Type of camera: Integral-motor 35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) camera
Picture format: 24mm x 36mm (standard 35mm film format)
Lens mount: Nikon F mount Lenses usable: AF Nikkor lenses and Nikon MF F-mount lenses
Focus modes: Manual focus with electronic rangefinder and Autofocus

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Autofocus: Autofocus detection system: TTL phase detection system using Nikon advanced AM200 autofocus module
Autofocus detection range: Approx. EV minus 1 to EV 18 at ISO 100
(under Nikon inspection conditions)
Autofocus actuation method: Single Servo or Continuous Servo
Autofocus lock: Possible by lightly pressing shutter release button in Single Servo AF mode or by using AF-L button; simultaneous use with AE-L button possible
Electronic rangefinder: Available in Manual focus mode with AF Nikkor lenses, Ai-type Nikkor lenses including Ai-modified Nikkor lenses and non-Ai-type Nikkor lenses with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Exposure metering: Matrix Metering (with Multi-Meter Finder DP-20); Center-Weighted Metering (with Multi-Meter Finder DP-20 or AE Action Finder DA-20); Spot Metering (with any finder)
Exposure meter switch: Activated by lightly pressing shutter release button; stays on for approx. 16 sec. after lifting finger from button
Metering range: EV 0 to EV 21 at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens; EV 2 to EV 21 with Spot Metering
Exposure control: Manual (M), and Programmed (P
H, P), Shutter-Priority (S) and Aperture Priority (A) Auto Exposure
Auto exposure lock: Available by pressing AE-L button while meter is on
Exposure compensation: Possible using exposure compensation dial within ±2 EV range in 1/3 EV steps
Multiple exposure: Via lever
Depth-of-field preview button: Provides visual verification of depth of field; can be previewed in Manual (M) or Aperture Priority (A) mode; coaxial with mirror lockup lever
Reflex mirror: Automatic instant-return type with lockup facility
Shutter: Electro-magnetically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter; shutter balancer incorporated
Shutter release: Electromagnetic shutter by magnet trigger
Shutter speeds: Lithium niobate oscillator-controlled; controlled from 1/8800 to 30 sec. steplessly in P
H, P or A mode; set from 1/8800 to 4 sec. in one EV steps in M or S mode; B, T and X (1/250 sec.)

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Viewfinder: Nikon Multi-Meter Finder DP-20 provided as standard; fixed eyelevel pentaprism, High-Eyepoint type; 0.7X magnification with 50mm lens set at infinity; approx. 100% frame coverage; metering system selector, diopter adjustment knob, accessory shoe, compensation dial for focusing screens and eyepiece shutter lever provided; interchangeable with Nikon AE Action Finder DA-20, Nikon 6X High-Magnification Finder DW-21 and Nikon Waist-Level Finder DW-20
Viewfinder information: By LCD - exposure compensation value, frame counter (additive type), metering system in use, shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, electronic analog display, AE Lock indicator; by ADR window - lens aperture; by LED display - focus indicators, exposure compensation mark and flash ready-light. Illuminator switch provided for dim-light viewing
Eyepoint: Approx. 22mm

Focusing screen: Nikon advanced B-type BriteView screen with central focus brackets for autofocus operation; interchangeable with 12 optional screens
Film speed range: ISO 25 to 5000 for DX-coded film; ISO 6 to 6400 in 1/3 EV steps for manual setting Film speed setting: At DX position, automatically set to ISO speed of DX-coded film used; manual override possible
Film loading: Film automatically advances to first frame when shutter release button is depressed once
Film advance: In S (single frame) shooting mode, film automatically advances one frame when shutter is released; in C
H (Continuous high speed), CL (Continuous low speed) or Cs (Continuous silent) shooting mode, shots are taken as long as shutter release button is depressed; shooting speed is approx. 5.7 fps (CH), 3.4 fps (CL) or 1.0 fps (Cs) - for Continuous Servo Autofocus, test done with an AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-80mm f/4-5.6D lense, new six AA-type alkaline batteries, shutter speed of 1/250 sec. or faster, at normal temperature.

Shooting Mode

Using High Speed Battery Pack MB-21/22/23 with Nikon F4

Battery Pack MB-20 (Nikon F4)


5.7 Frames per second

4.0 fps


3.4 Frames per second

3.3 fps


1.0 Frame per second

0.8 fps

Note: * Peformance is based on operating at Continuous Servo autofocus, with an AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3~f/4.5 lense, new AA-type Alkaline-Maganese batteries, a shutter speed of 1/250 sec and above, operating at room temperature. ** Depends on brightness of available light. Also please note Continuous framing rates may vary with the autofocus mode set

Frame counter: Two additive types provided - on top of camera and inside viewfinder (LCD)
Film rewind: Choice of automatic or manual; automatically rewinds when film rewind levers (R
1) and (R2) are used; takes approx. 8 sec. per 36-exposure roll (with six AA-type batteries); (with six AA-type batteries); stops automatically when film is rewound; manual rewind when R1 lever is used
Self-timer: Electronically controlled 10 sec. exposure delay; blinking LED indicates self timer operation; cancelable

Camera back: Hinged back; interchangeable with Nikon Data Back MF-22, Multi-Control Back MF-23 or 250-Exp. Multi Control Back MF-24

