As an art form and a technology, photography’s youth is only matched by its blisteringly rapid advancement. This creates something of a paradox for us as enthusiasts and professionals, where the history of the medium we so love can feel both short and overstuffed. Neither condition is conducive to any one camera gaining, let alone maintaining, a sense of permanence or constancy.
It can be easy to take for granted just how difficult it is for any camera to, well, be taken for granted. Yet here sits the Nikon F, many decades since the initial release, as capable as ever, timeless like few others, and arguably the most important SLR in history.
It is remarkable, really, if you think about it. After all, Nikon did not invent the single-lens reflex camera with the F; in terms of next-level innovation, it holds no serious claim in any one area.