I have a chance to buy a used FG body. I'm not sure of the vintage. The price is right and it's the right size (small). I am wondering if you experts could tell me about possible issues with this camera and whether it is recommended. (I'm an amateur.) What lens series fits this camera?
#1. "RE: Buying used FG" | In response to Reply # 0Alex Basic MemberFri 30-Nov-01 04:52 AM
There is another recent thread on this camera somewhere else on the list. Most people are very complementary about this camera - it was my first SLR and I wish I still had one - maybe for nostalgas sake, but it is a lovely little camera. If it is on good nick, clean etc and within budget - buy it. Works really well with its own motor drive but this adds to the weight and size. Put an SB-15 on top and you ahave full TTL flash.
It takes all Nikon F mount lenses - don't know if it takes the old pre AI ones though - someone else should know this.
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#2. "RE: Buying used FG" | In response to Reply # 1jrp Charter MemberSat 01-Dec-01 12:38 AM
A very good description of the FG is at our friend Leo Foo\'s site
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#3. "RE: Buying used FG" | In response to Reply # 0
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I've seen several for sale at a local nikon dealer in the DC area, Penn Camera. Most of the times, the FGs thay have for sale have missing self timer levers. It is an older camera body that you may regret purchasing if it will be your main body. I would recommend something a little more modern and durable like an N65 or an FM-10, if you can afford it.
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#4. "buy it" | In response to Reply # 0
I used to own two of these cameras and aside from it being tricky
to load sometimes, I never had any problems. It has TTL flash, a
great automatic and two great program modes. If I didn't sell all of my automatic cameras for mechanical ones I would still have it. Buy it.
#5. "RE: Buying used FG" | In response to Reply # 0
Great little camera - I use mine as much as the F80. However it would be wise to have it checked over before committing. My repair person told me that parts are almost unobtainable (at least here in Oz) and if the electronics fail, then it's a bin job.
Takes AI & AIS lenses. Does not take non-AI. I also use AF-D lenses on it, as they are effectively AIS. This camera and the companion EM model were the original cameras sold with Nikon E series, which are excellent low priced optics.
If you can get one in good condition, I would say Go for it!
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#6. "RE: Buying used FG" | In response to Reply # 0
I have an FG and love it. It's incredibly small and takes every lense Nikon has made since AI. It's my first backup body and where I used to get stuck halfway through a roll of film, wishing I had something else loaded, I can now just turn to the trusty FG. Just today I was shooting landscapes, I loaded my 8008s with Velvia, and my FG was loaded with Tmax 100. It was great, whenever I saw a shot that would look great in B&W I just popped the appropriate Nikkor on to the FG and fired away. The program exposure mode is great for that, and if you want a hyperfocal shot, Aperture priority is just a click away, and if you disagree with the meter there is exposure compensation and metered manual. Oh and one more thing that the FG gives you that every current AF Nikon from the N65 up to the F100 does not -- mirror lockup. Another great thing about the FG is it's compact size, it takes up so little room in my bag that I don't have to think twice about taking it. The body alone is hardly bigger than many point and shoots. All this came at a bargain price, I can't beleive these things aren't more popular.
#7. "RE: Buying used FG" | In response to Reply # 0
I have a FG-20 and can't say enough good things. I picked it up on e-bay with a lens for 100 bucks because my N60 doesn't allow a shutter release for star trails. It turns out I use the FG as much as the N60 because I do a lot of hiking and it is so light. Buy the FG.
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#8. "RE: Buying used FG - What about FG-20" | In response to Reply # 7rnootebos Basic MemberThu 06-Dec-01 11:13 AM
There are a couple of FG-20's for sale on our local 'ebay' and they are asking less than US$100 for them (including lens, flash and all kinds of accessories).
What should I be looking for - or looking out for - in order to obtain a properly working camera. Does this camera work without the electronics? Like the FM range?
I use a FM2N myself (with an F100 for the faster action related stuff) and I am thinking of 'stocking' a few bodies for the kids.
Thanks for any thoughts out there.
#9. "RE: Buying used FG - What about FG-20" | In response to Reply # 8Blackjack Basic MemberFri 07-Dec-01 02:36 AM
When I buy a camera online I look for 2 things
1. Good Feedback Rating, this is important
2. The camera should be described as 'functions perfectly' 'prisine''fully functional' etc. people that say "it seems to work but I don't know" are full of it, if they were serious about selling the camera they would run a few rolls of film through it.
The FG and FG-20 do not work without batteries save for the bulb and 1/90 second shutterspeed.
#10. "RE: Buying used FG - What about FG-20" | In response to Reply # 9N80 Charter MemberMon 10-Dec-01 01:25 PM
Get one. I've had two, my wife ran over the first one with the car, still functioned mechanically but no meter. I sold the second for my N80. Now I wish I had it back. great little camera. It was the N80 of its day.
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