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dave lackey 05-28-2015 02:52

The F6! Post your photos here!
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Today is the day. Somehow I have managed to shoot two rolls of Eastman 5222 Double X film and have them developed. I pick them up today because I just could not manage developing the film myself this week.

Today is the day that I will officially crown my F6 as my primary camera! It is that amazing!

The M3/6 life is special, like a Strad. As I recall, a Strad is special and has a narrow window, if you will, that produces amazing music. But it is not an instrument with a wide range of application. No it is special. The M bodies are the same for me. Beautiful instruments that I love to use.

Unfortunately, I love macro and action sports along with a whole lot of other possibilities. The capability of the F6 goes far beyond any rangefinder and I am stunned by its sophistication.

The F6!!!

Are there any negatives? The first one is why did I wait so long? For that matter why did it take Nikon so long to come up with such an instrument? The second negative is ... Well, I can't come up with it yet other than the form and aesthetics are so familiar and comfortable that character is subdued somewhat. But then, if a camera is supposed to disappear in your hands and become an invisible extension and interface, I cannot fault that! This camera simply amazes me.

I will post my own images soon!

Benjamin Marks 05-28-2015 03:10

Awww, man. That camera (the F6) was always juuust out of reach for me. I had an F4, which I have used and loved since 1991. I know that camera did not get a lot of love out in the world, but this thing was just so on-the-money-honey for me. I had an F5 for about a year, but never liked it as much. Prices on the F6 came down to a level I could afford, just as I realized I had not processed any film in over a year. So it remains just over the horizon as the Nikon that got away. I still have the F4, and it is sitting on a shelf with my Leica film cameras, which I think I will not part with. I still haven't developed a roll of film since the "F6 realization moment." But what a machine!

Congrats on getting one of the world's great cameras Dave. Hope to see many excellent photos posted here!

Ben Marks

dave lackey 05-28-2015 03:31

Hi, Ben!

Like you the F6 was so expensive, I could never afford it. Now they are a fraction of the cost new. I am fortunate to get one that has never had a roll of film through it until Nikon serviced the camera! Amazing luck for a change with the help of a dear friend...

Like all things in life, sometimes things must be sold to afford something else. I was able to move a lot of gear and had a little left over, so the F6 was an opportunity I dared not miss.

With my 24/7 job, finding time to develop my own film is difficult but I have a friend with his own lab and I scan my own once he develops the film. Buying film in bulk is cheaper than I can upgrade into any digital realm again.

The funny thing is... I found a couple of images yesterday that I had forgotten about. One was with the Leica X1 in b/w of our granddaughter in 2013. Nicely done and typically a great image from the X1. The other was done at the same time with my M3 and a 50mm 1.5 Nokton. Side by side, I presented them to my bride and she wasted no time in selecting the film image (Eastman 5222 Double X) as her favorite!

So, no computer upgrades anytime soon. No digital camera upgrades anytime soon. Just film, and more film! The only change in the foreseeable future would be if I start getting paid gigs requiring a D700 or D3. But then, I could not afford them anyway and I would miss the "decivise image" that I could have made with the F6 for my own use.:D

BTW, my favorite films now are Eastman 5222 Double X and Acros 100.

Mablo 05-28-2015 03:36

I've been very happy using a F100 for years. Still, I'd love to get a F6 into my hands. I'd lick it clean every morning.

Godfrey 05-28-2015 05:47

hmm. "Lick it clean..." That's a little excessive for me. But each to their own taste. ]'-)

I acquired an F6 recently. I never bought an F4 or an F5 ... both seemed bloated and over-much compared to my F3/T and I stuck with the F3 until I sold out of Nikon gear in 2001 and moved into digital. Over the course of the past 12 years, I slowly acquired back a few of my favorite Nikon lenses, a couple of years ago I was twice gifted with an F body—one I kept and had overhauled, the other I gave to another friend—so I figured, "What the heck? Get the last 'best of the Nikon' F line body and enjoy it!"

