Well, what do you think? Is the F6 the swan song for film Nikons? It sure seems like it to me. I can't think of anything that could be added to advance the design without starting into digital. What are your thoughts?
There's quite a bit that could still be done - an internal card for metadata, MicroSD or similar, newer metering and AF systems, a thumbnail from the 91k metering sensor stored on digital storage so you know what frame is what before developing them, and so on.
Now, will they release it? I have no idea, only Nikon knows that, but I'm hopeful they will. They've kept the FM10 and F6 alive for a reason, and there's still a market for both, obviously, so we just get to sit and wait and see.
A small thing, but they need to add full "E" lens compatiblity.
As a stange aside, I suspect that the new 800mm nikkor will be the first F-mount lens that won't be compatable with any film body. Unless they have a pre-set aperture button to be pushed manually, there won't be any iris control on all but the newest DSLR's.
As far as the OP question, I suspect that it is the last body in the F-series, but then again, no one was really expecting the F6 either.
The PC-E Nikkors are compatible with the F6. It's true that the F6 won't be able to control the lens aperture, but these lenses have a one-touch aperture stop-down control and can at least be used in Manual Exposure Mode. Check here for details:
I can confirm this. I use my 24mm f3.5E lens on my F6. I just have to manually close down the aperture with the button. It operates like my 85 f2.8D PC. The 24 works just like a normal lens on my D700.
The question to me is will the new 800 have this button. If it does, it will make shooting it with an F6 possible, but not very fast. Still, how many people will be using this lens period, and of those, who will want to shoot film with it?
The F6 is basically a film version of the D2 series which is now over two generations old. Given the very low demand for the F6, I just don't think it would make economic sense for Nikon to introduce an F7.
>The F6 is basically a film version of the D2 series which is >now over two generations old. Given the very low demand for >the F6, I just don't think it would make economic sense for >Nikon to introduce an F7.
Maybe not economic sense, but if it's coming out, it should be soon-ish. Look at the six F bodies before a hypothetical F7 and how they're spaced:
F: 1959 - 12 years - F2: 1971 - 9 years - F3: 1980 - 8 years - F4: 1988 - 8 years - F5: 1996 - 8 years - F6: 2004
So an F7 is about due either now or a year or two from now, perhaps when they're finally done refreshing the DSLR line. It's unlikely IMHO, and I doubt it, but there's always room to hope, right? I'd have to be fairly expensive to pay for the costs of the small production run. According to Thom Hogan, Sendai has a 30,000 per month capacity of FX cameras, and in 9 years we're just over 40,000 F6 cameras (I assume in batch production).
If the F6 continues to make money (ask Nikon if it is), we might see an F7, especially as the cost of the digital parts of the F6 and any possible F7 keep dropping.
>Well, what do you think? Is the F6 the swan song for film >Nikons? It sure seems like it to me. I can't think of >anything that could be added to advance the design without >starting into digital. What are your thoughts?
I'd be happy with an upgraded F6- leave the F6 body alone (the ergonomics are exceptional - when you pick one up it just feels right, the viewfinder is awesome) and just update the innards with next generation metering and focusing systems. Oh yeah and a bigger, color LCD with bigger font.
I doubt it will happen - but a limited production run of another high end 35mm film camera would be sweet. In the meantime, buy a used F6 for half the price new and enjoy!