Nikon F6: Picture 1 regular $2,449.00

About Nikon F6

The F6 includes the latest Nikon advances, such as the 11-area AF system for exceptionally high-speed autofocus operation with outstanding accuracy, and the Creative Lighting System for incomparable flash photography. And Nikon's proprietary 3D Color Matrix Metering system has been refined for improved accuracy in scene reading.

As you'd expect, the F6 satisfies the uncompromising standards of reliability that professionals command. An aluminum-alloy die-cast chassis; magnesium-alloy front body and covers (top, bottom); aluminum-alloy back body and camera back; strategically placed rubber surfaces; an easy-to-grip texture, and a self-diagnostic shutter that has undergone testing to assure accurate release up to and beyond 150,000 cycles, even in the most extreme environmental conditions. The F6 embodies the strength, rigidity and durability to perform wherever and whenever photographers need it.

Furthermore, the F6 offers a variety of exciting, innovative control options such as a customizable function button, built-in data back functions & shooting data memory. You can also enjoy the convenience and versatility afforded by 41 Custom Settings which allow you to fine-tune the F6 to suit your individual shooting preferences and requirements.

The new flagship film SLR also boasts a number of dedicated accessories. These include the Multi Power Battery Pack MB-40, interchangeable focusing screens (seven types), Data Reader MV-1 & camera cases.

Nikon F6 Feature Highlights:

High-precision shutter unit: No shutter unit in any other camera comes close to matching the precision of the F6' assembly. Created from cutting-edge materials - DuPont KEVLAR & a special aluminum alloy - the blades of the shutter unit offer unparalleled reliability & are extremely lightweight, for lightning-quick movement. For enhanced accuracy, the movement of the blades is carefully analyzed using a high-speed video camera & computer simulations, enabling unprecedented precision even at shutter speeds of up to 1/8,000 second.

Minimized operational sound & vibration: Nikon engineers were so intent on subduing the camera's operational sounds that they used a professional audio room to properly gauge their quality and frequency. The degree of vibration to which every part of the camera would be subjected was measured. This meticulous approach has resulted in a camera comprised of parts that have been highly refined for absolute minimum vibration, and frequency of movement attenuated to a level below that detectable by the human ear.

Highly efficient mechanics: The development of the F6 marks the first time 3D computer movement analysis has ever been applied to an SLR. This technique reveals the degree of power distributed to or generated by particular parts in specific directions. This made it possible for us to optimize the mechanical operation of the camera with fewer parts, leading to lower power consumption & higher durability.

Nikon F6 Features

  • Top-of-the-line professional camera
  • 11-area Wide-Area AF with 9 cross-type sensors (Multi-CAM2000 AF module)
  • Choice of four AF Area modes, including Group Dynamic AF
  • Improved 3D Color Matrix Metering with 1005-pixel RGB sensor
  • Color Matrix Metering works with non-CPU AI-type Nikkor lenses
  • i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash and Creative Lighting System including Advanced Wireless Lighting and versatile functions
  • Continuous high-speed shooting to approx. 5.5 fps (8 fps with optional Multi Power Battery Pack MB-40)
  • High-precision, durable shutter unit with built-in shutter monitor
  • New floating mechanisms minimize operational noise and vibration
  • Hybrid metal body employs magnesium alloy for lightweight, superior durability
  • Enhanced resistance to moisture, dust and extreme temperatures
  • Built-in data back function (for in-frame or between-frame data imprint)
  • Custom Settings for 41 functions
  • Shooting data can be displayed on large-sized Rear LCD Panel
  • Data can be stored as text data on CF cards via optional Data Reader MV-1
  • Optional Multi Power Battery Pack MB-40 is equipped with Main- and Sub-Command Dials, and shutter release button, AF start button and multi-selector for vertical shooting
  • Interchangeable Focusing Screens (seven types available)

