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MelT

Petersburg, US
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MelT Registered since 06th Jul 2002
Thu 26-Jun-08 03:29 PM | edited Thu 26-Jun-08 03:35 PM by MelT

What is the allure in buying older film SLR bodies? The reason I ask is because it is not as if it takes a different type of photo. In general shooting it is not as if you can tell the difference between the results from a F6 and a F2.

Someone recently posted that he bought an F2 even though he had an F6. I cannot imagine using my F2AS in lieu of a F6 if I had one. With the exception of a couple of Fs, all my other SLRs were bought when the camera was a production camera for Nikon with the first being the F2AS back in 1978. When I got my F3, I rarely used my F2AS any longer except for those times I wanted a second body with me. The same can be said about every successive body and the body it replaced.

Why did I get the Fs? Well I wanted to round out my collection since I have every other model but I have never shot with them. Does this make me a bad person? On the other hand I did get an S2 and will shoot with it because it is such an unassuming camera, I can shoot way under the radar unlike all my other bodies. The S2 is used.

I am just wondering what the allure is of buying and shooting with older bodies when you already have newer bodies. As pointed out in another thread, it is not as if the older bodies have better ergomomics. Well one does and that is the F4 which is my favorite F, design wise, that I have ever bought but then again, I haven't plunged for the F6 yet.

This is not meant to put anyone on the defensive. I am just wondering because in my case, I cannot imagine grabbing my F2AS over my F5 (or even F4 or F3) to shoot with. Additionally, don't take me as anti-old. As I said I will shoot with my S2 and I have an old 5x7 view camera that I will shoot with because it will give me a whole different "look" to an image while different SLRs do not give me a different "look" unless I purposely decide to put a crappy lens on it.


Mel

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