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Nikon Film SLR Body Comparison Chart

Mark Goodell (Safari) on November 14, 2012


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Camera Body F6 F5 F4s F100  N90s/F90x N/F80 N/F70 N/F60 N/F65 F3HP FM2n FM-10 FM3A N/F75

 

 

 

 

 

 

35mm AF SLR with built-in motor drive

35mm AF SLR with built-in motor drive
35mm AF SLR with built-in motor drive
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35mm SLR with optional motor drive

 

35mm SLR with optional motor drive

35mm manual focus SLR

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35mm manual focus SLR with optional motor drive

35mm AF SLR with built-in motor drive

Price Quoted USA in USD, when brand new, body only $ 2,300 $1930 $1500 $990 $750 $400 $350 $290 $230 $1430 $500 $220
(with lens kit)
$600 $260
Lens Compatibility G- or D-type AF Nikkor (except for DX- and IX-Nikkor): All functions available; PC-Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D: All functions except autofocus and exposure modes other than Manual available without shifting and/or tilting the lens; AF Nikkor other than G-/D-type (except AF Nikkor for F3AF): All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering and i-TTL flash control available; AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering All AF, AF-I, & AF-S lenses provide full AF & meter operation. AI-P lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder & full meter operation. AI lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder, aperture priority & manual exposure mode, C/W & Spot metering operation. All AF & AF-I lenses provide full AF & meter operation. AI-P lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder & full meter operation. AI lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder, aperture priority & manual exposure mode and full meter operation. All AF, AF-I, & AF-S lenses provide full AF & meter operation. AI-P lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder & full meter operation. AI lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder, aperture priority & manual exposure mode and full meter operation. All AF, AF-I, & AF-S lenses provide full AF & meter operation. AI-P lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder & full meter operation. AI lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder, aperture priority & manual exposure mode, C/W & Spot metering operation. All AF, AF-I, & AF-S lenses provide full AF & meter operation. AI-P lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder & full meter operation. AI lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder. For the camera to meter it requires lenses with a CPU. All AF, AF-I, & AF-S lenses provide full AF & meter operation. AI-P lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder & full meter operation. AI lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder, aperture priority & manual exposure mode, C/W & Spot metering operation. AF lenses provide full AF & meter operation. AI-P lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder & full meter operation. AI lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder, aperture priority & manual exposure mode, C/W metering operation. AF lenses provide full AF & meter operation. C/W operation with AI-P lenses. All AI, AI-S, AF, AF-D, AF-S & P - (except IX and G-type Nikkor lenses). All AI, AI-S, AF, AF-D, AF-S & P - (except IX and G-type Nikkor lenses). All AF, AI-P, AF-I, AI-S, & AF-S. All AI, AI-S, AF-D, AF-S & P - (except IX and G-type Nikkor lenses). All AF, AI-P, AF-I, AI-S, & AF-S.
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism, built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1m-1), eyepiece shutter, eyepiece DK-17 (eyepiece lock available) Interchangeable. Standard DP-30 Finder, DA-30 Action Finder, DW-30 6x magnification, DW-31 Waist Level. Interchangeable. Standard DP-20 Finder, DA-20 Action Finder, DW-21 6x magnification, DW-20 Waist Level. Fixed eye level pentaprism with High Eyepoint Fixed eye level pentaprism with High Eyepoint Fixed eye level pentaprism with High Eyepoint Fixed eye level pentaprism with High Eyepoint Fixed eye level pentaprism with High Eyepoint Fixed eye level pentaprism with High Eyepoint Interchangeable. Standard DE-3 (high eyepoint), DE-2 eye-level prism, DA-2 Action Finder, DW-3 Waist Level, DW-4 6x Magnification Fixed eye level pentaprism Fixed eye level pentaprism Fixed eye level pentaprism Fixed eye level pentaprism
Finder View Approx 100% Approx 100% Approx 100% 96% Approx 92% Approx 92% Approx 92% 90% 89% Approx 100% Approx 92% Approx 92% Approx 93% Approx. 89%
