Earlier this year (2018), I finally woke up to the reality of Nikon being the most natural camera platform for me. The Nikon grip felt right and various Nikon cameras were the ones least in the way of photographing. This set me on a browsing expedition and, a few weeks later, unpacking a Nikon F4S purchased from B&H Photo.
Did not know what to expect – aside from that familiar grip.While this is heavy and somewhat large for a 35mm SLR (with the BM-21 grip), the F4 handles naturally and is easy. Paired with standard prime lens, a 50mm or 35mm, it will pack well into any bag. Controls are naturally placed and easy to operate without taking your eye off the viewfinder. Perhaps the best statement to sum up the shooting experience with the F4 is that you forget all about the camera and focus on photographing the scene in front of you.
Recently, I loaded a roll of ADOX CMS 20 II film in my Nikon F4S. Wanting to try a new emulsion, this workhorse was a logical choice. Wandering around Evergreen Brickworks park in Toronto was a great way to start figuring out what this film can do, and Nikon F4S made that exploration easy, comfortable and, above all, fun.