Nikon F4 Body Only User Manual

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Summary of Contents of user manual for Nikon F4 Body Only

  • Page 1 , ' -- Nikon J _ _ _ _ _ _ Instruction Manual _ _ _ __ _
  • Page 2CONTENTS--------------~-------------------------- FOREWORD .................. . ... . . . ............. 4 EXPOSURE MODES ... . . . . . . ....
  • Page 3FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
  • Page 4 ---------------FOREWORD --------------~ Thank you for purc hasing the F4. We're sure it will make photography more exciting and rewarding...
  • Page 5NOMENCLATURE CPU contacts Aperture direct-readout window Aperture coupling lever LCD ill umination window (body side) Self-timer indicator LED Meter coupling...
  • Page 6Film advance mode index Shutter speed dial lock release Shutter release button Viewfinder illuminator switch Film advance mode selector Finder...
  • Page 7(R2) lock button Film take-up spool Film rewind lever (R2) Camera back hinge release Film speed dial Camera strap eyelet...
  • Page 8Multi-Meter Finder DP-20 Accessory shoe M selector Eyepiece shutter lever Compensation value scale window Viewfinder eyepiece Shutter speed/metering system index...
  • Page 9VIEWFINDER INFORMATION ADR (Aperture Direct-Readout) Focus indicators Frame counter Flash ready-light signal Exposure compensation value Exposure compensation ind icator Body...
  • Page 10High Speed Battery Pack MB-21 Grip portion (MB-21G) Battery holder (MS-21) Shutter release button lock lever Bottom portion (MB-21B) Shutter...
  • Page 11Battery Pack MB-20 Battery chamber Release lever 11
  • Page 12Lens (AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 ) Infrared compensation index Distance/ aperture index Focusing ring Distance scale window Distance scale Depth-of-field...
  • Page 13OPERATION------------------------------------------- MOUNTING THE LENS Remove body cap and front and rear lens caps. See page 86 for Nikon lens compatibility...
  • Page 14: INSTALLING BADERIESINSTALLING BATIERIES With High Speed Battery Pack MB-21 r--~~~~::--l 2 Remove grip (MB-21G) by rotating grip release lever counterclockwise (to...
  • Page 15 5 Slide battery holder back into base until Attach grip to camera body and turn release lever clockwise until it...
  • Page 16With Battery Pack MB-20 Rotate battery pack release lever counterclockwise (to e ), and remove battery pack. Install four AA-type...
  • Page 17 CHECKING BATIERY POWER With High Speed Battery Pack MB-21 At temperatures around 20°C (68°F), AA-type alkaline-manga- nese batteries give...
  • Page 18With Battery Pack MB-20 @ To switch camera on: while pressing Next, lightly press the shutter release button and confirm...
  • Page 19 • The batteries operate both auto- focus function and camera motor; when operation becomes noticeably slower, change batteries. •...
  • Page 20LOADING FILM ~~f ~ ~.::I!. 1 -.. ' ' I ~ , ' /~ / , () " ,,,, ."/...
  • Page 21Pull film leader across to red film index Check to ensure film is properly posi- Fully depress shutter release button;...
  • Page 22: FUNCTION SETIING . . . . . . . .FUNCTION SETIING Focus mode: Metering system (with supplied standard Multi-Meter Set focus mode selector to M (Manual Focus), S (Single...
  • Page 23SHOOTING 2 c ~. ~ \ \ I~' I / Position viewfinder focus brackets on main subject. In the manual...
  • Page 242 !~. \'I :IVI I ,;, r 'I In the autofocus mode, position autofocus sensor area on In the S...
  • Page 25Viewfinder Focusing Screen (B-type screen supplied as standard) Manual focusing is accomplished using either the clear matte field (focus until...
  • Page 26REWINDING FILM Film advance stops automatically at end Power rewind of roll , and red LED lights up. Turn film...
  • Page 27Manual rewind Open camera back and remove film To rewind film manually, pull out film rewind lever (R1), lift film...
  • Page 28CONTROLS IN D E T A I L - - - - - - - - - - - -...
  • Page 29Manual Film Speed Setting If OX-coded film is loaded, but the film While pressing the lock release, set the film...
