I suggest the Tao of Photography as a book about the philosophy of photography rather than the nuts and bolts. You can learn more about the technicalities of photography as you go. Put your F100 in program "P" mode and just shoot. I love my 50 1.8 on my N80. It's very sharp.
My local lab will process a roll for me for $6 and put it on disk for $3 and they do a very good job. Don't take your film to 1 hour places unless you like scratched negatives.
Hi staphkills and welcome to APUG. You can send the F100 to me and I will check it out for you. Anyway, nice start.
I would suggest downloading the manual and go through it with camera in your hand. Downloadables are available from Nikon itself. I also recommend you'll do a RESET before doing anything else. This is a complex camera with lots of customizable options. You'll want to have it in default option and make changes the way you want it. There are two reset for this camera. See page 76...
Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?
Put it in program and shoot a roll or two and try to pay attention to what is going on. You bought the camera to have fun, that will be fun. Then buckle down and hit the books. From my point of view I have read all kinds of stuff from digital guides from last month, to Kodak's Kodakery monthly publications from the teens and even underwater photography guides. What have I learned from all that is that capturing an image is the same no mater what and where you are shooting, digital or film the basic operation, tips and tricks are all the same so read what appeals to you, you will learn better that way. On the down side of that, finding what appeals to you may involve a lot of reading of dry boring stuff, remember it's all useful.
Enjoy the new camera, that is a really a great set up you have there.
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Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
Just had to tease the new guy a wee bit.
Maybe try & find a copy of the Nikon & Nikkormat Way by Herbert Kepler. It dates from the 70's and talks mostly about the F & F2. but from a basics point of view I found it very useful. The book is long out of print but comes up on ebay from time to time. I paid around £10 for mine. Think it is a late edition with a rather lovely looking lady on the cover and some green pages that cover the then brand new Nikon F3.
NAS sufferer with far too much Nikon kit.
Great camera! If I got an AF Nikon again, it would be this camera. The battery grip (MB-15) is nice and gives you the option of using dedicated rechargeable batteries, plus vertical controls. Definitely download a manual. A suggestion - put in fresh batteries, then before you put any film in, test the shutter by firing the camera at all shutter speeds from one second to about 1/250th. You should be able to hear the difference in the length of the shutter speeds in this range (if it all sounds the same, something is wrong). Also, again before loading the camera, check that the lens stops down by repeatedly shooting with the aperture set to the various f-stops from f/1.8 all the way through f/22. Then do the same thing with a roll of film, trying various combinations. You want visual, auditory, and on-film confirmation that the mechanics are working.
LikeVedmak I found the the "Zone System for 35mm Photographers" by Carson Graves to be a very readable book and it will tell you a lot in a simple way. Can be bought secondhand quite cheaply.
Wow, thanks for all the helpful and welcoming responses!
I'm actually a undergrad studying in California (but currently in Massachusetts for the summer).
Originally Posted by Ron LarFor4X5
hahahaa, yeah, I usually hate creating usernames so I just typed the first thing that popped into my mind.
So I've downloaded and looked over the user manual and I think I have a basic understanding of the camera now. I will also be going to a library to check out some of the books that you guys have mentioned.
As for the film, the more I look into the different types of film rolls, the more I'm uncertain as to which type of film I should get or where I should get them from. Can anyone recommend me a affordable but OK quality film? I was thinking of buying bulk, maybe from amazon?