Nikon’s last film camera is dead


After 16 years of loyal service, the Nikon F6 – the legendary and last 35mm film camera ever made by Nikon – has been laid to rest.

Originally released in 2004, the Nikon F6 is widely regarded as one of the finest Nikon cameras ever made. To this day, it remains one of the best film cameras you can buy, and it is still bought and used by many photographers (including professionals), even in today’s digital age.

However, despite being in production as recently as July, Nikon has finally and officially called time on the F6.

As noted by Nikon Rumors, the manufacturer’s Japanese website has consigned the F6 to its discontinued (“old camera”) product line, where it now rests alongside the Nikon F5 and other defunct film cameras (and d recently defunct digital cameras, such as the NikonD5).

The website also received an email notification from B&H, conveying its condolences with a solemn message: “We regret to inform you that this article has unfortunately been discontinued.” Likewise, the Nikon F6 is now also listed as discontinued at Adorama.

The news is both surprising but not shocking, given that the camera was classified as discontinued by Nikon Germany in October. Previously, the manufacturer issued a partial product recall on the Nikon F6 due to European legislation, as batches of the camera contained excessive amounts of dibutyl phthalate (which can cause developmental disabilities, including birth defects congenital and cancerous tumors).

It was obvious the production process was at dusk, as the camera was only available infrequently and in incredibly small batches – and the product recall, which affected a grand total of 152 cameras, likely decimated the supplies of remaining components.

Still, the camera has had an extraordinary run. The Japan Institute of Design Promotion awarded it the Good Design Long Life Design Award in 2015. Thus, even half a decade ago, it was already respected for its remarkable endurance!

Whatever your taste, we hope you’ll join us in raising a glass to the Nikon F6.

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