  • Page 30FILM ADVANCE MODES The F4 has four automatic film advance modes. Single-frame shooting (S) Fully depressing the shutter release button...
  • Page 31 With High Speed With Battery Pack Battery Pack MB-21 MB-20 I CH 5.7 Irames per second 4.0 Ips I...
  • Page 32: FOCUS MODESFOCUS MODES The advanced autofocus system of the F4 works even under extremely low-light conditions - as low as EV...
  • Page 333. Keeping shutter release button lightly pressed, rotate lens 4. Confirm in-focus indicator LED appears, then fully depress focusing ring...
  • Page 34Manual Focus Using Clear Matte Field 1. Set focus mode selector to M (manual). 2. Focus on subject using clear...
  • Page 35Autofocus Autofocus Operation The F4 provides two autofocus modes - Single Servo Autofocus (S) and Continuous Servo Autofocus (C). Single...
  • Page 363. Lightly press shutter release button to start Autofocus 4 . Confirm the viewfinder in-focus indicator appears, then fully function....
  • Page 37Focus Tracking When shooting a moving subject, with the focus mode set to Continuous Servo Autofocus and the film advance...
  • Page 383. Lightly press shutter release button to start Focus Tracking. 4. Confirm both arrows ( ~ .... ) appear in...
  • Page 39Taking Pictures with Main Subject Off-Center Single Servo Autofocus 1. Position focus brackets on subject and lightly press shutter release...
  • Page 40Continuous Servo Autofocus Use AF-L (Autofocus Lock) button. 1. Position focus brackets on subject and lightly press the shutter release...
  • Page 41: Special Focusing Situations- With the AF-L button depressed, focus will be locked even Special Focusing Situations if you rem ove your finger...
  • Page 42: Autofocus with Optional Autofocus SpeedlightsAutofocus with Optional Autofocus Speedlights Although the F4's autofocus works at lighting levels as low as EV minus 1, performance...
  • Page 43Freeze Focus The optional Nikon Multi-Control Back MF-23 or 250-Exp. Multi-Control Back MF-24, when attached to the F4, offers a...
  • Page 44EXPOSURE METERING SYSTEMS Sensitivity of Five Segments The F4 features three types of exposure metering systems- Matrix Metering (:.:) Matrix,...
  • Page 45: Center-Weighted Metering Sensitivity of Center-Weighted Sensitivity of Spot Meteri ng Metering Center-Weighted Metering ( Ce) ) Spot Metering ( e )...
  • Page 46Metering System Selection Matrix Metering Set the metering system selector to either Matrix, Center- Weighted or Spot Metering, and confirm...
  • Page 47Center-Weighted Metering Spot Metering ® ® • • 47
  • Page 48EXPOSURE MODES Manual Exposure Mode In the Manual Exposure mode, both shutter speed and aper- ture can be set manually...
  • Page 49 IIllro" ~ AFNIKKo! ~~Pf~ 161 }f 01 I" 116 • 16 11 E 5.6 ~ 2.8 2 1.4 \,...
  • Page 50 With Multi-Meter Finder DP-20 With other finders . =• , , '-"-'+-/' '_1.'_1..... -"- . . t C )...
  • Page 51 Dual Program Chart (e.g., 50mm f/1 .4 , ISO 100) The EV (Exposure Value) chart demonstrates the difference between...
  • Page 521. Set lens to its minimum aperture (largest I·number). 2. Lightly press shutter release button and confirm exposure in With...
  • Page 53With Multi-Meter Finder With other finders . .-'-'- " -I -':": ,- " 1 1_ _I --' Correct exposure. F...
  • Page 54Shutter-Priority Auto Exposure Mode (S) Th is mode lets you choose shutter speeds manually. Use a fast shutter speed to...
  • Page 551. Set lens to minimum aperture setting (largest I-number), 2. Rotate shutter speed dial to select desired shutter speed With...
  • Page 56With Multi-Meter Finder With other finders sl Correct exposure ( l-l : ) sl .. 1(::)" .. Overexposure; select higher...
  • Page 57: Aperture-Priority Auto Exposu re ModeAperture-Priority Auto Exposure Mode (A) This mode operates with all Nikon lenses. When used with any optical system such as...
  • Page 58 With Multi-Meter Finder Correct exposure :=: • • ::.: C:-: : ) F: • Overexposure; select smaller aperture setting...
