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“I have three Nikon bodies - a 8008S, a N90s and now an...”

Written on: 22/10/2002 by Dan. (1 review written)

Good Points
Built like tank, versatility, accurate exposure and autofocus.

Bad Points
No mirror lock-up, exposure system does not take colour into account.

General Comments
I have three Nikon bodies - a 8008S, a N90s and now an F100, which is by far the best. It feels very solid (I would not hesitate to use it as a hammer) and fits perfectly in my hand. Most slides were exposed dead on and were very sharp - the body and lenses are perfectly aligned. Combined with a 80-400 Nikon VR is just right for body building, but hey in this day and age we need all the exercise we can get. It never let me down, it just ignores freezing cold and sweltering heat and the occasional banging. Whatever bugs there were in the first lots (i.e., in the rewind mechanism and the autofocus selector) have long been taken care off. I love the extended analog exposure scale, which goes from -2 to +2 or -3 to +3 depending on setting - I shoot mostly manual with spotmeter, unless I take action shots. Tyros who need various program modes should not be allowed to touch such a camera. The analog scale of my old N90s is just to restricted, I hate the N90s for this reason. The N90s (not the 8008s) is going to be the camera I'll take along on ski slopes, for the analog scale alone it deserves to die a messy death in a grim fall. Just like the old Ricoh which was assigned this duty until last winter. On the other hand the N90s being a Nikon might survive more black diamonds than me. It remains to be seen. Is the F5 better than the F100? Sure. But it is 50% more expensive

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