Back around 1998~99 I bought a camera. It was my 3rd Nikon, and it quickly became my favourite camera to work with. At the time, I was working as a pro photographer and the trusty F100 saw many adventures; press conferences, trade shows, corporate events, and maybe a wedding or two. I put a lot of film through the beast, but the days of film photography were coming to an end, or so we were told.
I thought that if I was to advance my photography career, I'd have to make the jump to the digital era. After a lot of thought, I made a terrible decision, though, at the time it was what everyone was doing. I sold my beloved F100 in order to purchase a spanking new digital camera, the Nikon D1X. The D1X was a great camera for the time, and it was very similar in handling and performance to the F100. It was a good camera, and it served me well. Until it just stopped working. Dead. I got about 7 years of service out of it, that's about $1000 per year. Yeah, it was a $7,000 piece of gear.
I've always missed the F100. I wished I had never sold it, but I did, and I can't go back. But I can go forward. I started to look for a used F100, and after a lot of searching, I found one and took a chance on Ebay. A week after I ordered it, it arrived, and it's perfect! While it's not the exact camera that I once owned, it's like welcoming an old friend back into my life, it just feels right!
I'm looking forward to running a lot of film through this camera, and I know I won't be selling it for another digital camera any time soon.