Nikon F6 – The Last High-Quality Professional Single-Digit F Cameras
The Nikon F6 is probably the last model of single-digit F cameras. And, the single-digit F series has been produced by Nikon, designed for professional use.
In the mass media, at sport, or even on the battlefield, it has played an important role as a reliable tool. In such circumstances, however, the Nikon F6 was released in a totally different way, unlike other single-digit F cameras.
It was in 2004 that the Nikon F6 was introduced. At that time, digital cameras have already gained strength against the film cameras. Then, I am wondering what Nikon wanted to tell us through the Nikon F6 during the heyday of digital cameras.
About the Nikon F6
The Nikon F6 is the last professional model from the single-digit F series. Let’s see more about the Nikon F6!
Performance and Specification of the Nikon F6
The Nikon F6 has a variety of essential technologies of single-digit F series.
Shutter speeds are available from 30 seconds to 1/8,000th of a second, and the F6 has a vertical-travel electronically controlled focal-plane shutter with sectional steel blades. The flash sync speed is 1/250th of a second.
The F6 effortlessly includes all above features that couldn’t be realized with simple camera systems in the past. Further, its exposure metering is the 3D-RGB color matrix, which has developed from the F5. Of course, this metering system is switchable to center-weighted or spot metering. And, the viewfinder frame coverage can be approximately 100%, as with other single-digit F cameras.
Universal F-mount Introduced on the F6
Nikon’s traditional F-mount has been passed down to the current DSLR cameras. A good news is that the Nikon F6 arrows attaching a wide variety of Nikkor lenses.
The 3D-RBG color matrix metering system can work with old lenses, and this remarkable feature is one of the main technical highlights of the F6.
Its predecessor “F5” arrows to use the 3D-RBG color matrix metering system only with CPU lenses. On the other hand, the F6 can offer correct exposure by using the 3D-RBG color matrix metering system, even with non-CPU lenses including the AI lens.
In order to attach non-AI lenses like the Auto Nikkor lens, the F6’s meter coupling prong must be modified by changing it at Nikon service center beforehand.
If you want to try a lot of famous lenses including the Noct-Nikkor lens, the F6 can be the best option.
Improved Function – A Fixed Viewfinder
Although the Nikon single-digit F series (from the F to F5) have basically interchangeable viewfinders, the F6 has slightly improved its viewfinder to a fixed type.
There was the steady demand for interchangeable viewfinders, for example, it is an exposure meter for the F and F2 and a high-eye point finder primarily designed for eyeglass wearer for the F3. But, the need to change a viewfinder actually slowed down when the F5 was released in the 1990s.
The F6 achieves much higher dust and drip proofing protection with a fixed viewfinder, compared to other single-digit F cameras.
Single-Digit F Series – Operating on the Same Principle as Digital SLR Cameras
The F6’s operation systems are pretty much the same as the current DSLR cameras. The reason for that is because a front and back command dial operation system that began extensively being used in the late of the 1990s is almost the same as the current operation system on Nikon DSLR cameras.
As a matter of fact, the F6 had basically the same design principle of DSLR cameras at the time. For instance, it’s the Nikon flagship DSLR camera, as called the D2 series.
Then, single-digit D cameras are followed by the D3, D4, and D5. Nikon professional SLR cameras have surely stayed alive to the present, handing over from the single-digit F to single-digit D series.
Single-Digit F Series – Radically Redesigned and Modernized with Dull and High-Quality Designs
The Nikon F6 from the single-digit F series was born in the digital age. To seek for the feel of film cameras, the F6 has improved to be a high-quality camera, not only with a dull design but also reliability for professional use.
Emphasizing Pure Sound Quality
The most remarkable feature of the F6 is its excellently smooth usability. Perhaps, an operational feeling tends to be underestimated as a professional tool.
In fact, the F6 reveals the careful attention to detail in the texture and sound, as it still has great reliability and operation feeling. Thus, it can be said that the F6 has reached its mature phase of single-digit F series.
The F6 provides shutter sounds with a refreshing feeling that numerous numbers of historical cameras have never achieved. So, I believe the F6 will make you satisfied each time you press a shutter release button.
Let’s Enjoy Single-Digit F Series with High-Quality!
The F6 has established its unique concept as the last single-digit F camera. It is not a just tool, but it is truly a communicative camera. Imagine when you have a talk with the Nikon F6 through photography.
Would you like to enjoy conversations with the camera now?