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|Capture those special moments of your life in long-lasting lifelike pictures with the Nikon F4s SLR film camera. Boasting 30-1/8000 sec of shutter speed, this Nikon SLR camera helps stop motion so you can capture moving scenes with improved clarity and detail. Featuring Autofocus and manual focus, this Nikon film camera lets you get crisper, sharper and more focused images. For optimizing the image quality in different lighting conditions, this Nikon SLR camera incorporates light metering system. Built with compact and lightweight chassis, this Nikon film camera is easy to carry around during outdoor photography. Packed with a combination of superior performance, reliability and durability, the Nikon F4s is a perfect choice for amateur photographers as well as professionals.|
|Model||F4s Body Only|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F|
|Number of Focusing Points||5|
|Shutter Speed||30 to 1/8000 sec|
|Maximum Flash Sync Speed||1/250 sec|
|ISO Range - Automatic Setting||ISO 25 - 5000|
|ISO Range - Manual Setting||ISO 6 - 6400|
|Frames per Second||5.7 fps|
|Manual Shooting Modes||Aperture Priority, Fully Manual, Shutter Priority|
|Light Metering Modes||Center Weighted, Spot Weighted|
|Film Auto Transport||Loading, Rewind, Transport|
|Eye Relief||22 mm|
|Viewfinder Frame Coverage||100%|
|Additional Features||Bulb Shutter Speed, Focus Lock, Interchangeable Lenses, Mirror Lockup, Self Timer|
Average review score based on 42 user reviews
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Nikon F4: In more than 20 years as a pro photographer, I've used pro Canon and Nikon equipment on a regular basis. While I like to show off a nice clean black on black Hasselblad or state of the art Nikon Digital to impress the client, one of my favorites is still Nikon F4.
Originally I remember it was criticized for its complexity or for having too many bells and whistles. But, after use I see you can go full manual like an F3, F2, or even F. You can then add programming functions as desired or not.
I enjoy the appearance of the F4 as much as any Nikon. SQUARE IT IS NOT. For function, you will be hard pressed to find a more versatile, intelligent camera. Much of the technology devised for the F4 is present in today's highest end Digital Pro cameras.
Six AA batteries packed into two separate holders across the MB-21 motor lend stability, balance and power to spare to enhance your prowess. If you like tack sharp perfectly exposed and synthesized realistic 35mm film images, I'd recommend the Nikon F4. It surpasses the F3 in terms of a much more modern type of lens metering. It is designed to run most of today's specialized lenses. Going older will limit your ability to use many new functions and techniques such as auto-focus. It is a plenty heavy camera and provides one-of-a-kind results. While the variety of lenses you can use is varied and substantial your limitations will be few.
The Nikon F4 was produced at Japan from 1988 to 2000. It is an F series professional camera I love as a collector mostly because it bridges the gap in evolution between manual and digital telemetry by having both. It amazes me to see and use the mid-transition controls frozen in the F4. Its electronics, LCD viewfinder display, auto-focus, auto-exposure, and light metering are still in use today, but it retained classic DIALS YOU TURN for shutter speed, aperture, metering, and exposure compensation. In this respect it offers MORE than the Nikons of today and it tells a much bigger story about photo history.
It even offers both motor-driven and manual film rewinding. It’s a complex camera, no doubt, with over 1700 parts, but they’re high-quality mechanical/electronic components like no other. These features combined with WEATHER SEALING and NOTABLY TOUGH CONSTRUCTION, make it a camera for the ages. The F4 will accept all auto-focus lenses made for the F mount, as well as almost all manual focus F mount lenses. Its forward compatibility with the most recent lens offerings in the G-series and DX lines is consistent in that it accepts them, but functions are limited. For example, DX lenses just introduced are made for a smaller digital imager than 35mm film so it will leave an unsatisfactory vignette.
The only knock I have on the Nikon F4 is that the sleek smooth design and smaller form factor hurts its FEEL. The grip is shallow. Longer fingers fit better into a camera like F3 or D200. The racy design also leaves the F4 without a leather texture, or any texture, which was brought back later. It is therefore a touch harder feeling and slippery in a very minor hypercritical sense.
In conclusion, once you read the manual and practice with the Nikon F4, you will realize its true professional scope and well-rounded background. You will then be able to easily harness its potential in all of your pro photography. (Rating A+)
One of the joys of film photography is the act of taking pictures-the process itself. I love USING this camera.
I've got the F4(with the smaller 4-battery grip) instead of the somewhat bulkier F4s.
There's a hilarious You tube spoof called Kodachrome Downfall, with new subtitles added in, where Hitler learns that Kodachrome is out of production and can't be processed because everyone wants digital cameras. He laments that "most people prefer an infinite number of bad pictures to 36 nice ones."
That's sort of how I feel about my F4.
Modern digitals take wonderful pictures, they're lightweight, and they're fun. The F4 also takes great pictures, it's heavy, and it's FUN. The abilities of the camera are far beyond my own ability, but that doesn't matter to me. Learning is a process.
Loading film is easy and satisfying, much like putting a pack of expired 669 in my antique Polaroid packfilm cameras (which I use just as much as the F4). Anticipation is great, and it give me time to think about what and how I'm going to shoot.
You can adjust the camera with your eyes closed. The knobs, dials, and switches are intuitive and just feel good to use, just like it's nicer (and easier) to control the volume on your radio by twirling a knob than by stabbing a button over and over.
Those same controls make it look like what it is, a sleek MACHINE that is complicated but extremely easy to use once you learn it. Form meets function in one of the best-designed tools ever made. Many DSLR users don't control their cameras--they either just let DSLRS do the thinking or have to think when they manipulate the controls. With the F4, you just push a button, flip a switch, or turn a knob/dial. Let your fingers do the thinking. Heck, if you just put it in Program mode, the choices it makes are excellent, and minor tweaks like metering mode and exposure compensation are a breeze.
