I just bought (and registered) a new Nikon F6

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    Ok, well I found an "open box" F6, and the shop cut me a deal, so I paid roughly what the grey market ones go for. But still, it was on roll 0. And now it has a 3 year warranty with Nikon!

    My impressions? Well it's exceeding my expectations. Personally I thought the old D2H AF system would show it's rear in ways my D750s AF doesn't. I'm pleasantly surprised at how good it is. I also though the AF spread would be constricting, considering it was designed for crop. Not so, the spread is great! The rule of 3rds points are pretty much right where I want them. That old 5 point system in my F100 feels antiquated. It's faster than the F100 for sure. Faster than the F5? Idk, I don't have one on hand. Personally I think the F5 is a non starter due to it's size. I'll take the better accuracy and point spread over raw speed anyways.

    Am I wrong that the screen shows nearly F2 depth of field? I'd swear that it does. It's a fabulous finder. I installed a DK-17M and I can still see out to the edges. I have 4 rolls to pick up tonight (Provia, Velvia, and 400H), and if the focus system is as good as I think, I'll probably go back to the standard finder for the slightly better eye relief.

    We have all these absurdly sharp lenses now. I'm using the Sigma 24/1.4, 35/1.4, and Nikon 58mm 1.4G. These three lenses are my basic wedding kit. I can't wait to see chromes from these lenses, particularly the 58mm. AND, given the data imprint system, if the 58mm is giving me trouble at 1.4 focus-wise, I'll know from the frame instead of trying to remember.

    I also put the metering system through it's paces. I was up in MA last weekend and boy did we have some snow. On Saturday we went out snowshoeing, and I brought the F6, 58 and 24mm lenses. I did some auto bracketing (auto bracketing is WONDERFUL for chromes, after coming from an M4 here) so I'll be able to see the cameras pick, and then hopefully a salvageable exposure on either end if it got it wrong.

    My goal is to integrate the F6 into more of my wedding work. 645 has really been the staple film wedding format for the last few years, and for pretty good reasons. But with 220 gone, Contax 645 prices through the roof, it's a harder sell for me. I always prefered 6x6 and 6x7 for MF medium format anyways. I personally think the Nikkor 58/1.4G is a good stand in for the Contax 80/2. Both were made to prioritize wide open rendering and 3D subjects (i.e. real people). If I can get 36 exposures, fast loading, AF that works, and decent detail from Portra films in 35mm I think it will be a great replacement for 220. Just have to test-test-test.

    The F6 is amazing! Do Nikon a favor and get one.
     
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    Congratulations. Enjoy it.
     
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    I went from the N80 to F100 w/F80s to F5 to F6. Sold all with each step except the F80s which has the exposure data imprinting between frames, but sold that when I got the F6 since it had it. Love the F6. Not sure the focus motor is as fast as the F5, but damn, it's not NOT fast. Wish I still had my 50mm 1.8D when I got the F6 to test it.

    Someone's test of the F5's speed:
     
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    I my have a problem or may be too sensitive to some mini things but I prefer my old F100 and F5 over the F6. But I never use any of those as I always favor my mechanical rangefinders. I'm allergic to plastic and to SLR viewing in general.
     
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    It would be great if you could post some shots. Probably i'm not the only one wondering about the kind of results one can get with the F6 and modern glass.
    Cheers
     
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    I have said this, repeatedly: to me, at least, there is little as satisfying as technology that has had all the bugs removed. Too often, in our throw-away culture, we miss the veracity of that statement. Sperdynamite is enjoying the best of the best that photography has evolved into. - David Lyga
     
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    Sperdynamite.
    I just bought an awesome Hasselblad but now I'm jealous of you.
    Not fair!
     
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    I will definitely link to some shots! I am writing a review of a film scanner right now for a blog, and it should be posted sometime soon-ish. I have it mostly written I'm just accumulating scans right now. That'll have the most recent stuff I've shot with the F6.

    But from looking at the 3 rolls chrome and 1 roll of 400H I can say that the AF is amazing. My fears of it not being able to focus the 58mm 1.4 have been pretty much completely asuaged. Perhaps what they say about how the combination of film thickness and imperfect flatness (vs a sensor) really does mitigate the need for in camera AF fine tune. OTOH I'm glad I was able to calibrate my Sigma lenses with their dongle. The 24/1.4 ART is very sharp, and the 58mm 1.4 G still exudes character.

    Something I'm working on for my review is sort of a rough idea I'm working out about how we should stop doing comparisons for the most part. Like, I look at these chromes, and I don't see any need for any more detail based on what they are. Sure there is grain, but they actually aren't revealing any less about a specific scene that a D750 would. The idea, the mood, the requisite detail is all captured very clearly. I would and probably will shoot nearly all my travel and reportage work with the F6 and not feel that I'm missing out on anything. Now I just need to work it into my portrait photography. I'm not expecting it to be as good as 645, but it needs to either have an aesthetic all it's own or be acceptable. From what I see here I'm feeling confident.

    If you want to see some work now, check out my instagram. I'm at @marksperry. I have 2 F6 images up, but it's mostly film anyway. More F6 images to come too!
     
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    Can you post a picture of the F6? Drool worthy.
     
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    There is mine with it's grandfather.

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    And mine, the unboxing.
    The problem I have is not believing it has wound on the film, so quick and quiet.


    And its Grandmother :wink: 6417 so just younger than the Grandfather at 6415

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    Sperdynamite: could oyu please post some pics or links to anything film you have shot with the Sigma Art lenses? I am also planning on going that route :wink:
     
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    This is what I happen to have on my phone.

    24/1.4 ART - Provia 100F - F6

     
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    Congrats on the F6! Have fun with it.

    Been thinking about buying an F6 for, what, probably more than 10 years now. But every time I am going out with a 35mm, I realize I prefer to grab my rangefinder. Or if I don't mind the size, I use the Hasselblad. My ol' Nikon glass sees little use those days... shame, I know. (or only with "that other technology which shall not be named", an even bigger shame ha ha!) You guys convinced me to load a roll into my old F90x with ugly, sticky back. Thanks :smile:
     
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    Shall we go to Great Grandparents? :angel:

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    It's nice to see that the F6 is still listed among film cameras on Nikon's website.

    A few years ago, I heard that some people who bought F6's had "thank you" cards inside the box from the person who built the camera. Although I've not been tempted by any pro Nikon beyond the F4, if I knew such a card was in an F6 box, I'd buy the camera.
     
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    I got a F6 last year (2nd hand) and I love it too.
     
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    Aaaaahhh! here's another grandpa.
     

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    Man those old Nikon RFs look fantastic. Not totally tempting me away from my M4 but pretty dang cool.
     
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    Let's see...

    ...I think I have an F6 around here somewhere.

    Is this it?

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    ...nope.
     
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    Congratulations! I have spent a few months seeking absolutely new-in-the-box Nikon film cameras, and have come up with the following: FM3A, F100, F5 Anniversary, F6. The FM3A and the F6 are my favorites. If you can, try the extra battery holder with the F6. Yes, it becomes bigger, heavier, but those 8 batteries add shelf life and you get the vertical grip.

    Note to F100 fans: great camera also, except 1. no aperture indicator in the viewfinder, and 2. no opportunity to set nonCPU lenses, which is surprising, as the camera does have custom user settings for a lot of things...
     
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    I agree, the FM3a is also a wonderful camera - especially with the 40/2.8p lens that came out with this camera.
     
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