It is a superb piece of equipment. I've changed out the focusing screen for a type A with split image so my short manual lenses are a little easier to focus, and I picked up the usual (a remote release and a tripod adapter plate) so that I can use it for macro and super-tele when and if I desire. I've read the manual and set up entries to cover all my lenses in its non-CPU registers. I still need to order my usual orange, green, yellow, and ND filters in 52mm (gave them away when I sold out of Nikon gear in 2001...sigh). There's film in the 'fridge.

The F6 doesn't replace any of my digital cameras. And I'm selling excess gear off every week. But it was worth it to me to have this last of the best SLRs ever made (IMO, of course).

Now I just have to find time to go do some shooting with it. =8^/


dave lackey 05-28-2015 06:37

+1 Godfrey!!

IMO, it is the best camera at the best deal ever! Glad you are one of the enlightened!!! LOL...

The film rewind is stunning if nothing else!

jonmanjiro 05-28-2015 07:08

Ok here's a few. I've posted these shots in just about every other Nikon F6 thread on this forum, but why not this one as well :p

by Jon, on Flickr

by Jon, on Flickr

robert blu 05-28-2015 08:57

Congrats Dave and Godfrey for your new tool! I have no plan to look for and buy an F6 (please do not tempt me too much!).
Anyway I'm sure it's an excellent camera, I sometimes use my F100 even if I oft prefer the old manual FM2!

This thread just gave me an idea: I just bought 10 rolls of CineStill film to test them (5 are 50 iso and 5 are 800 iso) they were intended for the M7 but it could be interesting to see how they work with the F100 and its exposure systems.

Hope to see more pics here, please post when you have!

Godfrey 05-28-2015 09:19

I'm going up to Mendocino tomorrow for a little holiday. Maybe I'll take the F6 as well as the Leica X or Hassy SWC. :-)

Just thought about the 'battery hog' comment again. 15 36-exp rolls of film is 540 exposures. That's plenty for two small batteries also powering a fast motor drive for any casual use, IMO. It's obvious Nikon intended pro use to be with the battery grip fitted for 4-5x the capacity. We're just so spoiled by digital cameras that net twice that because they don't power a film drive.


kxl 05-28-2015 10:08


Originally Posted by dave lackey (Post 2490651)
Are there any negatives?

Of course there are.... unless you shoot E6. ;)

Seriously, congrats Dave!!!


dave lackey 05-28-2015 10:21


Originally Posted by kxl (Post 2490826)
Of course there are.... unless you shoot E6. ;)

Seriously, congrats Dave!!!


Ha! And those would be positives! Good point! Lol...

dave lackey 05-28-2015 10:57

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OK, this thread is about posting photos!!!

My first roll was E6 and I am waiting to get a box full of E6 exposed film to take to the lab so that must wait. I tried a couple of rolls of Ektar at our granddaughter's softball game and I was impressed even with the cheapo 28-105 lens I was using.

The first roll, I actually went on a walk while at Emory University whilst my bride was working hard in rehab day-program there and re-visited my spiritual home to see how Spring was shaping up. Nothing spectacular as I missed the golden hour but the overcast skies, mist and pleasant temperatures allowed me to visit the area a few weeks after I normally visit.

Here are a couple of snaps from the test roll, with matrix metering:

So, with this roll, I found the camera to be working fine, exposing fine and I was thrilled with the experience. At this point in time, I had absolutely not even thought of art, documentaries, portraits or even cared about using the M3 I carried with me for a year and a half prior. I was too exhausted. So, to find a different experience from my Leicas that I actually enjoyed thoroughly...well, it was an epiphany. Suddenly I was back to where my roots were with film SLRs but this one felt just perfect.

Now, I am looking forward to seeing how I can bond with the F6. How will my photography change? What new techniques and tools will be used with this instrument? I don't know but I am actually looking forward to the future with a camera in hand once again. Photography seems to me to be good therapy...at least for me anyways.

That is why I am interested in your successful experiences with the F6. Living vicariously has its advantages especially when one cannot even leave the house for weeks on end. So, let me see what you have enjoyed!

DavidKKHansen 05-28-2015 13:13

I had an F6 for a brief time. Absolutely wonderful camera, very well thought out. Very classy of Nikon to put an all-out effort to have their last film SLR to be the very best they could make!

