Thought I’d post a quick shot of the Nikon F4s I picked up a short while back. It’s in near-mint condition and was purchased from a seller in Japan. In the photo, it’s got a current Nikkor 50mm f1.8G AF-S lens on it, which is pretty neat in that AF-S G lenses didn’t exist at the time this camera was designed and sold yet they work perfectly on it apart from the lack of aperture control.
If that doesn’t seem like a big deal, understand that only this camera and the current Nikon Df are capable of using every Nikkor lens ever made, and the F4s is the better of the two because you can get an actual manual focusing screen for it which will allow you to accurately focus any MF lens, whereas the Df only has a standard AF screen and manual focus is achieved via the AF system acting as a rangefinder (which the F4s also does, as it pioneered the feature). Suffice it to say then, the F4s is likely the most flexible Nikon body ever made – at least when looking at lens compatibility.
Aside from lens compatibility, the F4s has a number of other innovations that, while by today’s standards seem run of the mill, at the time it was released made it the singularly most advanced 35mm camera ever made. I don’t want to go into it in detail here, but if you’re curious pop over to this site for an in-depth look: Modern Classic SLR Series – Nikon F4
For myself, I’ve always wanted one of these since I first saw one in person at HELIX Camera in Chicago twenty-plus years ago. Back then they were about $2,000, and now they are significantly less, yet still a fantastic pro body that will last nearly forever and put up with a ton of abuse that most cameras even today couldn’t. Once mine gets back from a good CLA, I plan to use it to its fullest for most of my 35mm film needs, especially since it’ll use all of my Nikon glass with no qualms at all. What more could I ask for?