Nikon F6 Specifications

Type of camera
Integral-motor autofocus 35mm single-lens reflex with electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Exposure modes
Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible), Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto and Manual
Picture format
24 x 36mm (standard 35mm film format)
Lens mount
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling, AF contacts)
Lenses usable
G- or D-type AF Nikkor (except for DX- and IX-Nikkor): All functions available; PC-Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D: All functions except autofocus and exposure modes other than Manual available without shifting and/or tilting the lens; AF Nikkor other than G-/D-type (except AF Nikkor for F3AF): All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering and i-TTL flash control available;
Fixed eye-level pentaprism, built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1m-1), eyepiece shutter, eyepiece DK-17 (eyepiece lock available)
18mm (at -1.0m)
Focusing screen
B-type BriteView clear Matte screen II, interchangeable with six other optional focusing screens
Viewfinder frame coverage
Approx. 100%
Finder magnification
Approx. 0.74x with 50mm lens set to infinity and 1.0m
Viewfinder information
Focus indications, metering system, AE lock, FV lock, exposure mode, shutter speed lock, sync speed, shutter speed, aperture stop, aperture lock, aperture, multiple exposure, battery level, frame counter/exposure compensation value, electronic analog exposure display, exposure compensation, bracketing, ready-light, 11 sets of focus brackets
TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM2000 autofocus module
Autofocus detection range
Approx. EV -1 to EV 19 (ISO 100, at normal temperature)
Focus modes
Single Servo AF, Continuous Servo AF, Manual
Focus Tracking
Automatically activated in Single Servo AF or Continuous Servo AF
Focus area
One - or a group - of 11 focus areas can be selected
AF Area modes
Single Area AF, Dynamic AF, Group Dynamic AF or Dynamic AF with Closest-Subject Priority
Focus lock
Focus is locked by pressing AE/AF-L button or lightly pressing shutter release button in Single Servo AF
Exposure metering
Three built-in exposure meters - 3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted and Spot
Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens)
EV 0 - 20 in 3D Color Matrix and Center-Weighted, EV 2 20 in Spot
Exposure compensation
With exposure compensation button; ±5 EV range, in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
Number of shots: 2-7; compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV steps
Auto Exposure Lock
Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE/AF-L button
Film speed setting
DX or Manual selectable (manual setting has priority over DX detected film speed); DX: ISO 25-5000, Manual: ISO 6-6400 in 1/3 steps
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with built-in Shutter Monitor
Shutter speeds
30 to 1/8,000s (1/3 steps in S and M modes); Bulb setting available in M mode (Shutter speed can be prolonged to 30 minutes in M mode)
Accessory shoe
ISO518 hot-shoe contact digital data communication (sync contact, ready-light contact, TTL auto flash contact, monitor contact, GND), safety lock provided
Sync contact
X-contact only; flash synchronization up to 1/250s (up to 1/8,000s possible in AUTO FP High-Speed Sync
Flash control
TTL flash control by combined five-segment TTL Multi Sensor with single-component IC and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash with SB-800/600; Film speed range in TTL auto flash: ISO 25-1000
Flash sync modes
Front-curtain sync (normal sync), Red-Eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with SlowSync, Slow Sync, Rear-Curtain Sync
Flash ready-light
Lights up when the compatible Nikon Speedlight attached is fully charged; Blinks(3 seconds after flash) for full output warning
Sync terminal
ISO519 terminal, lock screw provided
Creative Lighting System
Advanced Wireless Lighting, AUTO FP High-Speed Sync, Modeling flash, FV Lock andWide Area AF-Assist Illuminator available with SB-800/600 Speedlights
