Nikon F6 Professional 35mm Film Camera

In January 2006, Nikon announced that the F6, along with the Nikon FM10, would be one of the only two 35mm film cameras that Nikon would sell. Branded as a professional use camera, the Nikon F6 camera packs in many automated features that are absent from the beginner model FM10. For digital SLR photographers looking to get into film, the Nikon F6 will be an easy transition as the camera closely resembles a Nikon digital SLR – except with film instead of a digital sensor. The Nikon F6 includes automated features such as:

  • Auto Exposure and Bracketing
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Automatic Film Rewind
  • Automatic Film Advance, including Continuous High-Speed for up to 5.5 frames per second
  • Complete autofocus system

However, the Nikon F6 comes with a heavy price tag that most beginner’s will likely not wish to spend.

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Nikon F6 Specifications


Integral motor autofocus 35mm SLR (Single-Lens Reflex) camera with electronically controlled focal-plane shutter.

Negative Size

24 x 36 mm


ISO 25 to 5000 for DX-coded film; ISO 6 to 6400 can be manually set


Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with built-in shutter monitor

Shutter Speed

30 to 1/8,000 seconds; Bulb (b) setting available in manual mode (Shutter speed can be prolonged to 30 minutes in manual mode)

Film Rewind

Choice of automatic or manual; automatically rewinds at the end of the roll or when two film rewind buttons are pressed, rewind speed with 36 exp, roll of film Approx. 7 seconds (12 seconds in CS Mode)

Lens Mount

Nikon F Mount (With AF coupling, AF contacts). All AF-D, AF-G, AF-I, AF-S and AF VR Nikkor lenses provide full AF and metering operation. AI-P lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder and full metering operation. AI lenses provide manual focus w/electronic rangefinder, aperture priority and manual exposure mode, C/W and Spot Metering operation.


TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM 2000 autofocus module

Exposure Modes

Programmed Auto, Flexible Program, Shutter priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual

Exposure Metering

Three built-in exposure meters; 1005 Pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix II, Flexible Center Weighted and Eleven Spot meters

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 NiMH batteries or one rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4); built-in battery back up.


Yes, activated via shooting menu.

Self Timer

Electronically controlled; 10 second duration; blinking LED indicates self-timer operation; cancelable

Exposure Counter

Available on top LCD panel

Depth of Field Preview

Yes, electronically controlled

(W x H x D)

6.2 x 4.7 x 3.1 inches


Approximately 34.4 oz (without batteries)