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Leo Helmar® <leohelmar111@yahoo.com> Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Accessory shoe: Standard ISO-type hotshoe contact; ready light contact, TTL flash contact, monitor contact
Flash synchronization: 1/60 to 1/250 sec. in P
H, P or A mode; in M or S mode, shutter fires at speed set and when set from 1/250 to 1/8800 sec., shutter is automatically set to 1/250 sec.; down to 30 sec. shutter is available by using SB-24, SB-26 or other equivalent Nikon speedlights etc. in rear curtain sync in PH, P or A mode Flash ready-light: Viewfinder LED lights up when Nikon dedicated Speedlight is ready to fire; blinks to warn of poor camera/ Speedlight connection or insufficient light for correct exposure

Nikon AF-TTL speedlights | SB-20 | SB-22 | SB-23 | SB-24 | SB-25 | SB-26 | SB-27 | SB-28(DX) |
Nikon MF- speedlights | BC-Series | SB-1~SB-21 (except SB-20) |
Nikon MF- Macro-ringlight | SM1/SR1 | SM2/SR2 | SB-21 |

Autofocus flash photography: Possible with Nikon Autofocus Speedlights SB-24, SB-25, SB-26, SB-27, SB-28, SB-23, SB-22 or SB-20

Power source: Nikon High Speed Battery Pack MB-21 (six AA-type alkaline or NiCd batteries), Battery Pack MB-20 (four AA-type alkaline batteries), External Power Regulator MB-22 or Multi-Power High Speed Battery Pack MB-23 (six AA-type alkaline or NiCd batteries, or MN-20 NiCd Battery Unit) Number of 36-exposure film rolls per set of fresh batteries:

Checking battery power: Battery power is sufficient if viewfinder LCD appears when shutter release button is lightly pressed; LCD remains on for approx. 16 sec. after finger is removed from button; battery power insufficient if LCD turns off immediately after finger is removed from shutter release button; if no data appears and shutter does not operate, batteries are exhausted or improperly loaded
Dimensions (W x H x D): With Multi-Power High Speed Battery Pack MB-23: 169mm x 157mm x 77mm (6.7 x 6.2 x 3.0 in.), with High Speed Battery Pack MB-21: 169mm x 139mm x 77mm (6.7 x 5.5 x 3.0 in.), with Battery Pack MB-20: 169mm x 118mm x 77mm (6.7 x 4.7 x 3.0 in.)
Weight (body only): With Multi Power High Speed Battery Pack MB-23: approx. 1,400g (49.4 oz.), with High Speed Battery Pack MB-21: approx. 1,280g (45.1 oz.), with Battery Pack MB-20: approx. 1,090g (38.4 oz.)

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Credit: Image of the Nikon F4s at the middle courtesy of Mr. Casey Herbert® [redline162@hotmail.com]. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Note: For F4-series cameras, Nikon offers three versions - 1) Nikon F4E with Multi-Power High Speed Battery Pack MB-23 containing six AA-type alkaline or NiCd batteries, or NiCd Battery Unit MN-20; 2) Nikon F4s with High Speed Battery Pack MB-21 containing six AA-type alkaline or NiCd batteries, and 3) Nikon F4 with Battery Pack MB-20 containing four AA-type alkaline batteries. Note: Nikon advises only using AA-type batteries with the Nikon F4, do not use lithium batteries, but daring many users have reported no significant differences using such batteries. However, as this is a technical specification of the camera issued by Nikon and should always be the reference guide. The site maintainer does not suggest/encourage/reporting (nor be held responsible) such possible combination is viable, if you insist give it a try - use it at own risk.

The Nikon autofocus SLR system is designed based on the premise that any of its components. such as the F4-series, F90X/N90s
*, F70/N70*, F-60]/N6006*, F50/N50*. AF Nikkor lenses, Nikon Speedlights and Nikon accessories will be used integrally. With one another.

Note: AF Nikkor lenses electronically communicate all the necessary information required for perfect operation within current Nikon autofocus SLR systems. Nikon warns does not assume responsibility if malfunctions or damage occurs to the F4 when lenses and/or accessories of other makers are used with it. For these reasons, we recommend the use of AF Nikkor lenses and Nikon system accessories.
* Exclusively sold in U.S.A. Specifications apply when fresh batteries are used at normal temperature (20°Q. Specifications and designs are subject to change without notice.

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  Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst

W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lense, they cannot adjust aperture(s) when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier AF Nikon SLR camera models. Similarly, not ALL features provide in a modern AF-S series AF-Nikkor lenses can be utilized fully with a Nikon F4. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).

PLEASE NOTE: Complimentary links are appreciative but it is not necessary, I have limited bandwidth here in this server... So, PLEASE don't distribute this URL to any bulk mailing list or unrelated user-groups, just be a little considerate, thank you. (The more you distribute, the slower this server will response to your requests...). I am NOT a Nikon nor Nikkor expert, so don't send me any mails, use the Message Board Instead. While the content prepared herein should be adequate for anyone to understand and evaluate whether you should invest into a used Nikon F4 pro-camera system for your kind of photography. Well, IF you like what you have seen so far, please help to perfect this site by reporting any broken links or any errors made.

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