5 Reasons You Should Own A Nikon F4

Introduced in 1988, the Nikon F4 is one of the classics in the F series of 35mm SLR film cameras. It was the second flagship Nikon camera to incorporate autofocus (after the Nikon F3AF in 1983) and also added Matrix metering to the lineup.

I bough mine in the early 2000’s and it was my main camera for several years. One of the best film cameras Nikon made and here are 5 reasons why you should own one.

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  1. says

    Ah yes, the F4s.

    I had one from new back in the day, and it was indeed a heavy object, but I was a lot younger so it didn’t matter. I moved to it from the F2 Photomic (never used the built-in meter on that) because I had imagined F3 production to have been stopped – I thought Nikon wasn’t in the business, then, of running more than one flagship at a time. Shame the Internet didn’t exist – or I didn’t know about it if it did.

    Anyway, new love and pride were both cut short the first time I tried to load the thing. That damned self-loading system was terrible, and I can’t tell you the number of times I was embarrassed to have to try loading the thing at least three times in a row to get it to take up. It had to go, if only to spare my blushes, and go it did. It was only then that I realised the F was still alive and kicking, so a new F3 soon arrived to replace the spoiled usurper F4s! Reverse engineering? That F4s represents my shortest time with a camera. I used to keep them until I wore ’em out!

    Had Nikon not taken that absolutely unnecessary loading step, I would still own the F4s and the F3 (which still sits unused in a safe) wouldn’t have crossed my path at all. The F4s would be in that safe instead. ;-)

    I never used the metering on that camera either: I always used a Weston or a Minolta Flash Meter, both far more accurate and reliable, especially for transparencies, which were 99.9% of my workload.

    That huge flaw aside, it was indeed a beautiful camera in every other way.


  2. Ken Thompson says

    I am very excited about using some P30 film in my F4. I love the camera’s shutter sound and quality of the photos.