F6 Project

The F6 Project is a attempt to hop off the relentless, speeding train of “technological progress” (always apparently late for something) and take a step back.

Years from now, when the infatuation with megapixels has run its course and the film market has somehow managed to grow – despite all odds – and a film Renaissance rumbles through the pile of DSLR and mirrorless castaways in our land fills, people will scour the web in search of the answer to their question, ‘what happened to my love and joy of photography?,” and just maybe come across this site.

To those people I extend a warm welcome, inviting them to explore the unique, wonderful and even romantic side of photography as it once was, and could be again with this fine instrument.

Welcome back.

All In

All In

The D3s and F6 have worked side by side for 10 years. It's time to say goodbye to one of them - and it's not the F6. It's January 1, 2020. Not just the beginning of a new year, but a new decade. Tonight in the local news (well, not exactly news......

Lincoln Highway

Traveling back and forth between Colorado and Illinois for as many years as I have, it can we a welcome diversion to get off the Interstate and travel two-lane and back roads instead. Most of the time I’m in no particular hurry, allowing me to wander slowly through the mid-west’s matrix of gravel roads at low speeds, looking for anything of interest to cause me to stop.

Arches National Park, January 2020, part 2

Winter is a great time to visit Arches National Park in Utah. Crowds are light and the beauty is surreal. This is a short report of what I saw this past January while on a quick get away to one of America’s true National Treasures.

Arches National Park, January 2020 – part I

If you want to see Canyonlands minus the crowds, try visiting in January. This past Winter jaunt to Moab, Utah was without question one of the most uniquely beautiful visits I’ve experienced in 30+ years.

South St. Vrain River, Allenspark, Colorado

Why do we need to say something - anything - about our images? A few weeks ago I was in Chicago looking at a display of student work at Moody Bible Institute. There were two different exhibitions: one with very nice photographs, printed on canvas and beautifully...

The Shop

The Shop: a Master Mechanic’s home away from home and straight up man cave. The first time I saw The Shop I paused, not quite sure how to visually digest what was before me. There was part of me that smiled – wanting to dive in and go for it.


The Nikon F6 35mm camera is the most technically advanced film camera ever made. Understanding what makes it special is the primary purpose of this section. So put your Tech on and dive in.


Possessing the most sophisticated 35mm film camera ever made is great and all, but what to create with it? This section is focused on inspiration.

Be prepared to be inspired by what others are creating with the Nikon F6.

Howdy from Colorado, USA

You’ve landed on the mother-load of information about the greatest 35mm film camera ever made, the Nikon F6. As digital cameras progress to staggering levels of sophistication (and in many cases, cost), somehow – right along side – the use of film has continued on the rise, and even accelerated.

What’s New?

You’re lookin’ at it. The F6 Project 3.0 is here, back from the jaws of death. O.K., maybe a little melodramatic… but after 10+ years he’s still kickin’. I want to say a hearty ‘thank you’ to a certain someone responsible from talking sense into me when I was thinking of throwing in the towel. You know who you are. Thank you.

Old Growth

One of the big changes for me creatively since the beginning of the F6 Project is developing my own black and white film again, . Ironic, I know, to have such a colorful image behind this topic. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? More about that here

Today’s photographer has more creative options to explore than any other time in history. What a great time to dive in, shoot film, learn to develop both color and black and white, then print old school in a darkroom – or – on one of the high-quality inkjet printers available.

Still King of the Hill.

As of today (January 1, 2020), the Nikon F6 remains king of the 35mm SLR hill. For anyone exploring purchasing, you’ve come to the right place.


- John B. Crane, Curator, The F6 Project

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