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P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 2 Nomenclature AE-L/AF-L (Auto Exposure/ Focus mode selector PP. 36, 43 Depth-of-field preview button P. 64 Diopter adjustment knob P. 63 Autofocus Lock) button PP. 41, 54 Lens release button P. 19 Sub-Command Dial Viewfinder eyepiece AF start (AF-ON) button P. 36 P. 6 10-pin remote terminal P. 94 Shutter speed/aperture lock button P. 49/ 51 Main-Command Dial P. 6 Power switch P. 16 Sync terminal P. 79 Custom Setting Self-timer button P. 70 Shutter release indic
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 4 LCD/Viewfinder Displays • LCD panel • Viewfinder Display Shutter speed/Exposure 12mm-dia. reference circle for Center-Weighted Metering area Shutter speed lock P. 49 compensation value Aperture lock P. 51 Film speed/DX indication P. 34 Aperture Exposure Custom Setting compensation P. 56 P. 70 Auto Exposure/ Flash Exposure Battery power Bracketing P. 57 P. 17 Focus brackets (focus area) P. 37 Spot Metering (4mm ø) Exposure mode Frame counter area P. 45 PP. 46-
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 6 Command Dials • The F100’s Main- and Sub-Command Dials are used alone or in 1 combination with other buttons to select/set various functions or • Locking/unlocking shutter speed* P. 49 modes. 1 • Locking/unlocking aperture* ISO film speed Sub-Command button Dial P. 51 Exposure 2 • Performing exposure compensation* compensation button Auto Exposure/ P. 56 Flash Exposure Bracketing button Exposure mode • Setting/canceling Auto Exposure/ button Flash Exposure Brac
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 8 Introduction • Thank you for purchasing the Nikon F100—a camera that you are sure • Take trial shots to enjoy in making photography a bigger part of your life. Take trial shots before shooting at important occasions like weddings Get to know your F100 camera, and be sure to read this manual or graduations. thoroughly before using it. We recommend that you keep this manual handy. • Have Nikon spot-check your camera regularly Nikon recommends that you have your
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 10 Contents The “Basic Operation” section introduces battery, lens, film, focusing, exposure Exposure Metering System (Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot)......................44-45 and shooting in basic steps easy enough even for SLR camera beginners to Shooting in Each Exposure Mode................................................................46-53 take pictures. Programmed Auto Exposure Mode (Flexible Program, Program Chart)..46-47 “Detailed Operation” explains e
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 12 About This Manual BASIC OPERATION P. 15-29 Detailed Operation and Notes on Batteries P. 31-67, 88, 94, 98 Install Batteries and Check Battery External power source (P. 88); Notes on Batteries (P. 98) 1 Power P. 16-17 Mount Lens P. 18-19 Lens Compatibility (P. 32-33)—CPU Nikkor lens (P. 32)/Non-CPU lens (P. 33) 2 DX-coded film Film (P. 34-35)—Set/Confirm film speed (P. 34)/Mid-roll rewind (P. 34)/In case film does not start rewind or film rewind stops at mid-ro
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 14 BASIC OPERATION This section features the settings for most common picture-taking situations when using a D-type AF Nikkor lens (including AF-S and AF-I). The shooting modes explained in this section cover most of your shooting situations. Shooting modes/functions explained in this section are as follows: Lens attached D-type AF Nikkor Film advance mode Single frame AF mode Single Servo AF Focus area Center* AF area mode Single Area AF Exposure metering 3D Ma
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 16 Install Batteries and Check Battery Power Check points Keep the batteries out of children’s reach. If swallowed, contact a Use four 1.5V AA-type alkaline- doctor immediately. (For “Notes on Batteries”, see page 98.) manganese or lithium batteries. 1 When replacing batteries, be sure to turn the power switch off and (See page 88 for other power replace all four batteries at the same time. Always use fresh batteries sources.) of the same brand. We recommend that
105 85 70 50 m ft 35 28 28 22 22 P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 18 Mount Lens Check points Use D- or G-type AF Nikkor lens to utilize all the functions of this Turn the power switch off and camera. (See page 32 for Lens Compatibility.) mount the lens to the camera 2 Make sure to turn the power switch off when attaching/detaching the body. lens. When attaching the lens, take care not to press the lens release button. Avoid direct sunlight when attaching/detaching the lens. Check the lens type.
