What a gem to find! The story of Nikon F6

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  1. molested_cow

    molested_cow No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I happened to be interested to know more about the F6. It's the last of Nikon's flagship 35mm SLR, and a legend supposedly. So google led me to this very exciting article.

    Yes, "exciting" is the word. As an Industrial Designer who has worked on both consumer and industrial products, I was excited to read about the extend of research and passion that went into the design of the F6. Trust me, there are very few companies in the world that put in this level of effort into bringing the absolute best to the world. The most important part is, all of the efforts that the team has put in are still very relevant today. It's not just a camera, it's a piece of performance art.

    Nikon | Imaging Products | Behind the scenes - Nikon F6
     
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    Nikon wanted to one-up Canon and end up being the company that made "the best 35mm film SLR ever," so after 35mm film SLRs basically stopped selling and became a dead-end in the marketplace, Nikon developed and made a few F6 cameras, thus eclipsing Canon's holding of the title, "Best 35mm film SLR ever made". That is what most industry watchers say lead to the development of the F6--company PRIDE among Nikon engineers and executives, and a desire to prove the company's capabilities and design prowess superior to that possessed by Canon. I have never once held, let alone seen, an F6. Maybe some day...
     
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    So... why actually is that F6 better than others?
    Have read the 2 pages article... not wiser...

    Can you get better iso settings? No: depends on your film.
    Can you get a better dof, other apertures? No: depends on your lens.
    Can you have faster shutterspeed? MMm not mentioned in the article...
    What is mentioned: that the motor is making less noise... Waaw...

    What else do I need for my photographs? Nothing more I guess :D
     
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    Nikon is the best brand of the camera, and It take very cool picture.
     
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    Dikkie No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I shoot with Nikon too... but I know it's not my camera that makes the picture, it's the man behind.
     
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    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    That's like being indifferent to the difference between a Swatch watch and a Patek Phillipe.
     
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    Dikkie No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well, I'm quite happy with my Nikon F401.

    If I ever have a large budget to spend for a better film camera, I'd buy a Leica, custom made :)
    Not another Nikon. ...

    Not that I'm not happy with my Nikon... but for what I use it, I don't have an urge for soft motor noise as only difference.
     
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    I've had one in my hands in a Calgary camera shop shortly after its release in 2004. It is a very nice camera and still relevant even today, 9 years later. When you look at the specs of that camera you must keep in mind that this was in 2004. Not many of the dSLR's of that time can still claim to be at the top of their game.
     
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  9. amolitor

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    I think maybe you only read the second page. The first page goes in to a lot of detail about the improved ergonomics, and how the basic idea behind the F6 was to take the F5 and incrementally improve the ergonomics. The second page by itself I admit would probably be very confusing.
     
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    Still big and heavy compared to a Leica M, i know which i prefer
     
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    Quite a few on eBay. It looks like $1200 to $1500 will pick up a nice body.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I can get you a Nikon F 1960 never used still in wrapper boxed never opened
     
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    Rick58 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Nice, there's a find. Unfortunately I'd have to find room in my closet next to my collection of F2's. Just curious...how much?
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    More than it is worth
     
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    Rick58 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yeah, also 53 years of not being exercised could actually do more harm the good. It would be a shame to CLA a brand new F2 and once you do, it's just another f2
    But I must say, I'd be more attracted to that then a used F6
     

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