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    Nikon F100 or F4

    Hello All,
    I am interested in getting one of these cameras. I have read good things about both but would like this groups input. Just so you know I will be using Ai and AiS glass only no auto-focus. If possible I would also like to be able to use aperture priority with the camera and my lenses.
    Thanks for the help.
    Arthur

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    If you're not going to use AF lenses, and you don't mind the higher weight, the F4 is a no-brainer. AI and AI-S lenses can be used with matrix metering on the F4, but not the F100. (AI-converted lenses don't work with matrix metering on either camera, although you can use the other two metering modes.)

    If you're going to use AF, the F100 is leaps and bounds better.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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    They are very different.

    Let me suggest reading Thom Hogan's writeup on the F100. The F100 is more comparable to the F5 than the F4.

    You might also consider an fm3a or one of its predecessors, although judging by your userid I guess you are already familiar with those!
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    With the glass you planning on using, the F4 without a doubt.

    You will find much better compatibility in terms of metering!

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    F4 all the way.

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    Considering that you will be using Ai/Ai-s lenses I would say the F4 without a doubt.
    The matrix metering works flawlessly with manual lenses (Ai/Ai-s).
    I have been using that setup for 20 years and never regretted it.

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    I've owned and used the Nikon F, F2, F3, F4, and F5.

    My camera bag has three F100 bodies, and one FM2.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

    http://www.walterpcalahan.com/Photography/index.html

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    Walter, Kieth, Steve et al. for what subjects and in which situations do you find your 35mm SLRs useful? I've recently started to get back into shooting 35mm but more as an experiment for portable macro photography.

    Tom.

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    OM1: walkaround, hiking, street etc. I go back and forth between the OM1 and an XA for these purposes. The XA is smaller and really very good but falls flat when it comes to any kind of shallow DOF portraiture so that is usually the deciding factor for which goes in my pocket. Actually I had an FM3a but couldn't justify it versus the oly after the prices spiked and they went out of production. I mean, the whole oly kit cost a tiny fraction of the price of the fm3a, body only.

    F100: travel, sports, wildlife, always-in-the-bag backup. Not so good for macro because there is no MLU, and macro tends to put you right in the spot where it matters. The F100 is also very light, has no interchangeable screens nor waist-level option- these are all potential minuses for macro. But the big plus of the F100 is that you can slap on a vertical grip and voila, pretty formidable fast action camera. I used to have an F5 but the F100 almost totally displaced that so I sold it.

    From time to time, I do something really nutty with my F100: I put a mamiya 645 format 80mm macro lens on there with an adapter. That works very well for portable macro i.e. roaming in the garden chasing bugs. If you aren't doing tabletop macro and have enough light then this mode works very well. The mamiya lens is excellent and has a mag ring and floating front element, and the mamiya extension tubes are almost free. Actually, that whole combination is very sexy looking, especially if I slap the ring flash on there!

    Tom, for macro I think you might well want an F3 or F4 with waistlevel and bellows. Look here:

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...nfinder/f4.htm

    I am doing pretty much all macro with a bellows-focusing camera (rb or rz 67 or view camera). Helicoidal focusing and normal eyepoint prism VFs are total pains in the arse for macro, in my opinion. And I think TTL metering is a must for doing macro with these smaller cameras.
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    I've tried doing macro with my 8x10 camera, a challenge in terms of depth-of-field and focus. My 35mm macro kit is a Olympus-OM2 with a Vivitar 55mm f/2.8.

    Tom.

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