Welcome to Nikonians! Congratulations on your new F100. You got a great deal! You can use either your 50mm f/1.8D or your 35-70mm f/3.5-5.6. As for film, it depends on the subject and the ambient conditions.
Ektar is a C41 film. I think when people mention it with E6, they are referring to the colours it produces. The colours Ektar produces are really beautiful but I feel that you need a good scanner to bring out the colours. I don't have such luck as my flatbed scanner kills the colours.
You'll enjoy the Ilford XP2 too. There are two B&W C41 films in the market. The XP2 along with Kodak's BW400CN. Both are nice films too. One of the lovely things about film is trying out new film. Good luck and welcome down this slippery slope!
If you have the MB-15 mounted on the camera, remove it and install the batteries in the camera body. If they continue to drain quickly you will know the problem is in the camera. If the battery doesn't drain, you will know the problem is the MB-15 or the connection between the grip and the camera body.
Even though it is very unlikely, look closely at the battery holder and make sure there is nothing shorting any of the batteries. If not, the short is somewhere in the camera. If it has a warranty contact the seller. If not, I would send the camera to APS in Morton Grove, Illinois and have it serviced.
Beautiful camera! Your choice of the 50 mm f/1.8 D is a good one, but, as a dedicated zoom user, I heartily second the 28-105! I love mine.
Film: Ilford XP2 can be processed in C41 color chemistry, and is a very good film, shot at 300-400 ASA. At 300, it was said to "grain down", and produce better negatives.
I used the old standby, Kodak Tri-X for years as a working photojournalist, with no problems at all!
Major brand 400 speed neg. film is as good as the "old" 100 speed of 15 years ago. We used to make large courtroom display photos from it with no problems.
It was once said that color negative film was optimized for machine processsing, and produced thin negatives. It was recommended in the photozines to shoot it at 50-75% of the manufacturer's rating to get more saturated and detailed negatives. I tried it, and honestly could not tell much difference.
>Hi Stephen, > >Even though it is very unlikely, look closely at the battery >holder and make sure there is nothing shorting any of the >batteries. If not, the short is somewhere in the camera. >If it has a warranty contact the seller. If not, I would send >the camera to APS in Morton >Grove, Illinois and have it serviced.
I am going to sell it on ebay, I will list all issues and let it go cheap
Welcome to the world of film ... again maybe! I too just aquired another F100 - it's my third one however, so I'm pretty familiar with the camera. I love this little camera and find that I take it with me on vacations too, along with my digital body. I tend to use the 50mm lens on mine the most (I use the f1.4, but very similar to the 1.8 which is an EXCELLENT lens). I seem to agree with everyone else however, if that 50's not on this body, it's on my 700 - and the 28-105 is on this body (I kept the 28-105 lens from when I had my first F100 and have used it on my D300 and now my 700 - what an excellent walk around lens! What a sharp little lens.). Again, welcome and enjoy... for film I usually use color and have the negatives scanned (my shop doesn't do B&W and has to send that out, but they can do color and scan). I then take it into Lightroom or Nikon's Capture NX and convert to B&W... It works for me, not the best, but it works and it is still fun to shoot film. Enjoy!!!