People notice those beautiful controls, which is fun, too. It's a good conversation starter, and showing someone how to try it out brings a smile that you won't get from handing over a DSLR. The weight, the feel of the grip, the bright, uncluttered viewfinder--everything about the camera quietly tells them that this is something special.
The shutter button is precise and smooth. The mirror and motor drive are quiet but sound and feel good. I never get tired of the sounds of this camera, and there is not one single beep. Rewinding is a pleasure, too, with the crank or the motor. And, like any film camera, it's fun waiting to process the roll to see how things turned out.
It's just a beautifully engineered and superbly built camera.
Wow - where could I possibly start when doing a review of this camera body? I guess I can only relate my own personal buying decisions with this particular camera.
I went from a Nikon FA (which finally gave up the ghost) and I had to make a long and hard decision about where I was going to go from there in terms of a camera body. I had a few requirements.
One being that I had grown use to matrix metering with my manual focus glass. That was something that I really, really did not want to give up. My other requirement was that I wanted something that had autofocus capability (certainly not a big priority for me). Thirdly, I wanted something that had mirror lockup. And finally I also wanted spot metering. Basically, it got down to the F4.
It's one thing to hear people wax poetic about using one of the F bodies. If you've never used one before, you might think that those people are perhaps influenced by the allure of a "status item". But once you've hit your finger on the shutter release of something like the F4, you will then know what they are talking about. I watched this happen with a friend of mine (who has used a 6006 for years) after he took his first exposure.
There is virtually no vibration from mirror-slap. Nikon integrated a shutter balancer device that counter-balances the "shutter bounce" movement of the gears within the shutter system. Plus, the mirror box movement is so well dampened.
The viewfinder: A delight. To some photographers who haven't had much experience with using a variety of bodies, they may never know the advantage of a good viewfinder. The finder in the F4 is clear and bright. On manual mode you can see in the range of +2 EV over and -2 EV under the "correct" exposure (which isn't available on other bodies) and the camera also has Aperture Direct Readout (something I also got use to with the manual cameras like my FA) which means you can see the selected aperture even with manual glass.
Nikon F finders also have the advantage of being manufactured from a real block of optical glass. That helps immesurably with viewfinder brightness and clarity. The F finders are also free of distortions (in most of the other bodies there is a degree of pincushion distortion put in to compensate for the typical barrel distortion in wideangles) And what is truly unique is that all of the F finders have 100% coverage. So what you see in the viewfinder is exactly how it will be framed on the 35mm negative.
The other advantage to this camera over the F5 is that it comes with three seperate power winders. The F4 was sold in the US under the F4s configuration, which had the MB-21 motor drive attachment. The MB-20 battery pack slims down the size of the camera considerably.
This camera has a number of other nice touches: DX coding, viewfinder blind, the aforementioned mirror lockup (which is good when you want to take macro shots in the shutter speed area of 1 second to 1/15th of a second) and depth of field preview. Multiple exposure is onboard. You have the choice of manual or auto rewind. There is exposure and autofocus lock switches. Probably the BEST (and least known) aspect of the F4 is that it can used AF-S. Yes - you heard that right, it can use the AF-S suerfast/supersilent focusing.
In general, you cannot go wrong with this camera if you're searching for a great manual 35mm camera that can in a pinch provide good (but limited) AF performance.
The Nikon f4 is one of, if not THE BEST and most versatile 35mm SLR cameras EVER built.
The f4/f4s although out of production for several years now, is still in use daily, by professionals and hobbyists alike.
With the ability to function with almost any Nikon or Nikon compatible lenses,several sinc. flash units and built-in multiple metering system, multiple viewfinders, not to mention multi-function and polaroid backs,data backs,bulk film backs, high-speed film advance motors(5fps),dual position shutter release buttons, electronic remote control devices...well it's a tough act to follow. By special invitation from NASA,the f4,with a few modifications,has even been to outer-space!
Numerous guides have been published on the capabilities and functions of the f4, most simple enough for even most novice photographers to understand.
The f4 can be a little intimidating for the beginner, but for those with a bit more experience it can open unlimited possibilities for creativity. Whether your interest is fashion, sports/action, wildlife/nature, macro or scientific...the possibilities are endless with the Nikon f4.
The Nikon f4 is not your average SLR. The body is not plastic as so many modern SLRs...it is made of die-cast aluminum, making it extremely durable and a bit heavier than many "lesser" SLRs. The extra weight helps to steady the camera when shooting from a tri-pod in windy conditions or when shooting without the aid of a tri-pod.
The f4 is also more resistant to the elements(dust,water etc...)than many other SLRs, although as with any electronic equipment, care should be taken to protect it as much as possible.
The Nikon F4 is very versatile, as it might accept most Nikkor lenses ever. Yes, it has something that the F5 doesn't have, and this is SIGNIFIGANT: The F4 allows you matrix metering with manual focus AI & AIS lenses. You can't on the F5 (only spot and center-weight). If you have a pre AI lens, you just get a good camera repairman to convert the base of the lens to AI (this is very cheap to have done) and presto - you get matrix metering even with those old lenses as well with the F4. Many of Nikon's most legendary lenses were manual focus. Busloads of people have a whole closet full of those old goodies and you can pick them up much cheaper than new auto focus lenses. Though viewed of as an auto focus camera, the F4 is the greatest platform ever for manual focus lenses other than the super expensive F6. The other SIGNIFIGANT factor: The F4 was the last pro body to have real knobs instead of those silly menus. Here's a secret: Put Auto-Focus lenses with the built in silent wave motor (AF-S)… and the F4 focuses about as fast as the F5.