First thoughts on the Nikon F4

With one roll quickly fired through its shutters, my initial assumptions on this workhorse were somewhat off. I had first looked at it as an older F5 as it has all the features of modern auto focus SLR’s (arguably the first to do so). However, the F4 is actually more similar to the older F3, with the addition of some lights and motors. It’s hard to describe exactly why this is so you’ll have to try first hand (my F4 only set me back $280!). These ramblings aside, it’s a fantastic camera with a meter that is hard to fool. It also knows exactly what to do with matrix metered fill flash and is compatible with every single Nikkor lens made. Its next assignment will be the high altitudes of the Himalaya.

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