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 20 Load Film Check points Turn the power switch on, set the DX-coded film See page 34 for changing film speed with DX-coded film or selecting camera’s film speed setting to film advance mode. DX (page 34) and load DX-coded 3 Shutter curtains are very thin. Make sure not to touch the shutter film. Film speed will be set ISO automatically (ISO 25-5000). curtains with your finger or film leader. (film speed) Close camera back and press Avoid direct sunlight when ch
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 22 Set Focus Mode, Focus Area and AF Area Mode Check points Do not attempt to rotate the lens focus ring manually while the focus Set the focus mode to S (Single mode is set to S or C. Servo AF), focus area to center 4 With the focus mode set at S (Single Servo AF), shutter cannot be and AF area mode to g (Single released when the subject is out of focus. Area AF). See pages 36-43 for details regarding focus mode, focus area and AF area mode. See page 42 for sit
∆ P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 24 Set Metering System and Exposure Mode Check points Three metering systems—the F100 features Matrix, Center-Weighted Set metering system to ” and Spot Metering (page 44). (Matrix Metering) and exposure 5 Four exposure modes—the F100 features Programmed Auto, Shutter- mode to ¡ (Programmed Auto). Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto and Manual exposure modes. Each exposure mode provides a choice of exposure controls for various shooting situations. See step 5
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 26 Hold Camera and Focus Check points Lightly pressing the shutter Diopter adjustment (page 63) enables you to see more clearly through release button automatically the viewfinder. 6 focuses the camera on the To take a picture of a subject outside the focus area, shift the focus subject and when the subject is area by using the focus area selector (page 37) or use focus lock (page in focus, causes / to appear in 40). the viewfinder. The optional Data Back MF-29
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 28 Confirm Indications in Viewfinder and Release Shutter Check points Confirm that / (in-focus Focus, shutter speed and aperture can be confirmed in the indicator) appears in the viewfinder. If any other warning indications appear, see page 46. 7 viewfinder, then slowly, fully When you reach the end of the film roll, End blinks in the LCD panel. depress the shutter release Press the two film rewind buttons „ simultaneously to rewind film. button. Camera automatic
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 30 About Metering System and Exposure Metering systems and exposure are important factors for taking pictures. Knowing the characteristics of each factor helps you widen your photographic expression. •Metering System As the proper combination of shutter speed and aperture for correct exposure is determined according to subject brightness and film sensitivity, measuring subject brightness is very important. In general, brightness inside the viewfinder is not unif
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 32 Lens Compatibility • Use a CPU lens (except IX-Nikkor) with this camera. D- or G-type AF • Types of CPU lenses and other usable lenses/accessories lenses give you access to all available functions. Mode Focus mode Exposure mode Metering system Manual with Matrix Center- G-type Nikkor and other CPU Nikkor lens Autofocus electronic Manual P A Weighted, 3D 10- 10- 1 rangefinder SM Spot* • The G-type Nikkor lens has no aperture ring; aperture should be selected se
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 34 Film • Setting and confirming film speed • If film does not start to rewind or film rewind stops at mid-roll Rotate the Main-Command Dial while pressing the film speed ° button to set film speed in use. • When battery power is very low, or at low temperatures, film may not start rewinding or film rewind may stop at mid-roll, and o–– and frame number will blink in the LCD panel. In this case, turn the power switch off, change batteries, then turn the power swit
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 36 Autofocus Focus Area • Set focus mode selector to S or C for autofocus operation. • This camera’s five focus areas cover a wide frame area, and you can select among them, depending on the subject’s position in the frame or your desired composition. They reliably provide sharp focus without use of focus lock. Rotate the focus area selector lock release to release the lock, then select desired focus area with the focus area selector. • Set focus mode selector to
P500 (E) 02.12.27 5:48 PM Page 38 AF Area Mode • Autofocus operation lets you select Single Area AF that uses one focus • Dynamic AF Mode with Closest Subject Priority • The Closest Subject Priority AF operation is possible in the Dynamic AF, where area selected or Dynamic AF that also utilizes the other four focus areas. the camera automatically selects the focus area with the closest subject. Rotate AF area mode selector to select AF area mode. Focus is always achieved at any of the five foc
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