The Nikon F100 is a 35mm film-based single-lens reflex camera body introduced in 1999. It is often thought of as a scaled-down version of the Nikon F5, and as a precursor to the Nikon F6. The F100 was discontinued, along with most other Nikon film cameras, in 2006.
The F100′s metering system is a development of Nikon’s matrix metering technology introduced in 1983 on the Nikon FA. The meter in the F100 utilizes a 10 segment light sensor and uses distance information from Nikon D-type and G-type lenses for more accurate exposure calculations. In addition to matrix metering, the F100 also offers standard center-weighted and spot metering modes.
Also incorporated into the camera is a 4.5 frame per second motor drive with automatic rewind. The top motor drive speed can be boosted to 5 frames per second with the addition of the Nikon MB-15 battery pack.
The F100 also provides many features which are common among high-end 35mm SLR cameras, such as automatic bracketing modes, DX film speed sensing, and custom functions which allow the photographer to tailor certain aspects of the camera’s operation to the way he or she works. During its production run, Nikon replaced the film rewind spool for these cameras due to a manufacturing defect.