Back To Film With Nikon

Nikon F100
Nikon F100

Some people are Nikon fans. Some people are Canon fans. I was drawn to Nikon and I have owned four Nikon film cameras in the years I have been taking photographs. I had an FE and then an F90x, and then an FM2n. Now I have an F100.

The FE and the FM2n are manual focus cameras and very simple to use. You put the film in, set the film speed, and shoot.

With the FM2n, you have to frame the subject and then change the aperture or speed until the meter in the viewfinder tells you that the exposure is correct.

The FE makes life a bit easier for you with a semi-automatic setting in Aperture Priority.

The F90x is an autofocus camera, and pretty straightforward to use.

I sold the FE when I got the F90x.

Then I sold the F90x when I stopped shooting film.

I bought the FMn2 much more recently – when I decided to start shooting film again.

Except I didn’t shoot any film with the FMn2 except a test roll to make sure it worked OK before I sold it on.

Recently however, with the move to live in Edinburgh, I have access to the darkroom at Stills – Scotland’s Centre For Photograpy, which is located here in Edinburgh.

I plan to write more about Stills in a subsequent post. For now though I want to talk about the F100.

It is an autofocus camera and a completely different beast to the other cameras I owned.

The Story So Far

I have shot just one roll of film with it so far, and I used my Nikon 105mm f2 DC lens.

The 105mm Nikon is a heavy, metal lens, very sharp, and top of the range in its day.

The ‘DC’ stands for ‘defocus control’ which means that you can change the degree of fall-off of the out-of-focus areas. The attractiveness or otherwise of the fall-off is called bokeh, and if you google for it, you’ll find lots of discussions about it.


  1. Well … I’m a Nikon person. I could just as well have been a Canon person. The only reason I bought a Nikon [D60] when I’d decided to get a DSLR camera, was that my brother always had Nikons. That’s not really a ‘reason’ …it just happened that way. I’m now on my second Nikon …D90.

    I’ve never really shot film. Honestly, it was the digital that got me in to photography. Had some little film camera, back in my youth, and it was the numbers showing how many frames I had left … the developing …the waiting …that kept me off — I never got interested in photography then. I regret that now, but on the other hand, I’m very happy that I found it, although a little late in life.

    My brother was into it, big time … he and his friends had a small lab with dark room and all that stuff..


    1. Without access to the darkroom at Stills, I don’t think I would have tried film again. Stills has Heidelberg scanners as well, which is another reason to shoot film. With very high-quality scans it gives another way to work digitally.


      1. That sounds interesting … about the scanners.

        My brother had thousands of negatives and slides from his photography days, and recently bought a scanner that can scan those. He’s sent me quite a few, lovely b/w pictures of our town …


Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.