Okay, it's not that I'm a professional photographer, it's that the camera certainly could be used by one. The Nikon F100 is one of the latest cameras in the Nikon stable. It's a big high-tech camera that offers many features of the top of the line F5 yet with a price that is only 'very high' not 'extremely high.'
I got the camera in 1998. It had just come onto the market. I had been looking at new cameras for a time and happened to find myself in a camera shop in Summit, NJ - ever notice how those two things follow: desire-presentation? Summit is probably not the cheapest place in the USA to buy cameras, but by 'eck there are enough rich folks around there to ensure there is a ready supply of the finest gear in the shop. At a time when the F100 was all but unobtainable to most people, I was working out what lens I wanted to stab on the front.
This camera has a titanium skeleton to reduce weight while at the same time increasing strength. Details like this are nice in the brochure, I have not drop tested it to find the truth. It is a slightly larger camera than the F801/N8008, though slightly lighter. It has more features than you can shake a stick at. Everything you would expect a camera to have it seems to have, additionally there are widgets to flip between the metering modes, which autofocus sensor will be biased to, and a connector for an external computer unit. There are ways to change the system defaults (what settings the camera switches into when you turn it on.) To say that some of this is overkill for my paltry needs is to state the obvious. I'm not even sure some of the features are really all that safe - I stopped fiddling with the defaults when I realised that I could get the camera into modes that would make my life quite awkward.
The bits I like? A lovely shutter action; the ability to move the autofocus point around the viewfinder; a great programmed exposure mode (I hear those old photog's rolling in their graves again); the continued use of AA batteries.
Current lenses in use include:
I hope this camera will keep me going for the next ten years, as does my wife!
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