Electronically controlled; timer duration: 10 seconds
Depth-of-field preview button
Press to stop-down lens aperture
Mirror lockup
Set using film advance mode selector
Film loading
Film automatically advances to first frame when camera back is closed
Film advance modes
Automatic advance with built-in motor; three modes available (S: One-frame advance, CL: Continuous low-speed shooting, CH: Continuous high-speed shooting, CS: Continuous silent-low-speed shooting)
Film advance speed
(With Continuous Servo AF (C), Manual exposure mode, shutter speed of 1/250s or faster, 36-exposure film, CR123A-type lithium batteries [AA-size alkaline-manganese or Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4 in Multi Power Battery Pack MB-40]) CL: Approx. 2 fps [4 fps]; CH: Approx 5.5 fps [8 fps]; CS: Approx. 1 fps [2 fps]
Film rewind
Choice of automatic or manual; automatically rewinds at the end of film roll or when two film rewind buttons are pressed; Rewind speed with 36-exposure film: Approx. 7 seconds (12 seconds in CS mode)
Multiple exposure
Activated via shooting menu
Interval timer
Activated via shooting menu
Top LCD panel information
Shutter speed lock, sync speed, shutter speed, aperture stop, aperture lock, aperture, Auto Exposure Bracketing, exposure mode, Flexible Program, exposure compensation, electronic analog exposure display, battery power, exposure compensation value, Auto Exposure Bracketing status, frame counter
Rear LCD panel information
Shooting display (Normal, detailed, full display); Shooting data display (film data, frame data); Menu display (Custom Setting menu, set up menu, shooting menu, Non-CPU lens, language)
Data imprint
Activated via shooting menu; in-frame, between-frame and 0-frame imprint possible: film speed range: ISO 50 - 3200 (DX)
Internal clock
Built-in clock; 24-hour; leap year adjustment until 2099
Camera back
Hinged back; film confirmation window, AF area mode selector, multi-selector, MENU button, film speed (ISO) button, flash sync mode button, INFO button, rear LCD panel, built-in data imprint unit
Shooting data
Recordable number of film rolls (36 exposures): Approx. 57 rolls in basic shooting data (13 items), Approx. 31 rolls in detailed shooting data (21 items)
10-pin remote terminal
Power source
Battery holder MS-41 provided (two 3V lithium batteries); optional Multi Power Battery Pack MB-40 and AA-type battery holder MS-40 available (for eight alkaline-manganese, lithium or Ni-MH batteries, or one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4 [with optional Battery Chamber Cover BL-3]); built-in backup battery for internal clock
Power switch
Power ON, OFF and LCD panel illuminator
Exposure meter
Auto meter shut-off 8 seconds after power turned on if no operations are performed; activated by lightly pressing shutter release button or pressing AF start button after power is turned on
Battery power confirmation
Shows full for sufficient power; Half full indicates batteries are beginning to lose power; 1/4 full indicates batteries are just about exhausted, prepare fresh batteries; blinking indicates replacement of batteries is necessary (shutter locks and rear LCD indications disappear)
Number of film rolls per fresh Batt. set
With CR123A 3V lithium 15 at 20°C (68°F) 6 at -10°C (14°F)
With LR6/AA-size alkaline (with MB-40) 10 at 20°C (68°F) 1 at -10°C (14°F)
With R6/AA-size Ni-MH (with MB-40) 30 at 20°C (68°F) 30 at -10°C (14°F)
With FR6/AA-size lithium (with MB-40) 45 at 20°C (68°F) 35 at -10°C (14°F)
With Rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL4 (with MB-40) 35 at 20°C (68°F) 25 at -10°C (14°F) (Nikon Tests)
Tripod socket
1/4 (ISO1222)
Custom Settings
41 Custom Settings are available
Two-Button Reset
Pressing the MENU and INFO buttons simultaneously and holding them for more than2 seconds resets various settings to their original default settings (with some exceptions)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 157 x 119 x 78.5mm (6.2 x 4.7 x 3.1 in.)
Weight (without batteries)
Approx. 975g (34.4 oz.)
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its a qreat camm .