Meter System 1005pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering with improved algorithm; Flexible Center-Weighted Metering; Spot Metering corresponds to the focus area selected, out of 11. With DP-30, three meter modes provided: 1005pixel 3D color Matrix; C/W (customizeable) and Spot Metering corresponds to the focus area selected, out of 5. With DP-20, three TTL meters provide: 5-segment Matrix, C/W and Spot. 3D Matrix metering (10 segment). Center Weighted and Five Spot Meters (linked to 5 AF Areas). Three TTL Meters provided; 8-segment 3D matrix meter; 75/25 center weighted & spot. 3D Matrix metering (10 segment). Center Weighted and Five Spot Meters (linked to AF Area). Three TTL Meters provided; 8-segment 3D matrix meter; 75/25 center weighted & spot. 3D Matrix meter (6 segment); Center Weighted in manual mode. 3D Matrix meter (6 segment); Center Weighted in manual mode. TTL Center Weighted Meter 80/20 TTL Center Weighted Meter 60/40 TTL Center Weighted Meter TTL Center Weighted Meter, 60/40 3D 25-segment Matrix Metering with G- or D-type AF Nikkor lenses; 25-segment Matrix Metering with AF Nikkor other than G- or D-type (except AF Nikkor for F3AF and IX-Nikkor), AI-P Nikkor
Meter Range in EV (ISO 100 @ f/1.4) 0 - 20 (2 – 20 in Spot) 0 - 20 (2 - 20 with spot). 0 - 20 (2 - 21 with spot). 0 - 21 (3 - 21 on Spot) -1 - 21 (3 - 21 with Spot Meter). -1 - 19 -1 - 20 (4 - 20 with Spot Meter). 1 - 20 -1 to 19 1 - 18 1 - 18 2 - 19 1 to 18 1 - 20
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with built-in Shutter Monitor
Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8,000s (1/3 steps in S and M modes); Bulb setting available in M mode (Shutter speed can be prolonged to 30 minutes in M mode)
Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/8000 - 30 sec. stepless in P or A modes. Set from 1/8000 - 30 sec in M or S modes. (Can be set from 40 sec to 30 min with custom setting. B & T. Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/8000 - 30 sec. stepless in P or A modes. Set from 1/8000 - 4 sec in M or S modes. B & T. Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/8000 - 30 sec. stepless in P or A modes. Set from 1/8000 - 30 sec in M or S modes. Can be set in 1/3 and 1 EV steps. B & T. Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/8000 - 30 sec. P, S, A -- 30 sec to 1/8000 stepless in 1/3 step increments. S, M -- 30 sec to 1/8000 in 55 steps. B Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/4000 - 30 sec., stepless in P or A modes. Set from 1/4000 - 30 sec in M or S modes. B. Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/4000 - 30 sec. P, A -- 30 sec to 1/4000 stepless in 1/3 step increments. S, M -- 30 sec to 1/2000 in 34 steps. B & T. Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/2000 - 30 sec in P or A modes. S, M -- 30 sec to 1/2000. T. Vertical focal plane, in General Purpose and Vari-Program Modes - Automatically set between 30 seconds and 1/2000 sec. In S & M, in 1/2 EV steps Horizontal titanium focal plane controlled from 1/2000 to 8 sec. A -- 8 sec to 1/2000. M, T, B, X -- 8 sec to 1/2000 in 16 steps Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/4000 - 1 sec in 14 steps. B. Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/2000 - 1 sec. B Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/2000 - 8 sec. M & B Vertical focal plane, controlled from 1/2000 - 30 sec. B
Film Advance Automatic advance with built-in motor; three modes available (S: One-frame advance, CL: Continuous low-speed shooting, CH: Continuous high-speed shooting, CS: Continuous silent-low-speed shooting) With NiMH battery, CH mode = approx 8 fps; CL mode = approx 3 fps; S mode = approx 1 fps. Adjustable via custom settings CH mode = approx 5.7 fps; CL mode = approx 3.4 fps; CS mode = approx 1 fps.  4.5 fps; 5 fps with MB-15 CH mode = 4.3 fps (3.6 fps with N90); CL mode = approx 2 fps. S = single advance and C = continuous advance to 2.5 fps. CH mode = 3.7 fps; CL mode = approx 2 fps. Auto advance at approx 1 fps. Continuous advance in Spot mode only. Auto advance at approx 2.5 fps (frames per second). Manual; with MD-4 motor C mode = approx 3.8 fps Manual; with MD-12 motor C mode = approx 3.2 fps Manual Manual; with MD-12 motor C mode = approx 3.2 fps Auto advance at approx 2.5 fps (frames per second). 1.5 fps in C mode.
Film Rewind Choice of automatic or manual; automatically rewinds at the end of film roll or when two film rewind buttons are pressed; Rewind speed with 36-exposure film: Approx. 7 seconds (12 seconds in CS mode) Power (approx 4 sec with NiMH batteries) or manual Power (approx 8 sec.) or manual Power rewind manually set at end of roll. Auto rewind possible with Custom Function Power; auto set via DataLink Power Power Auto, at end of roll. Auto, at end of roll. Manual; with MD-4 approx. 8 sec for 36 exp. roll Manual Manual Manual Auto, at end of roll.
DX Range (ISO) 25 - 5000 25 - 5000 25 - 5000 25 - 5000 25 - 5000 25 - 5000 25 - 5000 25 - 5000 ISO 25-5000
Automatically set to ISO 100 with non-DX coded film
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25 - 5000