But alas, coming from Canon I could not get over the dials turning in the opposite direction. I kept messing up either the focus or exposure settings when it counted the most (I used manual lenses). And having used rangefinders I had to admit that an SLR was a bit too big for me.


Originally Posted by jonmanjiro (Post 2490754)
Ok here's a few.

Colors are looking really good Jon! Slide film I take it?

jonmanjiro 05-28-2015 18:04


Originally Posted by DavidKKHansen (Post 2490914)
Colors are looking really good Jon! Slide film I take it?

Yep, those shots were taken using the Japan market only limited release slide film, Fortia SP! I loved that film. I wish Fujifilm would bring it back!

jonmanjiro 05-28-2015 18:16

Ok folks, lets keep this thread about the photos! So please take any discussion about the F6 matrix metering etc. to a new thread. Also, trolling won't be tolerated. Comments purposely intended to derail this thread will be deleted promptly.

john_s 05-28-2015 19:08


Originally Posted by DavidKKHansen (Post 2490914)
......But alas, coming from Canon I could not get over the dials turning in the opposite direction. I kept messing up either the focus or exposure settings when it counted the most (I used manual lenses)............

I share your pain. You don't have to change brands to suffer this fate. Having used a Leica M6 for years I was attracted to an M6TTL x0.85 but I didn't realise that the shutter knob turned the wrong way. I use both cameras and still mess up.

Dguebey 05-30-2015 03:03

F6, Velvia 50 slides, Tamron macro Adaptall 90/2.5 SP v.2 (52BB)

chrism 05-31-2015 10:35

Out again with the F6, Acros 100, monobath and X1 scans:

Feed Mill 3 by chrism229, on Flickr

Feed Mill 2 by chrism229, on Flickr

Focal Point by chrism229, on Flickr

Brooke Alexandra 2 by chrism229, on Flickr

Graveyard by chrism229, on Flickr


Godfrey 05-31-2015 20:17

Back from my weekend away ... A photo from my "F6 Surrogate" for this weekend.

Leica M-P + Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH (LTM)
ISO 3200 @ f/1.5 @ 1/25

Just placed an order for the yellow, orange, and green filters I need for the Nikon ... :-)


dave lackey 06-02-2015 02:55

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An experiment with low light sunrise using Eastman 5222 Double X film:

chrism 06-02-2015 10:53


Peace, Love and Happiness...
How about Peace & Rhymes? This shows some of the streaking you can get with this technique (these aren't surge marks, but yellow streaks on the surface of the film that I think I could wipe of when wet. If the picture was worth it, I could rewash the negative and then try, but then again, it's not worth the effort in this case! It was just starting to rain and the light was overcast and wretched.

Peace & Rhymes by chrism229, on Flickr


chrism 06-06-2015 10:44

To another wharf, but the boats were still out, except this one (F6, 28-300mm, Acros 100, HC-110, X1 scans):

Mast step by chrism229, on Flickr

Full keel by chrism229, on Flickr

Then I went on to a local beach to look at gulls in the rain:

Gull by chrism229, on Flickr


chrism 06-07-2015 12:47

F6, Ektar 100, Unicolor presskit, X1 scans:

Fenders 2 by chrism229, on Flickr

Winch gear 2 by chrism229, on Flickr

F6, Acros 100, Rodinal 1+50, X1 scan:

Over-engineered 1 by chrism229, on Flickr


Joeys61 06-09-2015 13:58

F6 with Nikkor 16-35mm
Velvia 100
Beach-Boys-Poipu by Joey Chavit, on Flickr

With Nikkor 17-55 F2.8
Agfa Ultra 100
Poipu Beach Kauai by Joey Chavit, on Flickr

chrism 06-13-2015 14:14

Last film of the day. F6, Portra 160, Unicolor presskit, X1 scans:

Chinese Lanterns 2 by chrism229, on Flickr

Stump by chrism229, on Flickr

Swallowtails by chrism229, on Flickr


chrism 06-14-2015 11:12

Cheap film day! F6, Kodak Ultramax 400 @320, Unicolor presskit, X1 scan:

Brooke Alexandra by chrism229, on Flickr


Godfrey 06-15-2015 08:34

Three photos ...
No great art, but I've confirmed that the F6 and my lenses are working well...