Its a maqnificent camera . It has so many different anqles that can be brought to life . I am an exclusive photoqrapherr . and trust mee . its the best /

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Nikon F6 - some points of interest


The Nikon F6 is a highly engineered 35mm film camera designed for the current crop of enthusiasts wanting the very best in modern technology. I won't go into any of its specifications, which are easily found at its listing at camera store websites. (Suffice it to say this product has many unique and impressive engineering design features.) There are, however, some features of note with this camera, so a user really should fully read and understand the manual. {HINT: F6 Manual viewable at the Nikon site.} Some features are desirable in general to be aware of, and others could get you into trouble if you are not careful. One feature you can switch 'ON' is to imprint data of various formats onto the film leader, inside the photo itself, or in the narrow gap between film frames. I fail to see why anyone would want to use the imprint feature outside of possibly some forensics lab use. Film strips that get cut into shorter strips by processors will cut through imprints between frames. This information will certainly be covered up on a mounted slide too. But, the F6 itself has a built in downloadable memory that stores your shooting data anyway, making the imprint feature 'somewhat moot.' Additionally, imprint implementation will also slow the camera's operation should you wish to use it in a high speed 8 fps mode. A second feature is you can set the camera into an auto-rewind feature to leave several inches of the film leader outside the cartridge. This can present the danger that when you open the camera back and remove the cartridge, it is possible when handling the film that the leader tip could suddenly snap against or drag into the shutter and cause major damage. (That extended-leader feature would be used of you want to rewind and later use remaining shots on the roll.) All it would take on your part to ruin the shutter is to mess up just once mishandling the extended leader. You can, though, set the camera for full rewind (film winds entirely into the cartridge) OR turn 'OFF' auto-rewind and manually rewind the film to a point with the leader tip JUST outside the cartridge if you should so wish. (You would have to experiment to determine how many full and partial rewind knob rotations are required to get the desired film length after you feel the film's release from the take-up spool.) A third issue, as with all Nikon and Canon 35mm SLR's, DSLR's and shoe-mount Flashes' "ergonomics" of today, is the got-dang on-off switch of the F6 is very low profile and difficult to locate and operate. Maybe it is just my own personal issue, but this has aggravated me for many years now with models from Nikon and Canon. Grrrr! My finger can just never seem to find the switch on these items! A fourth minor issue is the viewfinder provides you with views covering 100% instead of the 'normal' 93-95 or so percent that seems to prevail as the norm in most cameras. This means that when you wish to make a shot you need to be cognizant of the fact that a portion of your final shot could be 'cut off' due to the size of what you are viewing. You will need to 'shrink' your shot before taking it by moving further back from your subject (or zooming out a bit with a zoom lens) to get more of the actual shot onto the 'viewable area' of final-mounted slide film. Since I rarely shoot other than slide film, I printed a small caution label that says "100% FINDER" and taped it with clear packing tape to the flip-down door on the camera back. This constantly reminds me to watch the subject size when I make photo's so as to not end up with cut off areas on my final slides. Nikon could have at least come up with a photo-size-related rectangular area scale in the viewfinder on this high-tech camera. Finally, be aware that if you intend to use the 8 fps feature, you will need to add either the MB-40 grip ($350) with AA's, OR the BL-3 ($35) battery accessory 'cover' (along with the extra cost for battery and charger) and EN-EL4a battery. {The BL-3 cover 'clips' directly onto the EN-EL4a battery, creating a "battery-and-cover" assembly that fits into the MB-40 in place of its normally-supplied AA-cell battery tray.} NOTE: The BL-3 has a locking tab for attaching to the battery. This locking tab is NOT identified nor explained in the BL-3 instructions NOR at the BL-3 listing at the Nikon site. Something Nikon overlooked! Be aware that the F6 will NOT do 8 fps with its normal complement of CR123 batteries (5.5 fps.) This posting is NOT made with the intent at all to slander this very finely made piece of 35mm engineering; in fact it is made to assist potential buyers with a furthering of their pre-purchase knowledge base. The F6 is truly an engineering marvel and one of the great 35mm cameras of all time. GET ONE and aid in furthering the continuation and personal satisfaction of film photography. Film, by the way, is NOT going away. Trust me. I know stuff and so do the real experts.

(29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


Finally replace my F4


I've been using a D2hs for awhile and my F4 had an issue that I could not justify fixing. Never liked the F5 but the F6 was great from the first time I had it in my hands. I guess I got use to the D2 interface and it allowed me to use the F6 without thinking. Love the AF speed and the metering over the older F4. I still like the look of real B&W Tri-X film and this camera works better than any other film camera I've own. I hope it out lasts me. I've now updated my digital to the D3s and the F6 for my B&W stuff is a nice combo. I'll never give up film completely. The only thing I would recommend is get the MB-40 it really need the power boost. When using a VR lens it's a must in my opinnion.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Great overall film camera!


I use this camera to capture all the moments on our family vacations. I'm been really impressed with everything it can do!