32 - 3200

ISO Range (manual) 6 - 6400 in 1/3 steps 6 - 6400 6 - 6400 6 - 6400 6 - 6400 6 - 6400 6 - 6400

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12 - 6400 12 - 6400 25 - 3200

 12 - 6400

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Built-in Flash No No No No No GN = 39 @ ISO 100; covers 28mm lens. 1/125 flash sync; 3-D multi-sensor balanced fill flash. GN = 46 @ ISO 100; covers 28mm lens; red-eye reduction, TTL flash control incl. 3D multi-sensor balanced Fill Flash, slow & rear sync; monitor pre-flash GN = 49. TTL, Covers 28mm lens, Matrix balanced fill flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction. GN = 39 (at ISO 100 in ft.) Flash coverage: 28mm or longer lens; Film speed range - ISO 25-800.  No No No No GN (Guide number) of 12/39 (for ISO 100, m/ft.) with 28mm lens coverage.
Flash Sync X-contact only; flash synchronization up to 1/250s (up to 1/8,000s possible in AUTO FP High-Speed Sync. 1/60 to 1/250 in P or A modes (from 1/250 - 30 sec w/rear and slow sync). From 1/250 - 30 sec in M or S modes. 1/300 TTL in shutter priority and manual exp with custom function setting. Up to 1/4000 sec with SB-28 in FP mode. 1/60-1/250 in PH, P or A mode. In M or S mode shutter fires at selected speed up to 1/250.  1/60 to 1/250 in P or A modes (from 1/250 - 30 sec with rear and slow sync modes). From 1/250 to 30 sec in M or S modes.  1/60 to 1/250 in P or A modes or 1/250 to 30 sec in Slow Sync and B settings. Up to 1/4000 sec with SB-28 in FP mode. 1/60 to 1/125 in P or A modes (from 1/250 - 30 sec with rear and slow sync modes). From 1/125 to 30 sec in M or S modes.  1/60 to 1/250 in P or A modes. 1/125 to 30 sec in Slow Sync mode and B setting.  1/125 1/90 All speeds up to 1/80 sec. All speeds up to 1/250 sec. 1/125 All speeds up to 1/250 sec. 1/90
Speedlight Control TTL flash control by combined five-segment TTL Multi Sensor with single-component IC and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with SB-800/600; Film speed range in TTL auto flash: ISO 25-1000 5 segment TTL flash sensor; 3D multi-sensor balanced fill-flash with SB-27/SB-28 and D-AF lenses. Multi-sensor balanced fill-flash. Standard TTL. Flash bracketing. TTL automatic matrix balanced fill flash. 5 segment TTL flash sensor; 3D multi-sensor balanced fill-flash with SB-27/SB-28 and D-AF lenses. Multi-sensor balanced fill-flash. Standard TTL. Flash bracketing. FP sync.  5 segment TTL flash sensor; 3D multi-sensor balanced fill-flash with SB-27/SB-28 and D-AF lenses. Multi-sensor balanced fill-flash. Standard TTL. Flash bracketing with MF-26 5 segment TTL flash sensor; 3D multi-sensor balanced fill-flash with SB-27/SB-28/SB-28DX and D-AF lenses. Multi-sensor balanced fill-flash. Std. TTL. Flash bracketing. FP sync. Flash compensation from +1 to -3. 5 segment TTL flash sensor; 3D multi-sensor balanced fill-flash in all meter modes.  Matrix balanced fill flash Matrix Balanced Fill Flash.