  • Page 59Stop-Down Exposure Metering For lenses and other systems without automatic For lenses with fixed apertures diaphragms Because the aperture of...
  • Page 60EXPOSURE COMPENSATION In Automatic Exposure Modes AE-L (Auto Exposure Lock) Button 1. Set exposure mode to Programmed (PH, P), Shutter-Priority...
  • Page 61 I- ,:,c 1'_ _, @ ,-,,-, I - While exposure is locked, "EL" appears in the viewfinder. - In...
  • Page 62 ® Exposure Compensation Dial • After use, reset dial to O. (. ) mark and compensation va lue Using...
  • Page 63(In Center-Weighted Metering) -- -- Examples: +2EV ",' ±OEV -2/3EV Without compensation +2EV compensation 63
  • Page 64In Manual Exposure Mode 1. Set exposure mode to Manual 2. Center main subject inside viewfinder, and lightly press (M)....
  • Page 65 • Ce) (:E ) c =• 4 . Confirm shutter speed and aperture in the viewfinder. 5. Recompose and...
  • Page 66Auto Exposure Bracketing By attaching the optional Nikon Multi-Control Back MF-23 or 250-Exp. Multi-Control Back MF-24 to the F4, you...
  • Page 67SHUTIER SPEED DIAL '=-.5 $ 1~ ;' y -'a\t~~~o;. ~;f ~\. • 2000 ~... S 4 00 0 % ,,/...
  • Page 68T Setting X Setting On "T," the shutter stays open until the shutter speed dial is "X" setting provides a...
  • Page 69DEPTH-OF-FIELD PREVIEW BUTTON !-'"- II ~ I' , /1 ~ j f - ~ -'". •~ • " AF-L :l~...
  • Page 70: 32-33 METER COUPLING LEVERMETER COUPLING LEVER Before mounting a non-AI Nikkor lens, be sure to push the meter coupling lever release button and...
  • Page 71MIRROR LOCKUP LEVER A highly efficient, tungsten-alloy shutter balancer is incorporat- With the mirror locked up, you cannot operate the...
  • Page 72SELF-TIMER Using the 10-sec. self-timer activates autofocus and light meter eTo cancel self-timer operation, turn the film advance mode operation....
  • Page 73MULTIPLE EXPOSURE LEVER Note that in multiple exposure operation, exposure compensa- tion is required depending on subject brightness, background brightness...
  • Page 74ALTERNATIVE SHUTTER RELEASE BUTTON A shutter release button is provided at the bottom of the High Speed Battery Pack When...
  • Page 75: VIEWFINDER ILLUMINATOR SWITCH .SYNC TERMINAL VIEWFINDER ILLUMINATOR SWITCH A separate sync terminal is provided on the F4. It accepts all When it's dark,...
  • Page 76MULTI-METER FINDER DP-20 ~ .,' I Niko n The Multi-Meter Finder DP-20 is the F4's To remove the finder, push...
  • Page 77Diopter Adjustment Knob Eyepiece Shutter Lever This knob enables near- or farsighted photographers to adjust During self-timer operation, in automatic...
  • Page 78Exposure Compensation Dial for Accessory Shoe Interchangeable Focusing Screens Located at the top of the Multi-Meter Finder DP-20, the 180-...
  • Page 79FLASHPHOTOGRAPHV-------------------------------- Nikon dedicated electronic speed lights, including SB-24, SB-23, SB-22, SB-20, SB-18, SB-16B and SB-15, take full advantage of the...
  • Page 80Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash in Each Exposure Mode In Programmed Auto (PH, P) modes, the sync speed of In Shutter-Priority Auto...
  • Page 81In Aperture-Priority Auto (A) mode, you select aperture and With Manual (M) , you control both aperture and shutter speed...
  • Page 82: Matrix Balanced Fill-FlashMatrix Balanced Fill-Flash Center-Weighted Fill-Flash With the system set to Matrix, Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash is For regular TIL flash photography,...
  • Page 83Standard TTL Flash In this mode, although exposure for the background is metered - The usable film speed for TTL...
  • Page 84Rear-Curtain Sync Flash Photography When using the Nikon SB-24, you can synchronize the flash to the instant just before the...
