I'm new to SLR photography but have taken pictures most of my life. I want to learn a lot about taking better pictures and have started to toy with my little P&S digital with some good results, but wanted MORE control over what I could do... Sooooo
I recently purchased a nice N8008 in eBay for $15 plus shipping and just got the first two rolls developed. All I can say is this looks to be one very nice camera for the price!!!! The shots taken in the Pd mode were fantastic! And the few shots I tried to take at night were pretty doggone good for someone who doesn't know a lot about f-stops and shutter speeds. It came with a 28-70mm lens and I can see no flaws whatsoever. Only a couple of dust spots on the viewfinder that I thought might be on the mirror. My local camera shop told me to bring it in and they would give it a look-see and clean the viewfinder for free and check everything out.
I'm looking forward to using this little baby. Bought a SB-18 flash unit to go with it for taking pics of my 16 mo granddaughter. The first shots of her from this weekend are pretty nice!!
This is one camera that I think I can learn a lot about SLR photography and can't beat the investment for sure!!! Of course, Ol' Santy has a D40 on his sleigh headed for Missouri this month, but that's a different story...
#1. "RE: My new toy - N8008" | In response to Reply # 0James23p Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004Tue 02-Dec-08 12:15 AM
That is a good deal on the N8008! Plus the SB-18 is a small TTL flash similar to the SB-30. I had a SB-18 but gave it away to a photography class student who had a FG and needed a flash but it work really good I got great flash shots with it.
Again congrats on a great film camera!!!!!!
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#2. "RE: My new toy - N8008" | In response to Reply # 0sabre Nikonian since 31st Dec 2006Tue 02-Dec-08 07:44 AM
I am glad to see that you have discovered what I have been going on and on about in this forum for some time: The N8008/F801 is an amazing camera. It was good value when I purchased mine new at full cost in Feb 1988, but for you to get a good used one now for just $15 is a mega-deal! Well done.
You will find that the N8008 is robust and reliable. It may have been sold with the 'N' prefix (non-professional) in the US, but it is built to professional quality standards. It will serve you well. Please do share some of the results with us in the picture forums to show everybody what they are missing by not having such a great AF film camera as the N8008.
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#4. "RE: My new toy - N8008" | In response to Reply # 0in4apenny Registered since 02nd Dec 2008Mon 08-Dec-08 08:45 PM
I picked up my N8008S a couple weeks back, and have been picking up lens here, a speed light there. The pictures are unbelieveable. Can a digital camera do as good a job as this? And how many MP's would be recquired?
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#5. "RE: My new toy - N8008" | In response to Reply # 4Paul94583 Registered since 09th Dec 2008Thu 11-Dec-08 07:18 PM
I bought a N8008s about 15 years ago. It is a GREAT camera, my very first AF SLR.
In terms of 35mm producing images similar to digital, they are probably pretty close. I remember shooting really sharp, vibrant slides (and prints) with some being at night. Good photographs are a result of proper lighting, composition and patience.
I am somewhat tempted on occasion to run a roll of slide film through my 8008s from timt to time!!
#6. "RE: My new toy - N8008" | In response to Reply # 4Terry Beeson Registered since 01st Dec 2008Thu 11-Dec-08 08:10 PM
The first two rolls (48 exposures) I ran through mine came out GREAT!!! I've acquired a Speed Light SB-18 for it with another one on the way and a couple of zoom lenses. I'm getting a D-40 from Santa this year and I'm sure I'll be busy with both here in a couple of weeks.
#7. "RE: My new toy - N8008" | In response to Reply # 0
I have been using my N8008s at work for about a year now. I investigate fires and have never been disappointed with the quality of photos this camera can produce using "Program" exposure under some of the most adverse conditions. High contrast such as black charred remains of the wood framing of a house under overcast sky with snow on the ground are always properly exposed.
With my lightweight SB-23 attached, it even makes properly exposed photos of soot in complete darkness!
I will use it until film is not longer available, or until I drop it, lose it, or wear it out.
Hope yours continues to delight you!
#8. "RE: My new toy - N8008" | In response to Reply # 0
I bought a Nikon 8008 back in the late eighty's and loved it. I then upgraded to a N90S in I beleive 1991 and used it till 2006 when I went digital and now have a nikon D-90. I still have the N90S but have not used it in 2 years. I gave my daughter the N 8008 and she love it. Best of luck with your super cheap new toy.
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