You'll get a jump in build, AF performance, frame rate and synch speed, if I recall correctly. What you lose is the convenience of a pop-up Speedlight and the built-in grid lines. I'm sure there are more aspects that I missed.
My F100 was my main camera until last November when I got a D700. I'm not getting rid of it anytime soon. I've also had the N80 (and before that the N70).
F100 has... 1) Better autofocus module (I think metering is equal in both cameras) 2) More robust build 3) Ability to meter MF lenses (AI, AI-S) and can perform stop down metering, too (with say an lens mounted reverse for macro or a PC lens). 4) Option MB-15 provides faster frame rate, vertical shutter release and rear command dial. 5) Ability to use 1/2 or 1/3 stop exposure compensation 6) Max flash sync speed 1/250 sec (vs 1/125 w/ N80) 7) 10 pin remote can be used on higher end DSLRs 8) Uses AAs in the body or in the vertical grip 9) Brighter viewfinder
N80 is ... 1) Lighter 2) On Demand Grid Lines (F100 needs an E-type screen) 3) Uses a manual cable release (cheap and inexpensive) 4) Pop up flash is helpful (vs. no pop up flash on the F100).
At the current pricing of the F100 on the used market, if I didn't have one already, I would seriously consider this camera for a Nikon film body.
Sun 15-Jul-12 11:20 PM | edited Sun 15-Jul-12 11:23 PM by ZoneV
>N80 is ... >1) Lighter >2) On Demand Grid Lines (F100 needs an E-type screen) >3) Uses a manual cable release (cheap and inexpensive) >4) Pop up flash is helpful (vs. no pop up flash on the >F100).
6) Quieter operation. It's one of the most quiet AF SLRs ever made in terms of shutter, mirror, lens stopdown, advance, rewind, and loading...but not screwdrive AF, which in my experience is noisy on the N80 compared to the F100.
If you need quiet operation, the N80 is really the only choice in a Nikon film SLR.
After a long search, i found a very nice used F100 and jumped on it. Now, the learning curve starts again. Will give my F80 to my GF and we'll have a nice time shooting film together. Thank you guys for the tips.
Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!
Congrats Jose on the F100 many years ago I too went from the N80 to the F100 and even though I loved my N80 the F100 was a huge upgrade for me. I still pack my F100 in my bag with my D700 they seem to just go together.
Just finished my first TMAX100 roll with the F100. Shoot with the 28-105, 75-300 and 50 1.8, will send it for develope tomorrow,... let's see all my mistakes. It was a real pleasure to use it these last days. Already loaded a TRI-X.
Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!
I recently bought a used F80s in favor of the F100 for the following reasons:
-it was only EUR40 -weight (I'm a geologist, and besides a DSLR I've got a bunch of other heavy stuff to tote) -Exposure data imprint between frames -Built in flash -F80 lacked no functions that I deemed necessary (or so I thought…)
I ended up liking the camera a lot - so light, so capable, and so quiet! …well the shutter at least, the AF Motor sounds like a Makita
…but then a couple of things started to make me reconsider:
First, I was in the field on Crete- and the thing totally crapped out on me because one drop of seawater got down the wrong crack. I was lucky enough to find the affected contact once I got back home-but had to get by without the camera for the rest of my vacation.
Second, the battery issue: if you use the flash and/or do a couple long exposures etc…the might not even last for 5 rolls. So I got a MB-16, which I am not thrilled about…yeah it solves the problem and does improve handling a bit-but honestly, it is one piece of flimsy toy-plastic. not impressed.
I loved how quit the thing was for street/museum etc… I've heard that the F100 is a lot louder-is that the price you pay for the build quality? i.e. Does all the plastic of the F80 damp the slap/shutter sound, whereas it resonates in the mag.alloy body of the 100? One more stop of flash-sync would be nice, as would be weather sealing/build quality…I might miss the on board flash though…Btw, does the F100 show flash comp. in the viewfinder? So now I guess I am considering an F100-I guess I don't really need to-but why not-I can't afford a Pro/Prosumer DSLR, so why not have a pro(ish)35mm cheers, stuart
I have both cameras, bought recently. First came the F80, then The F100 and both are very good cameras. I prefer the F100 in the same way that I do my D800 over the D7100 and that is in terms of solidity. You'll certainly know the difference when you have the F100 with e.g. a 24-70mm F2.8 weighing down your neck! The Nikon 16-35mm f4 works very well with both cameras too and is lighter. The F100 is built like a tank.
The F100 is my favourite as it offers more functions, it also makes the well known solid shutter noise, whereas the F80 kind of wheezes.
Like Jose, I use them together one with Fuji Velia 100, the other with either Fuji Acros or Ilford Delta Pro.
I have an intermittent annoying fault on my F100 however, the MB-D12 4xAA battery holder looses connectivity occasionally and I'm trying to source either that or the rare MS-3. Otherwise I'll have to buy a MB-15 grip.
If you think the Nikon's are loud, try a Minolta STsi, LOL. I picked one up by accident; it was listed with a Gossen Luna Pro meter that I wanted rather badly and for $19 bucks shipped for both, just the meter alone was worth that!
It came with a Quantaray 28-90 zoom and no self-respecting camera guy would pass up a chance to pop in a roll of Fuji...so I did. Noisy as a chainsaw, clunky but it's got some nifty features. If I could get over the toy camera feel I might add it to the collection but...its not a Nikon.
Now I'm in the market for an N90, F100, somewhere in there...LOL. Just what I need, another camera! Love it!