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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.
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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.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJim View Post
    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.

    What he said.

    I would direct you to the threads where this was recently covered here, but the website search does not have a stunning record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithwms View Post
    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!
    Also a every good source.

    Steve
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    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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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.

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