  • Page 85: .Multiple Flash Photography A number of Nikon speedlights can be used for TIL multiple flash photography, each linked to the...
  • Page 86LENSES --------------------------------------------- With AF-Nikkor lenses (except AF Nikkor lenses for F3AF) or some other lenses in combination with the TC-16...
  • Page 87 1 With maxim um aperture faster than fl3.5, use TC-16A 13 For full-aperture measurement, set exposure compensation Autofocus Converter. Incompatible...
  • Page 88ACCESSORIES---------------------------------------- INTERCHANGEABLE VIEWFINDERS In addition to the standard Multi-Meter Finder DP-20, the F4 AE Action Finder DA-20 accepts various other...
  • Page 896X High-Magnification Finder DW-21 For critical high-magnification close-up work and photomicro- graphy. Its sophisticated optical system provides a clear, sharp...
  • Page 90INTERCHANGEABLE FOCUSING SCREENS Nikon offers you a choice of 13 inter- changeable focusing screens. The advanced B-type BriteView screen is...
  • Page 91Focusing Screen Selector Guide Type B Matte/Fresnel field with 5mm-dia, and 12mm-d ia, Type E Matte/Fresnel fie td with Smm-dia,...
  • Page 92POWER SOURCES Nikon External Power Regulator MB-22 The MB-22 consists of the grip portion MB-21G, in common with the MB-21,...
  • Page 93OPTIONAL SPEEDLIGHTS Nikon Speedlight SB-24 TTL Remote Cord SC-17 The powerful 88-24 with built-in AF illuminator provides vari- For off-camera...
  • Page 94OPTIONAL CAMERA BACKS Nikon Multi-Control Back MF-23 The Multi-Control Back MF-23 enables the imprinting of any of the fol lowing...
  • Page 95Nikon Data Back MF-22 A compact alternative to the MF-23. It will either imprint the data desired - year/month/day, day/hour/minute...
  • Page 96: VIEWING ACCESSOR IESVIEWING ACCESSORIES The F4's standard, supplied Multi-Meter Finder DP-20 accepts the following accessories. 0000 Nikon Eyepiece Correction Lenses Eyepiec e...
  • Page 97Nikon Eyepiece Magnifier OG-2 Provides 2x magnification of the central portion of the finder image with Eyepiece Adapter DK-1. Eyesight...
  • Page 98CLOSE-UP ACCESSORIES Nikon Auto Extension Rings Compact and lightweight, Nikon Auto Extension Rings slide on and off your camera in...
  • Page 99Nikon Repro-Copy Outfit PF-4 Enables you to make high-quality photographic copies of photographs, illustrations, drawings or diagrams. 'With Nikon High...
  • Page 100REMOTE CONTROL ACCESSORIES The following accessories except AR-3 and AR-7 can be used with Nikon High Speed Battery Pack MB-21...
  • Page 101Nikon Intervalometer MT-2 For unmanned time-lapse photography or work sampling. Quartz-controlled MT-2 provides either 2 sec. or 16 sec. delay...
  • Page 102CAMERA CARE T I P S - - - - - - - - - - - - - -...
  • Page 1034 . Avoid leaving the camera in an 5. Keep the camera away from water or 6. If the camera...
  • Page 104NOTES ON BATTERIES----------------~ 1. When not using the camera for a long 2. Battery power falls off in extremely low...
  • Page 1053. Compared with regular batteries, 4. When replacing batteries, be sure to 5. Keep batteries out of children's reach. NiCd...
  • Page 106SPECIFICATIONS- -- - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - Type of camera...
  • Page 107Shutter speeds Lithium niobate oscillator-controlled; Eyepoint Approx. 22mm controlled from 1/8000 to 30 sec. Focusing screen Nikon advanced B-type BriteView...
  • Page 108Frame counter Two additive types provided - on top Flash ready-light Viewfinder LED lights up when Nikon of camera and...
  • Page 109Checking battery Battery power is sufficient if view- power finder LCD appears when shutter This device complies with Part 15...
  • Page 110 For multiple flash photography usi ng Nikon Speed lights, The Nikon autofocus SLR system is designed based on if...
  • Page 111No reproduction in any form of this manual, in whole or in part (except for brief quotation in critical articles...