Why I cose Nikon N 80
Why I chose N80
I started photography as a hobby in 1974. Now I am 60 years +. I had a Leica R6 SLR with about 5 lenses –(Stolen)
Olympus OM4 T with several (real metal) heavy lenses, OM1 (my first SLR). I travel a lot. Now I really can not carry a heavy camera, with age, the speed with which I can manually focus is slowing down.
Rather than opting for a point and shoot zoom with a slow aperture, I opted for Nikon N80.
It is light in weight does autofocus well, Great lenses. It is not a Leica or a Nikon F5-if stolen, I need not cry for a week, and being easyand light to carry -will not hurt my shoulders.
Purchasing photographic equipment is a compromise, Money and ones needs ability and requirements. Now IF lightweight and Medium price range is top priority. Nikon 80 nicely fits my needs.
So does SB 27 Flash. It is not heavy like SB 28, Made my Nikon, Got many feature though not all of the SB 28 great feautures. Easy to carry in my travels and it does not trip forward when worn with a neck strap.
Same purpose is served by my 28-105 D zoom and 1.4 D 50 mm Nikon lens (helps me in avoiding using flash).
So is the Battery- grip 16.Lithium cells are not easily available through out the world-AA cells are.
Photography is fun –capturing a precious moments and not lens resolution and MTF curves. Sure- Leica fixed focus lens are great-But my Nikon zoom and 1.4 are some what closer and make my life easier.
My suggestion whatever worth it is the color print films fade. My marriage album (1970) color prints faded. Store them on a better medium such as CD. Later when you have gray hair and arthritis you can still look at them and enjoy precious moments of the past.
With apologies for all tech wizards.
#1. "RE: Why I cose Nikon N 80" | In response to Reply # 0Merlin Basic MemberFri 22-Dec-00 06:17 AM
you've brought up an interesting aspect of autofocus cameras - they certainly can make life easier when one's eyesight starts to diminish. Also, modern AF cameras are a lot less weight to lug around, and photography is indeed supposed to be fun! Me - I'm a dinosaur! At 45, I still enjoy working with solidly built mechanical cameras and lenses, primarily Nikon and Rolleiflex TLRs. It's a personal thing, and luckily I'm not alone in my thinking here on Nikonians. I see mastering the equipment as an important part of the process, and I love uncluttered viewfinders and hand-held light meters. The theme autofocus v. manual has been pretty much thrashed to death on this and other forums. Luckily Nikonians are a pretty moderate bunch of folks, but I've seen some real hate fights out there on other forums! There's really no perfect answer - each standpoint has its advantages. But my next car will have automatic transmission, for pretty much the same kind of reasons as yours for changing your photographic thinking: on my 70km drive to work every day, I have to change gear 81 times! An automatic would allow me to catch up on some sleep on the way to work!
I'm not sure what the standard colour print process was in 1970, but it wasn't EP-2 which I believe came out about 1975 or so. Kodak's Ektaprint EP-2 process produced prints that lasted a lot better - we still have some medical stuff here dating back to before 1979, and as long as the prints haven't been displayed and exposed to the cummulative effect of years of light, most of them still look OK. In 1989 we changed to RA-4, which looks very long-lived. But like your wedding photos, my older family album shots are looking very faded with some weird colour shifts that I'm sure weren't there originally. If the negatives still exist and were stored properly, it should be possible to print up another set. Maybe you could track down the photographer and borrow the negs? Or you might consider scanning your prints and correcting them digitally - PhotoShop can work miracles with this kind of image.
Anyway, thanks for joining us and welcome to Nikonians!
#2. "why I chose N80" | In response to Reply # 0solasola Basic MemberFri 22-Dec-00 01:26 PM
Why I chose Nikon N80.
The learning process about the new Camera and flash system and its new capabilities invigorated my interest in photography. For a senior citizen it is some thing to look forward and a good stimulus.
The light weight and made me to take the camera more often. Now I do not repent not using my manual Leica and OM system at all.
Purchasing new equipment always act as a stimulus. With age and time the priorities change. Now for me take good pictures with out heavy burden of carrying the equipment and fiddling about with focus and light meters is important. Now I do take more with less effort.
I realize the value and pleasure of the photographs I took 25 years ago, when I look at them with my good old wife.
The durability of the Plastic bodied N80 is not a problem at all. I take good care and it will last at least for 5 years plus –It served my purpose well. Who knows with time what else technology will bring?
#3. "RE: why I chose N80" | In response to Reply # 2frankie Basic MemberFri 22-Dec-00 10:29 PM
Isn't it magical? I am a lot younger, but I must admit, my foray into the world of auto-focus and more modern equipment certainly invigorated my interest in photography. I'm 24, but I started in the SLR world with a trusty Pentax Spotmatic. I still belive that that camera system with its amazing Takumar Lenses, Bellows, extension tubes certainly was what really got me seriously thinking and enjoying photography.
After University, and settling into my job, I decided to take a leap of faith - I already had an AF Nikon - an F60, which was good. I really needed to start with that to get used to a more automated way of working. .. But I wanted more... I opted for an F100.
Now, I'm starting to wonder if I should spend some quality time with a Nikon F and non meter-prism... I still pull out my dads Gossen Luna 6 meter and the Toshiba meter he gave me just to make sure I'm still able to work without the benefits of TTL.
My first flash gun was an old Honeywell Strobonar with a broken sensor - so I had to use it manually. I have funny pics around here with my mom holding aperature cards on a strip of film when I was trying to figure out what the heck the guide number was for the darn thing... and it was made of Bakelite...
I bought the SB-28 and it's a pretty humbling experience for me, I'm still not totally used to letting it do its thing all by itself.
But you can't beat the convenience and the ease and swiftness of use. The F100 allows me to buy older lenses for any time I feel the need to go totally manual and let my brain do some thinking that doesn't have to do with my job.
The F80 is great for that too - it affords the best possible combination of weight and comfort, the whole state of ergonomics in photography today is pretty impressive.
BTW: I had a friend of mine rig a special current-limiter to my old Strobonar - It actually works with the F100... It's really odd, because the thing is powerful enough to daze anyone... Yet I can only get about 30 or so shots on a full charge at full power.
Anyway, I'm glad I'm with Nikon too... The flash system and accessory selection has got to be hands-down the best in its class!