I'm currently a F100 owner and just love this camera. However, I've become very interested in the F4. If you didn't already own a F100 which one would you choose and why? If I were to choose the F4 would my AF-S lenses become obsolete?
The F4 is an excellent body, but the F100 has a better AF system, and Command and Sub-Command dials making it very easy to switch back and fourth with a DSLR. On the other hand, the F4's control layout makes it easer to combine with MF bodies. As you can see, there is no right or wrong answer.
>If I were to choose the F4 would my AF-S lenses become obsolete?
The F4 supports AF with both AF-S and AF-I lenses. It does not support VR.
I'll pretty much echo the comments made earlier. There is really no right or wrong answer and only you know the features of each camera that would be really important to you. I owned both for quite a while and appreciated both. However, I believe the F100 was a far superior camera. At the time I owned them a common saying in the Nikon community was "the F4 was the finest manual focus body Nikon had ever produced." What that meant was that while it was the first pro AF body, the AF wasn't that good. I agree with that opinion. The F100 will always be my favorite among between the two.
Mark, at today's prices, I would get both. The F100's auto focusing and metering is great. But the F4's dials and knobs make it very attractive. It's a camera that bridges the more traditional dials with some basic automation.
F100 is a great camera- compatible with ai, ai-s, af, af d/g, af-i and af-s. It will also work with vr lenses. Better af module, and sensors; more modern advanced metering. And a better flash metering, too.
but no matrix metering with AI or AI-s lens on the F100. I think it depends on which lens you want to mainly use; MF then go with the F4, AF then the F100 all the way! Nice thing is BOTH cameras can use both with limitations...do remember the F4 weighs way more....