Nikon F6 + Nikkor 28mm f/2 AI

Nikon F6 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S

Nikon F6 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S + TC-16A AF Telextender

Mostly near wide open ...

I find that the TC-16A AF teleconverter works ok, focus is best if I'm stopped down to f/2-2.8 on the 50mm lens. I'm certain from testing that I can focus the 50/1.2 more accurately with manual focusing when wide open. I'll likely not use it much, but it's kinda fun to have around.

I've ordered a Nikon 35/2 AF-D lens, just to have one native AF lens that I can also use on the F, but I may well send it back since the 28mm and the 50mm are so easy to focus anyway. I do prefer manual focus most of the time; AF is a nice convenience.

Anyway, I'm very pleased with the camera. Just have to get used to its bulk and weight.


chrism 06-18-2015 13:49

Last night I soldered a power supply and a potentiometer to the motorised Rondinax and tonight I wanted to try it with a colour film. Having no one else home, sat myself in front of the F6 and guessed the focus (rather badly). The Superia 400 came out of the machine quite nicely though:

Self-portrait by chrism229, on Flickr


chrism 06-20-2015 11:40

F6, 85mm/f1.4, Acros 100, Qualls' monobath, X1 scan:

Holly 2 by chrism229, on Flickr

Leaves by chrism229, on Flickr

and with 50mm/f1.4:

Conch by chrism229, on Flickr


chrism 06-27-2015 11:13

F6, 85mm/f1.4, Pan F, Qualls' monobath, X1 scans:

Lantern by chrism229, on Flickr

Baby Apple by chrism229, on Flickr


dave lackey 06-28-2015 11:18

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First Roll of Ektar through the F6 + 45 2.8 P lens in April:

Our son coaching and oldest granddaughter:

Cherry Tree in backyard:

Godfrey 06-29-2015 17:02

From this weekend's walk with friends:

Nikon F6 + Nikkor-H 85mm f/1.8
Portra 160 @ f/2


Godfrey 06-30-2015 16:08

Sorry, but I only post the rendering of a given image that I am comfortable posting. I use color film sometimes for a color rendering but also to allow B&W filtering, and for other characteristics of the film.

This one I rendered both color and B&W, but I like the feel of the color I developed in it.

Nikon F6 + Nikkor-H 85mm f/1.8
Portra 160 @ f/1.8


Godfrey 06-30-2015 16:24

Another color...

Nikon F6 + Nikkor-H 85mm f/1.8
Portra 160 @ f/1.8


chrism 07-01-2015 12:17

I put some Fuji Superia through it:

Pansies 4 by chrism229, on Flickr
F6, 28-300mm, Unicolor presskit, LS9000ED scan.


chrism 07-05-2015 12:15

Another Portra 160 went, via the F6, through the motorised Rondinax today.

Peony by chrism229, on Flickr

Purple Columbine by chrism229, on Flickr

Poppy 2 by chrism229, on Flickr


Godfrey 07-13-2015 06:58

both: Nikon F6 + 180mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF, Rollei-Agfa Superpan 200


Godfrey 07-14-2015 06:25

both: Nikon F6 + 180mm f/2.8 AF ED-IF :: Superpan 200


Godfrey 07-21-2015 10:10

I posted a few more photos from my second roll of Superpan 200, processed this past Saturday, at the end of this alternate thread: http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/s...d.php?t=150049

BTW: Superpan 200 is a royal pain to use. The base is so thin that the F6 doesn't transport it evenly, and it's not only fussy in the Coolscan V auto-feeder but the variable frame spacing makes auto-feeding a tedious game too. It won't flatten easily either. On the other hand, it's got a lovely rough-grain look to it the way I'm processing it and the spectral sensitivity is like having a light-orange filter fitted, which is my normal setup for daylight work, without the hit on film speed. I have a third roll in the M4-2 at present.


Nikon F6 + 180mm f/2.8 AF ED-IF
Rollei-Afga Superpan 200

dave lackey 07-21-2015 11:39

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From a walkabout in the real life town of The Walking Dead. :eek:

Nikon F6 + 50/1.8 + Portra 160

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