Nikon F100

I dabbled in photography in college and even took a few classes as electives. I enjoyed them, but my teacher (Dr. Mary Hammond) was very old-school, and never let us use any of the various technologies available to us. She said all you needed was a Pentax K1000, a good lens, and lots of film (she liked Ilford for black and white). We were required to take a semester of manual pinhole photography before we could even pick up an SLR. As I’m sure all of you are aware, a manual pinhole camera requires the use of a very slow film because the shutter is very slow or at the very least, imprecise (since a human hand has to open and close the shutter). We had to shoot all of our pictures using paper negatives (which are grainy compared to film), but that’s what Dr. Hammond wanted.

Well, I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head. I’ve already got quite a few projects going, but I’ve recently connected with a very professional and personable wedding photographer in Hawaii who has passed on his film cameras to me for a very reasonable price. Dylan told me that he shoots in digital now, and doesn’t need the F100 Nikons any longer.

I’ve got a bunch of questions about the F100, most of which I’m sure Google can answer, but I will try to document my learning process.

My first question (which has been answered by my friend): I dropped the film in, but nothing happend. Por que?

In the meantime, if you feel that overwhelming and passionate urge to share your love of the visual, enlighten me. 😀

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  1. I might be visiting Hawaii next year for a family reunion. I’ll be bringing my F100 + MB-15. Hopefully, the local stores still sell and develop film over there.

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