Welcome to the Nikon F100 enthusiast website!

The Nikon F100 is considered by many as one of Nikon's best affordable film cameras ever made (just short of the Nikon F5 and F6 in terms of performance, but much less expensive). This site is dedicated to those who still shoot with the F100. The F100 can still be purchased new at B&H Photo (12/30/2012 Update: B&H is indicating that they no longer have new bodies in stock, I will try to confirm if this is permanent or just temporary) and also used at KEH.com and eBay.com. Scroll down to see various items of interest to the F100 shooter.  Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to contact me, email me here.

Robert Allen,
Website author







Above Images: Nikon F100, Kodak 200 film, Nikon 28-300mm lens Processed at local Walgreens
Download the F100 Nikon User Manual (pdf)
Type of Camera Integral-motor autofocus 35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) with electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Exposure Control Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible), Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto and Manual; Exposure compensation: (+-)5 EV range in 1/3 steps
Picture Format 24 x 36mm (standard 35mm film format)
Lens Mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling, AF contacts)
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism, built-in dioptre adjustment (-3 to +1m(-1))
Eyepoint 21mm (at -1.0m(-1))
Focusing Screen B-type BriteView clear Matte screen III, interchangeable with optional E-type screen grid
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1) Approx. 96%/ Approx. 0.70x with 50mm lens set to infinity and -1.0m(-1)
Autofocus  
Focus Lock Locked by pressing AF-L/AE-L buttonor lightly pressing shutter release button in Single Servo AF
Exposure Metering System TTL full-aperture; three metering systems selectable(limitations with lens used): 3D Matrix Metering; Center-Weighted Metering: Approx. 75% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on the 12mm dia. circle; and Spot Metering: 4mm dia. circle (approx. 1% of entire frame)
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens) 3D Matrix Metering: EV 0-21; Center-Weighted: EV 0-21; Spot Metering: EV 3-21 (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Metering Coupling CPU and AI combined
Auto Exposure Bracketing Number of shots: two or three; Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 steps
Auto Exposure Lock Detected exposure value locked by pressing AF-L/AE-L button
Film Speed Setting DX or Manual selectable (manual setting effective over DX detected film speed); Film speed range: DX: ISO 25-5000, Manual: ISO 6-6400 in 1/3 steps
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical travel-focal-plane shutter; Speed: In P, A: 30-1/8000s; in S: 30-1/8000s (in 1/3 steps); in M: 30-1/8000s (in 1/3 steps), Bulb
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO-type hot-shoe contact (sync contact, ready-light contact, TTL auto flash contact, monitor contact, GND), safety lock provided
Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization up to 1/125s
Flash Control Controlled by five-segment TTL Multi Sensor; Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi Sensor: 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash compatible with built-in Speedlight, SB-80DX, 27, 50DX, and D-/G-type Nikkor lens; Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash with a Speedlight such as SB-800, 27, 50DX, 23, 22s, 30, 29s and AF Nikkor other than D-/G-tytpe lens; Center-Weighted Flash: With Speedlights SB-800, 27, 50DX, 23, 22s, 22, 30, 29s and non-CPU Nikkor lens with Center-Weighted Metering; Film speed range in TTL auto flash: ISO 25-1000
Flash Sync Modes Front-Curtain Sync. (normal sync.), Red-Eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Slow Sync, Rear-Curtain Sync
Flash Ready Light Lights up when flash fully charged with built-in Speedlight, SB-800, 27, 50DX, 23, etc.; blinks (3 sec. after flash) for full output warning
Sync Terminal ISO 519 Standard terminal, with lock screws
Self-Timer Electronically controlled; time duration: 10 seconds
Depth of Field Preview Button Stop-down lens aperture by pressing depth-of-preview button
Film Loading Film automatically advances to first frame (frame of the maximum number of available exposure) when shutter release button is pressed once (shutter and reflection mirror not activated)
Film Advance Modes Automatic advance with built-in motor; Single Servo AF (S), Continuous Servo AF (C), Continuous Silent (Cs) selectable
Film Advance Speed With Continuous Servo AF, Manual exposure mode, shutter speed 1/250s or faster, 36-exp film: S: One frame advance; C: Continuous shooting, Approx. 4.5 fps (LR6/AA-size alkaline batteries), Approx. 5 fps (with Multi-Power High Speed Battery Pack MB-15); Cs: Contnuous silent-low-speed shooting, Approx. 3 fps (LR6/AA-size alkaline batteries); Approx. 3 fps (with Multi-Power High Speed Battery Pack MB-15)
Film Rewind Automatic rewind with built-in motor (activate by pressing two film rewind buttons); Rewind speed with 36-exp film: C: approx. 9 sec., Cs: approx. 19 sec. with 36-exp film (LR6/AA-size alkaline batteries)
Multiple Exposure Activated using film advance mode dial
Camera Back Hinged back (removable); AF area mode selector, focus area selector; changeable with Data Back MF-29
10-pin Remote Terminal Equipped
Power Requirements AA-size battery holder MS-12 provided (four alkaline or lithium batteries); optional 3V lithium battery holder MS-13 available (for two CR123A or DL123A batteries); optional Multi-Power High-Speed Battery Pack MB-15 and AA-size battery holder MS-15 are also available (for six alkaline or lithium batteries, or optional Ni-MH battery MN-15)
Exposure Meter Auto meter shut-off 6 seconds after power turned on if no operation are performed; activated by lightly pressing shutter release button or pressing AF button after power is turned on
Tripod Socket 1/4 (ISO 1222)
Two-Button Reset Pressing the CSM and mode buttons simultaneously and holding them for more than 2 sec. resets various settings to their initial settings (with some exceptions)
Dimensions Approx. 155 x 113 x 66mm
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap) Approx. 785g
Nikon F100 camera body specs (from Nikon, Inc.)
Some early Nikon F100 ads (from the K & L Company)

















