The F100 can be used as a spot meter. Adding a telephoto zoom lens to be more precise adds no additional weight, because the 28mm to 300mm lens is the lens I use the most on my Nikon cameras.
|Exposure metering||Matrix, Center-Weighted and Spot; EV -1 to +21 at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens (EV 3 to 21 with Spot Metering)|
Sirius is less a photography advisor and more a performance artist. You can't take him too seriously.
I'm kind of surprised he hasn't told us to buy all the hassleblads. It took him all the way to the second page to say "Get an F100". He's been telling the "keep them away from the hoarders" dad joke for a decade.
And, on topic, the F100 spot meter is great as is. The switch to get to it is one of the F100's weak spots, though. Sometimes they go flaky and you can't get them replaced. But there's hardly a need to do anything silly, lenswise, to make it work better. It's as tight as the F6 or any other TTL spot meter.
And I thought the N90 HAD a spot meter. Am I wrong there? Nikon's website for specs has:
I think one of the other features -- adjustable to the focus point or adjustable size of the centerweighted -- was what it lacked.
Exposure metering Matrix, Center-Weighted and Spot; EV -1 to +21 at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens (EV 3 to 21 with Spot Metering)
The eyelevel finders (DE-2 & DE-3) have viewfinder blinds to keep stray light out that may influence the meter unintentionally and the WL - and others, do not. So be mindful of this.
The DW-4 chimney finder has a black rubber "hatch" that closes over the eyepiece, which protects it when it's in your bag, and serves the same purpose as the eyepiece blinds in keeping out stray light that can interfere with accurate metering. At least it's *supposed* to have that bit--I see lots of 'em on eBay where they, and the rubber eyecup, are missing. I made sure to buy one with it intact.
The F3 HP is a fine camera, but give me a cheapo N8008s any day. It's a better tool. High point viewfinder for glasses wearers, motorized film advance, AE with AE-Lock, exposure control in 1/3 stops (I think), a true spot meter along w/ center weighted and matrix, takes AA batteries, user replaceable focus screens....it really has all the features one needs to take perfectly exposed shots, even in a hurry.
Yes, they look sorta blobish and not as pretty as an F3, not as "pro", but altogether a very fine tool that will never ever need a CLA. If it dies, get another one for $50-$80.
That's one reason (of a few) that I got rid of my Pentax LX but kept my F3. The LX does not have AE lock. Some people excuse that saying as it has OTF metering it would be impossible to incorporate AE lock, but the Olympus OM4 also has OTF and has AE lock.
It's the electronics. The later cameras are doing better. There were three distinct generations of circuitry. My second generation circuitry LX is hanging in nicely.They had no idea how they would suffer w age, and the LX clearly did not age as well as the F3.
Even the Leica R5 - which is of the same era as the LX - is a much more solid camera today!
Many successful photographers would probably disagree (Michael Kenna comes to mind)
….Maybe there was a philosophical thing about it, the way that Maitani was opposed to a shutter button lock on the OM-1 because you should always be instantly ready for the next shot...
I agree.A monopod in the field or studio is always a good idea for fast changing camera positions, IMO.
When I have the luxury of going on a photo walk alone with the Hasselblad, I do take my monopod with me (sometimes the tripod if I envision long exposures).
Many times though I manage to use the 501cm handheld and with two dogs on a lead
(I just try to stick to short exposure times).
You can tell very easily if a camera was used by a pro. It will look like sh-t. If the camera looks near new, it was not used by a pro.
I worked with and also knew photographers working at dailies that were meticulous with their gear- you would have no idea that at least a dozen rolls a day had gone through their cameras.
Lots of newspapers also had repair accounts with Nikon- so even the ugly cameras had a chance of being meticulously maintained on the inside.
Like anything that requires tools- some users are heavy handed even with minor usage, and others manage to barely put a scratch on something that was used daily.
Some photographers see brassing as a badge of honor- others see it as a horror.
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