The Nikon F6 is Nikon's flagship film camera that 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 further refined for improved accuracy in scene reading.
Furthermore, the F6 offers a variety of exciting, innovative control options such as a customizable function button, built-in data back functions and 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.
Exposure Metering System includes 3D Color Matrix metering with improved algorithm, a flexible Center Weighted metering and Spot metering corresponding to any of the 11 selected focus areas
Autofocus system includes Multi-CAM 2000 AF Sensor Module, with advanced high-speed, high-precision 11-area AF system with 9 cross-type AF sensors. Also includes four AF Area Modes such as Single Area AF, Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-On®, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF and Group Dynamic AF
Creative Lighting System
Includes i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash (with i-TTL capable flashes), Wireless Advance Lighting capability and AUTO FP High-Speed Sync capability up to 1/8000 second
41 Custom Settings allow you to fine-tune the F6 to suit your individual shooting preferences and requirements
Pressing down two buttons simultaneously and holding them for more than 2 seconds resets various settings to their original default settings (with some exceptions)
Created from cutting-edge materials - DuPont™ KEVLAR® and a special aluminum alloy - the blades of the shutter unit offer unparalleled reliability and are extremely lightweight for lightning-quick movement
Data Back Functions
Selectable functions include: data imprint (in-frame or between frame), multiple exposure, and interval timer. Recorded data can be downloaded to a computer as text data via optional Data Reader MV-1.
The shutter unit, aperture control mechanics and shutter charge motor each feature a floating-type design to suppress internal vibrations and to provide near-silent operation
Stylish, High-Durability Design
Aluminum-alloy die-cast chassis, magnesium-alloy front body and covers (top, bottom), enhanced resistance to rain and dust, aluminum-alloy back body and camera back combine to optimize reliability
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; Lenses usable AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL flash control and autofocus available; Non-CPU: Usable in Aperture-Priority Auto or Manual exposure mode, electronic rangefinder usable with lens having a maximum apertureof f/5.6 or faster, Color Matrix Metering, aperture value display, etc. usable with lens meeting specified criteria Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism, built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1m-1), eyepiece shutter, eyepiece DK-17 (eyepiece lock available) Eyepoint 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 Autofocus 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 Shutter 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 Self-timer 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 Equipped 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.)