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Nikon F6 - 35mm Film Camera

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Nikon F6 Accessories & Searches

Nikon F6 Search (KEH, eBay)

2 CR123A Batteries

Kirk BL-F6 L bracket without MB-40 (very rare) (KEH, eBay

RRS L Bracket For camber with MB-40 Grip (BMB40-L) (eBay, KEH)

Nikon MS-41 CR123A Battery Holder (hard to find) (KEH, eBay)

Nikon MV-1 Data Reader (pricey) (F5/F6/F100) (KEH, eBay)

Nikon MB-40 Battery/Vertical Grip (needed for 8fps vs. 5) (KEH, eBay)

Nikon MS-40 8 AA Battery Holder for MB-40 Multi-Power Battery Pack (good to have spare) (eBay)

Lithium Battery For MB-40: EN-EL4A (need charger too and BL-3 battery chamber cover)

Nikon DK17A Anti Fog Eyepiece (Adorama)

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Tim Layton with Nikon F6 Film SLR - www.timlaytonfineart.comTim Layton with Nikon F6 Film SLR - www.timlaytonfineart.com The Nikon F6 is Nikon's last and most advanced film camera ever made before Nikon transitioned to making digital cameras. 

The F6 was introduced in 2004 and was eventually discontinued in 2020. 

I can't imagine ever parting with this camera because it is a true workhorse that does everything I need.

The Nikon F6 is the primary camera to photograph the Wild Horses of Shannon County, Missouri.

I frequently use another F6 or my Nikon F100 as a secondary camera, using a standard lens (50mm F1.4) or a wide-angle lens (24mm F2.8) for environmental images. 

Using faster lenses (e.g., F2.8, F2, F1.8, etc.) isn't just about getting great bokeh.  While I love to separate my subjects from their backgrounds, I need the extra light from faster lenses, especially F2.8 or faster. 


  • 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 High-Speed 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 High-Speed 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)
  • NIKKOR/Nikon lens and system compatibility (newer E lenses only work wide open because of the electronic shutter.  This is a huge disappointment in my opinion.) Nikon Lens Compatibility


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Exposure control

Programmed Auto with Flexible Program, Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto, Manual

Shutter speed

1/8000 to 30 s; stepless in P or A; 1/3 EV steps in S or M; Bulb

Exposure metering

3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot; EV 0 — 20 at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens (EV 2 — 20 with Spot Metering)

Power source

Two CR123A or DL123A batteries; Multi-Power High-Speed Battery Pack MB-40 accepts eight R6/AA-size batteries or Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4

Dimensions (W x H x D)

158 x 119 x 77.5mm (6.2 x 4.7 x 3.1 in.)

Weight (body only without batteries)

Approx. 975g (34.4 oz.)

Type of Camera: Integral-motor autofocus 35mm single-lens reflex with an 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: Nikkor and Nikon lenses having Nikon F mount

Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism, built-in diopter adjustment (-2.0 to +1m-1)

Eyepoint: 18mm (at –1.0m-1) 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 at -1.0m-1

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 and Continuous Servo AF, and 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 selectable

Focus Lock: Focus is locked by pressing AE/AF-L button or lightly pressing the 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 to EV 20 in 3D Color Matrix and Center-Weighted, EV 2 to EV 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: 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 1/8,000 s (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 1/250 s (up to 1/8,000 s 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 autoflash: ISO 25-1000

Flash sync modes: Front-curtain sync (normal sync), Red-Eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 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, and Wide 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 1/250 s or faster, 36-exposure film, CR123A-type lithium batteries [AA-size alkaline-manganese or Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4 in Multi-Power High Speed 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

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 type; leap year adjustment until December 31, 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 High-Speed Battery Pack MB-40 and AA-size battery holder MS-40 available (for eight alkaline manganese, lithium or Ni-MH batteries, or one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4); built-in backup battery

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.


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