by J. Ramón Palacios
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F4s and beyond ...
very well constructed Nikon F4s has proven to be no less faithful
a companion and efficient tool as my first Exa, my Exaktas, my
Nikkormats, my Nikons FE2 and later my 8008s.
is enough to bring along sufficient reserve AA batteries and having
had a good cereal at breakfast to be able to carry it all day long.
Nikon F4s, released in 1988
motor drive, the MB-21, allowing to shoot at 5.3 frames per second,
as compared with the 3.2 fps of the MD-12 for the FE2's, is a
F4s is truly a war horse, very versatile and agile; it is
difficult to loose the pictures of the inopportune occasion; but
high in the mountain with my feet under the snow and my fingers
frozen I sometimes would have preferred the controls of the 8008s
and a camera body a little bit more light. Maybe I should consider
switching the MB-21 power winder for the lighter and smaller MB-20.
a Nikon N90s/F90x with a MB10. Although
supposed to be an amateur model, it was soon adopted by many
pros as second body and even as the main one.
Nikon N90s, even with that MB-10 motor drive has almost
the same functions than those of the Nikon F4s and weights
much less. But enough of that. Dirty Harry never complained
about the weight of his 44 magnum.
newer model, the Nikon F100 is a very interesting and tempting
alternative option. The natural upgrade from the N90s,
promises with being amazing, as it has been dubbed "the affordable
Nikon F5 came into market before, in 1996 and since then
it has been winking at me. Two things have stopped me from
buying it, the excess of functions that I will probably
never use (as I said about my first exposure meter camera)
and the weight. (Both the weight of the camera and the weight
of the peso devaluations).
since the photography theme is a passionate affair, maybe
I will be interested in returning to my old ways of carrying
two bodies wherever I go, for as long as I can carry them.
If I decide to do so, they will be F5s
with their incredible RGB 3D matrix metering system.
last photographic problem to resolve is what to do with
the Nikkormats, the FE2's and all of their lenses. I have
never learned to exchange one faithful friend for another,
regardless of how attractive the new one looks; much less
somehow it hurts to know that one can only visit them from time
to time, well kept, but in the closet of the memories.
a good friend will deserve them ......