Above Images: Nikon F100, Fuji 200 film, Nikon 28-300mm lens
Processed at local Walgreens
Early Nikon website mentioning both the D100 and F100
Download the Nikon F100 Brochure












Above Images: Nikon F100, Fuji Velvia 100F slide film, Nikon 105mm Macro lens
Processed at Idaho Camera








Above Images: Nikon F100, Kodak Ektar 100 film, Nikon 24-120 f/4 lens Processed at local Walgreens










I now have the above video on VHS and will attempt to tranfer to digital and make available at some point online either here or on YouTube as soon as I try to get permission from either or both Nikon and Bob Krist. UPDATE: Bob Krist was nice enough to give me a contact at Nikon. I will keep you posted if I make any progress.


Download part of a B&H catalog referencing the F100 (pdf)




Above Images: Nikon F100, Kodak Gold 200 film, Nikon  85 f/1.8 lens
Processed at local Walgreens


Nikon F100.com video "How To Load Film Into The Nikon F100"
(Posted: 12/18/2012) BREAKING NEWS! What, breaking news? How could there be anything new related to the F100, a film camera that has been out of production for some time now? If you consider what Nikon Rumors is reporting ( www.NikonRumors.com ), it's possible that Nikon may be coming out with a digital back for film cameras, maybe the F100! It's pure speculation as to which film camera Nikon may develop the digital back for but it appears clear that they are currently working on a design and has just published their patent including concept drawings as shown below. While no indication is given as to what camera would be fitted with such a device, I would say that the F6 and F100 are top contenders. Mostly because the F6 is still currently in production and the F100's film chamber appears to have the perfect amount of space to accommodate such a device.  Also, the F6 and F100 with their sturdy bodies and modern electronics again appear to be the most logical choice for a digital back. I will let you know as soon as I hear more about this exciting development.


Above, find an unboxing video of the Nikon F100 purchased from B&H Photo made earlier this year when they were still selling new F100 bodies. Check back often for updates as to the status of new stock at B&H Photo.

(Posted: 01/05/2013)  Kodak has just released a free film reference app for iOS devices. The app is a portable guide to their line of professional films. The topics covered are shown in the app's menu above. I have downloaded and installed it and I have to say It's a good primer as to what options are currently avaiable within their professioinal films. You can find out more here at Kodak's 1000 words blog  or if you are on a iOS divice, you can download the app here.


(Posted: 01/14/2013)  Nikon posted a video of how their lenses are made.