Summary: I got the F in 1965, then the F2, the lovely F3 (my daughter, the designer, displays it in her Berlin apartment), the F4 which recorded two years in beautiful, steamy Columbo, then the F5 and finally into digital with the D2x. When the F6 arrived I considered it to be like vinyl, not often used, but the best of analogue and a great investment. After a wedding shoot where half the best pictures came from the F6, I knew the decision had been more than nostalgic.
Summary: The camera's function just like Nikon's tradition. I use Nikon D300 also, and I don't feel awkward when I use a film camera. It's also support the new flash lens. I could not believe this camera is a 8 years old product.
Summary: I've been using a D2hs for awhile and my F4 had an issue that I could not justify fixing. Never liked the F5 but the F6 was great from the first time I had it in my hands. I guess I got use to the D2 interface and it allowed me to use the F6 without thinking. Love the AF speed and the metering over the older F4. I still like the look of real B&W Tri-X film and this camera works better than any other film camera I've own. I hope it out lasts me.
Summary: This isn't intended to be a technical review - there's plenty of info out there already. Rather, this is a summary of my feelings after having put several rolls through it - various color slide, black and white and color neg. Ergonomically it's beautiful to use - you don't spend much time in menus (although there are over 40 settings there), the buttons are big, and the controls easy to find and use. The viewfinder is very nice - some folks complain about the eyepoint.
If you don't need tele/macro/AF, get a Mamiya 7. If you do, get this!
4 December 2011
Summary: The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars in every category is that with the heavy Zeiss lenses I use, the camera isn't balanced unless one gets the MB-40 grip. Then the camera actually becomes quieter and steadier. On the downside, the grip is *expensive*, and that the combo becomes larger and heavier than a Mamiya 7 medium format camera. I barely use the programming, so the dense menu system doesn't bother me.
Summary: Shooting a film camera today still has meaning. Itu2019s not only worth doing but a good thing to do. Smart. What makes 35mm film special is the quality vs. portability matrix - and of course the fact that it's analog, not digital. The Nikon F6 is the superb culmination of so many years of Nikon innovation in one, jaw-dropping, drop-dead perfect 35mm film camera; a final exclamation mark by the authors of photographic exclamation.
Summary: I hope the superb F6 is not the last film camera. I travel a lot, and there have been environmental factors (for example extreme cold and humidity) when analog media have been invaluable. There are also images that cannot be replaced so the archival value of film is still unsurpassed and can be viewed like paintings, without any ever-changing devices. There is also the 'feel' which cinematographers will tell you about.