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How-to's Camera Reviews

FAQ - What Camera to Buy?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Keywords: nikon, camera, bodies, faq, film

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The 35mm SLR high end models are sophisticated precision machines. Loaded with features are by no means inexpensive; however, if you really love photography, you should try one of these.


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The latest queen, the Nikon F6, introduced at the end of 2004
What makes a body a high end camera in the world of 35mm film SLR: 
  • Advanced features in metering, focusing and more 
  • Rugged body with good seals for dust and moisture 
  • Loaded with electronics
  • You can use them fully manual, auto, or semi auto 
  • High speed motor for winding and rewinding (integrated or detachable)
  • High top shutter speeds 
  • Highly reliable and dependable (for as long as you have good batteries) 



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Nikon F100
Nikon F5

The Nikon F100. Smaller and lighter than the F5, it shares most of its advanced features. Fast and precise Dynamic Auto focusing, 3D Matrix metering, plus Spot and Center Weighted meters and 3D Multi-Sensor Auto balanced Fill Flash. It also has die cast magnesium alloy chassis and covers. This camera feels very well in the hand and joins the F5 as a camera of choice in the high end section of the 35mm SLR world. You can choose to use it a lightweight body or, with the MB-15 power pack not only you add power but a vertical shutter release button and the feel of an F5.



Before the F6, this was the dream, the flagship, the latest of the "F" Nikon cameras, the F5 which reigned supreme in its class for 9 years. Among the features that attracted most to own one is the 3D Color Matrix RGB metering system, with a 1,005-pixel RGB sensor to read a scene's color as well as brightness and contrast meter; I find it impossible to fool in almost any situation. This camera is not just highly reliable, fast, responsive and versatile, but maybe more important, highly intelligent. 8 fps! And you take full advantage of the new AF-S lenses.

Arrow 35mm SLR Recommendation:
  • If you really really are serious about photography, you must have a high end 35mm Single Lens Reflex, like the ones shown above. Yes, other brands coexist in the market, but ....... if you want the very best ..... 
  • Or at least an auto focus 35mm and try to get the best you can afford 
  • If you don't have the budget, look into good choices for used 35mm SLR's
  • Now, if you want larger sized negative's quality at all times, or are considering becoming a pro and/or have no serious budget constraints, go for the ...... Medium Format, but don't abandon the world of 35mm.
  • For a Film 35mm SLR comparative chart go here
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Originally written on May 21, 2002

Last updated on December 19, 2017

J. Ramon Palacios J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

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Larry Jones (Larry443) on May 4, 2014

Outstanding! Thanks so much for the overview and the recommendations. I enjoyed reading about each class or group you presented. I especially liked your closing comment as that's what it's all about for me. Thanks again! Larry

Zita Kemeny (zkemeny) on March 5, 2013

Very good points which we may check when we want to buy a new camera. Thanks.