a great body for a great price, April 4, 2003
Reviewer: J. Purswani "graduate student"
Those who know Nikon's lineup well, will know that this camera falls
between the flagship F5 and the high consumer end N80. It has a tough role
to fill, and it does it perfectly.
The focusing on the F100 is far faster than
on the N80. When I originally bought my N80, I thought it was fast. On the
F100, it's amazing. The images from the F100 are great, and I've never had
one that didn't turn out because of camera error (what can I say, human
error is the prevalent error behind this camera)
This camera isn't for everyone though. It lacks some of the features of
the N80, such as the pop up flash and the grid lines on demand. If you're
looking for an introductory camera, this is not it.
However, if you're serious about photography and already have a speedlight
(flash), then this camera is definitely worth it. The reason for it not
including a pop up flash is that the camera is geared towards very serious
amateurs or professional photographers.
Nikon figures that by the time you
step up to one of their higher end cameras like the F100 or the F5, that
you've already acquired a good flash unit. To put it into perspective, one
of the photographers who routinely shoots at the local high school shoots
with this camera. You can get the grid lines in the viewfinder by spending
another [amount of money] and replacing the screen inside the viewfinder.
Unfortunately, they aren't built in like the N80, but there is a work
around, so in my mind, that's not a big deal.
This camera also has a vertical grip via the high power pack, which is
something that the N80 is clearly lacking. So if you tend to shoot a lot
in the vertical direction, this is a definite plus, especially if you're
like me and don't have very big hands.
All in all, I highly recommend this camera for those who are serious about
their photography, and don't want to spend the cash for the F5.
Only the best, April 24, 2006
Reviewer: Ronald Nugent
Please, don't even go there with the comments of letidc. This is the last
great film camera of our time. I have run thousands of frames through two
of these cameras with very little problem. The F100 is as close as you can
go to a Pro camera without the $3ooo.oo plus price tag. If your after a
film camera, just buy this one, you won't be sorry.
DISSAPOINTED NIKON, January 23, 2006
For approx. 20 years my father & I have never bought any other brand than
NIKON...but this time my NEW F100 has dissappointed. FILMS REWIND ON ANY
NUMBER...have researched to find out there was a FAULTY LOT released with
a WEAK MOTOR ..was quoted approx. AU$400 to fix rewind problem. SHOULD
INCLUDE A BUILT IN FLASH, PHOTOS MISSED due to very LOW LIGHT.
Also bought a NEW NIKON N80 & it BROKE mid roll on FIRST ROLL USED..had it
repaired & sold it
Have just retired my F90X after 6 years...GREAT CAMERA even though no
fault was found it did have days where it just didn't want to work..I
would leave it for 24hrs & then it would work..shame this camera is no
ITS OBVIOUS NIKON THINK OF $$$ ONLY NOW & NOT CAMERA QUALITY ANY
MORE...have now bought my FIRST CANON CAMERA
Perfect for amateurs..., March 24, 2005
Reviewer: Adi Adler
While the F - 5 has its advantages (suc as %100 view through the view
finder, a strong body, etc.), the F 100 is almost as good, at a much lower
price, and a little lighter to boot...
The body itself is strong, the lens hold is metal, and the camera is very
easy to use.