My two previous camera posts featured the Nikon F6 on Kodak and Fuji. This time I’m going back fifty years to shoot with the Nikon F, an all-mechanical SLR. This body has been fitted with the FTn finder, so I had metering onboard as well. I bought the body and finder as a set with 50mm f/1.4, 28mm f/3.5, 135mm f/3.5, and 200mm f/4 lenses. The back of the body slides off to load or remove film, which makes things easy.
It was nice to shoot with older Nikon glass – the out of focus areas on the 50 f/1.4 render with swirling wide open. I hadn’t used the 135mm f/3.5 before this either, and it gave me some nice results as well. The contrast is not as big as what I get from newer lenses, but I like the difference.
Nikon F with FTn Finder
Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Nikon 135mm f/3.5
Kodak Gold 100