Hi all! I must say I’m quite satisfied by my F80, it’s not fallen apart as many (non-owners) used to say, and all in all I can just recommend it. About the two main drawbacks it has (non-metering with non-CPU lenses, and impossibility to use IR films), well, the first is a real pain, enough to avoid buying it if you have an arsenal of AIS lenses, BUT the second is simply not true. I’ve tried personally with some HIE infrared BW film, and, to my big surprise, the IR beam it uses to count the frames just fogged the area around the sprocket holes, and didn’t reach the frame area (apart from the last shot, where the IR beam before rewinding was much stronger and fogged the bottom right corner). Just use the common precautions for IR film (load-unload in total darkness, cover the film window with tape). Try it!
Hmmmm ... so it doesn't fog the image area, eh? I just purchased some Ektachrome Infrared. My intention is to test a roll (with bracketing) to cross-process it. My daughter is getting married in June and I thought I'd take a few "different" photos. I was going to use an F3, but now I think I'll try the N80 and report back to the group. Thanks for the info!
Finally "getting back" (EIR cross processed). I've been somewhat side-tracked but have finally gotten into the basement to make some prints from my weird negatives. From the looks of things, I found an EI (exposure index) of 320 seems to work best for daylight with a yellow filter on the lens. For flash (SB-24), 250 or 200 was "better" in my opinion. Depending on how you print (color balance), results are somewhat comparable to "normal" processing.
I didn't see any sign of edge-fog. Maybe I "got lucky"? Oh well, I'm looking forward to trying some more.