(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)


Get it while you can


Shooting a film camera today still has meaning. It’s not only worth doing but a good thing to do. Smart. What makes 35mm film special is the quality vs. portability matrix - and of course the fact that it's analog, not digital. The Nikon F6 is the superb culmination of so many years of Nikon innovation in one, jaw-dropping, drop-dead perfect 35mm film camera; a final exclamation mark by the authors of photographic exclamation. I bought my F6 new in August of 2008 just before leaving for a photo trip to Zion National Park. Really more just to have one, in case it was their last. But after reading up on it, running a few rolls of film through it and seeing the results I realized this was no camera to sit on a shelf gathering dust as a collector's item. Rather, an instrument of precision and perfection to be exercised, pushed to the limits; a weapon against the ordinary; a domineering force of photographic nature born to destroy the bell-curve of "good enough" with every release of the refined, Kevlar focal plane shutter. The Nikon F6 is the visual can-opener to life, exposing to those willing to venture its deep technical capabilities exploration of things in a way never before possible with 35mm film. Fast-shooting and nimble, the Nikon F6 was built with a strong pre-disposition to seize the moment. It's an incredibly sophisticated film camera - beyond what most people realize, employing the latest digital technologies: incredible Matrix metering, superb auto focus and electronic sophistication including advanced CLS flash capabilities, a rear LCD and programmable Custom Settings Menu built right into the camera - all in a highly refined, tight, durable, rugged yet elegant package employing Nikon’s unmatched expertise in creating something you just want to hold. The process of photography bares more examination, more attention, than it receives today. Back in the day, photography was pondered; studied; explored. What digital photography is producing is an overwhelming volume of meaningless, throw-away images shot millions of times a day, resulting in the notion of a photograph being "special" as incomprehensible. But photographs are special. They do warrant attention, study, examination and excellence in approach. The Nikon F6, like intervention from trusted friends, is the tool to ween the digital proliferator and with a fine, gloved hand, usher the discerning photographer back to appreciating the value of unique images. Hop off that relentless, speeding train of “technological progress� always apparently late for something - and take a close look at the Nikon F6. Film isn't dead, folks. It just needed a new champion to help take it to the next level. That champion is the NIkon F6.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Camera


This camera is great in every way. Exposure, focus, feel, all good.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)




This is a fantastic camera. I'm glad that as a non-professional, deadlines and profit margins are unimportant to my photography and that I have the luxury of spending my time and money shooting film. I've shot 35mm film for over 20 years and the F6 was the first 'new' camera I had ever bought. I'm glad I did and I hope Nikon keep turning them out so that others can continue to enjoy the sublime experience of photography with an F6.

(40 of 40 customers found this review helpful)


I love digital capabilities but...


I hope the superb F6 is not the last film camera. I travel a lot, and there have been environmental factors (for example extreme cold and humidity) when analog media have been invaluable. There are also images that cannot be replaced so the archival value of film is still unsurpassed and can be viewed like paintings, without any ever-changing devices. There is also the 'feel' which cinematographers will tell you about. I used the unsurpassed but larger F5. The F6 is smaller. My only wish is that the classic F-F5 interchangeable finder had been retained on the F6 as you can't flip out a viewing screen to view from overhead or ants view on a film camera. The D/C'd super compact FM3a which has complete battery-less mechanical ops is my other film camera. Unfortunately the f/ rings have been removed from G lenses limiting it's and all other F's use. In spite of this lapse in Nikon non-obsolescence, these cameras just aren't available with other brands, making Nikon unique.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


the best 35mm film camera


Nikon F6 is the world's best 35 mm film camera. I don't know if there will be any F7 or not but as of this date there's no film camera in the market that can provide such an accurate metering under extremely contrasty lighting, compatibility with the older lenses, iTTL compatibility with the nikon CLS..the list can go on and on. The point is you get all this in a very ergonomic, weather proofed package that can still justify shooting film in this day and age.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




Nikon F6 is the best camera I've ever used, probably the best one ever made in human history! I've used many flagship class cameras including both film and digital, but no one can bear comparison with Nikon F6! Focus speed, Metering, ergonomics, even shutter sound, everything is just incredibly perfect! If there could be only one camera in your life, choose Nikon F6, and you wont regret for it!

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


Film Camera +++


This camera is my favorite - and film offers much better resolution than digital. I also have several D3 cameras which I also use.


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