I just wanted to say hello for the first time and thanks for all the helpful information this discussion group has provided on buying a new camera. I just received my new F80 today and cannot wait to get shooting. I'll let you know if i am as pleased with it as a majority of you seem to be.
"the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
This is the best advice. I remember the horror when I saw the miniprints from my first few rolls. Only after about 10 rolls through my F80 did I start to get some satisfying shots, a few per roll. Also put some slide film through that bad boy as soon as you can. You'll be much happier. Best of luck.
Congratulations Indeed, I hope you will find shooting with your F/80 as pleasurable as I have found using my N80. Definatly give yourself time to learn it, there is some much room to grow with this body! I highly recomend Magic Lantern's guide to the N80/F80. The included instructions are unfortunatly characteristic Nikon.
Matthew.......Welcome to Nikonians and to the F80/N80 crowd. I've had my N80 now about a month and I couldn't be happier. My first camera was a Canon AE1; 22 years ago. It finally gave up the ghost just before Christmas last year. I thought I would never be as happy with another camera, but the N80 is no doubt the best buy for the money. Congratulations and get busy shooting some pics!
I've had my N80 for two months now and I love it. I hope you too find your N80 and photography itself a great tool for expression and discovery. And this site is such a terrific part of the whole Nikon experience.
By the way, you have a great nickname . . .
Ed in Pennsylvania USA
Ed in Pennsylvania, USA
"I really believe there are things which nobody would see if I didn't photograph them." --Diane Arbus
I have a story for Zenmind and all newbies to photography...not so long ago in the early months of 2002, a simple farmer bought his first SLR camera - the F80.
He was so elated of owning the best branded camera brand in the world... We take the world's greatest pictures. Yours.
So he shot 2 rolls of professional fujicolor NPH400...consumer films are not fit to be used on the camera, he said to himself.
When the prints came back, he showed it to his best friends...some are farmers and some are bankers.
They flipped through the album and said to the farmer...very normal pictures, whats so special with the Nikon???
You can almost hear his heart break! What stupid friends I got! They are so stupid they can't even tell it's a world class photo taken with a world class camera!!!
But as he treasured their friendship, he kept quiet and smile weakly.
Next day he contacted his old friend, who is a long time photo hobbist with a few awards under his belt. They had a few informal lessons and an outing together. In between, the farmer read all the good books / websites he can get his hands on.
One month later, he showed his same friends his lastest photos... Wow they were staring at most of the photos and they actually had to looked through the album 3 times to really absored in all that beautiful images...the farmer was a happy man that day.
The moral of this long story ( sorry ): This wonderful Nikon F80 is a great tool...just only a tool. You need to change your mindset and attitude towards photography. That is where the BIG difference lies.
Too many newbies take pics that are weak in the above areas.
E.g. how many vacation pics have you seen that have the wife/husband/kids standing in front of a landscape. And almost the whole album will be the same posture with the background changing as the travel throught the country. So boring
One way to acclerate your learning is to get a person with photo competion experience to critize your pics. Because in a competion these above points are judge critically beside a host of others. Or better still, get into a photo competition and you will know how far you have come ( or how far you have to go )
Some people take photography as an art, some take it as recording an image/event.
a) Composition (self explanatory) b) Content (Look at what's included in the photo and check it's relevant/interesting/what you're aiming for?) c) Impact (Ensuring that the subject of the photo is highlighted, no matter what it is, to maximise the impact of the photo?).
That would make sense!! It's just remembering those three EVERY TIME I lift the camera to my eye!!!!!!