other camera I used because it's a bit smaller than other F series Nikons with motordrives.
    That is kind of one of the downsides for me. I have big hands and like a big camera. But, I ordered an MB-40 grip to go with the camera (even that was expensive). Even on my D200 I have the battery grip.
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    Just a note. The "bump" is also on the F5. It can make things a bit frustrating - particularly when trying to change rolls of film "on the fly" so to speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague View Post
    That is kind of one of the downsides for me. I have big hands and like a big camera.
    It's still not small, just smaller. I've never used an F5, but it is more comfortable than an F4. The grips just seem to fit my hand perfectly. I found an F3 with the MD4 to be comfortable as well, but this is a different sort of camera. If I had to choose two Nikon bodies to use, It would be an F6 and then an F3 in that order.

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