While staying at my brother's a few weeks back I got a chance to try his Nikon F4 out again, I needed a break from shooting with Minolta gear non stop this. I should back up, it's not my first time shooting with this camera. I played with Alex's F4 when he was moving houses almost ten years ago, I didn't like back then. Now I do. What changed?
Well, matrix metering for starters, I tried it out on my N90s and loved it with the AF Nikkor lenses I own. With the F4 you can matrix meter with just about any Nikkor lens made. It was the last pro body that used dials for everything, I toyed with getting an F5 but buying more AA batteries and dealing with menu hell wasn't my idea of progress. With the F4 you either need four or six batteries.
I enjoyed shooting with Alex's F4S so much, over Labour Day weekend I got my own F4, I don't need as many frames per second and I'll be shooting Ai and Ais lenses on this camera mostly and it's slightly lighter.
Stay tuned I plan to write a more in-depth piece on the F4 in the future.
Camera: Nikon F4S, Nikkor Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Xtol 1+1.