Nikon F100

5 Frames with the Nikon F100 and Kodak ColorPlus 200 – By Dhanesh R.

I have vivid memory using my dad’s Mamiya ZE Quartz which I very much wanted to learn how to use, but never did. Years later, as I started my first job, I decided to put conscious effort in learning film photography and started off my quest using an Olympus OM-10 with a 50mm Zuiko lens which was gifted to me. It was the turn of the century, and AF-capable SLR cameras were the state-of-the art. With my first pay cheque, I bought myself a Nikon F65, months later G.A.S had the better part of me and upgraded to a more capable Nikon F80. This was my main camera for 8 years before I switched to 100% digital and remained so up to very recently. I’ve to admit that digital photography’s instant feedback made me a much better photographer and helped me with composition and digital darkroom techniques. Alas, deep down, I longed for the simplicity of film and the joy of the delayed gratification one gets when the film prints get back from the lab days later.

Last year, I was pleasantly surprised to find a local film processing lab (Downtown Camera) which was just a block away from where I worked. My interest in film photography was re-ignited and I figured it would be nice to try film photography again. After hunting on Kijiji, an online classified advertising platform  popular in Canada,  I managed to collect a number of classic film SLRs like the Minolta XG-M, the Nikon FE2 and the Nikon F80(!) —  a camera which I had regretfully sold off cheap years ago.  However, there was one camera though which I really wanted to own for many years — it was the Nikon F100 — possibly the best “prosumer” autofocus film body that Nikon had ever produced. This was the reliable workhorse of many photographers, smaller and lighter than the F5 , yet equally capable.  To my luck, one came up for sale on Kijiji for only $100 and included the well-regarded 28-105mm AF Nikkor kit lens. That was an awesome deal that I just could not let go (F100s tend to sell ~$250 upwards on eBay) and a few phone calls later, I landed myself a mint F100.

The best thing about the F100 is that it is compatible with virtually all existing Nikkor lenses. I could even use my Nikon SB-600 flash with no issues. It is equipped with Nikon’s tried and tested 3D-matrix metering system, spot metering and a top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second! I would have absolutely no need for ND-filters to shoot wide open on a bright sunny day using ISO-400 film. This camera doesn’t get in the way,  pretty much nails exposure each time so there are less things to worry about and I could just concentrate on composition.

I used to prefer Fuji Superia 100/200 for my color shots as I like the cooler tones and saturated colors, but this time though, I went with the consumer-grade Kodak Colorplus 200 film. This film may not be as well regarded as the Ektar 100, but considering its affordable price (Downtown Camera had a pre-paid development option which heavily discounted the cost of the film roll) I guessed it wouldn’t hurt trying.

Here are a few frames from a walkabout around Toronto. I was pleasantly surprised by the color rendition which was slightly muted and warm.

Dhanesh R. is an amateur photographer living in Guelph, Ontario. He  works as a computer scientist when not out doing street photography.


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9 thoughts on “5 Frames with the Nikon F100 and Kodak ColorPlus 200 – By Dhanesh R.”

  1. So good! Thanks for sharing. Love my FM100, which is in storage (house for sale so only have my digital stuff handy… oops, sorry confession on my part and your post inspires me to go get my FM100!)…

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