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Favorite 35mm Body?
Old 02-17-2004, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a newbie, I'm starting up photography classes in September. I've been looking at the Nikon f100, but is it worth the extra 600 bucks over the N80?

What is your favorite 35mm AF camera body that you use and why?
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Re: Favorite 35mm Body?
Old 02-17-2004, 04:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nikon F5...bar none...the best 35mm body ever made.

Back-up to that would be an F100 or an old Nikon 8008s (a classic in its own right).
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Old 02-17-2004, 05:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have both, rarely use the N80. The F100 AF is much faster, which I find the main drawback of the N80. No sync socket on N80, but you can buy a $15 adapter for hotshoe. F100 is built way better, but neither camera will drive nails or survive being run over by a truck. F100 uses cheaper AA bats, which you always have. N80 uses lithium something or other. F100 has a better feel, almost as good as F5.

Pictures from each look exactly the same.

$600 buys a lot of film. Unless you are rich, this is a consideration.

I'd buy the N80 and wear it out.

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F5 is over kill.....
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Old 02-17-2004, 05:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sorry, I'm a firm believer in manual focus. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
 
 
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Why?
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Dare I say... Canon!
Old 02-17-2004, 05:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I use an EOS 7e for film, 10D for digital. I love both, although I haven't used the Elan in a while...
Do I like Canon better than Nikon? Yes, because when I started putting the system together, Canon's "workflow" made the most sense to me. However, Nikon glass (which you will acquire eventually) is compatible with the excellent Fuji S-series digital SLRs and the Kodak ones; Nikon is simply a more expansive, friendlier system.
So on that note, an F100 is a fine, durable camera (I believe Fuji dSLRs are built off this platform).
I have played with the N80 and didn't like the feel, although a grip may have solved that problem.
The F5 is quite a piece of work; I believe it is the only film body to use the 3d Color Matrix metering(?) But as others have said, it may be overkill.
Bottom line, I'm leaning towards the F100 for you. Its a good balance of features and practicality. Remember, its not the body, so much as the glass in front of it. AND, its not the glass in front of it, so much as the brain behind it!

Didn't mean to turn this into a Canon vs. Nikon debate. But if I did, I played fair right?? -Austin

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Greetings! The most invaluable lessons you'll experience will be to shoot with a manual body SLR. Doesn't matter the manufacturer, however, look to the future for lens compatibilty with D-SLR's. E-Bay has tons of used manual F bodies and FM bodies all the time at a fraction of the cost of the latest AF bodied cameras. BTW, the metal bodied cameras are heavy and built to take years of abuse! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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When I miss 35mm....
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I shoot now with a Fuji S2, have been since the S2 was introduced..... and often people ask do I miss shooting film? Answer... I miss my Nikon F100 with the vertical grip....It had the feel and produced the results for what I consider reasonable dinero.

However, if sky is the limit, F5

If its manual focus. classic Nikon F body, or a Canon AE-1.

Just my $0.02

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Old 02-18-2004, 12:06 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Favorite AF body? Canon EOS 1v. The one I actually use? EOS 3. The 3 does virtually everything the 1v does without interchangeable focus screens (I like the one it comes with just fine) and is just a shade slower with the shutter delay, not enough to notice unless you shoot sports, without the 10fps motor drive. Again, won't miss it if you don't shoot sports, and the viewfinder is slightly less than 100%. Sounds important but in reality its a niggly detail. In every other respect the EOS 3 is a very fine AF camera. I've even dropped mine against a rock once and it ticks on just fine.

Favorite 35mm body (MF or AF)? Contax RTS III. The damn thing's a Rolls-Royce, pure and simple, has the best feel in the hand of any camera of any format I've ever handled, it's spot-metering and pre-flash spot metering capabilities are excellent, and it's married to the best damn lenses you can find.

I'm also getting pretty attached to my Contax G1 rangefinder. Autofocus is a bit slow, but it's a wonderful take it anywhere for any purpose kind of camera.
 
 
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