Std TTL in Manual exposure mode (or with non-CPU lens).
TTL Automatic flash Automatic flash Non-TTL, controlled from Speedlight Standard TTL flash control 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash with five-segment TTL Multi Sensor
Power Battery holder MS-41 provided (two 3V lithium batteries); optional Multi Power Battery Pack MB-40 and AA-type battery holder MS-40 available (for eight alkaline-manganese, lithium or Ni-MH batteries, or one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4 [with optional Battery Chamber Cover BL-3]); built-in backup battery for internal clock 8 AA with MS-30. Optional MN-30 rechargeable Ni-MH battery. MC-32 for AC power. 6 AA with MB-21 4AA or 2 CR-123A (with MS-13) or rechargeable NiMH with MB-15 & MN-15 4 AA alkaline or lithium 2 CR-123A, or four AA with optional MB-16 power pack. 2 CR-123A lithium 2 CR-123A Two 3V CR2 lithium batteries, optional battery pack MB-17 is also available (4 AA type alkaline manganese, lithium, NiCd or NiMH batteries) 2 SR-44 one 3V CR-1/3N lithium battery, or two 1.55V SR-44 silver-oxide batteries, or 
two 1.5V LR-44 alkaline batteries
2  SR-44 (1.55V) or 
2  LR-44 (1.5V)
One 3V CR1/3N lithium battery, or two 1.55V SR44 silver-oxide batteries, or two 1.5V LR44 alkaline batteries  Two 3V CR2 lithium batteries.
Optional Battery Pack MB-18 is also available (for four 1.5V AA-type alkaline, lithium, NiCd or Ni-MH batteries)
Dimensions 6.2 x 4.7 x 3.1"
157 x 119 x 78.5mm
6.2 x 5.9 x 3.1" 6.6 x 5.4 x 3.0" with MB-21 6.1 x 4.4 x 2.6" 6.1 x 4.2 x 2.7" 141.5 x 96.5 mm 5.9 x 4.1 x 2.8" 4.5 x 3.4 x 2.2" 5.6 x 3.6 x 2.6" 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.8" 5.6 x 3.5 x 2.4" 5.5 x 3.4 x 2.0" 5.6 x 3.5 x 2.3" 5.2 x 3.6 x 2.6"
Weight 34.4 oz. (975g) 42.7 oz (1,210g) 45.1 oz with MB-21(1,280g) 27.7 oz (785g) 26.6 oz (754g) 18.2 oz (516g) 20.6 oz (584g) 20.5 oz (581g) 13.9 oz (395g) 26.8 oz (760g) 19 oz (539g) 14.8 oz (420g)  20.1 oz (570g) 13.4 (380g)
Optional Grip/Motor MS-41 provided (two 3V lithium batteries),
Multi Power Battery Pack MB-40,
MS-40 8 AA-type battery holder
Built-in  MB-20 low profile,
MB-23 high speed battery pack
MB-15 MB-10 MB-16 - - - MD-4 MD-12 -

MD-12

MB-18

Data/Function Back None required MF-27, MF-28 MF-22, MF-23 MF-29 MF-25, MF-26 N80D Date version - -  - MF-14, MF-18 MF-16 -

MF-16 

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Mark Goodell Mark Goodell (Safari)

USA
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2 comments

Vladimir Stepanov (SVA) on April 4, 2013

Great to have this chart here. It is not complete however, I think F2, F, F50, F55, FE2 and FA must be added, and maybe FM and FE - even if all the others are less interesting.

Emory Hall (ehall) on January 23, 2013

Thank you, great article, good to see I am making good choices so far. Now I have to shot some film soon. This is one great site.

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